My blogging dropped off the radar again during September and October, but my reading continued! Life was rich during those months with family and many outdoor activities. Our Grandson and his mother were able to resume normal life again after the awful fire in the Columbia River Gorge was *mostly* contained. My daughter and I traveled to Utah to visit my 98-year-old mother. I spent a lot of time outdoors in our beautiful autumn weather either walking or gardening! I participated in three 5k races (walking, not running since my knee injury last year). Our gardening project of preparing and planting a Butterfly Garden took a tremendous amount of time and energy. So when coming inside from all my outside activities, it just felt good to sit in the recliner with my feet up and read a good book. My blog posts are long overdue, but I’m here to catch up a bit and share with you my reading enjoyment of the last few months.
Books read in September and October:
My Favorite Autumn Read:
I really enjoy reading each of these books, but I particularly enjoyed the little book, A Month in the Country, by J.L. Carr. It was short, beautifully written, and very moving!
My Least Favorite Autumn Read:
Perhaps I just wasn’t in the mood for this one, but my least favorite Autumn read was Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey! This is the only Jane Austen I haven’t loved, and I’m not sure exactly why! I’ll have try it again, perhaps in the wintertime, so that I can figure out what it is that bothers me about it and why I don’t love it like her other works.
Rereading the Harry Potter Series:
I am loving this re-read of the entire Harry Potter series!! It will take me a long time to complete this project because I’m just reading a little bit each day, enjoying immersing myself in that magical world, not hurrying through it at all.
Favorite Quotes from my Autumn Reading:
“But why’s she got to go to the library?” “Because that’s what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.”
~from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling
I leaned back on my elbows and basked in the warming spring sun. There was a curious peace in this day, a sense of things working quietly in their proper courses, nothing minding the upsets and turmoils of human concerns. Perhaps it was the peace that one always finds outdoors, far enough away from buildings and clatter. Maybe it was the result of gardening, that quiet sense of pleasure in touching growing things, the satisfaction of helping them thrive.
~from Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
Lovely post, Robin! The photos are beautiful and I enjoyed seeing what you’ve been reading. Wonderful quotes, too! I added My Side of the Mountain (a childhood favorite!) and A Month In the Country to my library list.
Thanks, Les. I’m going to read the sequels to My Side of the Mountain soon. I love Jean Craighead George’s books!
So very good to see a new posting. I love how you did it with photos of books, and then those circular ones of people and places. Really lovely. I haven’t read PM in a long time, and when I searched out this book, I found there were more books in the Sarah Plain and Tall series that I’d not heard of. The Poet’s Dog sounds good. You are living such a good life, Robin. Wonderfully balanced between family, gardens, and books. My three favorite things.
Thanks, Nan! Life is good right now, and we are staying focused on all the positives! Those three things: “family, gardens, and books” keep us grounded!
Love that quote from The Outlander. I’m tempted to read it now …
Nicola, it took me a long time to finally get to Outlander. I did enjoy it, although I don’t know if I’ll tackle the entire series.
Rereads are turning out to be a blessing right now. Escaping into a book is even better when it’s into an already beloved world!
Kristen, I so agree with you! And we desperately need the escape right now!