The laundry is piled high, the bathroom is filthy, and I didn't do a single educational activity with the kids. Why? I couldn't put down Stephenie Meyer's The Host.
One would think 656 pages would be intimidating, but I flew through the novel and was truly disappointed when it finished. Even if you aren't a Twilight fan, I suggest you give this more mature novel a chance, especially if you enjoy sci-fi.
If you read my blog than you are obviously dedicated to filling your children's minds with quality books. But what about you? Do you take the time to read for pleasure? Are you setting a good example for your kids? Here are a few of my favorite books, in case you're looking for something new...
Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Truly one of the best novels I've ever read. Set in the "Wild West," it's a creative retelling of the story of Hosea. The first time I read it took exactly 8 hours: 8pm-12am and then 8am-12pm! I just couldn't put it down. The beginning might be a bit disturbing to some, but stick with it and I promise you won't be disappointed.
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
Here's another beautiful story of redemption. Rube is an asthmatic 11 year old boy who narrates the story of his family's journey to find his fugitive brother in 1962 Minnesota. I fell in love with the narrative voice in the first paragraph, and barely breathed while I traveled with Rube and his dad and sister on their quest. The story takes twists and turns you won't expect, and the relationships between the family members is inspiring.
Taliesin by Stephen Lawhead
I read this for the first time at the tender age of 11, and it worked it's way into my soul. Nearly once a year I read it and Merlin, the second in the series. The series is an amazing retelling and intertwining of the myths of Atlantis and Camelot, with a healthy dose of Celtic history worked in. Even if that sounds like nothing you would ever pick up, I suggest you to give it a chance. The ladies in my book club all loved it!
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Another set of books that defined my early teens. Have you read these yourself? All of them? They are near perfection. Pick them up after the kids go to bed and enjoy. (If you're already a lifelong fan, then you might be interested in the book that's coming out this November: The Narnia Code. I heard the author speak, and his theory is fascinating!)
Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
I doubt I need to sum up this one. I love the A&E 6 hour long version (hello, Colin Firth!) and the recent version with Keira Knightley, but I love the book most of all. If you've never actually read it, pick it up next time you're looking for a good book.
So what are your favorite novels? What should I pick up for myself next time?