I loved reading her memories of childhood and of her relationship with her father whom she read with. It wa I love reading and it started in my childhood from my parent's sharing their love of books with me. It was an endearing, lovely book that made we want to grab a book from her list and go cuddle up with my kids. Jun 08, Tammy Dotts rated it it was ok Shelves: Once upon a time, a little girl and her father wanted to know if they could read aloud for nights in a row.
When they reached that milestone, they decided to keep going. Eventually, when the little girl went to college, the nightly reading stopped after 3, nights. My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma uses those nights of reading as the frame for an episodic memoir that covers life in the Bronzina household from when Oz http: My Father and the Books We Shared by Alice Ozma uses those nights of reading as the frame for an episodic memoir that covers life in the Bronzina household from when Ozma is in the third grade to present day.
Her father is a elementary school librarian, and his love of literature is evident the name he gave his younger daughter. Ozma begins each chapter with a quote from a book she and her father would have read around the time of the incident that anchors the chapter: Ozma never spends enough time with pieces of her life that, in a different memoir, could serve as a centerpole. After all, Ozma is telling the story of her relationship with her father. The scenes are probably vivid in her memory, and her writing is engaging so readers want to spend more time with the scenes.
Unfortunately, Ozma is on to the next one far too quickly. One of the stronger points of the book is her writing style. In the beginning chapters, the voice is that of a younger child, capturing who Ozma was at the time. The nightly reading is just a framework for stories about growing up.
Ozma ends the book with a sudden, almost academic paragraph on the need for a commitment to reading in modern life. Jul 13, Ciara rated it liked it Shelves: Mar 27, Amy rated it it was ok Shelves: Well, two stars might be a little harsh, but I was just disappointed in how this book turned out. A daughter writing about how her father read to her every night without skipping any from about age 9 until she left for college.
I was excited because I'm one of those nerdy people who like reading "books about books", and since I have children of my own I feel very strongly about the importance of reading aloud to your children. However, there was very little about the ac Well, two stars might be a little harsh, but I was just disappointed in how this book turned out. However, there was very little about the actual reading in this book.
It was written more as a memoir, but the way it was written just left me disinterested. There were some interesting sections, but it just felt like the author hasn't grown up enough to really write a memoir. I wanted to hear more about the books they were reading, or about how that influenced her She writes about her disjointed family mother moved out, father raised her as a single dad but focuses on seemingly unimportant things while trivializing other issues that seem more pertinent.
And it was more about the technicalities of NEVER missing a night of reading got to get a few minutes in before midnight! But despite my personal disappointment in the book, I am a huge supporter of books and a believer in the importance of libraries - so anything that tries to promote that part of life is fine by me. Mar 27, Kathy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book really touched me! It brought me back to when I was a kid and my father was the one who read to me all the time and took me to the library.
Books were very important to him and he was often reading as many as 7 or 8 at a time. I got my love of reading and books from him and I couldn't be more grateful! The Reading Promise is the story of a single father and his daughter who read together every night or day, if that's how things happened to work out that day from the time she was 9 ti This book really touched me! The Reading Promise is the story of a single father and his daughter who read together every night or day, if that's how things happened to work out that day from the time she was 9 till she left for college.
They had read together before this, but at 9 is when they made their pact Nothing got in the way Even if it meant the occasional phone call reading. Their guidelines were that it had to be before midnight and at least 10 minutes. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and as I said earlier, it really brought me back.
My dad has been gone now for 23 years, but while reading this book, he was reading right over my shoulder. Thank you, Alice Ozma! Oct 09, Paul Secor rated it it was ok.
Nonetheless, much healing is available to those whose lives are intimately interwoven with Mine. One of the worst consequences of the Fall is the elaborate barriers people erect between themselves and others. Has it ever occurred to you that for you to cease living, God would not have to take your life? Where can I flee from your presence? Have you done something worse than being an accessory to the murder of one of the leaders of the New Testament Church? You've heard it said, "The one who dies with the most toys wins. Wasn't that so funny?
