05 September 2009

The Comfort of Books

Since I returned from Sequoia, I've been working almost every day. It has left little time for stitching, but on the few nights I've had off, I've found rest and relaxation in reading. At times like this, I love to pull out old favorites, my comfort reading; those stories that take me to another place and let the worries of work and the world fade away.

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This time, I'm re-reading L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series. I love the first two movies they did of the series and do watch them every so often, but even more, I love getting lost in L.M. Montgomery's words in these books! The first four books of the series epitomize (for me!) an idealized life, one which, has flavored my own and grown with me through the years.

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Every so often I think about what my list of "Essential Books" would include. What books would I keep if I had to get rid of all but one bookcase-full? Here is a glimpse of my list.

Bible
H. D. Thoreau - Walden
J.R.R. Tolkein - The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings
George McDonald - Sir Gibbie and too many others to list!
L.M. Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne of Windy Poplars, The Blue Castle, Jane of Lantern Hill
Frances Hodgsen Burnett - The Secret Garden
Laura Ingalls Wilder - Little House books
Jane Austin - Persuasion, Sense and Sensability, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park
Dodie Smith - I Capture the Castle
Rosamunde Pilcher - The Shell Seekers, Coming Home
Henry Beston - Northern Farm
Sigurd Olson - The Singing Wilderness, Runes of the North
Eric Sloan - Diary of an Early American Boy, Seasons of America Past
Tasha Tudor - TT's Private World, TT's Garden, TT's Heirloom Crafts, A Time to Keep
Diana Gabaldon - Outlander series
Beatirx Potter - all the little books!
Stephen Lawhead - The Song of Albion trilogy

I'm not sure all of these would fit within one bookcase, but I would certainly try! I would love to know what books you'd include on your list of essential books!

p.s. The sketches are from my sketchbooks over the past few years.

p.s.s. this is my 250th post! And I'm nearing 100,000 views and 100 followers! WOW! Be watching for a give-away in the near future!

p.s.s.s. I'm working the next several nights in a row and then it's off to Colorado for the annual Longs Peak Scottish Irish Festival and to see my family! Once I return in late September, posting (and stitching!) should pick back up to a more usual pace!

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