I cannot even describe to you how much of my childhood was spent reading. I devoured books. My favorites, hands down, were anything by VC Andrews, the whole entire Sweet Valley High series, and every single book ever written by Christopher Pike. Oh, Christopher. I could devote an entire blog post just to how his books shaped my teenage years.
But instead I'm going to talk about my son's love of reading. At the tender age of six, he's discovered the joy of chapter books (short stories are so last year). There is something wonderful about a story that continues for multiple chapters, where characters develop and you wonder about them after you close the book, and how their story becomes your story. He has discovered this and he loves it as much as I do.
His favorite author is Johnathan Rand, author of American Chillers, and Michigan Chillers, and Freddy Fernortner Fearless First Grader. He's a very Christopher Pike type author. Well, maybe more RL Stine if I'm being completely honest, since we all know Christopher was much more hardcore than RL.
So when we found out he was doing a book signing, we were totally there, and we all enjoyed the event very much. The author was engaging and entertaining and gave each fan his complete attention. When it was our turn to have our book signed, Narls got star struck. He had wrote down a whole list of questions for Johnathan the night before, but couldn't get a single one out (which is so unlike him, trust me when I say this kid's a talker).
He left with stars in his eyes. I'm still hearing about how cool Johnathan Rand is and maybe he'll be an author when he grows up and when can we get our next Michigan Chiller book.
Which warms this bookworm's heart.