I thought I would round up of some of my favorite poems for the winter season. Is it just me, or do you conjure up images of Robert Frost and some of his poems, like Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, when thinking about winter poems?
Snow-flakes by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Snow flakes by Emily Dickinson
Winter Stars by Sara Teasdale
A Winter Morning by Ted Kooser
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
As I think about some of my reading goals for 2017, I am planning to target 50 books again. I’ve been close the last few years (47 books in 2016, 45 in 2015, 44 in 2014, and 53 in 2013). As I mention in my last post, I hope to dive into more classics this year, which I anticipate will slow my reading progress a bit. I’ve pulled a few books below from my shelves that I hope to read in 2017. No guarantees, as I’m sure I’ll be side-tracked with new acquisitions and books. 🙂
I was inspired to get back into reading more classics from a post by The Misanthropologist. When I look back at my completed books over the past couple of years, there have a been a few classics, but I’ve definitely been drawn to more fiction, non-fiction and poetry. And let’s be real here – while I enjoy the classics, I need to be honest with myself and recognize that I need to be more mindful and focused when reading a classic compared to other books. While I feel like I’ve read a number of the more “popular” classics like Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Great Expectations, I have a list of classics on my “plan to read” list that I honestly wonder if I’ll ever end up reading! I’ve also considered re-reading some of the classics that were required in school, as I feel like I would have a different perspective and really enjoy reading them now.
As I look at my shelves, many of the classics that I still need to read are pretty intimidating in terms of size (e.g. Bleak House, Our Mutual Friend, Les Miserables, Vanity Fair, Moby Dick). After taking a look at my shelves and list of books I want to read and/or acquire, I think a few classics that I would like (and would be realistic) to tackle this year includes Mansfield Park, The Age of Innocence, Dombey and Son, and perhaps East of Eden and Little Men. We’re only a couple of weeks into the new year and I’m already wondering how I am going to finish everything I hope to read in 2017!
Before I dive into thinking about books I would like to read in 2017, I thought I would provide some thoughts and highlights from 2016. Overall, not a bad year for reading, although I made up for lost time in the last quarter of the year! I usually have a goal of 50 books and I completed 47 books this year. I had a mix of some non-fiction lifestyle and health-related books, poetry and fiction. I’m a little embarrassed to say that that I didn’t read many classics – just The Secret Garden. For fiction books, I read five of the six books in the Wilderness series by Sara Donati. I also enjoyed reading a number of books about authors, including Fallen Beauty, Call Me Zelda, Hemingway’s Girl and The House of Hawthorne. I also enjoyed reading more about Hemingway and his first wife in The Paris Wife.
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain – enjoyed reading about Hemingway’s time in Paris and the literary scene during that time period.
First Impressions by Charlie Lovett – I wasn’t a huge fan of the love triangle, but overall a charming book because you can really sense the author’s love of books. And you can’t go wrong with writing about Jane Austen! 🙂
Stayed tuned for some thoughts on goals for 2017. Happy reading!
2016 is a wrap! I made some progress towards the end of the year with reading and overall, had a good mix of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. After reviewing my list, I was surprised to see that I ended up reading five of the six Sara Donati books from the Wilderness series. I’ll plan to read the final book, The Endless Forest, in 2017. I will have to reflect on some of my favorites from 2016. Did you have any reading highlights or favorites in 2016?
Greetings and happy holidays for those who celebrated! Thought I would pop in with a quick update on some recent acquisitions that are now part of my collection after the holidays. Now I just have to decide what I want to read next! Any recommendations or new books that you have received or hope to read?
It’s hard to believe there is less than one month remaining for the 2016 year – time flies! I made more reading progress this month. I really enjoyed all three books I read in November (books 39-41). Fire Along the Sky is book 4 of Sara Donati’s Wilderness series. I also really enjoyed A Paris Apartment and it reignited my interest in art history. I recently picked up The Art Forger, which I look forward to reading. Here’s to a month of reading and all things merry to wrap up the year! 🙂
It’s been a while since I talked tea… 🙂 And now that the weather is turning cooler, it is the perfect time to take an inventory of my current tea selection. I’ve noticed that my tastes and preferred teas have changed over time, with a few longtime favorites still in the mix. I’ve underlined the teas that are currently in rotation.
Adagio Citron Green Tea (loose leaf)
Adagio Cream Black Tea (loose leaf)
Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane
Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime
Harney & Sons Black Currant
Harney & Sons Paris
Harney & Sons Vanilla Comoro
Lipton Decaffeinated Honey & Lemon
Simply Balanced Organic Chamomile
Stash Moroccan Mint
Trader Joe’s Green Tea
Trader Joe’s Vanilla and Cinnamon Black Tea
Trader Joe’s English Breakfast Black Tea
Twinings Earl Grey Tea
Yogi Detox Tea
Yogi Egyptian Licorice Mint Tea
What are some of your favorite teas or do you have any other tea recommendations?
Happy Hallows-Eve! I’ve made some good reading progress over the last month. Highlights include The Perfume Collector, which I really enjoyed, along with The Rain in Portugal by Billy Collins. I was excited that this book was all new poems. I plan to continue to work through some of my poetry collection between now through the end of the year. I would also like think about a classic or two that I would like to tackle over the winter months. My friend and I are thinking about Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens (gulp – big book!).
Hello! I’ve been attempting to declutter some things at home, including my bookshelves (insert dramatic gasp!). While I love my book collection, I really started to take a hard look at some of the books I picked up on a whim or at a used book sale, thinking “some day I’ll read this…” I’m not sure when that will happen with some of my books. I’ve also found that while I have a core set of books, writing styles, authors or genres that I tend to gravitate towards, there are definitely some books on my shelves where I was really into a specific topic, time period, etc., and have since moved on from that focus. I’ve cleared out a few bags of books to provide a little more breathing room on my shelves… and to make room for new acquisitions, of course! 🙂
A few of the mental debates I had while sorting through all of my books included just how many copies of some books do I really need? For example, I have multiple copies of a few Jane Austen books – leatherbound version, Penguin clothbound classics (love this series!), annotated versions, etc. I also took a hard look at my fiction books and really started thinking about how many books I would actually plan to read again – especially with the growing list of books I still want to read! Finally, I had a number of history and reference books about similar time periods. While I’ve read some of them, I again had to ask myself whether I really intend to read all of them. Of all of my books, my poetry collection is the one area where I could really justify keeping everything, as I often pull the books off the shelves when looking for inspiration or looking up a poem.
I would love to hear how fellow readers manage their growing book collections…