Enough Video Games – Read a Book, Please!


I’m really glad that Pokemon Go is getting everyone out the house and roaming around their neighborhood. There’s actually a pokemon gym behind a dumpster at our favorite local playground. (weird spot but whatevs) It’s gotten more people to go to the playground! My cousin got my son into it, and now he’s asking me to get the game on my phone so he can find pokemon in the back yard. He gets mad all over again each time I tell him no.

I love that the game is having folks be more active though. It’s much better than sitting hunched over a screen sedentary. If you’re going to play a game at least let it get you up and moving. But better than a game, I say read a book. Maybe start your own #52booksin2016 challenge. In my opinion if your child IS going to be sedentary, might as well be reading!

Here’s a great way to give your kids thumbs a rest, and get them to turn off the DS’s, X-Box’s, Nintendos, Tablets, Phones, and every other gadget.

I told you last week about Battlefield Earth – – the classic Sci-Fi novel from 1982 that was just re-released. Well, the hype surrounding the release has been unreal! A 25-foot tall alien spaceship from the planet Psychlo “crashed” onto Hollywood Blvd. The malevolent alien security chief for Earth, Terl, was captured by the story’s hero’s Jonnie Goodboy Tyler and Chrissie, led by a team of 10 Scotsmen, complete with drums and bagpipes.

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The book lives up to all the publicity and it’s a great way to engage your tween or teen with reading and start re-igniting their imagination, while giving them a little dose of history. The story begins with Voyager, the actual NASA space probe that was launched in 1977 in order to study the outer Solar System and hopefully make contact with would-be alien lifeforms. Watch this trailer that the publisher produced to relaunch the book.

In real-life The Nasa Voyager Interstellar Mission carried a gold-plated audio-visual disc complete with photos of Earth, scientific information, spoken greetings in 55 languages, and a collection of music, and other information into deep space so that in the event that it was ever found by intelligent life forms from other planetary systems they would come to understand our planet and civilization.

Conspiracy theorists believe Voyager actually did encounter extraterrestrial lifeforms (as depicted in the book) but then again it is unlikely we will ever find out.

Click Here to visit the Facebook page for Battlefield Earth. It has a lot of up-to-date information, photos and videos as well.

AND…if you haven’t read Battlefield Earth: Click Here to Purchase the book or audio-book on Amazon (Click Here to purchase Battlefield Earth) and get those kids to put away MineCraft and hop on a SpaceCraft! hehe!

What’s the last book you read?!


  1. says

    I think that I’m going to put Battlefield Earth on my TBR for fall. I’m currently reading A Court of Mist and Fury, the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J Maas in addition to her book The Assassin’s Blade from her Throne of Glass series.

  2. shelly peterson says

    Keeping the kids reading through the Summer is important and not spending so much time playing games and watching TV. I went to Barnes and Noble at the beginning of the Summer and let my son pick out some books he would be interested in and made sure he read every day. #entry

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