Katarina can almost always be found with a book. A large portion of her days are spent with the characters and worlds that live within pages. These are her favorite books and series from the past few months. Some of them are old friends, read over and over again, and some are new loves.
The books read when you are a child stay in a special corner of your heart that no other book can reach. In my quest to remember the ninth year of her life, I want to note what she was reading - the stories that captured her imagination, made her laugh, caused her think, sat with her in solitude, touched her heart, and broadened her world.
I want to remember the books we read together, and the ones she read alone, often staying up way to late to finish one more chapter (which often turns into two or even three more chapters).
Some of her favorite books are stories that sit in the special corner of my heart. Books I loved when I was a child, and have enjoyed revisiting with Katarina - traveling to far off places together, introducing each other to characters, and sharing the special understanding that only two people who love the same book can have. In those moments, we aren't just mother and daughter; we are friends as well. It is a beautiful blessing.
What were your favorite books when you were a kid or teen?