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Reading Slothfully

I was told in elementary school that I only could read at half the speed for success in college. Oh well, one benefit of slow reading is you get to live with the characters a longer period of time. I read in a vain attempt to better understand people. At my other homes, I'm known as a spouse, pop, guy in the choir, physical chemist, computer/web dilettante and child-care provider. In theory, I'm a published author, if you consider stuff like Quenching Cross Sections for Electronic Energy Transfer Reactions Between Metastable Argon Atoms and Noble Gases and Small Molecules to count as publications. I've strewn dozens of such fascinating things to the winds.

Currently reading

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
The Way Some People Die
Ross Macdonald
Envy of Angels
Matt Wallace
The Fellowship of the Frog
Edgar Wallace
Code of Conduct (The Jani Kilian Chronicles Book 1)
Kristine Smith
A Good Death
Christopher R. Cox
The Black Cargo
John P. Marquand
A Highland Christmas
M.C. Beaton
Tales from Moominvalley
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton
Moominland Midwinter
Tove Jansson, Thomas Warburton

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2) - C.S. Lewis I know my spouse read this book and its sequels to our kids multiple times. I probably did some reading as well. Parts of this book, especially the beginning parts, seemed quite familiar. Other parts not so much. Whatever, my spouse recently began lobbying me to re-read the Narnia series to myself. I think she got tired hearing about all the Victorian novels and 1930s pulp fiction I have been reading. And so, I've begun with the Chronicles of Narnia.

This is a great book for children. It's a book that should be read aloud to children. The style is in the form of a told story, with little asides and comments, a very charming approach. In about two years, my 2-year-old grandson, Anderson, will be old enough for this book. I think I'll kidnap him for a couple of weeks so I can read this book to him, a chapter or two each night. Otherwise, his parents will be reading it to him, which will be nice for them, but not nearly so much fun for me.