Monday, October 24, 2011

Books to Read

 For where can one find more noble distraction, more entertaining company, more delightful enchantment than in literature?
Muriel Barbery

I am grateful for books to read.  Wonderful wonderful books.  I love sinking deep into a story, so deep that when I finish reading it I feel sad because I'll miss the characters and disoriented because I was so immersed in the world of the book.  I love to read.

It's not just escaping into novels that makes me happy though.  I love books that inspire and enlighten, books that challenge what I think to be true, books that teach me something new.

And I love sharing books.  My children, as a rule, refuse to read what I recommend.  It's how the world works for us.

Imagine my surprise when Braeden picked from a handful of books in his English class, to read Pride and Prejudice, one of my favorite books.  It gets better.  He said he picked it because he knew I loved the book!  Is your next question what is he trying to butter me up for?  I don't know but believe me, it will work.

My boy, reading Pride and Prejudice.  I told him his wife would appreciate it some day.

The first few days of him reading were painful for him.  He told me, "Nothing's happening.  They just talk and talk.  And talk."  I told him to keep reading.

And he did.  I also toyed with him.  I asked him if Jane had died yet.  He said, "She dies!?!"

I said, "Oh, I've said too much."

The other night, I was making dinner and Braeden yelled from the other room, "Mom!  Mr. Bingley just proposed to Jane!"

So maybe the best part of books: sharing them.  Delighting together in the magical combinations authors make with 26 little letters.

4 comments:

JoLyn said...

Bravo, Braeden! Makes me wish I had an eligible daughter. And I loved the idea of being sad and disoriented; you nailed it.

Edith said...

I think that is absolutely wonderful that you are able to share the love of reading with your son. I hope he enjoys the book.

Megan said...

Tell Braeden he just scored big time points with Aunt Megan!

Marianne said...

You know how I strenuously avoid addictions? I knew I shouldn't read the Hunger Games. I saw what it did to my daughters. Now I'm home from a trip, have mountains of laundry, and only want to read.

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