Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Books, books, books

I love to read and I love beautiful books. 

Even when I declutter I don't get rid of that many books because it just makes me happy to have them nearby. Like a bunch of old friends hanging out. I like to imagine my kids in a few years or houseguests (maybe friends my kids will bring home from college??) choosing a book from my personal library and settling in for a good read while a blizzard rages outdoors.

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Last Christmas I read A Tale of Two Cities, a classic I had managed to avoid my entire life, but then LOVED. Having a book to read over the Christmas holidays has become a nice tradition. It gives me a way to be quiet, to sit and relax, no matter where I am or what else is going on.

I'm not sure what I'll be reading this year but here are a few possibilities:

The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer prize for fiction in 2013 (so I'm only a little bit behind) and in this (unflattering) review is compared to Dickens and references Antoine de Saint-Exupery's Wind, Sand & Stars, which also might be a good thing to read.

Lamb by Christopher Moore. The mom of one of my son's friends mentioned her book club was reading this one, and it looks amusing.

Jane Eyre. My bestie bought it for me a decade ago; it might be time to actually crack the cover.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This English major didn't read this classic either.

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon is the newest installment in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. I love these happy stories set in Botswana.

I might even have to check out Smith's version of Jane Austen's Emma, set in the modern day.

This list has quite a few great possibilities. I'm definitely thinking about finding A Spy Among Friends since I like espionage. I'm still also working my way through Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon series.

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Oh, and I hope that I'll be reading whatever book in a Fair Isle sweater. I've been slightly obsessed with them recently. This red one from Old Navy is still on sale.
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There is also this green one from Boden USA with a gorgeous little velvet placket.

What are you reading? Do you have a "Christmas book"?


  1. I'm exactly like you. I have to hang on to my books! (Are you a member of the Blogging for Books program? If not, I think it's right up your alley!) I read your post about The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and I am reading it right now too! It is seriously my ten pounds. Every time I get the house perfect, decluttered, closets gorgeous, it's a mess again in like two days... So I'm hoping for a miracle! Haha! Aren't you amazed how you can go through all this higher education and still not have read the classics? I did take a Victorian Lit class in grad school so I can highly recommend Jane Eyre! Happy reading, my friend. Can't wait to get that advanced copy of Dear Carolina in your hands! xo Kristy

  2. One can never have too many books!!


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