There was promise here, but the author didn't have the writing skills to bring the promise to fruition, and I sensed she didn't have the willingness to be open enough about her family to make the book come alive. I liked both the title and cover and imagined what this could look like for myself! Maybe that was enough??? Dec 10, Paul Secor Jeanne wrote: I probably should have stuck with the fantasies. I proba Paul wrote: Mar 04, Mike rated it liked it. The concept of "The Streak," and anything that promotes reading to kids is great.
Reading to your own kids is surely a marvelous thing. I'm glad that Alice Ozma has been able to tell this story. She seems to have turned out pretty well despite her extremely messed up childhood. However, no matter how many times she tells the reader what a great dad she had, I still don't believe her.
I'm glad that she and her father found a way to connect through books. It's a shame he didn't have any other way o The concept of "The Streak," and anything that promotes reading to kids is great. It's a shame he didn't have any other way of connecting. Where she sees a "superhero," I see a cranky, difficult, emotionally distant, scared, and socially inept man with a probable undiagnosed mental illness. I commend him for trying hard with his kids and for his devotion to his career.
He's still not a superhero. In one chapter, James is reading to now teenaged Alice, from "Dicey's Song. She relates the story to the reader as being amusing, but I found it unsettling on several levels. James seems a sad figure, unable to drop his emotional barriers over even a minor embarrassment. Moreover, in the middle of an exercise designed to teach his daughter to love and respect literature, he treats the text of the book and by extension, its author with disrespect by censoring it.
It sets a bad example and insults Alice's intelligence. For me, too much of Alice's narrative comes across as disingenuous or in denial. While she never indulges in self pity this is not a "woe is me" memoir , she does trivialize a tragically dysfunctional family as if it is merely quirky or eccentric. Because of this tendency, I don't trust her as a narrator. It's as if she is repeating over and over, "everything is fine.
Mar 20, Emily rated it really liked it Recommended to Emily by: A memoir by a young woman whose claim to distinction is that her father read aloud to her, for a minimum of ten minutes, for 3, consecutive days. The Reading Promise was a book I was politely interested in when I first heard of it, in the way one is when one is clearly the target audience for someone's literary efforts. I dutifully put it on my to-read list, and yet felt hardly any urge to rush out and track down a copy. Basically, I thought it would boil down to banal and obvious sentiments a A memoir by a young woman whose claim to distinction is that her father read aloud to her, for a minimum of ten minutes, for 3, consecutive days.
Basically, I thought it would boil down to banal and obvious sentiments about books they're great! What a nice surprise to find that there's more depth and piquancy to this book than meets the eye. Human personalities play just as big a role as books do here.
At its best, The Reading Promise is as much a memoir about growing up in an unusual family as it is about being read to. Ozma's father comes across as a remarkable but in some ways difficult person, and there's enough of the bittersweet here to keep the book from being cloying, which was really what I was afraid of. Naturally I have quibbles, I always do.
The list of books that the pair can recall reading is found in the back, and of course is of absorbing interest and has surprisingly few older classics. It is surely incomplete; too bad they didn't have a joint goodreads account to keep track of it all. I hope that my son one day appreciates that I've created a record of all we've read together here since June of , anyway , but in the meantime I'm pleased enough about that for both of us, and love to gloat over the list. It grows so nicely, even though we do sometimes skip two or three nights a year.
Even if it was just for 10 minutes, even if it had to be fit in over the phone or in the middle of a play rehearsal, they never missed a night. The Streak ultimately lasted over 3, consecutive days, keeping Alice and her father close even after her mother left them and her older sister set off for college. The chronological chapters zoom in a few months or half a year 3. The chronological chapters zoom in a few months or half a year each time to show the changes the years brought. I was also surprised that her dad did all the reading, rather than them swapping back and forth.
However, you get a clear sense of how important books were to this family, and of how her father passed on his love of books — and proved the love he otherwise struggled to show — through their ritual. The last few chapters are a defense of libraries and of the place for reading aloud in everyday life.
