Summer Reading Challenge – Weeks 3 & 4

16 Jul

I had to combine the last two weeks’ reading tally because Cam only read six books.

Six books total in two weeks.

That’s not so good.

Not when she was reading 2-3 books every afternoon.

I blame Pokemon.

Remember Pokemon… From the 90’s?

Well it’s back and it feels like I’ve time traveled back to a decade that I had no interest in revisiting.

My son was obsessed with Pokemon when he was my daughter’s age and now, against my better judgement, my daughter has become just as smitten.

My son conveniently saved all of his Pokemon cards and other paraphernalia so the two of them sit on the living room floor and battle or duel or whatever they call it in the afternoons when it’s too hot to go outside.

She spent a few afternoons last week reading the “Official Game Guide” and the “Official Strategy Guide”.

I wish I were kidding.

What’s even more ridiculous is that she remembered every detail of what she read. Have you ever flipped through one of those?

How is this game geared towards children?

There are stats to remember, attack points, damage points, types, evolution, and let’s not forget about their eleventy thousand different crazy names.

If I need more than five things from the store, I’d better have them written on a list or one of them isn’t coming home.

How are these kids remembering all of this information?!

The beauty of this situation, as much as it pains me to say that Pokemon has come back into our lives, is that it’s something my kids will actually play together.

Being ten years apart, there aren’t a lot of things that interest them both, aside from cartoons and driving me slowly insane.

So I thought about it and decided that if Pokemon can get them to get along for half an hour or so I guess I can’t be too upset about it and I made my peace with it.

My kids are happy, they’re interacting, they’re entertaining themselves, how can I be anything but happy about that?

Then my son came to me and said he wanted to teach my daughter how to play Yugioh.


Here are the six books Camryn read over the last two weeks:


Total books read: 28. 72 more to go!


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