My eldest daughter loves, LOVES reading. Her favourite genre is fantasy/adventure. I like a variety of materials, including crime and particularly classic fiction — titles like Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. I decided to make a pact with my daughter: She reads one of my favourite books and I would read one of hers. So I read Eragon by Christopher Paolini and she read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
As we dived into the respective books, it took us both a while to adjust to the style of writing. What I loved most about this exercise were the chats we had about the books. So good. PLUS, I’m stoked to say that by the time my daughter finished Pride and Prejudice, she was a fan. So much so, she hunted down a second-hand copy for her own personal library. These are the parenting wins people!
As the children get older, I’ve been keen to engage them in exploring some of the books and movies I enjoyed in the 90s. Sometimes I’m more successful than others — I mean, everyone loves Princess Bride! — but there are other classics too. I noticed Netflix has a Movies from the 90s category…AND the BBC miniseries of Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth is the only Darcy). The other day, my daughter asked me — now that she had read the book — if we could watch the movie together. Music to my ears!