How to Get Your Brother to Read

So the whole summer, I have been annoying my younger brother, who is fourteen, to read. He’d much rather play video games, or spend hours on his piano than crack a book open. I finally found a way to get him to want to read (though it sort of happened by accident). I showed him the video of Linger author Maggie Stiefvater playing the Linger theme, called The Golden Wood, in celebration of her debut at #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List (CONGRATS MAGGIE!!!). Much to my surprise, he took a liking to the song and printed it out. Ever since, he’s been playing the song over and over again. I finally got around to recording him.

Yesterday, he told me he wanted to read the book. I was flabbergasted. I was all: Really? Are you sure? I told him that Shiver is kind of girly, after explaining that he would have to read that first since Linger is the sequel. But he insisted that he had to read it since he liked the song so much.

It’s fun to play. [The song] is very flowing, and it has a catchy melody. It’s not easily forgotten. You don’t even need to know what the book is about to understand the mood and heavy emotions that are within the book because it sets up such a strong foundation.

Jaymes is currently on the sixth page of Shiver. He feels that the song is very vivid and captures the mood of the book – even if he hasn’t really read the books yet. He compared the song to the Star Wars theme. “If you hear it, you’ll know it’s Linger.”

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