Sunday, August 19, 2018


This is a post for record keeping
It can also be a post for sharing.

Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them!   
How I need them
I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them
 -Arnold Lobel

Recently there was a FB thing involving posting your favorite book cover, with no explanation.  I had planned on doing that.
But, instead I decided to post some of my favorites (with links) here, in case I need to locate that information easily and quickly.
Because, this conversation has come up with coworkers a few times recently.
And just because I want to.

Feel free to share your own favorites in the comments if you like.

~In no particular order~

 *Note* This is one of the most amazing men I've ever read about.
He will help you put some things into perspective and inspire gratitude.

"What I like in a good author is not what he says

but what he whispers."
-Logan Pearsall Smith

*Note*  Someone here Saskia, Mo? turned me on to this book and I adore it!  
So, thank you whoever you are!
I'm re-reading it (for the third time) again right now ☺

  "Wear the old coat and buy the new book."
-Austin Phelps

*Note* This has been made into a movie, which I have not seen, but heard it was really well done.  I almost always say:  "read the book first" and "the book is better"

How many a man has dated a new era in his life

from the reading of a book.

-Henry David Thoreau

A week on the Concord River


*Note* Sadly Amy Krouse Rosenthal died of ovarian cancer March 13, 2017.  You can check out some of her other books and projects here.
She created some amazing 'things'!  This book is such an original idea!  
I'm so in love with it!  She even inspired me to write some of my own personal Encyclopedia entries!

"Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore."
 ---Henry Ward Beecher

*Note* Again: book first, then movie.  When I saw the movie the first time I was so disappointed because I felt like they had left 'so much' out...
but, now after seeing the movie so many times, 
the acting has totally won me over and I no longer remember what was left out!!

*Note* If you want to read something of a mystic love-life story, this is it.  
It is an escape from it reading that I've enjoyed.  I also read/enjoyed her "Summer of Glorious Madness", but this is the one I return to.

*Note* I read this book when my kids were young (RL 8-12yr).  
I always liked it way more than them! 
That is probably because of the Native American component. ☺
Anyway, to me a good read is a good read, no matter the intended/target age.

"Reading makes immigrants of us all--it takes us away from
home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere."
                       ---Hazel Rochman

*Note* I picked up this YA book on a whim, because the title and the cover caught my eye.
I love homemade, authentic whirligigs!  Some of you may remember the one J. made me.

Whirligig: Indian in Canoe

*Note* I bought this book for mere change in a small town outside of Carson City, NV in 1980, while pregnant with my firstborn (son).  I read it while trying to survive the hottest summer in history (at the time...probably not now!!) for that Northern Nevada area.  There I lay, on the couch, sweltering, 8 months pregnant and laughing my ass off!  It was the perfect read to both escape and be in sympathy with as I managed to endure the living conditions of my current residence!  There's nothing like a 25 year old mobile home on 2 acres in 1980!!
More about that, perhaps, another day!
This was also a movie,
which I remembered after reading the book.

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend...inside a dog, it's too dark to read." Groucho Marx, famous literary philosopher

Here are a few other selections, minus the photos since I don't own them.

*Note* I saw this at the library and her name caught my eye, since I lived in Nevada!
How silly!  Anyway, it turned out to be a great, very suspenseful book!  I've only read this one in the series, but I've not forgotten it.  I think it stuck with me because in the very early pages of the book, something takes place that leaves you CAN the book go on from THIS???  I wondered!  I also was drawn to the area in which the story takes place.
Take a look, you may like it too.

"A room without books is like a body without a soul."
 Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC),
Roman statesman, orator, philosopher  

I am a real sucker for books in which the main character 'takes off'.  By this I mean, goes walk about, goes traveling, generally just 'leaves it all behind'.
I liked the first few in this series, but for me the later books lost my interest.  
Anyway, I liked this because 
it's a walking book and because it is just such a fantasy book, 
in the way things work out.  Total escape.

And there's this one, which I liked because of her bravery and 
I could imagine some of the locations.
I was not this wild brave after my divorce!

And this sweet one, which I read after following their story on FB.
Aging, illness and grace...we could all take a lesson.

There have been others, but their titles are no longer lodged in my brain.  
If you know of any good traveling books, let me know! 

This is one I picked up in and independent grocery store while visiting the adored Pacific Grove, CA.  I was attracted because it is written by a local author about a place I love.  The simplicity and charm kept me reading.  In fact, I picked it up again last night when I wanted comfort and escape before bed.  No photo of my tattered copy, which has been read more than once and mailed back and forth to a dear friend.  You may like it too ☺

For the sake of learning and personal growth or self-reflection, 
some books are just great resources!  I've often shared these titles with others.
Disclaimer: I've much or most of each book, but not necessarily all of each book.
yet, I still believe they are sound choices.

Pretty much anything (books, TEDX talks etc) by Brene Brown

For sensory sensitive folks:
Years ago, I actually stumbled onto this and had a great A-Ha moment!
So, this is what I'm about!  
then I found this one:

"I suggest that the only books that influence us

are those for which we are ready,

and which have gone a little further down our particular path

than we have gone ourselves."
-E. M. Forster

For those needing hospice support:
These books came to me via my sister as our mama moved through hospice.
I ended up finishing them after she passed and  found great support within the pages.
I learned so much and was put at ease through a difficult life experience.
I highly recommend them.

 "When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does." - Kathleen, in "You've Got Mail"

I'll leave you with my first literary love affair.
As a very young girl, my mama (a book lover herself) read me Winnie the Pooh.
As she read the last words, closing the imaginative story in my mind, bringing to a close the treasured time of personal closeness and magic...
I looked up at her and said, "Read it again mama".
Hence my nickname of Nancy Pooh.
She later read me The House at Pooh Corner,
continuing the love fest! 
You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I, you can never be --
I had a mother who read to me.

-Strickland Gillilan

 I hope you've enjoyed this lengthy, even if it is not totally complete, book tour!
I'm glad I took the time to put this information all in one place.

Happy Reading!
  Photos by NAE ©2018

I meant to include this one:
The Wild Trees 
I loved this book AND I learned so much!!! 
If you love nature, trees and learning,
give this one a try.
I sure wish I know what I did with my copy ;) 

Oh my gosh!!  How did I forget to add this treasure?
This book was given to me by a dear friend, who loves a good story.
It holds amazing artwork and deep meaning.
It holds one of our favorite quotes!
Crow and Weasel 
“I would ask you to remember only this
one thing,” said Badger.
“The stories people tell have a way of
taking care of them.  If stories come to
you, care for them.  And learn to give
them away where they are needed. 
Sometimes a person needs a story more
than food to stay alive.  That is why we
put these stories in each other’s memory. 
This is how people care for themselves. 
One day you will be good storytellers. 
Never forget these obligations.”
-Barry Lopez
Crow and Weasel