April 8, Tuesday evening --Gimmee a book, ANY book

...just so long as it has pages.

Waiting for the bus and reading Momento Páginas Amarillas en Español en el Norte de California, Edición West Bay.

When given a choice, however, her mother said that her daughter--age four--prefers Winnie the Pooh. Her son--age seven--owner of these figurines that he posed on top of the Páginas Amarillas for me, likes wrestling books. His favorite--The Stone Cold Truth (WWE), by Steve Austin, J.R. Ross, and Dennis Bryant. WWE means World Wrestling Entertainment. It's about the professional wrestler, Steve Austin.

The mother likes Diego (last name?....my Spanish wasn't good enough, and what I did hear, I didn't write down). The baby, who'd been picked up out of the stroller, to be swaddled and bounced--he likes books about Elmo.

What have you read when you were desperate to read something, anything with pages?

14 Comments:

Marit said...

shampoo bottles, all kinds of advertisements, wrestling magazines (believe me, you have to be pretty desperate then!,) the back of other peoples books, the inside of other peoples books (you have to be subtle to pull that off!), pretty much anything goes!!

Jane Hamilton said...

when I get really desperate to read something, I read the news on the old newspaper that I used to line my kitchen shelf!!!
I know, that's really desperate...

A. Stageman said...

My textbooks...hahaha.

Susanna said...

Cheap, trashy british magazines, celebrity magazines and the like. Find it all revolting so only as the very VERY last resort.

TootsNYC said...

the back of the cereal box, and, like marit, shampoo bottles, etc.

I used to read the dictionary at lunch, while I ate at my desk. I'm a copyeditor, so I could argue that it was professional research, but the TRUTH is that it was desperation.

And, the SAD TRUTH is that it was fun.

TootsNYC said...

Oh, and old newspaper--I have trouble w/ painting projects, etc., because I stop to read the old newspapers I'm spreading on the floor to catch the drips

Mom of 3 said...

I read telephone books, bottles of anything in the bathroom (yes, I LOVE to read in the bathroom), magaizines, ads. Have you ever checked out Uncle John's Bathroom Reader series? It's great for all of us bathroom readers!

www.funwiththreekids.blogspot.com

Honour said...

After being in Costa Rica for six weeks and translating for Spanish docs, I was desperate to read anything English. I paid 35 dollars for an American newspaper (I'm Canadian) and read EVERYTHING in it. Top to bottom. Advice Columns. Classifieds. Obits. Ads. Everything.

Aerin said...

Catalogs. I have a slight addiction to them, since I can find little time to read for long stretches, with two toddlers.....*sigh*

girl with the mask said...

It doesn't have to have pages- the back of cereal packet does just fine!

G.I.M x

Mel said...

When I was in pre-school, my teachers were curious to know if I could actually read the books on the shelves in the classroom, or if I'd read them before and had memorized them. So they gave me an Elmer's glue bottle and told me to read it. The only word that tripped me up was "caution."

Tangerine said...

I always read when I'm eating - therefore, I read whatever I can - bottle labels, packages, menus... anything that comes in handy.

Ms. Bassette said...

When we were in Mexico on a vacation with another family and my oldest was just 3, I took only one book, knowing I would be playing with her all day and then sleeping all night.

Well, for the first time, she played, alone, with her Buddy of 5 of the other family. I was so happy,...until I realized I had finished my only book. I then took to reading my friend's book when he wasn't. It was the Howard Stern autobiography. I hated the guy (still do) and could not believe I was reading his book...but that was all I had. I was disgusted with myself.

Now, I take more than enough books on any trip I go on.

As for the Uncle John Bathroom readers, my same daughter loved them and gained so much trivia, or as we say in reading, prior, knowledge, that I attribute some of her wonderful grades in high school to those books.

And, yes, I too read whatever is put in front of me...or over to the side...or across the room!

Jen said...

the emergency card in the seat pocket on the airplane and the automotive manuel in the car's glove compartment...also every bit of written word in the exam room while waiting for the doctor, from baby innoculation schedule to diagrams of the nose, eye, and female organs...