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“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#203 Jan 24, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
And reading a book because your kid has asked you to -- whether she's 2 and wants you to read Goodnight, Moon again, or she's 14 and wants you to read Harry Potter with her and you don't want to, but you're grateful that your 14yo daughter wants to do something with you, so you do it.
Woo hoo! 200 posts in two days and still going strong!

Okay, I'm gonna try explaining this again. One, there is a difference with having a barby tea party and/or playing dress up, that's an "INTERACTION" with your kid. So that's not on the same par as reading a book.

Let's use you Moon reference (where has Moon been by the way?) anyway, there is also a difference with reading TO your child, and reading your child's book on your own. Let's say your 2 yr old wants you to take Goodnight Moon to work in your briefcase and read it during lunch hour? You might say sure and even take it, but are you REALLY gonna read it during your lunch hour? I'm thinking most men... no.

Now, something like Harry Potter is different because that is a book adults can enjoy as well. The Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew or whatever else tweens read, I just don't think that is appealing to ANY adult, let alone an adult man (I might make an exception for a "mom.")

If a dude gets all gaga and interested about the next Hardy Boy adventure, I'm just saying he needs to hand in his man-card.

Since: Jan 10

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#204 Jan 24, 2013
You parents got that? Do as he says.
pde

Homer Glen, IL

#205 Jan 24, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
Okay, pde:
Kid sort of gets sucked into this "limboland" where you'll find people who went missing, items that you lost or seemed to just disappear from where they belong, etc. Kid makes a friend there (who either has been there for so long, he's no longer the same, or he belongs there?), and they go on a roller coaster ride in an amusement park. "limbo land" has stuck with me.
It sounds vaguely like No Passengers Beyond this Point, but can't be since that novel was only published last year.

I'll ask my mom, she's read even more YA literature than I have.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#206 Jan 24, 2013
pde wrote:
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I've always been told that the rule of thumb is to write to about a 4th grade level for basic journalist-type writing, and about a 6th grade level for most casual reading but non-news writing.
According to Scholastic, The Di Vinci Code analyzes at the Grade level Equivalent of 5.2.
I may be the only person who thinks the DaVinci Code really sucked. I was an art history major , and it sucked. I like someRobert Ludlum type action books and it sucked. It went from preachy lectures to implausible escape scenes with little transition or justification. I never could finish it. It might still be behaind teh dresser where I tossed it in disgust a couple years ago, but maybe I moved it when I vacuumed.

Angels and Demons is much beter. Also by Dan Brown.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#207 Jan 24, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
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And once again, what WAS she reading at twelve, and if was the Nancy Drew series, was he reading them also?
Nancy Drew are decently plotted. No worse that Hardy Boys. Depending on the language and age make up of your workplace, if you brought a Hardy Boys book with you into the break room you would have a conversation to equal this one.

Since: Aug 08

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#208 Jan 24, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
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Woo hoo! 200 posts in two days and still going strong!
Okay, I'm gonna try explaining this again. One, there is a difference with having a barby tea party and/or playing dress up, that's an "INTERACTION" with your kid. So that's not on the same par as reading a book.
Let's use you Moon reference (where has Moon been by the way?) anyway, there is also a difference with reading TO your child, and reading your child's book on your own. Let's say your 2 yr old wants you to take Goodnight Moon to work in your briefcase and read it during lunch hour? You might say sure and even take it, but are you REALLY gonna read it during your lunch hour? I'm thinking most men... no.
Now, something like Harry Potter is different because that is a book adults can enjoy as well. The Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew or whatever else tweens read, I just don't think that is appealing to ANY adult, let alone an adult man (I might make an exception for a "mom.")
If a dude gets all gaga and interested about the next Hardy Boy adventure, I'm just saying he needs to hand in his man-card.
FSM help me, but I kind of agree with edog. Him reading these books on his own time, just cause his daughter likes them would be like him rocking out to Kids Bop in the car on the way to work, just cause his daughter likes to listen to it. Reading girl books and listening to kids bop on your own time is not like the shared experiences you all are referring too.

Also, it's completely different to have tea parties with your little girl, when she is the age of 4, than it is to read teen beat magazine, when your daughter is 14, just cause your daughter like teen beat, and have discussions with her about how dreamy Justin Beiber and the guys of twilight are.

This has been taking place from the time she was the age of 12 to 30, not when she is 4 or 6. If you are still treating your little girl like she's a princess into her teens, you probably aren't doing a very good job of preparing her for real life. Most men don't want to marry a high maintenance princess. At some point you need to transition away from this, and just be a dad. Growing up, my sister, being my parents only daughter, was treated differently than us boys, but as an adult, she isn't.
pde

Homer Glen, IL

#209 Jan 24, 2013
PEllen wrote:
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I may be the only person who thinks the DaVinci Code really sucked. I was an art history major , and it sucked. I like someRobert Ludlum type action books and it sucked. It went from preachy lectures to implausible escape scenes with little transition or justification. I never could finish it. It might still be behaind teh dresser where I tossed it in disgust a couple years ago, but maybe I moved it when I vacuumed.
Angels and Demons is much beter. Also by Dan Brown.
It sucked.

I like Sharan Newman's historical mysteries, but they can be a bit hard to get your hands on: http://sharannewman.com/...

Since: Mar 09

Miami, FL

#210 Jan 24, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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My dad was a man's man. And he let me paint his toenails (no one would see, men did not wear sandals in our family!) and put pincurls in his hair and draw on his back with magic markers (kept us occupied while he napped (yes he slept through it) and mom did her own thing for a bit).
Parenthood changes you like nothing else does... but I firmly believe that nothing changes a man like having a daughter.
Lucky! I *begged* my dad to let me paint his toenails, he never did. He would let me use him as a jungle gym though.
Sam I Am

Chicago, IL

#211 Jan 24, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
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Why do you insist on blabbing away when you have nothing intelligible to say?
Never stopped you.

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me!

#212 Jan 24, 2013
LOL, it explains nothing to you.

But it explains everything.

edogxxx wrote:
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This is the second time you've made this comment and for the second time, it still explains nothing.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#213 Jan 24, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
You parents got that? Do as he says.
Thanks for the promo, but I don't care if you're all parents or not... EVERYONE should do as I says!

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#214 Jan 24, 2013
Sublime1 wrote:
I kind of agree with edog.
KIND OF?!

You can't KIND OF be right. That's like being KIND OF pregnant.

Since: Aug 08

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#215 Jan 24, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>KIND OF?!

You can't KIND OF be right. That's like being KIND OF pregnant.
I said kind of because I had no idea what a "barby" tea party was and wasn't sure I wanted to sign onto agreeing with whatever that was.

:p

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#216 Jan 24, 2013
pde wrote:
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It sucked.
I like Sharan Newman's historical mysteries, but they can be a bit hard to get your hands on: http://sharannewman.com/...
Thank you. The libraries in the north suburbs are networked and often have a wide range of obscure things.

Try Margaret Fraser's Dame Frevisse series.The titles sound like individual Canterbury Tales. It is something like the Brother Caedfel books, also very good

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#217 Jan 24, 2013
Sublime1 wrote:
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I said kind of because I had no idea what a "barby" tea party was and wasn't sure I wanted to sign onto agreeing with whatever that was.
:p
Oh, it's a great time! We do it every Friday night. Bring a barby doll, a packet of teabags, and a poncho. See you then!

Since: Jan 10

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#218 Jan 25, 2013
I love book/reading threads!:)

Since: Aug 08

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#219 Jan 25, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
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Oh, it's a great time! We do it every Friday night. Bring a barby doll, a packet of teabags, and a poncho. See you then!
LOL

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