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My favourite childhood memories often involve being holed up with a book somewhere — on the beach, in a tent, in the chair in the corner of my parents’ living room while the rain poured outside. The love of a good book is a gift I want to pass along to my boys.

Every year, I take a great deal of pleasure in planning what books will be under the tree on Christmas morning. I start making my long list in January, cut it in half by August, and whittle it down to a dozen or so by November. Every year, I wait — watching them open them — to see which one they start first, which ones they can’t put down, and which ones linger until everything else has been read. I like to see if I’m right. I take note when I’m wrong.

Under the tree this year:

1. The Maze Runner Trilogy : My 11yr old is a big fan of The Hunger Games, and whipped through them faster than anything else I’ve seen him read. He started reading this trilogy on Christmas Day and finished the trilogy 2 weeks later.

He loves it and insists that I it is my turn to read it (which I will). He’s a big fan of dystopian literature.

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Back in the Fall, I was fortunate to win a Kobo eReader from She’s Connected. Ever in love with new gadgets, my older boys immediately started pestering me to let them use it. We reached a compromise in which I am reading them a couple Grimm’s Fairy Tales, from the Kobo’s preloaded library of classics, a few nights a week.

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I love to read.

When I say I love to read, what I really mean is that I love to read. This year has been light on content, but high in quantity. Years past have been the reverse. I don’t discriminate between genres. Very little is too fluffy or too heavy for me to devour. I’ll read just about anything.

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Okay, I admit I’ve been a terrible blogger lately — I’m sure I’ve excuses, generally do, but the truth is I was busy worrying about Swine Flu, what my follow-up ultrasound would show, dealing with two(!) different colds, building a robot dragon costume for #2 and trying to get my ass in gear for the craft fair I’m in on November 21st.

First things first:

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