Friends know I read a lot and they frequently ask me for book recommendations. Well, no one asked this time, but I’m going to share all the books over the last year that gave me a book hangover. What is a book hangover? Readers typically describe it as the inability to start a new bookContinue reading “Books for a Hangover”
When children learn to read, they choose books based on their interests. Dinosaurs, super heroes, ocean life, fairies, and adventure stories are all fair game. As they grow, they develop a preference for certain story types. We know them as genres. What happens, though, if you branch out and read outside of your comfort level?
If you have not taught your child proper moral values that align with your family, whatever those values may be, then you may have cause to worry about what they’re reading. However, parents should lead by example, and give their children the tools they need to make good choices in all aspects of their lives. If you do that, then you should also be able to trust your child. Trust that they will put down a book that has content they are not ready to explore.
I recently read These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall. I want to start off by saying this is not my usual genre. It’s billed as a thriller. I typically read fantasy of all types and some historical fiction. Every once in a while, I’ll delve into the world of mysteries (think Agatha Christie type) or gothic paranormal books. A “thriller” is not something I would gravitate toward.
“Movies aren’t being made due to COVID,” I said. “It’s impossible to make a movie and social distance at the same time.”
“That sucks,” Tim muttered.
“What if the movies we have now are the only movies we will ever have?” I mused.
“No, don’t say that!”
My son was horrified, but it got me thinking.