Monday, February 07, 2011

My Most Worn Books

I took the weekend off from this blog because, basically, I had nothing new to say. Just the same ol' three things I've woven into two-thousand posts and 6 years:

1. Above all, grow closer to God.
2. Let Him change you (your whole world will change)
3. Crave and go after peace.

Of course, (as I've heard said), God doesn't require that we always have a new thing to say, just a now thing .You know, something timely and relevant that will, perhaps, help someone.

Well, I still don't have even that at the moment.

So. Just to let you know I'm still here, I thought I'd give you a simple list. And here you go:

The Books I've Read More Than Ten Times (And Never Tire Of)

1. Mary Emma and Company by Ralph Moody
2. The 'Saturday Books' by Elizabeth Enright
3. Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly
4. The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
5. Gone Away Lake (and its sequel) by Elizabeth Enright
6. The Friendly Road by David Grayson (and others of his)
7. The Art of Homemaking by Daryl V. Hoole
8. Domestic Affairs by Joyce Maynard
9. Grandma Moses: My Life's History by Grandma Moses
10. Chicken Every Sunday by Rosemary Taylor
11. Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace
12. Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
13. The 'Moffats series' by Eleanor Estes
14. Onions in the Stew by Betty MacDonald
15. Journal of a Happy Woman by June Strong
16. Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson
17. The Wind Blows Free by Loula Grace Erdman
18. Look Through My Window by Jean Little
19. Vagabond Summer by Anne Emery
20. The 'Tobey and Brose' books by Rosamond du Jardin
21. Stand In The Wind by Jean Little
22. The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig

As they say, there's no accounting for taste. :)

The majority of these are what I'd call comfort reads and I highly recommend each one, especially this time of year when many of us feel the snow covering our yards is creeping inside to cover--and freeze--our brains.

I am so there right now. heh.


Who knew there was so much to celebrate in February??


If you, too, have read any of these a few times I'd love to hear from you in my comment box. Or, even better, it would be fun to see which other books *you* have read over and over!


Sara said...

Of course, you know I am planning on retiring at Rocky Ridge Farm. I'm sure they won't mind.;) Sometimes we just have days of quietness, maybe for God to love on us for our own sake? I sometimes tend to take every moment and think I need to turn it into a post to share, teach, communicate. Anyway, today's post is perfect as I am off to the library in this frozen little corner of the world and now will take your list along with me!

Debra said...

Sara--loved your comments! I'll retire with you at Rocky Ridge Farm, too, ok? Just let me know when you're ready to go. :)

And how fun that you'll take my list with you. Your library will have some of the kids' lit. books for sure, but I'm not certain about many of the others. I tend to favor quirky, out of print books no longer found in libraries and that's why I'm so thrilled with the good ol' Internet--it's helped reunite me with lots of books I read while young and otherwise could now find no way else. Yay for amazon and abebooks! :)Thanks for commenting... Blessings, Debra

Dolores Lynn said...

Loved this post Debra! How about a list of your favorite music? I have read some of the books on your list but not all, so I 'll be keeping an eye out for the rest.

Anonymous said...

I love all of the Ralph Moody books!
I read them as a child, and collected and re-read them as an adult. Some more than once.

Debra said...

Dolores--great idea! Maybe I'll make a music list tomorrow for, coincidentally, I *have* been making a sort of mental music list lately. As a preview, you can check out the music at Kim's Daisy Cottage--I adore probably 95 percent of those songs and I listen to them a few times each week. :)

NancyR--Yay! Another fan of Ralph Moody. I also enjoy the other books in the series and own the first five (or so), but Mary Emma and Company is the one I love best and have read so many times that, well, you wouldn't believe it. :) I do tend to love books where much detailed description is given to the making of a home, hence my love for that one.

Thanks, Ladies...Debra

Unknown said...

Thanks for the great list and have a wonderful week. We will always be here waiting for you.

Ann said...

Heaven to Betsy is my most read Betsy/Tacy book!!! I'll have to make a list on my blog. time I updated it.

Debra said...

Odie--thanks! That's sweet of you.

Ann--that's a good book, too! Let me know if you post a book list to your blog, ok? I'd really like to read it.

Blessings, Debra