Lu and I finished our book (An Old Fashioned Girl) last week and we both loved that thing. (It’s one of Louisa May Alcott’s lesser-known books.) I love books that just teach goodness. And sensibility. And grit. And, of course, the heroine in this one exhibited all three quite beautifully.

There is something so velvety good about reading a really good book with Lucy, and we have moved from snuggling on the bed to her doing my hair as I read, which I love. How long will I get to do this reading together business? I’m holding onto it with all my might and so is she, I think. I’ll be so sad when she decides she’s too old.

That Lucy has so many insights into books and we end up discussing a lot. And she always asks me to turn down the pages when there’s a part that relates somehow to Jesus or something else she’s been thinking about. She has a beautiful mind.

Next, Lucy downloaded The Giver on her little school iPod (she listens to books these days). She had lots to tell me about that one on the tandem biking through the oven-heat home from school (this is one of those things she balked at and claimed she would NEVER read even after Claire and Grace told her how good it is, but it’s pretty much her very favorite now…that girl kills me).

She and Grace watched the movie after she finished that one. We both agreed we may like the movie even better than the book, which never, ever happens in my opinion. I have to run, but I’m going to have to come back and paste in here my favorite scene when I get back!

Anyway, just a couple book suggestions for a Monday morning!

p.s. I should add that I put affiliate Amazon links in this post…which I do whenever I recommend something I really love from Amazon!

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  1. Encourage Lucy to read all four books in the Giver series. Messenger, Gathering
    Blue, and Son. The order isn’t that important, except I’d save Son for last. Everything Lois Lowry writes is a gift to this world.

  2. For what it’s worth, my mom read all the Harry Potter books aloud to me and my sisters (1 a year for each of us always starting in 2nd grade), and none of us wanted it to end. There’s something magical about being read to!

  3. I wished they spent another 10 minutes on the background of the community explaining how things function. I also wished they were 12 and not teenagers. It was as if they assumed the audience read the book.

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