One of my vices – and one I love to share with anyone and everyone – is reading. I am an avid reader. I read a few hours a day whenever possible. Life without books… I just can’t imagine it.
I am raising a reader too though finding books for her that she likes is a bit more challenging than I ever could have imagined. While I have always been drawn to mysteries and detective works, she likes those books that involve a bit of magic and a lot of adventure.
This is not to say that she only reads books like Fabelhaven, Percy Jackson, and Harry Potter. One of her favorite books is Because of Winn-Dixie which has nothing to do with magic of the magician variety. She also enjoys books about kids – everyday kids, in the height of their kid careers like the Wimpy Kid books, Dork Diaries, and Frendle.
I like to keep an eye on what she is reading – ensuring that she is understanding the book, but also assuring myself that she is reading books that are appropriate for her. While a classmate is reading The Lovely Bones, I have suggested the my daughter try Island of the Blue Dolphins. There is plenty of time for her to read adult books – and there are so many great books written for kids… I can’t imagine rushing her into a world that is there waiting for her as she gets older.
That said, I have to admit that I am reading some of her books as well!!
Yes, there is something wonderful about diving into a book written for younger readers. They are… delightful!
I too love Because of Winn-Dixie, laughed my through Dork Diaries, and am now bewitched by Percy Jackson and his quests. (To be honest, I can’t wait to find out what Percy does next… or how the Greeks interact with their human counterparts!)
The creativity and imaginations of authors… the delight that they provide and give … ah, books and reading!!
I love that this is one of my passions that I share with others, especially my daughter. It is also one of the ways I take care of me!