For the month of March, each day I am writing and posting a slice of my life, hosted by Two Writing Teachers.
Slice of Life Challenge #21 Day 30:
Alaina scans the titles on my bookshelf. Her fingers run along the book spines.
“You have A LOT of books, Mom.” She's right. Buying books is my downfall. I have more titles than someone could probably read in a lifetime.
“I know. Too many. I’m trying not to buy so many and using the library instead.”
“What’s this one about?” She holds Kim Liggett’s The Grace Year.
“Oh, that’s a dystopian YA novel. I started reading it last year, but I must have gotten distracted. I remember liking it, but it is dark.”
“I’ll try it, Mom.”
Alaina dives into The Grace Year. She reads it in the car as we are running errands. She reads it at the kitchen table while she eats a snack. She reads me snippets of the book periodically.
“This book is SO disturbing, but I cannot stop reading it!”
“The ones you can't put down - those are the best kind! Just remember-it’s not a real story.”
She nods and returns to the book.
For the next few days, instead of her usual iPhone/iPad fixation, she’s immersed in this book. I overhear her tell her big brother about The Grace Year. (The even get in a bit of a debate about all of the disturbing books they have read and which one is the most disturbing.)
It's Spring Break, and my daughter is buried in a book. This mamma couldn’t be happier.