autumn colours & books

All the bright orange pumpkins around town are wonderful to see.  I love the light and colours this time of year.  It's stunning.

The other day I received a book titled Bound To Last: 30 Writers On Their Most Cherished Book edited by Sean Manning. Quickly I turned to an essay written by Julia Glass, an author I admire. Reading her words about a book she was fond of since childhood (Roar and More by Karla Kuskin) triggered me to ponder over what books I hold dearest to my heart.

One of the books I love is Walden by Henry David Thoreau.  It has traveled with me over the years to different countries and then back home.  Thoreau's writing is always full of beauty and thoughtfulness.  Sometimes I like to open a page at random and be enchanted with words of nature, life, and simplicity. One of my favourite quotes from Walden is:  "It is life near the bone where it is the sweetest."

I'd like to pose the very same question to you: What book(s) do you still cherish most?

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  1. the stories of john cheever.
    when i read these stories for the first time in high school & college, they opened my eyes and surprised me. so much more than just stories about well-to-do people in CT and NYC. the collection is a treasure.

  2. I've always loved Roald Dahl. Esio Trot was one of the first books I could read on my own, and Matilda was my guide for many school years. I re-discovered Dahl when I started learning English, and I found I loved his stories even more - including his more adult fairy tales. I love how he created a fantasy world that was funny yet managed to treat even the youngest readers with respect for their intelligence.
    Right now, I have a soft spot for Curtis Sittenfeld, whose narrative captures and analyses mundane life in such a way, it makes you conscious of things you didn't know you felt or thought.

  3. So many... I'll try and contain myself.

    The first book I recall owning was The Poky Little Puppy. I don't remember much about it, but I believe rice pudding was somehow involved (I love rice pudding). I also know that I was very unhappy when my little sis tore several pages.

    And then there was From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. This book was such fuel for the imagination. I immediately began fantasizing about running away to fabulous places and how much my parents would miss me.

    Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret was a very important book to me. I believe I was about 11 years old when I read it. It made me feel very grown up, much more like a young woman than a little girl. Judy Blume's Forever too, in secret, late at night by flashlight...

    I've really never been able to let go of The Bell Jar. It is so well written and captivating. I'm still haunted by how easily I related to Esther Greenwood in the beginning of the book.

    Last, The Samurai's Garden is the only book I've recommended to my father that he's truly liked. When it comes to novels, he is not easily pleased. He loved this one and still talks of it. This makes me happy.

  4. My all time favorite book is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I've read it so many times and it always makes me happy.

  5. Quite a question, I have a long list, but I will limit my response to one book,The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky. I have a few translations, and hope to read it in Russian one day. Love the photo, I too am rather fond of pumpkins, they are like friends that you see only at a certain time of year.

  6. Anything by the Swedish children's author Astrid Lindgren. My parents read her books aloud to me as a kid and every now and then I'll still read her books -a sort of comfort reading, really.

  7. Beautiful photo...I want to be wherever it was taken at!

    For me, I come back again and again to a couple of books: The Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett--I always get the urge to read it every Spring. There is such a sense of struggle and ultimate rebirth in the novel that usually seems mirrored in the season that time of year.

    I also re-read Wise Child by Monica Furlong when I am feeling sad--it's a sweet children's book that feels like wrapping a warm blanket around myself, it is full of gorgeous imagery and feels almost like a folk-tale.

  8. Especially now that it is fall, I crave To Kill a Mockingbird. My husband and I are also on a Jack Kerouac kick. He makes me want to take a long road trip up highway one and look at all the fall colors....

  9. That is a hard question. Currently, I am rereading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I like 18th century wit. Those little pumpkins are so cozy looking. Nice photo.

  10. Ooh, I just want to jump into that photo. In the fall, I loooooove spooky, atmospheric stories: neil gaiman, ray bradbury, joann sfarr, natalie babbitt...

  11. Ah I love this picture !!!!!
    Every year I read again some books by Francoise Sagan. I love how she depicted life in France in the 60's, love her style, her way of life... Bonjour Tristesse is such a masterpiece !

  12. I love autumn colors myself, light is so warm and beautiful right now :)

  13. A Confederacy of Dunces. So many wonderfully crafted characters. It's like a well worn sweater that I never want to part with.