5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Read 40 or More Books This Summer

By Natasha Foreman Bryant

I don’t have any children yet, but after reading this article by Ronnie Tyler, I couldn’t help but to smile and giggle as I reminisced about my childhood reading experience, and what I intend to implement with my own children.

All 5 ways listed by Ronnie were the same ways that my parents engaged me into the wonderful world of books. All 5 experiences connected me with my dad (who loved reading) as we challenged each other every week, both during the school year and throughout summer break.

Even when I became an adult I can recall my dad reading two or more books in a week. I still possess the majority of my dad’s book collection, and I even have the books that he was reading the week he passed away—all of which are intriguing, and all of which I have said repeatedly that I should read, but still haven’t.

I don’t read as often as I used to or as often as I would like. There are tons of books that I want to jump into beyond my spiritual and occasional business readings. Shame on me, because as Ronnie highlighted and my parents implemented as a rule—turn off the tv and remove yourself from distractions for two hours—it’s time to read.

Check out Ronnie Tyler’s article and then share your experiences and feedback about engaging your children (or being engaged when you were a child) into the many journeys that come from reading a book. Share how often you read now and the types of books that you like to explore.

Then let’s ALL get reading!!!

~Natasha

Source:
http://www.babble.com/babble-voices/husband-wife-life-lamar-ronnie-tyler/5-ways-to-get-your-kids-to-read-40-books-during-summer-break/

Copyright 2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved.

An Enticing Book Review by M Jones: Yours Forever

By Natasha Foreman Bryant

My friend and writer, MJones, recently published her review of the book Yours Forever, written by Farrah Rochon.

While reading the review I was instantly drawn to the characters and storyline, and felt both a need to share her review but also purchase the book. Check out the MJones review below and tell me if you feel the same way:

[Review] Yours Forever by Farrah Rochon

by MJones

Rochon takes us to sleepy, quaint Gauthier Louisiana, where everybody knows your name, where you come from and who you’re sleeping with. When Professor Tamryn West descends upon the town on a quest for answers about her past and a diary that could give her tenure at Boston’s Brimley University, the first person she meets is handsome, rugged Matthew Gauthier, the town’s favorite son. He shows up on a Ducati and rescues her from a busted radiator, depositing her at her hotel.

Tamryn knows who Matthew is– after all, she’s been trying to reach him for the past six months. Matt, on the other hand, doesn’t recognize the name of the new beauty in town and he’s already in deep lust before he realizes that she wants information and details on the recent discovery of a stop on the historic Underground Railroad, which just happens to be located under his law firm, a Gauthier institution.

Despite his attraction, Matt can’t share his past with Tamryn, can’t let her find out about the ugly sins– past and present– of the Gauthiers. He’s about to run for a Senate seat against a nasty, mud slinging opponent and any scandal could ruin his chances. As much as he wants to help Professor West secure her teaching position, achieve tenure and make history with a book about how her great-great-great grandmother made history by creating a school for blacks with Matthew’s great-great-great grandmother, he can’t let his secrets be known. It could destroy everything he’s worked for.

Rochon has quickly risen to the ranks of one of my favorite Harlequin Kimani writers. Her stories are always varied and intriguing, with a story line I can sink my teeth into and passion that draws me in and keeps me turning pages. I’m a lover of history myself, so I also enjoyed the lessons via the tours — the old library archives at Xavier University, the pockets of history around Gauthier, and Rosemead, where Adeline West was born and worked as a slave.

Since this is a Harlequin Romance, I can’t pass up the opportunity to present Yours Forever as a passionate love story that takes place in a romantic little town among two strangers destined to be together. The attraction between Matt and Tamryn jumped off the page from the beginning, and though Tamryn initially resisted, it seemed like the wait was worth it. I liked watching the sparks grow into animal lust and that lust grow into a love that would make a man risk his career so the woman he cared for could have what she’s always wanted.

And in return, she gave him what he’s worked for his whole life.

Yours Forever is an enjoyable read, I hope you’ll pick it up when it’s out February 18th from Harlequin Kimani.

Source:
http://www.thesweetescape.net/blog/2014/writers-read/review-yours-forever-by-farrah-rochon/

Natasha Foreman Bryant. theparadigmlife.com

>Still having issues posting my Zimbabwe Part 2 piece

>Due to the limitations of my iPad and my laptop having a mind of its own; I am having difficulty posting part two of my Zimbabwe piece. Hopefully something gives in (not me) before Monday. Until then I have other interesting posts to share between now and then that I’m sure you will enjoy. I am also reviewing the feedback concerning my vocabulary word and axiom of the day….and I haven’t forgotten that we must pick back up on the series focused on organization and clutter control for the home, home office, etc.

This is bound to be a very interesting summer and I look forward to sharing pieces of it with all of you. Now let me run so that I can finish this book I was slated to complete weeks ago, but put on the back burner because my school work, and professional and personal commitments were taking up too much of my time and energy. I have until July 12th to get as much leisure reading in as possible…starting now!

Enjoy your Saturday everyone!

Natasha