To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one. ~Chinese Saying
When I was a young girl, reading was one of my favourite activities. I read everything from The Bobbsey Twins and Anne of Green Gables, to The Secret Garden and compilations of the Peanuts comic series.
That love of reading is still with me. It’s why I majored in English and am a die-hard fan of the library. (Seriously, all those books available to read! For free!)
DD already has a solid book collection. Many of them thanks to the generosity of family and friends. Some of those books she won’t read for years. They sit on her bookshelf in anticipation of her.
I hope to cultivate in DD that same love of reading I had as a child. For me, reading was – and still is – an escape, an adventure, a teacher and a friend. For these reasons, a book is one of the best gifts to give.
I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone, but the books from my childhood have stayed with me, even though many of them no longer sit on my bookshelf.
There is one book in particular that I would love to read again, and share with DD when she’s old enough.
The book is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Really, it was my first sci-fi novel although I certainly didn’t know it back then. I read it in sixth grade I think; not sure.
As a young girl, I identified with Meg – the troubled young protagonist. I didn’t always fit in at school either and think I may have felt relief to be reading a book about a girl who wasn’t perfect.
That kind of escape
A Wrinkle in Time is one of those books that immerses you into the story. As Meg crosses the universe in search of her father – with her super-genius youngest brother, Charles Wallace, and her friend, Calvin, from school in tow – I felt like I was there too. In the moment of everything happening.
Sometimes that kind of escape into the pages of a book is exactly what you need. Child or grownup; whichever we may be.
Did you read any sci-fi novels as a child? Do you read science fiction now?