One of the best things about the ‘random post’ widget at the bottom of each blog post is that I’m getting to revisit old blog posts that I never read any more. I’ve forgotten so many of them; there was a time, when the blog was only a few years old, when I still pretty much knew all of the posts that I dipped into from time to time off by heart. No longer. These days I read things and I’ve not only forgotten the events, but the writing feels like it could have been written by someone else. I’m so glad I have this blog; I don’t care about any of the current reasons for having them, I’m just delighted that one day I’ll have time to look back and read all about the childhood the girls had and the parenthood I had.
Today, the blog threw up a list of important books that I hoped my children would read. By and large, they are familiar with all of these classics these days, occasionally as film, but mostly as either a book to read or a book to listen to. I only had to read out of one the first lines from this list of greatest first lines in novels and Fran and Maddy knew it. (Okay, I admit it wasn’t any of the seriously highbrow or difficult ones!)
Of course, in the time I’ve been home educating, masses more books have come to my attention or been published. Harry Potter is one series that wasn’t around when I was a kid, then there is Artemis Fowl and the Inkheart Trilogy and Fran absolutely adores The Spooks Series. She’s stretching herself all the time at the library but our local one is not huge and well populated, in the teen section, with those ‘I was locked in a cupboard for 18 years’ type of books. So she’s actively looking for suggestions. She seems to like, as well as historical fiction, sets of books on a faintly supernatural theme. She has at least been allowed to access the 14+ section at the library, so there is a bit more to get her teeth into.
So feel free to let us know of anything you know of; we’d both like it.
I’m struggling a bit more with Maddy; she has got somewhat stuck at a ‘safe’ level after reading the naughtiest Girl books and has now moved on to Horrid Henry. She reads well but has rigid criteria (has to be realistic, not stupid adventures about kids solving murders and not silly or about things that can’t happen). What can I say except ? I’m really struggling to find meaningful stuff to move her on to; she’s a good reader for her age, although she has a tendency to skip over words that are too hard (but so did I) but I’m sure she can do better than Horrid Henry who has, honestly, served his purpose. It is like a nearly worse version of the Rainbow Fairy books.
So tell me; what classics have I missed? What more recent books might we love? What books have you read and passed to your children, or even, as happens here now, which ones get passed to you after they have read them? I’d like to know