Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading. The rules are simple:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page (as well as the book’s title and author)
- Be careful not to include spoilers
Today’s teaser is from my newest library acquisition, The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared (Alice Ozma):
It started on a train. I’m sure of it. The 3,218-night reading marathon that my father and I call The Streak started on a train to Boston, when I was in third grade…The woman across the aisle turned to us and asked why my father was reading to me on a train. We simply told her that this was what we always did — he had been reading to me every night for as long as I could remember, ever since we read Pinocchio when I was four. Being on vacation didn’t make much of a difference. Why not read? Why not always read?
I happened upon this book by accident—sweet serendipity!—and knew I had to read it. The Reading Promise is the memoir of a young woman who made a pact with her father to read together every night…and they did so for eight years.
This will be a bittersweet read for me, I think. My mother read to me often as a child, and this will bring back some of those memories. It will also dredge up thoughts of a parent with whom I didn’t spend much time as a kid, and warred fairly seriously with in recent years. A learning experience either way.