I love books. My wife loves books. My children love books. Books are awesome: big books, little books, dog-eared books, pop up books, borrowed books. It’s just… well sometimes… and I’m going to whisper this… after eight years I get a bit bored reading some of them.
Our kids’ bedtime routine has always included reading two stories before lights out. Over eight years of bedtimes that’s 5840 stories. Whilst our eldest has now graduated to reading his own stories at times, the routine has continued with Roo and has started once again with baby JJ. That’s thousands upon thousands of stories.
Now, we have a lot of books but nowhere near that many so I must have read some hundreds of times. There’s only so many times I can read about Mr Tickle. I always let the kids pick their bedtime stories and think it is important not to interfere with their choice. However, sometimes I die inside when certain ones are selected and I’m unashamedly guilty of skipping pages or paragraphs or simply just summarising the key plot points in as few a words as possible at times (if I can get away with it).
However, there are also books I will simply never ever EVER get bored of reading. Here’s my top five:
I’m obviously biased with this one but it’s the best ‘dad’ books I’ve read. Whereas others often tend to be too gushy and over-sentimental, this one feels spot on and is full of lots of simple and funny pictures.
So this is my top five – what do you think? What would be on your list?
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