What happens when two thirtysomething siblings relive the summer reading programs of their youth in an all-out battle of the books? The race is on as they read by the rules and keep tally on their logs to see who will be the ultimate reader by Labor Day 2010.

June 29, 2010

The Lament

Today, we signed my children up for the summer reading program. Same town library, but in a new building. 30 years later, the program has evolved a bit. No longer a competition (Who can read the most books in one summer? Whose reading log is filled with challenging children's literature?), the focus is that reading is fun...you can read for pleasure...reading can take you places. Great events and activities are scheduled throughout the summer to bring/lure kids and their families to the library. It's truly fantastic.

But, for two 30-something adults with a shared history of summer-reading-as-a-competition, there's a little something amiss. We know the changes to the program are for the best, but the competitive spirit prevails. And thus, our summer reading challenge was born. Two siblings. One summer. And how many books?

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