Countryside: The Book of the Wise


As many of you know, I’m a substitute teacher and tutor who is hoping to eventually teach full-time at the elementary level. I used to think that high school might be more of a fit for me, due to being able to discuss and recommend literature. However, it’s recently dawned on me that children and young adults have books that are just as fun and delightful to read and discuss. So while I begin making my list of books that I’d like to have for my future classroom, I’m excited about exploring books and authors I haven’t yet “met” and adding them to my list.Read More »

A City of Bells by Elizabeth Goudge


“In my experience when people once begin to read they go on. They begin because they think they ought to and they go on because they must. Yes. They find it widens life. We’re all greed for life, you know, and our short span of existence can’t give us all that we hunger for, the time is too short and our capacity not large enough. But in books we experience all life vicariously.” -Elizabeth Goudge {A City of Bells}Read More »

Book Review: The Making of a Marchioness


Oh my goodness, where did time run off to?!! I had no intention of having a prolonged absence here, but life has a mind of its own. I’ve been so busy this fall, studying and reading and baking and working and working and working… (okay, you get the idea I’m sure!).

I’m hoping to review the books I’ve read over the last few months and decided to start with one that I finished in September. I had started it last spring but set it aside for other books (sometimes I have reading ADD), but when I was on a trip I decided to take it on the plane and finish it at last.Read More »

Autumn Dreaming

β€œHe found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.”

J.R.R. TolkienΒ {The Fellowship of the Ring}

Who else begins dreaming in autumn? If you’re like me, you begin to dream of adventures in faraway lands – of places where there are crisp days and multicolored leaves crowing trees before falling into multitudinous piles. You may also dream of baking with pumpkin and spices, of warm lattes, autumnal books, and pulling out the scarves and boots.


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