Igraine the Brave by Cornelia Funke

Today I spent part of the day working on one of my Christmas presents and the rest of the day reading.  My partner gave me the Taj Mahal for Christmas.  It is the Lego (R) Taj Majal, and I have been steadily working on putting it together all week.  I still have quite a bit to go on it, but it will be fun to add to my collection.  But – I will write about my Lego (R) collection another day.

Today is the last day before I return to work after taking a few months off from working. I’d saved up my money and used the time to read, relax, and rediscover the things that I love.  My love for reading is back, and I am back to writing again.  I am over halfway through a nonfiction book that has been spinning in my head for years, and I have started a fiction book that I wanted to write.  I have also found a job that I think (hope) I am going to love.  A lot of people are surprised at the new occupation that I have chosen, but I think it is perfect for me.

I spent about half of my day (after doing some work on the Taj Mahal) reading a book and hanging out with my family.  Now, I love Cornelia Funke.  Her Inkheart series is wonderful, I loved Dragon Rider, and The Thief Lord was fantastic.  I was hunting for new copies of Dragon Rider and The Thief Lord and came across Igraine the Brave.  I did not know about this book, so I bought a copy.  I finally got the chance to open it up and read it today.  As usual, I was pleased.

Igraine the Brave tells the story of a 12 year old girl who wants to become a brave knight.  Her parents and her brother are magicians.  They live in a castle and are the proud owners of some important and famous singing magic books.  A greedy man decides he wants the magic books and comes to siege the castle to get the books.  Igraine and her brother are forced to go on separate adventures due to a mishap their parents encounter in some magic they have practiced.  I won’t give away the ending, but I will say that it was a very enjoyable book.  I would recommend it for mid-grade ages and older.  Reading it as an adult was fun.

I am enjoying my reading of children’s books intermixed with classic literature.  I find myself thinking more and more about the curiosity and bravery of children.  What is it that we do to squash that before they grow into young adults?  I am trying to find my childish bravery and creativity again.  Off to choose my next read!  Happy reading!

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