One of my favorite things about the boy-who-would-become-my-husband when we first met was that he was always reading and talking about what he'd read. He reads anything, though the scales usually tip in favor of poetry and nonfiction. Better yet, he was interested in what I was reading and he would listen to me go on and on about my most recent character/book/author obsession without any apparent fatigue. In fact, he wouldn't just listen. He'd ask questions. He'd remember what I said and why I loved it. And sometimes. Sometimes he would ask me to read them to him.
Another favorite thing about this particular boy is he loves road trips. He loves getting out of Dodge. And the ride itself is part of the pleasure. Since I feel the same exact way, it didn't take us long to put the two pastimes together and start reading aloud on our drives. We've gone thousands of miles now, with the landscape and the words flying by. And sometimes, if we just can't swing getting out of town, we pile in the car and I read to him as he drives up the canyon, around the lake, to the 7-Eleven and back if that's all the time we've got. Some of my happiest memories are riding and reading in cars with that boy.
In this manner, we've worked our way through the Mercy Thompson books, the Queen's Thief series, Harry Potter, The Road Home, the Alanna quartet, Sharon Shinn's Twelve Houses series, a handful of Sookies, Ender's Game, and a raft of Stephanie Plums. Among others. This last weekend we were able to sneak out of town to attend a Shakespeare Festival down south and on the way we started a new series. It's a favorite of mine and one I've been telling him he'd love for some time now. We managed to finish the first book just as we were pulling back into town. Can you tell from the picture which book it is?
Why yes--I do do all the voices.
So do you guys read aloud with your significant others? In the car or elsewhere? And are there any particular books/series that have been winners?