From the Basement

August 1, 2010

Reconnecting with Old Friends (a.k.a. Books)

The last few days have been a bit discouraging on the writing front. So today, I eschewed working on the novel in favor of reconnecting with old friends. I plowed through The Serpent on the Crown, one of the later installments in the Amelia Peabody series, and honest to goodness, it does not seem an overstatement to say it was good for the soul. It was such a pleasure to hang out with characters I’ve known since my early teen years, to laugh and (almost) cry, to enjoy a good mystery, to just enjoy reading again.

So I’m curious – what books do you pick up when in need of restoration? Which old friends do you like to visit? What stories make you forget that you’re reading?


  1. Chronicles of Narnia and the Hobbit =) LOVE THEM!

    Comment by M — August 1, 2010 @ 3:13 pm | Reply

  2. I’m definitely with the first commenter on this one! I go for Narnia, LOTR, Jane Austen, and anything by Louisa May Alcott.

    Comment by Kirsten — August 3, 2010 @ 3:22 am | Reply

    • I just watched the 1994 film version of Little Women. *happy sigh* One of my favorites.

      Also, I had a peer in the English department who loathed all things Jane Austen, and he recently crawled onto my fb to ask if I had any recommendations as to where to begin, so he could try her again… you would have loved going toe to toe with this guy, K. 🙂 For what it’s worth, he’s trying Mansfield Park, and I know you like that one.

      Comment by girldownstairs — August 3, 2010 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

  3. