Relaxing Ritual~ Reading to Each Other

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We all know the many benefits of reading to our children before they can read to themselves. Once they do start reading, it’s still fun to read bedtime stories together and sometimes enjoy a longer book like Harry Potter, Little House in the Big Woods, Anne of Green Gables or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Reading together is a great way to connect and bond with your kids.

Did you know that reading to each other as adults can be beneficial as well? When couples read to each other it can strengthen a loving relationship and is much more intimate than watching a movie or television together. It gives both people a chance to talk about how a particular story relates to your lives and opens up new avenues of communication. If you take turns choosing books you’ll get a chance to share your interests and ideas in a new and deeper way.

Jeff and I have read several books together and listened to a couple on cd. Our list includes selections such as:

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Lust For Life by Irving Stone

Happiness For Two by Alexandra Stoddard

Currently I’m waiting to see if he wants to read Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro so we can lead February’s ChinDeep book club discussion together.

Reading together is a fun, romantic idea for date night! Cuddle up under a quilt, pour some wine or brew a pot of tea and try it if you haven’t yet…and if you have, what books have you enjoyed together? We’re always looking for new titles.


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  4 comments for “Relaxing Ritual~ Reading to Each Other

  1. Dana
    February 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I *adore* being read to, and reading aloud. I don’t use the word “adore” much, either, so you know it’s true!

  2. admin
    February 11, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I would rather read with Jeff than go to see a movie or to a fancy dinner. There is nothing quite as romantic 😉

  3. February 10, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I agree that reading together increases our relationship. My husband and I would read the bible together every night.. We haven’t done it in a while and need to start again.

    • Melissa
      February 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      It’s such a great way to spend time with your spouse/significant other 🙂 Thanks for commenting, Marlys!

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