Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Shared Love of Books

My niece and I have always had a connection. When she was really little, it was easy -- Strawberry Shortcake dolls, my old magic set, our shared love of musicals. Now that she's 10, she is wonderfully independent and a little harder to read. When she told me she had just devoured the first two Twilight books, I jumped at the chance to read them. I then did what any loving aunt would do ... I bought her the third Twilight book.

It is so fun to have this common story, our own inside conversation. I'm on the first book ... and can't put it down. When I found out the main character Bella loves Jane Austin books, I was so excited. What a nice literary role model for my niece. However, that's where Bella's sense and sensibility ends. I don't want my sweet niece hanging out with bad boys or vampires. Though, Edward does seem like alot of fun!

And, of course, my niece reads by the light of her own OttLite lamp. I have the suspicion that it's on 'til the wee hours of the morn illuminating Bella and Edward. Maybe after she finishes the series, her OttLite will light up the fiery romance of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.

- Jessica

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