Stay tuned for my fifth favorite, always a quote, and you’ll find out more!
I’m linking up with Susanne of Living to Tell the Story today for Friday's Fave Five, as we count down the blessings of the past week. Won’t you join us?
Here are my favorites this week:
Here are my favorites this week:
1. Summertime. What would I do if I taught all year long? For one thing, I wouldn’t get near as much writing or planning done, and I’d probably never make it to the doctor. Although it seems this week I’ve gone from one doctor to the other (all checkup type things), I’m thankful that I have this time to do those kinds of things.
2. Family food. I’m no gourmet cook, but I do love cooking for a table of boys who enjoy it. And mine sure do. Having the college boy home during the summer is great—he’s so appreciative for dinner! And one of my gifts to my new daughter-in-law was a family recipe book, and it’s so fun to hear she’s beginning to try recipes out of it, and with success!
3. Two books. In the last two weeks or so, I’ve read And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini and am finishing Unwritten by Charles Martin. I loved an earlier book by Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and it made a deep impression on me. I liked And the Mountains Echoed and I’m glad I read it, but it didn’t touch me as much as Suns. Perhaps it was the multiple character points of view or something. The story made the reader think about connections, but it had no where near the hope present in Suns, in my mind. And Unwritten? Well, I just love Charles Martin’s writing. He implies so much about books and reading in the course of the novel, and it's just a great story. He tells you just enough about the characters to keep you reading to find out more. (Susanne, I just noticed you reviewed this book the other day! I skimmed quickly because I have another chapter to go!!)
4. An anniversary gift. I should have posted this in June, but it was the day after the big family wedding, and I wasn’t posting anything! We were traveling and busy and I figured I’d wait. My hubby did the sweetest thing. When I was a child, I remember my grandmother wearing an opal ring. The gold was “soft,” she said, and she was always losing a little opal. (I have a childhood memory of searching through the gravel in the driveway to try to find one.) She left me that ring (opal is my birthstone), and for years I’ve said I should have it put into a secure setting and made into a necklace. Guess who figured out that the 35th anniversary would be a good time to surprise me with that? One of the sweetest things he has ever done. I just love it...and him!
5. This quote: (It explains the pile beside my bed.)
“Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity… We cherish books. Even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access, reassurance." (A. E. Newton)
“The buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity.” Isn’t that cool? The last line really gets me, though—“even if unread, their presence exudes comfort.”
Hope you’re enjoying your summer.
Wishing you more books than you can read this week,