A Good Book is Never Out of Place

Books are a permanent and essential fixture in our home.  Over the years, as I review photographs and memories, I realize that books are fixtures in our lives, not just our home.

Reading before dinner in Hawaii
Waiting for our table while dining in Hawaii

In the past year or two, I have made room in my life for a book club of wonderfully interesting women.  We meet every other month, sometimes  discussing the book at length, other times just enjoying each other’s company, food and drink, with the book a secondary focus.  We were honored with the presence of the author himself at our last gathering, as one of our members happened to have a family connection to him.  (By the way, our author-attended evening involved a definitely recommended read — The Theory of Remainders by Scott Carpenter — a suspenseful novel set in the Normandy region of France.  It is a captivating read that would be a perfect companion for a long car ride or flight!)  During a time of life where finding time to read for pleasure often takes a back seat, book club “forces” me to make time for an activity that always gives more than it takes.

Reading on the pontoon
Kicking back on the pontoon, book in hand, faithful friend as pillow.
Does life get much better?

Books are like friends to me — different personalities, different experiences.  Getting lost in a good book is the best.  (And as the weather turns colder, running a hot bubble bath with a glass of wine at my side and a good book in my hand is the perfect end to many a night!)  Some books are fine if read just once, but others demand repeat performances, often spaced over time, when life’s intervening experiences shed new light on the static words.  To Kill a Mockingbird (my book club’s next pick) is one of those always-fresh reads.  I believe this will be my fourth read of the classic novel, and I look forward to finding yet another new insight or hidden gem as I turn its pages once again.

Curled up with a book at the cabin
Cozy at the cabin with a good book (and, of course, that faithful friend!)

Other favorite reads (old friends) over time?  The list is long, but I will share a few , including several sentimental favorites:

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
Taking a breather while exploring Ostia Antica
Taking a breather while exploring Ostia Antica

New books (like new friends) can add a different perspective, sometimes unexpected, sometimes fun, sometimes reflective.  A few newer reads that were worthwhile:

  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • Buffalo for the Broken Heart: Restoring Life to a Black Hills Ranch by Dan O’Brien
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larsson
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Reading by firelight
Campfire memories at Glacier National Park

What is one of your go-to favorites, that you have read more than once and always recommend?  Or perhaps it is a newer book that comes to mind when asked to recommend a good read?

Ciao! ~ Kat

3 responses to “A Good Book is Never Out of Place”

  1. Love, love, LOVE this post! And the photos are priceless. Brought me back to my younger self being made by my Mom to go outside and play even tho’ I just wanted to remain buried in my latest book…. walking to the local library and being allowed to pick out books in the adult section….treasures, treasured reading!


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