One of the most magical things in the world is a book that transcends age and era. Although this brings to mind for most people classics like The Hobbit, or Treasure Island, people are in fact still writing these books. Catherynne M. Valente is one of those people.
Her Fairyland series captured my eye with its first title, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is a title. A title to make you dream, to entice… where you feel like the only proper place to read it is in a blanket fort, with a flashlight, immediately.
My nine-year-old daughter adores it, and so do I. The writing is just beautiful; whimsical and perfect. You will fall in love with the characters, with the story, with the author. You will want to get your friends together for an adventure in your tree fort (if you don’t have adult friends who are willing to have adventures in tree forts, find new friends). This, along with The Boundless, makes me remember why I have loved books for as long as I can remember.
Indulge yourself. Pick up this book series. Go home and make a blanket fort, grab a flashlight, and read (it’s a grown-up blanket fort, so feel free to make it fancy and include wine).
If your kids are really well behaved, maybe you’ll let them borrow it.