Friday, September 5, 2008

Read A Book Day


Margie: Edna, you know how I feel about books and people reading them. It helps your vocabulary and takes you to other times and places. It's fun and educational too.

Here are some books I picked out for you to read. It's not reading when you look at fashion magazines or read about the latest celebrity news!

Edna: Margie, I am tired of you putting down my reading material! I am not so frivolous that all I ever read are those horrible gossip rags. (And, might I point out, I saw Cousin T bring you that National Enquirer the last time he was here. So don't you go pointing fingers at me.)

Why are you bringing this up now?

Margie: Edna, I was at my book club meeting last night and some of the ladies asked why you never attend. They snickered and somebody said you only looked at picture books.

I want to help you so you're not the butt of so many jokes.

Edna: Don't try and pull that helpful sister act with me. I could care less what the "ladies" in your book club think of me and my reading habits, Miss Smarty-Pants. But, if I did care, you could very easily put those unfounded allegations to rest by telling them that I have a stack of books on my nightstand a foot high. And you know perfectly well that I check a bag of books out the library every week.

But I don't have to defend myself to them or to you. I know what I like to read, and how often I like to read, and that's that.

Margie: Edna, leave it to you to be critical of my life's work of trying to get more young people to read. As usual, you care only about yourself and what you do.

You put that stack of books there to flatten out those old love letters you claim you got during the war.

Edna: Well good night nurse, you are plumb driving me to distraction! Who was criticizing your life's work? You're the one who brought up the ladies of your book club and said that they were snickering at me behind my back, I was just defending myself. I'm all for encouraging young people to read, you nitwit.

Honestly, I can't talk to you any more today, I'm retiring to my room with my smelling salts and a book. You're on your own, sister.

"Read a Book Day is today. Take time out of your busy life, and relax with a good book."


gLoR!e said...

I agree that reading magz or celeb magz is not to consider reading. I love books currently i am reading the Secret..:)

i wish to read more books here or referral of a good book to read!:)

Have a great weekend to both of you!:)

Sassy Mama Bear said...

Now ya'll know there is nothing wrong with a good picture book, all depends what the pictures are of right?
I'm always reading a book.
Love ya, you silly gals.

Lidian said...

Well, I alternate my serious reading with a few idle gossip magazines, myself.

And it is mighty refreshing, too.

Happy Read A Book Day to you both!

terocious said...

I have a friend whose Married to a woman from Lithunaia. She says a sandwhich is not a meal. But when I eat a sandwhich I feel full in the same way that when I read people magazine I feel like I read something.

I guess it all depends on whose doin' the eatin' or readin'

-Cousin T

Margie and Edna said...

Margie: Glorie, I wish you much happy reading. What kind of books do you like most?

sassy, it does depend a lot on who is in the pictures for sure.

lidian, you sound like my sister. Edna leaves her picture books scattered all over the house. I see them every time I pick them up.

Terociou, you make good sense I guess.

Happy weekend to you all.

S. A. Hart said...

Let's celebrate Read a book day! Sadly, with the advent of the internet, I wonder how many of us still read "real" books.

Margie and Edna said...

Margie: S.A., I know nothing will ever take the place of holding a real book while I read it. I don't like books on tape and I don't read them on the Internet. I have to hold them in my hands.

Mike Foster said...

Great post and a good idea, but a book a week is more my speed.


Susan Helene Gottfried said...

What's wrong with picture books? Many of them win awards and besides, sometimes, the art is better than some stuff you might find in a museum.

Doesn't matter what it is. Keep on reading.

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