BOOKS I'VE READ WITH MY DAUGHTER
I've read with Simone since she was born. Our evening routine always includes snuggling and making our way through a novel, with me reading aloud (she loves my voices). Best part of my day.
- •Stuart Little - E.B. WhiteOne of our earliest novels. So much sweetness.
- •The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton JusterReally set the pace for how clever and fun a novel can be.
- •The Golden Compass - Phillip PullmanShe may have been a bit young for the deeper themes, but the strong, bad-ass heroine and rollicking adventure, not to mention the adorable daemons!
- •The Warriors series - Erin HunterPacks of wild and feral cats fight over territory, mate, and ponder the destruction of the "two-legs." Simone was so caught up in the mythology of this series.
- •The Book of Three - Lloyd AlexanderWe made it through this prototypical fantasy and part of the next one before she decided it was just too scary.
- •Redwall - Brian JacquesTalking, sword-fighting varmints and the best food descriptions, ever!
- •Ray, reflected - Eric ElkinsWe read my first galley proof together. She laughed through it, and at the end said, "Oh, Daddy!" She read an early "The 13th Clock" manuscript on her own.
- •The Bartimeus Trilogy - Jonathan StroudThese books are so damn funny, with some serious themes on politics and freedom. Very dark and fun.
- •Mr. Midshipman Hornblower - C.S. ForesterI love love love seafaring novels, and this was her first taste of one. A classic.
- •The Hobbit - JRR TolkienSimone was so enamored of this book. She made me re-read descriptive passages. And we went right into...
- •Lord of the Rings - JRR TolkienSimone was obsessed with these books. We read them straight through, and she re-read "Fellowship" on her own at least three more times. Led to this column: http://bit.ly/1DNTNsp
- •Dune - Frank HerbertShe liked one world-building epic, so I read her another. Took us months and months. The politics and tech were so intriguing to her.
- •The Graveyard Book - Neil GaimanShe recommended this, because she's such a Gaiman fan.
- •The Hitchhiker's books - Douglas AdamsHow could I forget??? We laughed through these.
- •Sherlock Holmes (collection) - Sir Arthur Conan DoyleShe loved the BBC series and wanted to explore the source material.
- •Neuromancer - William GibsonOne of my favorite books, ever. Blew her mind, and forever changed her idea of what a novel can be. I loved listening to her cognitive breakthroughs. She named our wifi "Malicious AI."
- •Cold Mountain - Charles FrazierThis book took us almost 6 months to get through, but she was enthralled. So much lyrical prose, so much tragedy. So much heart. Another of my all-time favorites.
- •The High Window - Raymond ChandlerSimone loves a Japanese anime about a hard-boiled detective in an urban dystopia. I thought I'd give her a taste of the original. She's loving the muscular prose.