“A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counsellor, a multitude of counsellors.”

The morning is warm, but the house is still nighttime cold. The sun was so pleasant I sat outside for a while then with great resolve went inside to brave the chill of the house. The animals were huddled beside me when I woke up. If this had been winter, the furnace would have gone on triggered by the low temperature.

I’ve decided I am stuck in a rut, not an unpleasant rut but a rut nonetheless. This last week I stayed home most of the time by cramming all four of my errands into a single day. The reason for this inactivity is a new book. It was slow reading at first, but not anymore so I read and keep reading. Every now and then I take a nap then I read again. Last night I was in bed well before midnight but didn’t turn the light off until 1:30. I kept telling myself I’ll finish this chapter then go to sleep. That went on for several chapters. Today I’ll finish my book when maybe I can rejoin the world. (In case you’re wondering: The Nature of the Beast: A Chief Inspector Gamache novel.)

Losing myself in a book is one of my favorite ways to spend time. I’ve been doing it since I was a kid. I devour books sometimes reading them in one sitting, one very long sitting well into the night and into the next morning. I used to hide my books when I was in school. I’d pretend to be reading the textbook but instead was caught up in a mystery or a suspense novel smaller than the textbook so easily hidden between the pages. In biology class we read the text a lot. Among many I finished The House of the Seven Gables during that class. I never once got caught. I’m thinking I looked intensely interested in my text.

I remember my mother reading Treasure Island to my brother and me. That novel whetted my appetite for more. I think I’ve read most of Stevenson’s books, but Treasure Island will always be my favorite. I am so grateful my mother gave us a love of reading. What a wonderful gift!

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  1. olof1 Says:

    We had frost here this morning but my cottage was warm and nice. I actually had to find my winter jacket since it was too cold for just a sweater and a fleece jacket.

    I haven’t had a book good enough to just keep on reading just one more chapter and then I’ll sleep 🙂 I found the one You’re reding and listened to it for a while, I want it now 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I went and ordered the first two books of the series from Amazon. I ordered paperbacks which are cheaper than the e-books. With Amazon prime I get free 2 day shipping.

      The northern part of New England has had frost, but it is a long way off for me still. Today and most of the week will be in the 70’s.

      Get well!!!!

  2. flyboybob Says:

    I have always had a love of books. When I was a kid I devoured paper back books at a young age. The first novel I read in the 5th or 6th grade was Leon Uris Exodus followed by Battle Cry. I had the flu and read the book straight through in bed. Now I read everything on my iPad in ebook format. I love the idea that I can bookmark pages and highlight passages with notes. The fact that I can carry an entire library with me is also fun and copies are still on my computer.

    I just read an article that paper books are making a comeback while ebook sales are flat. The only drawback to an ebook is battery life.

    Who knows the next innovation may be that the text gets transmitted directly into our brains. 🙂

    We are having nice temperature this morning only 85 at noon expecting a high of the lower 90s with sunny skies.

    • katry Says:

      When I travel, I bring my iPad filled with books. On my last trip to Ghana, I read 10 books in 3 weeks, all from my iPad. When I was a volunteer in Ghana, books were a trading commodity. I read all the time. Luckily my town actually had a library. My friend Michelle said she has never had as much reading time as she did in Ghana. Remember there were no TV’s or computers and I don’t know anyone who bought a radio. Nights were spent reading.

      I read the same article and was glad to see it. I also read that newspapers were also selling more than they have in a while.

      I would not choose to have a direct link unless it also included holograms. I need to see what I’m reading.

      70’s all week here-perfect fall weather.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I love a book that will make me stay up into the wee hours for just one more chapter. I haven’t had that pleasure much lately though Guy Gavriel Kay’s stuff is good for at getting me to do that. Alexander McCall Smith and Terry Pratchett sometimes do as well.

    I’ve only read one of Chief Inspector Gamache but the books are on my list.

    My house was really cold this morning. Bed was nice and warm with two dogs and two blankets but then I had to get up. I almost turned the heat on for one cycle just to take the chill off. The cold tap water felt warmer than my hand. I thought I hadn’t shut the hot tap enough.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Terry Pratchett is one which also has me reading into the wee hours. I haven’t read Guy Gavriel Kay’s books. Now you have me interested.

      I just ordered the first two from Amazon in paperback. I figured I’d work through the series.

      I ended up turning the heat n for that one cycle. I was really cold. I really didn’t want to get out of bed either but I forced myself figuring that coffee would be tasty.

      Have a great day tomorrow.

  4. Birgit Says:

    Ready for the blood moon? The total eclipse begins in 15 minutes. Clear sky here. I hope you can see it too.

  5. T Says:


    I love books. Like you—I would loose myself in books as a child. I don’t remember Mom reading to us. But I do remember she was always reading something. A book….newspaper….magazine. She loved history, cheap novels, poems and “literature”. Biographys were also a favorite.

    I read everything. Except romance novels and technical tomes. Just finished Devil in the White City. About the making of the Chicago Worlds fair….and a serial killer. Sounds odd perhaps. But a fascinating read. Social history, architecture, politics and violence. Eric Larsen is an excellent writer.

    I sat on the porch this evening. Watching the huge blood red moon become just a yellow flicker of candlelight.

    • katry Says:

      I read Devil in the White City a few years ago. Like you I found it fascinating. The whole story of the World Fair’s construction coupled with the murders made for a book I couldn’t put down. I recommended it to many people.

      Both my parents were readers. My mother loved murders and mysteries and my father like Ludlum, MacLean and similar authors. They were the best role models as they read all the time. I think my love of the newspapers comes from my Dad who read it every day and groused sometimes while he was reading it.

      I was on the front step watching the moon turn red as it disappeared, and then I watched it reappear. It was wonderful!

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