Growing up I didn't read a whole lot because I was a major outdoorsy person and got bored too easily with reading. I was always outside exploring and climbing trees, playing soccer and baseball with the neighborhood boys, or writing. Not that I didn't read at all. I read Jurassic Park, Misery, Cujo, The Color Purple, and many more that I am just not remembering at the moment. It just wasn't my forte.
I decided that when I had my kids I would read more to them and encourage that side to them because it was never my first instinct to read a good book. I think if a parent reads to his/her children that usually guarantees a kid that will read on his/her own. So, I have been scouting for new books that the kids and I can read either together or I read first then allow them to read it(my son started reading Ender's Game and quickly put it down because of the swear words--Yay for him! So now I read first).
I found these books that I love! Chad has started them and really likes them too. We have to threaten him to put the book down when it is time for chores or dinner because he is so into them! So pick one up and read and let me know what you think! The author is really good at only putting things in that need to be in the story and evenly developing characters, plot and setting. I really enjoyed his writing style! Though I have to admit that I love the 2nd book the best so far! Can't wait to crack open the 3rd book!