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Talking Books, Book Series, and Authors

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on Wed, 01/27/2016 - 18:48

Last night my daughter and I were up talking and we got on the subject of books. We spent the next ninety minutes talking about our favorite series, authors, and books. I had my Chromebook so I was scrolling through my Goodreads, which reminded me of many.

 When she was about 5 she first saw the first Harry Potter movie and she loved it. The movie is what drove her to want to learn how to play chess. I taught her chess as best I could and she ran with it from there. I wouldn't read her the book though, until we read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, first.

So each night I'd read to her and on our walk to school the next morning we'd talk about the story. We did this for several years as we worked through Tolkien and then all of the Potter series. We actually had to wait for the last book to come out. By then she was more than capable of reading it herself (ten years old), but we both wanted to finish them together.

I never really thought much about taking the time then to read to her each night and how it would impact her as well as our relationship, but it turns out it was a really good thing to have done.

I also gained a greater appreciation for Tolkien's work. I had read it in junior high, senior high, and college, but that was my first read as an adult. Reading aloud and hearing her questions showed what an amazing storyteller Tolkien was. The exercise reignited my interest in Tolkien's work and I've since read the History of Middle Earth (12 volumes) and many more works that have been published by his son, who served as editor.

It is hard to believe my little girl is 18 and finishing high school this year. It was so nice to just talk about the books and authors we like and dislike. I suggested some she'd like and she did the same for me. What a great end of day we had.