Do or Don’t: Reading to Each Other

The other night in bed, instead of absent-mindedly checking our Instagrams, or chatting about our days, we read to each other. It was so soothing, and cuddly, and not as cheesy as you might imagine. It also felt nostalgic, and brought back such cozy memories of being read to as a child. From this New York Times article:

Reading aloud recaptures the physicality of words. To read with your lungs and diaphragm, with your tongue and lips, is very different than reading with your eyes alone. The language becomes a part of the body, which is why there is always a curious tenderness, almost an erotic quality, in those 18th- and 19th-century literary scenes where a book is being read aloud in mixed company. The words are not mere words. They are the breath and mind, perhaps even the soul, of the person who is reading.”

I’d like to make it a weekly routine, if I can convince Kevin : ). P.S. the book we read, Bats Sing, Mice Giggle, which is basically one long fun fact about animals (cockroaches can live up to TWO WEEKS without their heads!!), is the kind of book you can pick up and start reading from any page. Perfect for read-alouds (thanks, Mom!).

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7 thoughts on “Do or Don’t: Reading to Each Other

  1. I love this! When I was in college, my mom and I used to read each other stories from the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Now I want to call her up and ask her to read me one 🙂

  2. I used to read aloud to my college roommate while she shaved her legs in the sink in our dorm! Haha!

    I also read Nora Ephron essays out loud on a road trip through Georgia with some girlfriends last spring. They loved it!

  3. love having something sleepy-ish before bed that you can do together (and is maybe intellectual sort of?) — we’ve been (EMBARRASSING) listening to episodes of those old bach/mozart/beethoven audio stories. it makes me feel like i’m 8, but the music is beautiful and the stories are super soothing.

  4. We are expecting our first child and my husband reads a funny pregnancy survival book to me, while relaxing on the sofa. That’s great at the end of a busy working day!

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