Words! Words! Words!

I was watching my four year old daughter the other day. Some of her friends were coming over to play with her and she was bent over the coffee table frantically scribbling away on a pad of paper with a pen. She told me she was making a list of everything they were going to play. When I looked over her shoulder I saw random letters and lines. She so badly wants to be able to write and read.

Do you remember that time? I don't. I really don't ever remember no knowing how to read, how to write. It's amazing watching her discover letters and sounds and start to put them together. I recently got her a little series of books with sight words and she loves to read to me.

I've been reading this book this week--it's called DARKNESS FALLS by Jessica Sorensen. I picked it up for my Kindle for $1.99 because I'm a sucker for vampire books and post-apocalyptic fiction and this one has both combined. In it, is a world controlled by the Highers, a "perfect" race that keeps humanity contained by not allowing them to learn how to read.

It reminds me a little of The Giver with a little bit of the politics of The Hunger Games. I have to admit, one book into the trilogy, and I'm hooked. I really want to know what's going to happen next. The exiled were all thrown out of the Colony because they were some sort of thorn in the Highers' sides. Then there's the machinations of Monarch, the Colony's doctor, who genetically engineered most of those who were exiled from the Colony which brings up the question on whether or not they were actually exiled or thrown out into the "old world" with an agenda of Monarch's own? It's interesting and right now, I have more questions than answers and the next book isn't out until the end of the month. The exiled have a book that they think might be one of the keys to saving their world, but none of them know how to read it.

Reading seems to be key to the plot of this series, at least I think it is. Reading is also key to so many of us. Think about it. What if you couldn't read? Think of all the adventures, the characters and friends you would have missed out on. Just something to ponder the next time you stand in front of your book shelf and wonder where you want to go today?


  1. Ah I just can't imagine a world without books! I know that when I was little I wanted to read so bad that I would make up the stories based on the pictures (my mom has told me this so many times!) So I have never taken for granted the gift of books!

  2. I love books... isn't it awesome to see your children fall in love with them too:)


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