The Press-Enterprise reports that 11-year-old Nicholas Barry of Riverside, California has read 1,282,442 words so far since August, quite an achievement…and a nice, even number that Adrian Monk would appreciate. So I guess it’s no surprise that Nicholas counts the Monk books among his favorites:
Nicholas, a Riverside resident, said he reads so much because he enjoys it.
"I love the challenge. I don’t do it for the prizes," he said.
Some of Nicholas’s favorite books are the "Star Wars" series by
Timothy Zahn and the "Monk" series by Lee Goldberg. The Accelerated
Reader program lets students take quizzes on the books they enjoy and
allows them to read an assortment of books which benefits the students,
"It inspires kids to read. They get to read what they want," he said.
8 thoughts on “1,282,442 Words (That’s Almost as Much as James Reasoner Writes in a Month)”
You should send that kid free copies of all your books.
I am way ahead of you. I called the reporter, got the boy’s address, and the package went out this afternoon.
That’s cool. Good for him.
(But how do they know how many words he read?)
He’s even got a statue of Lee on the table behind him.
You can just make out the Monk books under the kid’s watch-arm.
Thanks for posting my article. I can’t wait for book six of “Monk”!!!
Thank you, Mr. Goldberg, for making Nicholas’ accomplishments even more exciting!
Signed “Proud Mom”
I hope you didn’t send him _Beyond the Beyond_. That might be a tad much for the boy.