Reading is a chief pleasure around here, and we've had lots of good pleasure floating around lately.
I just read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobeto Ramona for the first time (and by the way, LWW should always be the first read in the series. Ignore those people who tell you to read The Magician's Nephew first. No. Nuh-uh. Don't.) Is there anything like that flash of recognition, that shine in a child's eyes when she hears Aslan, triumphant:
"Yes!" said a great voice behind their backs. "It is more magic!"
He's back! Oh, yes! She couldn't wait, then, to dive into Prince Caspian, which we're now halfway through (alas, the movie ... alas, it is not the book ....) and I foresee the entire series in my near future.
More reading fun with Ramona:
Last night, I sat on the couch, simply existing, until it was time to go pick Anne and Betsy up from an activity. I was exhausted from a busy day. Ramona wanted to "do something" but I had no energy to do anything but exist. I think existing is a lovely thing to do on the couch in the evening. But Ramona suggested a read-aloud with a twist ... she could read to me. I agreed. I could exist and listen at the same time.
She grabbed a Martha book and began to read aloud. Oh, can I tell you how my heart swooned to hear my little sprite read with such expression? To listen to her attempts at a lovely Scottish brogue? Heaven.
Other good stuff: Anne recently had a friend mention the "Wheel of Time" series and wants to look into it (opinions, anyone?)
Betsy can't wait for the new Warriors bookto arrive.
I hope to soon get reviews written up for things I've loved of late:
* Tanita Davis's A la Carte (a truly lovely book for teen girls)
*Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinkingby Malcolm Gladwell
*Mike Aquilina's new book, Angels of God: The Bible, the Church and the Heavenly Hosts
The delight of nestling in.
And, oh, yeah ... I was going to post a poem about it, too, wasn't I? Here it is, and the Poetry Friday round up is being hosted today Under the Covers -- which comfortably dovetails with reading in bed.
Reading in Bed
by Helen H. Moore
Oh, what could be better
Than reading in bed,
Or thinking about
All the books that you've read?
With someone who loves you,
A father, a mother,
A doll, or a pet,
Or a sister or brother,
A grandma, a grandpa,
An uncle, an aunt -
(Can you think of anything better?
While outside the sky
Is all twinkling with light,
From stars that shine down
As we sleep through the night.
Oh, what could be better
Than sleeping in bed,
When the books that you love
Fill the dreams in your head?
(With thanks to the Summa Mamas for leading me to this poem.)