Monday, April 16, 2018

March 2018 Reading Highlights

I'm a little late with my March Reads blog post (we're halfway through April already - when did that happen!), but I had a few favorite quotes I wanted to share - better late than never, right?

In case you missed it, you can catch my reading wrap-up video above! I read some lovely books last month, but I think my favorite discovery was Perfume from Provence by Lady Winifred Fortescue...

"Bells were clanging, chiming and tolling from every tower and steeple as we approached the old town. There was no rhythm in their ringing but just a joyous din, as though each sweating Provencal ringer in every stuffy belfry were vying with his comrades to see who could make the loudest noise for the greater glory of God."

"That is the joy of Provencal servants; they are so joyous...they never sulk. They may have volcanic outbursts of temper, but, as they always express what they feel at the moment, they get rid of the thing fermenting within their minds and hearts in one explosion, instead of letting it turn sour within them."

This book was like a trip to Provence with an old friend. I've already started on some of Lady Winifred Fortescue's other books which have been equally charming - a new favorite!

I also really enjoyed The Lost Princess by George MacDonald - it reminded me a little bit of a fairytale out of Women Who Run with the Wolves. And I continued my Tolkien kick by finishing a re-read of The Hobbit. It was quite a different flavor from Lord of the Rings but still SO good...

"It was at this point that Bilbo stopped. Going on from there was the bravest thing he ever did. The tremendous things that happened afterward were as nothing compared to it. He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait."

Last month I also read a book by Tolkien's friend and fellow Oxford professor C.S. Lewis. I've read The Screwtape Letters several times before, but each time I revisit it I find something new...

"Prayers today are one of the innumerable co-ordinates with which the Enemy [i.e. God - a devil is writing the letters!] harmonises the weather of tomorrow."

I've been wanting to make a video of all my Penguin English Library books for awhile, and I finally got around to it last month! The PEL I'm reading at the moment is Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe - lots of adventure on the high seas.

What have you been reading lately?

1 comment:

  1. Calmly we walk through this April’s day,
    Time is the school in which we learn,
    Time is the fire in which we burn.
    -Delmore Schwartz (1913 -1966)