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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Reading List Autumn 2008

A view to rest eyes tired of reading.
A little park in front in the triangle formed by the streets.

The previous post was written not with the intention of eliciting sympathy, but for the purpose of explanation to readers who wrote asking if I was OK, those wondering if something was wrong, and those saying they hadn't heard from me in a while. My "Winter Report" was mainly for them.

Once the weather no longer permitted me to work in the garden, I dropped back into my autumn routine of reading. From the first day of autumn to the first day of winter I spent hours on end reading blogs of others (there are about 70 blogs I try to follow) and books, books, books.

This year the book list includes some late 19th and early 20th Century publications. I have found over the years that I particularly enjoy reading books from that era: the quality of writing, vocabulary, and style of writing.

13 volumes

(1862) E.D.E.N. Southworth: Broken Engagement

(1877) Martha Finley: Elsie's Children,
(1891) Elsie's Vacation

(1891) (Kentucky author) James Lane Allen: Flute and Violin

(1904) (Kentucky author) John Fox Jr.: The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come

(1905) (Kentucky author) James Lane Allen: The Choir Invisible

(1905) Thomas Dixon Jr.: The Leopard's Spots

(1906) William J. Locke: The Belove'd Vagabond

(1907) Meredith Nicholson: Rosalind at Redgate

(1915) J.M. Barrie: Sentimental Tommy

(1996) Frank McCourt: Angela's Ashes

(1998) Nancy Pickard: The Blue Corn Murders

(2006) (Kentucky author) Kim Edwards: Memory Keeper's Daughter

A View to the Back


Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Barbee, thanks for joining the "Muddy Booters", I have been missing your posts. Glad to see you come out of your winter hibernation.


Mariaberg said...

It was a long time since I read a book - but it is a nice feeling when you get in to a book and like you said with a language you like and the stil, how the author writes.
Well I have to take some time and read one.
I guess that you also can borrow books from the library, I have one hear now it is just the y´time.

I also like to read blogs. Sometime you find new blogs or interesting things on blogs that you did not expect - like this reading list - interesting.


Balisha said...

Because you and I like so many of the same things...I'm going to have to make a "Barbee list" to take to the library with me. I do read quite a bit, but not like years ago. My eyes won't let me anymore.Have a wonderful week.

Barbee' said...

Hi MBD: It was pretty much hibernation. Glad to be back. Thank you!

Hello Maria: Fortunately, we do have a good library system here. With children to care for I can understand there isn't a lot of time to read books. I hope your children learn to enjoy them, too. My next post will be my Winter reading list.

Balisha: From that list, the one I most recommend is: Memory Keeper's Daughter. And, it is based on a true story.

Titania said...

Hi Barbee; I have not read any of the books in your reading list. So I take some notes to follow up your suggestions. I am a bookworm, I could easily live in a library! I am glad you are back and getting a nice sun tan!

Barbee' said...

Thank you, Titania. Today is a very rainy day. From that list of books: My favorite was The Choir Invisible, but it is probably out of print. The one I recommend is Memory Keeper's Daughter It is easy to find.

Bren said...

I am sending you WARM WISHES from the garden. I bet you can't wait to see some pretty flowers soon.
Happy Spring - your photos are breath taking.

Barbee' said...

Hi Bren! It worked! Your WARM wishes arrived and today is warmer and rainy and there are daffodils blooming away. How about you come back next January and do it again. I'm glad you enjoyed the wintertime photos.

Skeeter said...

Ah, a great way to spend the winter for you! My mom is a big book reader but not me as I am more a conversationalist. lol How on earth can you follow 70 blogs? I have a difficult time keeping up with about 20 of them. lol...

Barbee' said...

Hi Skeeter, I'm glad you stopped by. I use Blogger.com's "Follow" to follow all those blogs. I really like it. It shows on my "Dashboard" down low on the page and each new post is in a long list with title and a little photo. I don't read every single one everyday, but I browse through them daily and read the first paragraph that is shown in the list. That way I know who is doing what. Four or five of them are just photos. So they are quick without much reading other than comments. I am not interested in recipes and cooking, so some days I skip a blog if that is the subject. To be in my Follow list, the blog does not have to be one hosted by Blogger. If it's Word Press, for example, I just copy its URL and paste it in the "Add" section on my Dashboard, a couple more clicks and it is in the list. I tried other feeds and readers, but I like this the best.

Barbee' said...

Oh, and some do not post everyday. Some post quite infrequently. Still it takes a lot of time (enjoyable time) and I look forward to it.

Skeeter said...

Wow, that is a lot of blogs to open each day. :)