library day...


In my quest for more intentional living I have a list of things that I am trying to give myself time to do everyday or at least a few times a week.  Things that I enjoy, things that bring me personal gratification and feed my soul.

Simple things really like creating something in my studio, having a slow cup of coffee, baking from scratch, studying God's word deeply or reading.

It's funny how the anticipation of this time is such a vital part of the joy.  Like going to the library.  I keep a list of authors and books that I want to read in my purse but I will also just walk around my favorite sections hoping for a title or a book cover to grab my attention.

I gather my overly ambitious stack of books, check out with the librarian, head home, stack them in a prominent place near my favorite reading chair and wait for that quiet moment when I can open up the pages and get lost for a little while.

This stack is on it's way back today.  I loved Trisha Yearwood's cook book and have added Anne of Green Gables to my favorite of all time books list (sorry again, Jen).

Any suggestions as to what I should bring home today?  I'd love to hear your favorite books and authors to add to my list.  I'd love to go in search of a few of your favorites, too.

xo, Patty


  1. Patty, The first book I ever owned was , "To Kill A Mockingbird." It was gifted to me by my guardian angel. We were raised very poor and owning a book was not heard of in our household. Mom never let us go to the library for fear we would ruin some book and she would be made to pay for it. I know sweetheart, too strange and strict. The last book I read and loved thru and thru was Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. It was basically a true story ..He has passed on and only wrote 3 books that I know of. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  2. I just love to go to the library too. I remember walking home from the library with huge stacks of books when I was a kid. Spent many hours with my own kids there too. I just finished Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. This was a book club selection that I wouldn't ever have chosen on my own. Parts of it were tough to read because it takes place in Ethiopia mostly so there are some gruesome parts. I skipped over some of those. I couldn't put the book down though because the story was enthralling!

    1. I am halfway through this book and agree that it is so good. You are right about the gruesome parts but I too skimmed over those.

  3. Patti, after all these years I just realized I hadn't joined your Google friends. Slap me! I just have you on my friends list. :)

  4. I recall carrying home from the library as many children's books as they would let me check out and guess what, I became a librarian. I recommend Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope and posted a short review on my blog. Madeleine L'Engle's 4 Crosswicks journals are lovely. A favorite of hers is "The Summer of the Great-Grandmother."

  5. You've got a great stack of books there, Patti.
    Our sweet little library has the same books that it had when we moved to this county 7 yrs. ago!
    I inquired about an interlibrary loan and found out that the cost per book is $3.00!
    Gee, for that price, I can buy and ship a used book :)

    Luckily, I found some great books at yard sales, and a neighboring town had a huge library book sale.
    I am blessed that I have a fully stocked library in our home, and lucky enough to add books to it often :)

    One of the series that I have LOVED is by BB Heywood. You can find them on Amazon, fairly reasonably.. or if you are very lucky, your library will have them!

    Smiles :)

  6. If you like Mysteries, Mary Higgins Clark. For Christian Fiction - Karen Kingsbury and of course, Francine Rivers.

    Biographies are wonderful too. If you haven't read Sarah's key, it's really good.

  7. I love books, too, and will read just about anything. However, I draw the line at Harlequin Romance books and I am not crazy about Science-fiction either. There is an old book that has stuck with me for years. A long book but I loved it---Apple Tree Lean Down by Mary Pearce. I have re-read it twice over the years and loved it just as much as I did the first time I read it. xo Diana

  8. Have you read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce? And then the follow-up, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy? Highly recommend both. Or, for a classic, how about The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald. Even my husband couldn't put this one down! Wonderful, descriptive writing that will have you laughing out loud!

  9. Have you read the Jan Karon Mitford series of books? (I recommend reading them in order) Absolutely wonderful!! You will fall in love with Father Tim and all of the rest of the folks in Mitford. Have you read Fanny Flagg? Her book "Can't Wait to Get to Heaven" is one of the best!

  10. A couple of books I recently enjoyed Fallen Beauty – Deckle Edge, 2014 and Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague – Geraldine Brooks April 30, 2002. I also agree with your commenter Melanie The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce {loved it}

  11. A lantern in her hand by beth streeter Aldrich. Favorite book ever.

  12. I love to read and do it everyday. Here are some of my favorites: The Neapolitan novels (there are 4 of them) by Elena Ferrente, I've read the 1st two-My Brilliant Friend & The Story of a Name. I really liked Mink River & The Plover by Brian Doyle. Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland was wonderful. Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger is a favorite and my Mom loved it too. The novels by Kent Haruf (Plainsong, Eventide) that were set in eastern Colorado were very good too. I guess I've given you a long list! Oh, and may I also recommend The Fairy Tale Girl, the new book by Susan Branch. Whatever you choose to read, I hope you enjoy it. Are you on goodreads?

  13. Have you ever read "A Girl of the Limberlost" By Gene Stratton Porter? One of my favorite of all time books.


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