You Know You’re a Book Lover When…

You know you’re a book lover when…

  • You can easily justify having multiple editions of the same book
  • You find it relaxing to be surrounded by books
  • You patiently wait and hunt for a certain edition or book cover – and get a huge rush when you finally find the book!
  • You prefer the original book cover to the movie version of the cover
  • Your “plan to read” list is so long, you know you’ll never complete it!
  • You rotate your piles and stacks of books like some people rotate seasonal decor
  • You would rather spend your paycheck on books instead of clothes or other items
  • You can recite your library card number as quickly as your phone number
  • You would consider a bookstore or library as a second home
  • You know there is no such thing as too many books  😀


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Reading List – Classics

I’ve seen a few popular lists of classics that everyone should read and I started thinking about all of the classics that I have yet to read. While I think I read a variety of books, I clearly have my work cut out for me when it comes to the classics. 😔 I’ve read a number of them throughout school and on my own, but as I started combing through lists, I realized that I have a number of books to add to my reading list!

I’ve created a list of classics that I still need to read. I’m going to attempt to update this list a few times a year (hopefully with a few completed books!)

  • Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens
  • Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  • The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens
  • Nicholas Nickelby by Charles Dickens
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  • Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
  • Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Wings of the Dove by Henry James
  • The Portait of a Lady by Henry James
  • The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nobokov
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • Candide by Voltaire
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Paradise Lost by John Milton
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Completed Books – January, 2017

I’m going to strive for a goal of 50 books in 2017.  I’ve selected a few books that I hope to read in 2017 – I’m sure I’ll get side-tracked by new books, so we’ll see how well I do with completing the stack.  😉

  1. Picnic, Lightning
  2. Power Foods for the Brain
  3. Of Bees and Mist
  4. House of Light

Happy Reading!


Tea Time – Winter Edition 2017

The holidays have come and gone, but I’m still enjoying the holiday teas that are currently in rotation.  I also have a new favorite tea that I received as a gift for the holidays – Argo Earl Grey Creme.  Not as strong as your traditional earl gray tea, with a hint of creme flavor that really balances the tea.  Perfect for an afternoon curled up with a good book!  (and it should be noted that I drank an entire pot of tea one evening while reading over the holidays!)  😀 I’ve underlined the teas that are currently in rotation.

  • Adagio Citron Green Tea (loose leaf)
  • Adagio Cream Black Tea (loose leaf)
  • Argo Earl Grey Creme
  • 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
  • Tazo Calm
  • Tazo Refresh
  • Trader Joe’s Green Tea
  • Trader Joe’s Vanilla and Cinnamon Black Tea
  • Trader Joe’s English Breakfast Black Tea
  • Yogi Detox Tea
  • Yogi Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin Tea
  • Yogi Egyptian Licorice Mint Tea

What are some of your favorite teas or do you have any other tea recommendations?

Winter Poems

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
  • Silver Filigree by Elinor Wylie
  • White-Eyes by Mary Oliver
  • Winter Trees by William Carlos William



A Few Picks for 2017

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.  🙂


The Classics

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!  😔




A Year in Review – 2016

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.

Favorites for 2016 included:

Stayed tuned for some thoughts on goals for 2017.  Happy reading!

Completed Books – December, 2016

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?

  1. The Good Karma Diet
  2. Big Magic
  3. The Happy Vegan
  4. Questions about Angels: Poems
  5. Success Through Stillness
  6. Into the Wilderness
  7. The Most Beautiful Walk in the World
  8. Bird by Bird
  9. Dawn on a Distant Shore
  10. Happy Cooking
  11. Timeless Beauty
  12. Kale and Coffee
  13. The Oz Family Kitchen
  14. Pablo Neruda: Book of Questions
  15. Fallen Beauty
  16. The Uninvited Guests
  17. SuperFoods Health Style
  18. It’s All Easy
  19. Call Me Zelda
  20. Living the Farm Sanctuary Life
  21. The Silver Witch
  22. Pretty Happy
  23. Hemingway’s Girl
  24. The House of Hawthorne
  25. Lake in the Clouds
  26. The Kind Diet
  27. Delights and Shadows
  28. The Paris Wife
  29. The Blue Zones Solution
  30. The Museum of Extraordinary Things
  31. Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume
  32. The Swerve
  33. The Joy of Less
  34. Good Poems
  35. The Perfume Collector
  36. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair
  37. The Rain in Portugal
  38. Casanova in Bolzano
  39. The Secret Garden
  40. Fire Along the Sky
  41. A Paris Apartment
  42. First Impressions
  43. Queen of Swords
  44. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Illustrated Edition
  45. Deliciously Ella Every Day
  46. 101 Things You Didn’t Know About Jane Austen
  47. 100 Days of Real Food

Recent Acquisitions

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?

Upstream by Mary Oliver

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

The Universe of Us by Lang Leav

Animal Poems  Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets

The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane