Literary Adventures

As the year is winding down and wrapping up, I reflect on how I have spent my time in 2015–and the pages stare back at me, full of wonderous, fulfilling things–between the pages of literature (when I am not working or out and about with enjoying life with other humans)

I am blessed with a long history of reading and share in the delights of a family of readers (which, by the way, really is a super benefit when playing Scattegories–literature provides a whopping amount of double and triple pointers  for the game). Books can be costly (oh but they never go out of style and require no batteries, chargers, or updating!!) but oh the wonders of family family book swaps, reading pools, thrift shops, used/second-hand book stores, and the list goes on and on and on–and yet, I continue to seek new material to enjoy, why??

Reading is an adventure–on cold days with a cup of coffee, summer evenings with a glass of iced tea, anywhere anytime. I often find I need to ‘snap back to reality’ when in the midst of a good book as I daydream about the plot, eyes glazed over, and pondering what will happen–even whilst I am out with others; alas, those whom know me well are also great readers and are happily willing to discuss books or anything read, regardless the source.

I stumbled upon this article (I am unsure of the author but here is the link from which it was derived as the author really does deserve due credit) upon the importance of reading.

Why is reading important? It is how we discover new things. Books, magazines and even the Internet are great learning tools which require the ability to read and understand what is read. A person who knows how to read can educate themselves in any area of life they are interested in. We live in an age where we overflow with information, but reading is the main way to take advantage of it.

 Reading develops the imagination. TV and computer games have their place, but they are more like amusement. Amusement comes from two words “a” [non] and “muse” [think]. Amusement is non-thinking activities. With reading, a person can go anywhere in the world…or even out of it! They can be a king, or an adventurer, or a princess, or… The possibilities are endless. Non-readers never experience these joys to the same extent.

I can not even being to list all of the books I have read over time–some linger still in the recesses of my mind and other, though good, left a smaller, less powerful impact and thus have been left behind.  Here is a list of books I personally recomment reading, although is not inclusive, I have read every one (and they are in no particular order.)

  1. The Outlander Series, Diana Gabaldon
  2. All Creatures Great and Small-James Herriot

  3. All Things Bright and Beautiful-James Herriot

  4. All Things Wise and Wonderful- James Herriot

  5. The Lord God Made Them All-James Herriot

  6. The Book of Secrets–Tom Harper
  7. The Age of Innocence–Edith Wharton
  8. Jude, the Obscure-Thomas Hardy
  9. Dracula–Brahm Stoker
  10. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde–Robert Louis Stevenson
  11. The Scarlett Letter-Nathaniel Hawthorne
  12. Treasure Island–Robert Luis Stevenson
  13. Jane Eyre–Charlotte Brönte
  14. The Grapes of Wrath-  John Steinbeck
  15. The Alchemist -Paolo Coehlo
  16. The Good Earth- Pearl S. Buck
  17. Cathedral by the Sea-Ildefonso Falcones
  18. Pillars of the Earth–Ken Follett
  19. Pride and Prejudice–Jane Austen
  20. Sense and Sensability-Jane Austen
  21. Persuasion–Jane Austen
  22. Tarzan of the Apes–Edgar Rice Burroughs
  23. Robinson Curusoe–Daniel Defoe
  24. To Kill a Mockingbird—Harper Lee
  25. Frankenstein–Mary Shelly
  26. The Alienist–Caleb Carr
  27. The Secret Garden–Frances Hodgeson Burnett
  28. Siddhartha–Herman Hess
  29. Moby Dick–Herman Melville
  30. The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Alan Poe
  31. The Chronicles of Narnia–C.S. Lewis
  32. Rebecca–Daphne Du Maurier
  33. The Outsiders–S.E. Hinton
  34. The Fifth Mountain–Paolo Coehlo
  35. Leaves of Grass–Walt Whitman
  36. My Antonia–Willa Cather
  37. Oh, Pioneer!-Willa Cather
  38. Pilgrims Progress–John Bunyan
  39. Shepherd of the Hills–Harold Bell Wright
  40. Wings of a Dove–Henry James
  41. The BFG–Roald Dahl
  42. The Old Man and the Sea–Ernst Hemingway
  43. Alas, Babylon–P. Frank
  44. Charlotte’s Web–E.B. White
  45. Emma–Jane Austen
  46. Bless Me, Ultima–Rudolfo Anaya
  47. Like Water for Chocolate–Laura Esquivel
  48. Running the Iditarod–Gary Paulsen
  49. World without End-Ken Follett
  50. Modoc–Ralph Helfer

Top Favorites


Dracula, Brahm Stoker


The Outlander Series    Diana Gabaldon


Modoc,        Ralph Helfer

A sweetheart sends a note

Dear Anna,
my love, thank you so much for the nice photo you sent me. I am sending you one of me.
Thank you also for your cards, they are nice. I think of you every day and I miss you.
I wish you a very nice Christmas and a happy New Year! Send greetings also to your family and friends and especially to your grandmother.
I hug you and kiss you all over
Yours forever,