Jan 25, Tita rated it it was ok Shelves: Cute concept, poorly written. The author's life isn't interesting enough for me to get invested. The most important event in her life is that she and her father were so devoted to their reading together, that their "reading promise" spanned years. Yes, I find that a huge accomplishment, to set out to reach a long term goal and meet it. However, do I feel it's enough to carry an entire book? I find the writing Cute concept, poorly written.
I find the writing mediocre at best, and the story clunky. I felt like the author was looking back at her childhood and laughing at herself and her family saying, "look how eccentric my father is, and how nerdy I was," and there's nothing really extraordinary about that. The storytelling is sophomoric and the voice is extremely juvenile.
It reminds me of how I wrote when I was I found the first half of the book almost unbearable and the second half was a tiny bit better, so I was able to hurry up finish maybe the writing matured as the character did in the story? The best takeaway from this book, is that I started thinking about my favorite elementary teachers who read to us daily, and how much I love them for that. I think about how those teachers encouraged us and enabled my thirst for reading. They introduced me to so many authors and series that I fell in love with.
Nov 11, Emily Rosenbaum rated it it was amazing. From my book review blog: I believe him, too; he will take pity on me in my dotage and bring me into his home. That kid walk From my book review blog: That kid walks with his heart first. Here was the passage that made me go cold, right there on page 3: It seemed childish to her, especially since she was already reading novels on her own. He was next to me, reading The 39 Clues, his latest series. We need this time together desperately.
Zachary is a very cerebral child in case you missed that. I am a very cerebral adult in case you missed that, too. But the reading together? That brings us together, connects us. Books are what we do. So, when I read those sentences on page three, I almost stopped breathing. Then I interrupted his reading — a sin of the highest form.
I read about his commitment to her, and how he embarrassed her, and how dedicated he was. I finished the book tonight, sitting next to Zachary on his bed. As he read his 39 Clues, he tilted his head and brought it to rest on my shoulder, the first time he has ever done this. For tonight, and I hope for many more years to come, we have books to bring us together. Alice's father read to her every single night, without fail, for nine years. From the time Alice was in 4th grade until the day she left for college.
They called it, " The Streak. She also relates other difficult situations that c "The Reading Promise" by Alice Ozma is the memoir of a very special activity shared by her and her father, Jim Brozina. She also relates other difficult situations that come to pass, such as when her mother moves into an apartment. Through it all, The Streak continues. Jim Brozina is an elementary school librarian whose highest calling and gift is reading aloud to children. After Alice leaves for college and The Streak ends, a disturbing trends begins in his district's libraries.
He is told he can no longer read aloud to his students. Computers are moved in and books are actually boxed up and stored in the basement. Jim Brozina does not sit idly by and watch it happen, he fights for the children and the library, he researches the value of reading aloud in the classroom and meets with school officials to try to persuade them to reinstate reading in the library. Unfortunately, his efforts are ignored and school politics prevail.
Eventually, after Brozina retires, the libraries are totally phased out and turned into nothing more than computer labs. Retirement finds Jim active, and not willing to sit in a rocking chair passively watching the world go by. Eventually, he begins reading to senior citizens in a nursing facility, yes, he reads them picture books and his reading program becomes extremely popular.
The memoir ends with Brozina planning on running for the school board, hoping to be able to effect change from within the system. We can only hope he succeeds. At the end of the book is a comprehensive list of the dozens of books the Brozina's read during The Streak.
Mar 27, Claire rated it really liked it Shelves: One of my favorite books this year. Alice Ozma and her dad, Jim Brozina decide that Jim will read to Alice Kristen at this point, don't be confused- all becomes clear each night-no matter what.
This becomes The Streak and is unbroken for at least nine years. Proms, sleep-aways, Hell, and high water all notwithstanding. That is a premise of the book, the joy is in the unmitigated love with which Alice relates the years of The Streak, selecting moments in time to share with us.
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Utterly charming, One of my favorite books this year. Utterly charming, and at times completely hilarious I cannot remember reading anything that caused me to laugh so uncontrollably this is a testament, a love letter to a devoted Dad that warms our hearts and inspires us. Side notes for those who have read the book: I read somewhere that Jim had written an article about this Streak, so I Googled it. No dice on the article but other interesting info. Like the board notes from the School Board meeting that tendered Jim's retirement.
