“Reading Journeys” is a list of personal reading projects I have set for myself over the years. It’s fun to set some personal goals, with no time constraints, and travel a different direction for awhile. Please click on the title of each journey to see my list of books read and books I intend to read along each path.
When November arrives in the Pacific Northwest, it brings deep darkness and rain. Most of us living here actually like the rain and understand Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s advice: “The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” But that doesn’t mean we don’t long for sunshine on those long, dark, wintery days. One of my favorite things to do in winter, on a dark and dreary day, is to read a book that takes place in sunnier climates. I love to immerse myself in the written sunlight, and then look up to be startled by the dark contrast outside my window…
The little book I reviewed last week, Christmas Day in the Morning, reminded me how much I love the work of Pearl S. Buck. Her writing is so beautiful and her stories so compelling, whether written for adults or children. She’s an absolute favorite, and I decided that during this coming year I will give myself the gift of reading more of her work…
Dora Saint, whose pseudonym is Miss Read, wrote two series set in two English villages that she called Fairacre and Thrush Green. I started reading the Fairacre books and fell totally in love with them. They are such lovely, gentle reads, and I am completely captured by life in the village of Fairacre as told through the eyes of the village school teacher. My goal is to read all of Dora Saints books…and enjoy every minute of it.
Some authors, over time, weave themselves into your reading life! Nevil Shute has done just that for me. I was in high school when I read my first book by him, but it wasn’t until just a few years ago that I read another book by him and just loved the experience. I am slowly reading my way through his list of books!
It is important to me, as a “citizen of the world,” that I broaden my reading experience even more during this time of increasing nationalism. I truly believe the motto of the American Field Service (now known as AFS Intercultural Programs):
“Walk together, Talk together,
O ye peoples of the Earth,
For then, and only then,
Shall ye have peace.”
To paraphrase Jane Austen, B has been “my constant companion for these 38 years.” We’ve influenced each other tremendously and shared many things during those years, but as readers we have always been on two independent paths…