This week I read one of The Hunky Hubby’s wizard detective books by Jim Butcher. This one featured faeries. I got to one of my favorite parts where the hero saves his life by asking the biggest baddest billy goat gruff to find him a doughnut.
“…I ask for Summer to honor its pledge to me, and the debt it incurred to me when I struck at Winter’s heart on its behalf.”
The gruff’s ears stood up, facing me. ‘Aye?’
‘I want you,’ I said, ‘to get me a doughnut. A real, genuine, Chicago doughnut. Not some glamoured doughnut. An actual one. Freshly made.’
The gruff’s teeth began to show as he smiled again…He bowed his head to me. ‘Likest thou jelly within thy doughnut?’
‘Nay, but prithee, with sprinkles ‘pon it instead,’ I said solemnly, ‘and frosting of white.’
‘It could take some time to locate such a pastry,’ the gruff said seriously.'”
It just doesn’t get much better than that. This author has a way with humor. Although I feel duty bound to point out that these are not YA and the author does not hold to a Christian world view…at all. Read at your own risk.
What did I learn from reading this week…that we all love a favorite, even the youngest readers. My 8-year-old son is reading How to Break a Dragon’s Heart for the third time this week. And yes he read it the first and second times this week as well. And right before that I read it out loud to all of them for the very first time. We all love our favorites. They make us feel safe and warm and calm and secure and take us to places that we know we like to be. Now the challenge is to write something that will become someone else’s favorite. No small task.