I read one of Maggie's favorite books this month: The False Prince.
It was actually quite good in that quick-read, get-into-the-action sort of way we all need every now and then. It reminded me of one of my favorite books: Outlander.
If anyone hasn't read Outlander, I envy you because you now have the chance.
Anyway, back to The False Prince. I really did enjoy reading it and, as it's part of a trilogy, I'm tempted to carry on and finish the series. What I liked best was the wit of the hero, Sage. He had some little humdingers thrown into the inner monologue and dialogue that were pretty snappy, and I do like that sort of thing in a hero. There was drama, intrigue, the hints of romance (but nothing explicit) and the typical good vs. evil in any hero's journey.
Of course, there were twists and turns, so every time I sat down to read, Maggie would raise a brow, ask where I was in the book and wanted to know what I thought might happen next.
Maggie and I didn't talk too much about Ghosts, but with The False Prince, we talked on and on, and we talked often.
That was the absolute best part of reading this book: talking to Maggie about it. I realized that when we show interest in someone else's interests, it's a gift. It's like stopping and paying attention, kind of getting into their world a little and looking at life through their lens.
I talked with Maggie all about the hero, the possible romance, who I thought might be 'good' and 'bad.' We talked about twists and turns. We talked about the writing.
And then we talked about other stuff.
Make-up. (no...no make-up yet)
Boys. (no...no boys yet)
I realized that the books were just a entry-point to a broader conversation, but the books are creating a little doorway down that path that I couldn't find before.
I think this age is the age at which kids can turn away from parents/family and toward friends/society. I know that's simplifying it, and I realize turning toward friends/society isn't inherently bad. But I feel the foundation should be the family, and what I want more than anything is to foster a relationship with Maggie that makes her want to turn toward home, even as she ventures out and off toward the myriad of glittering things outside of home.
Maybe that's just my mother's heart feeling like the years are going fast and the time is short before she will be off and on her own.
The books are like a little bridge I cross into her world, and I'm grateful for it. I can't wait to dig into the next one.
She gave me a big ol' stack of her favorites (I limited her to 10 for now).
Next up, I think I'll read Wonder.
Also, on another blog, I read about The War That Saved My Life. I have some Amazon money to spend after Christmas; I might get us a copy of that book and read it to her before bed. My kids still, at 10 and 12, love that.
Hope everyone is enjoying the day after Christmas. I'm still brainstorming goals for 2018!