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.

July 1, 2010

Leaving on a Jet Plane: Advantage, Brendan?

Here's a little known secret about my brother: he is a thoughtful reader. That is my nice way of saying that for every page he reads, I read 14 of chick-lit's finest. Now, I've already admitted that my retention of what I've read is minimal, but that doesn't matter when the plot lines revolve around single girls out on the hunt in New York, London, Dublin, etc. On reading speed alone, you'd think I'd be the clear winner (I love to win!).

Not so fast, loyal readers. (We have four followers! Not including our mother!). Here's why I think Brendan has a fighting chance to win this thing:

1. I wake up each morning to spend some time with Tony Horton before the kids get up. I could try holding a book while doing Plyo, but I'm fairly certain the insurance company would refuse to cover any injuries incurred doing that.
2. My three kids...unless I can convince Brendan that reading aloud children's books can count toward our totals (and if I read "Rhinos Who Surf" seven times in one day, does that count as seven individual reads or just one?).
3. I pretty much only read at night, after the kids are in bed. It's impossible for me to fall asleep without reading, so that's what I do every night. So that means each time I pick up a book, I'm nodding off soon afterward.
4. Brendan travels a lot for work, giving him some prime reading hours in the sky (too bad that consistent motion lulls him to sleep in an instant). His big trip in August could score him some serious points.
5. Brendan's dog, Josie, just loves it when he reads out loud to her. She can't wait to find out how Lonesome Dove concludes.
6. For the recommendation challenge, Brendan will probably hone in on my weakness (reading books where terrible things happen to children) and make me read "Sophie's Choice" instead of Sophie Kinsella. I may lose on a technicality.

Get ready, folks. I'm a day or so away from posting on my reading log for the first time, but Brendan was on the 6AM flight from Boston to Chicago today and may beat me to it. The race is on!

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