Favorite Book (one of) – 31:30

For me to say I have a favorite book would be like asking Imelda Marcos to choose a favorite pair of shoes.  Although, I don’t think I have quite as many books as she did shoes, nor, do I think you can compare my love of books with her love of shoes.  I think the motives behind the love are different.  Still, you must get the point.  I could never have just one favorite book.

Some of  my books in the book hutch that found me
Some of my books in the book hutch that found me

I love books, and given cash to shop I would more than likely spend the money on books rather than shoes.  Shoes wear out and go out of style.  Books are timeless.  A good book transcends time and is relevant throughout the ages.

This would be where I would now list a very classic book that has been around since forever, proving it’s timelessness, that all great literary persons have read and recommend.  Except, I am not.  The book I have chosen to talk about today would be considered shallow by a lot of book lovers.

It’s a romance novel; one of the few books I’ve read more than once, or even twice and will probably read again at some point in the future.  I love all manner of books. And if you browse my shelves you will notice everything – children’s, classics, novels, self-help, organization, home decor, hymn books, Bibles, bible commentaries, inspirational, devotional, spiritual growth, humor, history, poetry….Some of the books would be profound and some would be fluff.  I have a pretty wide range of interests. But, I have always loved a good romance.

I grew up reading Grace Livingston Hill and Emilie Loring Romance novels.  There were very few books that were mom-approved for my reading list.  Harlequin romance novels were off-limits, although I have read a few in my time.  My mom considered them not fit for my teenage mind.  I think some of them had a few bad words and too much kissing.

As I have gotten older the romance novel has interested me less, unless it is very well-written.  Which is why I think I still like some of the Emilie Loring books.  Even though they can be cliche, she still has somewhat of a classic style.  She has good description and she occasionally quotes snippets of classic poems, showing that she was well-read.  There is of course somewhat of a formula to romance novels, which is to be expected, but I think that was part of the attraction.  They provided a chance to escape for a while.  I could get lost in someone else’s life and imagine my life a little different, if just for awhile.

My favorite Emilie Loring book is Forsaking All Others.  It is about a young and upcoming stage actress who has become the guardian of her young nephew and for the sake of his health must give up her career and move to a better climate.  There is also a very young doctor who needs a wife to protect his reputation in a very gossipy dessert town. Throw in the older, mutual friend, who thinks marriage between the two would solve both their problems and you have the basic plot for a marriage of convenience that might just turn into real love.  Sappy, I know.  What can I say.  But there you have it. One of my favorite all time romance novels is Forsaking All Others.

A few months ago, I decided I needed to find a hardback copy of this book.  I found a first edition library copy at a reasonable price, so purchased it.  When it arrived I read the book again.  It did not disappoint. It now sits in the book hutch that found me waiting patiently to be loved again.

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My book hutch now, with a few more books than the first picture.   Notice the copy of Shakespeare on the top shelf?
My book hutch now, with a few more books than the first picture. Notice the copy of Shakespeare on the top shelf?  I have other shelves of books too.

What about you?  Do you have a favorite romance book?  A favorite any book?  You can click here for more about my reading habits.

Reading in grace,

Teresa (Sadie Grace)

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5 thoughts on “Favorite Book (one of) – 31:30

  1. Thanks, T.T., for an especially good post – – all your posts are great, but I grooved on this one. Love, LOVE the hutch. Wish one would find me! I loved the Harlequin romances too (this was the days before the bodice-rippers, when all the heroines were very wholesome). My half-sister, who is older that me, would read them and pass them along. Or, I would snatch them from the space under her bed, where she stored her books when she was finished reading. I always preferred the Gothic romances. They intrigued me with their air of darkness, mystery, and the ever-present castles. I can’t believe I’ve never read anything by Grace Livingston Hill, at least that I can recall – – I must remedy that. If I have a favorite book, it is Jane Eyre. I love this girl and the way she comports herself in terrible circumstances. I like Wuthering Heights, too, but it gives me chills. The way E.B.’s evil snakes down through generations, destroying them, is horrifying.

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    1. Wuthering Heights is rather chill provoking. It kind of draws you in and repels at the same time.

      Grace Livingston Hill books are rather old-fashioned which is part of their charm. My favorite of hers is The Enchanted Barn – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/574131.The_Enchanted_Barn
      Yes the older harlequins were pretty tame so nothing really for my mom to worry about.
      I had a younger sister who was second in line for a lot of my books. We loved Nancy Drew too, before we graduated to romance novels.

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