I can dream, can’t I? My dream house has a room dedicated to reading — a library furnished with long, comfy sofas, chunky reading chairs, and a beverage center stocked with coffees, teas, hot chocolate, M&Ms, and fancy water. A staircase to the second story. A deep-pile shag rug. Shelves that surround the room, packed with books, floor to ceiling. Those fun ladders-on-wheels. And a fireplace.
(If you have a room like this, I hope you’re using and appreciating it!)
Love Those Pre-21st Century Copyrights: While I wait for that house to materialize (*sigh*), I store the overflow of books in my garage. And you know how that is: out of sight, out of mind.
So, it’s been nice taking time these past two weeks to revisit books I’ve had in storage for years (read about my Christmas tree made from books) and setting aside a few of them to reread:
- With Him by Anna J. Lindgren (devotional, 1956)
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (novel, 1943)
- Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington (autobiography, 1900)
- Mr. Jones, Meet the Master by Peter Marshall (sermons, 1950)
- The Book of Virtues and The Moral Compass edited by William J. Bennett (treasury of stories, 1993 and 1995; most are stories from long ago)
For me, it’s a treat to hold a book that is over 100 years old, and I own several. Print books are still my preference here in the digital age. I’m not one to avoid digital reading, like I used to, but my fingertips enjoy flipping paper over tapping metal or a screen to get to the next page of a story. Love live paper!
I want to fall in love with a new author: No, not with the person — with the storytelling. I’m in search of a contemporary novelist (Christian or not) whose stories are uplifting, thought-provoking, character driven, and which I can read without having to cringe (i.e., profanity, sex scenes, graphic violence, disturbing themes). Can you recommend a novelist who can tell a great story without offending the sensitivities of a gal like me? Reading is an important part of becoming a better writer, but the only novelists who inspire my fiction writing are either dead or soon to be. Maybe I’m not looking hard enough. Help!
Just For Fun: Take a 360-degree virtual tour of the U.S. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Reading Room. It’s an amazing work of architecture. My son and I were in D.C. in 2003 for his school’s U.S. history tour, and we visited the Library then. Click here and tap the second thumbnail at the bottom to see the room.
Thankful for My Living Room: I do have a fireplace. And my couch is rather cozy. I have books stacked on the table. What do you know? I do have a dream-house library! I’m going to enjoy this chilly night in Southern California (45 is cold for us!) with tea, an old book, and gratitude to God.