the morning was cold.
there were moments of wind howling through the windows that don't quite perfectly meet the walls.
there was sleet.
i am grateful to live on this street, on this small block, where i think nothing of tucking pjs into boots and running into neighbors' yards to take pictures. where they think nothing of it, at least they've not said anything. indeed, one neighbor has told me it makes him smile to see me running about with my camera. in truth it probably makes him laugh, but he is kind to just say smile.
my small world.
perhaps it's because i have a fear of travel - not a fear of other places, but of travel - that i find so many books about other places on my list. i all the time travel in my dreams, and i all the time travel when i read. even so, when uncle typewriter tossed out the idea of listing our favorite books, and kelly said 50 books for her Year of 50 Things, and i said i'm in, i was surprised at all the places i've been.
i've often said plot is secondary for me, that it is the beauty of the words i find more important. my list is full of foreign lands, magic, safety, courage, and a bit of baseball. the first 5 or 6 are indeed my first 5 or 6, but the books beyond are in no particular order. numbers 9 & 40 i may never read again - they were such hard, beautiful reads - and number 10 makes me defensive; do not judge this incredible poetic book by the chick flick movie (and i say this as someone who loves the movie). some are true stories. all are pages to other places. magic carpet rides.
- a short history of a small place / t.r. pearson
- wind, sand and stars / antoine de sainte-exupery
- the far pavilions / m.m. kaye
- to kill a mockingbird / harper lee
- out of africa / isak dinesen
- west with the night / beryl markham
- the milagro beanfield war / john nichols
- the last place on earth / roland huntford
- cold mountain / charles frasier
- under the tuscan sun / frances mayes
- seabiscuit / laura hillenbrand
- gates of fire / steven pressfield
- love in the time of cholera / gabriel garcia marquez
- the secret garden / frances hodgson burnett
- chocolat / joanne harris
- the story of edgar sawtelle / david wroblewski
- the night circus / erin morgenstern
- anne of green gables (series) / l.m. montgomery
- midnight in the garden of good and evil / john berendt
- the big sleep / raymond chandler
- the swiss family robinson / johann d. wyss
- on the road / jack kerouac
- little women / louisa may alcott
- zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance / robert pirsig
- beloved / toni morrison
- going back to bisbee / richard shelton
- the electric kool-aid acid test / tom wolfe
- a confederacy of dunces / john kennedy
- a good year / peter mayle
- seaworthy: adrift with william wallis in the golden age of rafting / t.r. pearson
- blood meridian / cormac mccarthy
- corelli's mandolin / louis de bernieres
- atlas shrugged / ayn rand
- heart of darkness / joseph conrad
- the little prince / antoine de sainte-exupery
- sometimes a great notion / ken kesey
- the secret life of bees / sue monk kidd
- the once and future king / t.h. white
- into thin air / jon krakauer
- the life of pi / yann martel
- the language of flowers / vanessa diffenbaugh
- bella tuscany / frances mayes
- harry potter (series) / j.k. rowling
- the time it never rained / elmer kelton
- the right stuff / tom wolfe
- the boxcar children, book 1 / gertrude chandler warner
- the orchid thief: a true story of beauty & obsession / susan orlean
- a passage to india / e.m. forster
- if i never get back / darryl brock
- men at work: the craft of baseball / george f. will
my current read is taking me through venice.
there are gondolas.
where are you? it's your turn to share.
i'd love to see your list.