Sunday, February 17, 2013

Poodle Passions: Books, Books, & more Books!

The other day a friend texted me, "Do you own the book, Little House on the Prairie?" Her daughter's teacher assigned it for reading, and NONE of our local libraries had it available. Appalling!!!

My response was, "Of course I do!"

The Little House stories, were the first books I ever read that were part of a series. My older sister's friend gave me her entire collection, and I cherish them still.

My first loves!

My love of reading grew as I did, and each series became more and more important to me. They molded me, changed me, and enlightened me.

The Secret Garden and A Little Princess came next, followed by Margaret Sidney's Five Little Peppers and How they Grew; I adored Polly Pepper. Louisa May Alcott's novels were next in line. I started with Little Women and worked my way through to Jo's Boys. I was fortunate in having a neighbor who also owned Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, and Under the Lilacs.

This just in: All of Alcott's novels, and three of the Peppers stories are available for download from Amazon for $0 right now!! And while I still prefer the smell and feel of a REAL book, to be able to own those lesser known classics for nothing, would have fulfilled many a childhood dream.

HA!!! I guess I'm always
a vintage girl at heart!
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My Grandma Ayriel, a prolific reader herself, always encouraged my love of reading; and she purchased many of what were to become my most treasured books. I think I was 9 when she introduced me to Nancy Drew, and the door to mystery novels opened for me. Then, when I was 10, I discovered Anne.

Need I say more? No other novels affected me as much when I was a child, than the stories of one little orphan girl with red hair, did. I found myself, in "Anne-spelled-with-an-E".

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My Grandma heard of my Anne adulation, and, never one to do things by halves, purchased me the entire Anne series. But she didn't stop there; after Anne, she continued to buy all of L.M. Montgomery's books, filling my shelves and my heart with joy. I sobbed through Rilla of Ingleside in the 6th grade, and went through my early teens with Emily of New Moon. Kilmeny, Marigold, Jane, Pat, and the Story Girl, were my dear friends; but no one could replace Anne.

*Random side note ~ Whenever a new acquaintance utters the words, "Kindred Spirits", I know we are bound to be great friends.

On through high-school I went, devouring every novel recommended, or assigned; and those early years of reading formed what has continued to be my reading preferences.

Nancy Drew led to Hercule Poirot, and various other great "cozy" British mysteries. The Secret Garden pointed me toward Romantic-Suspense greats like Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt ( and her many pseudonyms), Jane Aiken Hodge, Daphne du Maurier (forget Rebecca, read Frenchman's Creek!), and the phenomenal Madeleine Brent. 12th grade required reading presented me with the gift of my two favorite male characters (besides Gilbert and Mr. Darcy of course); Jane Eyre's Mr. Rochester, and Heathcliff, my boyfriend, in Wuthering Heights. Somewhere along the way I read all of Jane Austen; even the wretched Mansfield Park, which by the way, NEVER get's better!

A little mystery, a little romance,
read and re-read and re-read!

Some of the classics!

I read these two over and over again!
Sooo good!!!!!

Anglophile much??

Favorite Summer Reads!

In my twenties I discovered what was to be my next great obsession; the novels of Rosamunde Pilcher. Not since Anne, has a story moved me as profoundly as Pilcher's Coming Home does. I've read it almost every year since first finding it. I hold September and Under Gemini, almost as dear. Her stories have the ability to hug and to hurt simultaneously. Bittersweet stories of characters that feel genuinely real.

And so the list goes on and on and on. Books have always been my "window to the world". They continue to fill my imagination, leading me on voyages to new places and times. Not to mention making me one of the world's best Jeopardy players and crossword clue solvers!! Take that Husband! Ha!

Some of my "library".

I will never forget how it all started with that one gift of a "Little" book. Without all the people in my life who have contributed to my "library", I would not have become ME.

The Procrastinating, Vintage, Anne-loving, Poodle, ME!!!

Adorable vintage book covers!

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Have you noticed my
slight Pinterest addiction??


  1. I'm addicted to Victoria Holt. I collect them, which is hard because almost everything is out if print. Unfortunately, many are older than I am and somewhat fragile. I was delighted with Rhys Bowen, which is great summer reading.

    But you are right. Nobody takes the place of Anne Shirley!

    1. My friend and I both have managed to collect all of Victoria Holt's books plus most of Phillipa Carr. We have been fortunate in that our local library holds a book fair a couple times a year, and we have been able to find them there for a $1 a piece! You should try Madeleine Brent. Moonraker's Bride is hard to find, but so worth trying! Once you do, never loan it out, hehe. I've made that mistake twice now and it's almost impossible to replace!

  2. I'd be a happy camper if I could find Kirkland Revels. I think my sister stole it. Anyway, part of the joy is in the hunt, through all the dusty dirty bookstores....

    1. I think I may have 2 copies of Kirkland Revels..Eek!