Books of our Youth

November 6, 2010

I was out shopping this week for my very special niece’s birthday.  Predictable, I know, but I ended up in the bookstore. I have so many great memories of books I read in my youth that I savour still and was inspired to share some with her as she’s been a good little reader from an early age.  A quick survey with some friends today revealed that I’m not the only one with precious memories of books we read long ago – what a fun conversation we had! My shopping excursion ended up with a classic favourite (Heidi) and I resisted (strongly) the popular, modern books covered in bubblegum pink with generous sprays of metallic stars. Perhaps the flashy new stories would be more appealing these days but I’m an old school Auntie and trust the stories that captivated us all those years ago will resonate just as strongly today. What are your thoughts? Are there any new books you think will stand the test of time?  Feel free to share your nostalgic favourites too!

My all time favourites from the day:



September 15, 2010

I just came across my horoscope for today on and felt compelled to share …
Cancer June 22- July 22

“When’s the last time you read a really good book, hmm? Why not email a few friends whose taste you trust and ask for a recommendation or two. Or, better yet, pick up one of the classics. They’re the classics for a reason, you know (because they’re really good!). Then make yourself a nice soymilk hot chocolate and spend the evening reading, reading, reading. You’ll be glad you did.”

© 1996 – 2010

I might replace the soymilk with a cup of my favourite Lady Grey tea but sounds like a good plan otherwise!
My favourite classic would be Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Or maybe Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier. And I was reminded of my beloved Heidi by Johanna Spyri recently …  So if your horoscope advised reading a classic (and it has for all you other Cancers out there) what classic would you read? What, my “friends whom I trust”, would you recommend?
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