Ok, we don’t get them here, so I’m dreaming. While the rest of the country freezes, it’s sunny and warm here. Boo!
But this post is a tribute to staying in, bundled by the woodstove, cracking open a new book and going on adventures! I had a stack for my convalescence, but only got through a few. Give me snow days!
One of my favorite jobs ever was as a teenager at Old Schoolhouse Books in Vermont, where I could sit on a sheepskin in the bay window and watch the snow fall, reading through countless pages of old and rare books. One day is burnt into my memory, snow coming down like mad outside, reading the Bell Jar for the first time, shocked and numb and grateful that the weather kept anyone from coming in. The owners had an old Scottie dog named Katie, and she often kept me company. Creaky old wooden floors in a Victorian storefront, rows and rows of ancient and musty books, the snow coming down thickly outside. Heaven.
No, really. I just re-read it and found myself dog-ear-ing a million pages.
“What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into your daily lives? Haven’t we all had to struggle against lifes daily greyness, against pettiness, against mechanical cheerfulness, against suspicion? I struggle by remembering my friends; others I have known by remembering some place – some beloved place or tree.”
Perfect sprawling escape, I cried and cried.
I think this is next on the list.
Looks like “The Wolves of Willoughby Chase” but for grown ups. We shall see!
Only halfway through, but wildly interesting.
Marion Davies was so misunderstood! I watched a documentary on her after reading this – she’s whip smart and adorable!
2nd next on the list!
I read this a few days after Janna died, it was sad and escapist and lovely.
In the middle of it – oh, exactly what I needed, right now. I’ve been thinking so much about the state of lost, I had a dream recently about it, and death. So recommended, this book.
What else? I wish I’d read more over the break! I was feeling listless and ouchy and spent it mostly cuddling by the fireplace. Not a bad way to pass the time! One of my favorite bookshops relocated a block from my house, danger!!! The stack threatens to grow…