C.S. Lewis wrote in a letter, “I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”
Or woman, either. Certainly not this one! I love those old favorite books I go back to over and over again, familiar and comforting as a mug of hot chocolate on a chilly day!
A quick quiz: what was your first thought on seeing that picture?
- Tea and books- wonderful, point me to the nearest cozy armchair and I’ll be right there.
- Arrgghh! Move that cup and teaspoon off those books now!
Congratulations! There are no wrong answers. Either means you’re a book lover. :)
Though now, I mostly read ebooks. They aren’t the same as holding a paper book, inhaling that wonderful bookish smell that only books have. Tiny covers in a row on a Kindle don’t have nearly the same delight as a lovely row of matching spines on a bookshelf. But never having to say goodbye to a beloved book again is a wonderful thing. Being able to carry a thousand books around is amazing.
When I left Australia to move to England, I left my books and my family behind. And I missed my books most! Family, I knew I’d see again. I could talk to them on the phone. I could fly home. My lovely books, carefully saved for or thrifted over the years, from hundred year old children’s classics to vintage Harlequin romances, I had to sell.
After letting go my collection of all L. M. Montgomery‘s books in paperback and hardcover, I’m thrilled to have a complete set again, this time as ebooks. I bought a huge collection of all her books for just $2.99 (£1.99 in the UK). 6775 pages, according to Amazon! As most of her writing is now in the public domain, it’s available inexpensively, or even free.
When I need an easy comfort read, her books are where I turn first. I adore her stories! They’re sweet, uplifting, and just plain fun.
Most of us will have read at least one of her books, as she’s the author of the beloved Anne of Green Gables series. But if you haven’t read anything of hers beyond the Anne stories, you have an treat of discovery ahead! Try the Emily of New Moon trilogy, about a girl determined to be a writer, reflecting aspects of Lucy Maud’s own journey to publication. And make sure to look at The Blue Castle, possibly my all-time favorite romance, about an on-the-shelf woman, considered past the age of falling in love, who decides to escape her awful family and drab spinster life when told she has a life-limiting illness.
It’s quaint, old-fashioned and ever so slightly irreverent, but in a faith-filled way, with delicious lines like:
Valancy had long ago decided she would rather offend God than Aunt Wellington, because God might forgive her, but Aunt Wellington never would.
You can read a preview here. Time to reread it again, I think!
What are your own all-time favorite comfort reads?
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