philosophical reasons for reading fiction! But really, fiction is a way to escape into a world fueled by my very vivid imagination. There are problems with me reading too--From my Grandaddy I inherited the ability to shut out all else while I am reading. Now, the good part of that is, that I can almost not hear my 2yo screaming at me when I'm deep into a chapter. The bad part of that is that the laundry, dishes, cleaning, etc. do not get done. But I have been a much happier camper this looong snow week knowing there is a book waiting for me during the kiddos rest time! Here are the books I got for Christmas and have read since then.
**Artemis Fowl The Atlantis Complex and Artemis Fowl The Time Paradox These are book 6 and 7 of the Artemis Fowl series. I recommend them especially for kids around age 12 or 13. These are well-written, creative books teaching a great lesson (At 12, Artemis is a child genius criminal. He learns friendship and family values by getting to know a vast and intelligent fairy race). These later books have Artemis dealing not only with science and time, but also with loving siblings and parents.
**Karen Kingsbury's Unlocked I've enjoyed most of Karen Kingsbury's novels (who wouldn't love her Baxter family?) This one focused on a son with autism, and it is beautifully written.
**Her Mother's Hope and Her Daughter's Dream by Francine Rivers. Rivers is on a totally different plane in Christian fiction writing. I have devoured and adored every single book she's written (since her conversion). She has a way of developing a character that is so real, you expect them to come through your door at any minute. You love her characters and you mourn with them as they make real life decisions and mistakes. My favorite books of hers were the Mark of the Lion series (please read them!) and Redeeming Love. I'm not sure that many other writers out there are letting their characters be as real as Rivers does. Her characters are mostly Christians, but just like real Christians, most of them make complete messes out of their lives in one way or another. Where a lot of Christian writers write to communicate a message, Rivers writes to communicate life. She doesn't tell you the lesson straight up, she lets you read and learn it from the real life experiences of her characters. Her characters sin, have life-long estrangements, get in trouble with the law, get killed in war... She is an artist with character development! I am really enjoying Her Mother's Hope and Her Daughter's Dream and the things they are teaching me through chronicling four mother-daughter relationships
With the kids, I am reading an abridged version of Kidnapped. And the oldest has been reading a great series called The Secrets of Droon. In these kids' fantasy books, a group of kids are whisked away to a magical land called Droon through a closet in the basement. After each trip battling the evil but quite tame Lord Spar, the kids return safely to Eric's basement. The oldest says that her favorite aspect of the books is, "That when something from Eric's world goes into to Droon, something from Droon has to come into Eric's world. Lord Spar's goal is to get himself into Eric's world so that he can take over Eric's world." She has been devouring our three volumes of these this snowy week.
So head to the library, order a few books for your kindle or your ipad, or take a family trip a bookstore (do they still have those??) and have some Happy reading!
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