Flickinger is on the school board! Notes show that hockey, soccer and even golf are funded Sep 26, Patrick McWilliams rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have often said that one of the greatest gifts my mother has ever given me is teaching me to read and encouraging a love of reading in me. Through reading, possibly more than any English or writing classes, I learned how to write. I learned how to speak. I learned how to slow down, how to stretch my mind. I learned how to learn. We never had a reading "streak" like the author of this book had with her father, but some of my favorite childhood memories involve my mother reading aloud to my siste I have often said that one of the greatest gifts my mother has ever given me is teaching me to read and encouraging a love of reading in me.
We never had a reading "streak" like the author of this book had with her father, but some of my favorite childhood memories involve my mother reading aloud to my sisters and me. Thus, I can attest to the overall theme of this book: A touching glimpse at part of the life of a man who knows his gifts and strives to use them to the best of his ability for the sake of his daughters and the people around him.
Jan 18, Teagan D rated it it was ok Shelves: I have to agree with another reviewer's words, "I loved the concept but disliked the book. I'm not sure yet why, but I think it has something to do with liking the story but not liking the writing. However, a lot of people really seemed to enjoy the experience of reading this book, and the story as a piece of human interest is wonderful.
I think I can sum up my feelings best by saying I would have liked to just read her newspaper article instead of the whole book. Jun 08, Lanae Schaal rated it liked it. I picked this book up at the airport to distract me during my four hour layover. It served that purpose quite well. The title of the book is misleading though not specious. The author clearly has an ardor for books and feels that they were a catalyst to the development of the strong bond that she and her father share.
We are introduced to the books through opening chapter quotes that allude to the content of that section. However, the focus of the chapters is to retell some important transition I picked this book up at the airport to distract me during my four hour layover. However, the focus of the chapters is to retell some important transition stage in the girl or father's life as she grew up. Despite not taking me on a journey through a list of wonderful books, the story offered me a candid view of the relationship between this single father and daughter.
It reminded me of the give and take that must occur for true love to flourish. Ever since reading '84, Charing cross' last year I've been looking for more 'books about books'. I hit jackpot with this one. Absolutely loved the underlying themes of parental love, single parenting, a voracious love and a healthy appetite for books and all things literature.
I did wish some places had slightly tighter editing but I could not but fall in love with the structure and the not-quite mature author writing. Jun 11, Lesley rated it really liked it. Great message glad to see that this book is touching many lives. We should all be so lucky as to have a school librarian, teacher, parentso committed to reading to children. Oct 25, Janie rated it it was ok Shelves: Goodreads two-star rating equals "It was OK" and not as negative as most two-star ratings. Years ago, I would have gobbled this book up, I think. But now, twelve years after homeschooling four kids for twenty years, I've just moved on down the road.
Younger, especially homeschooling, mothers will find this book somewhat encouraging, I think. You can bank on these two quotes in the Foreword from the author's father: No one will ever say, no matter how good a parent he or she was,'I think I spent too much time with my children when they were young.
Sep 15, Christopher Rush rated it it was ok. Once in a rare while, one will come across a book and realize, not too long into reading it, "this would have been a great essay. In the midst of what seems like a rather disappointing life, a father and daughter start reading books aloud he to her for almost a decade.
The premise of the book is, of course, its appeal, but it's not really about "the book "It was ok. The premise of the book is, of course, its appeal, but it's not really about "the books they shared. Cooper , Ozma begins each chapter with a quotation from a work read during the Streak. One would think it was from the book they were reading on the day chronicled in that chapter, but no.
Ozma has applied the quotation from a book to that day, at times more liberally than others. We don't get too much insight on "the books we shared. A great deal of this book is dialogue.
Either Ozma has an Archie Goodwin-like recall or the events and interactions are paraphrased and recast to fit the mold Ozma is trying to convey whatever that is - it's not really clear why she is telling us these vignettes. Profound truth written in clear language, Pedals and Promises equips you to stand strong in your faith about Christ's return.
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