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Ben Schafer

Post  jbschafer on Fri Jan 09, 2009 1:34 am

Hello everyone. My name is Ben. I teach computer science at the University of Northern Iowa. I was one of the folks asked to read 25 in 2005 by Doug but I weaseled out of it. I pondered "with two kids who has time to read?"

Well, now I have three children (8, almost 5, and 1) and I have even less time, but I am tired of not reading for the sake of reading. I posted a note on my facebook page yesterday that indicated that I was commited to reading this year and referenced Doug's original challenge in the note. Doug invited me to check out the site and post my book reviews here as well.

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Post  jrpstonecarver on Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:35 am

And once again I get to say "Welcome!"

I was also guilty of not joining Doug's site in 2005, at least initially. But then one of my all time favorite authors started a new series, and I felt obliged to talk about it. One thing lead to another and here I am.

Congrats on the family. I'm sure you are *very* busy, but reading is a good thing all 'round. Be sure you're reading to the kids too, and count those books here if you want!

Cheers!
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Post  jbschafer on Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:05 pm

jrpstonecarver wrote: Be sure you're reading to the kids too, and count those books here if you want!

Oh believe me, reading to the kids is a frequent must at our house. I strongly believe in it and the kids love it. It's the only "real" reading I have done the last few years. Besides, it is a great excuse to reread some of the things I loved as a kid (Little House, the Great Brain, EB White, etc) as well as not feel dumb about reading the current round of kids literature (Magic Tree House, A-Z mysteries, etc). I'll work a review of a couple of these into here at some point.

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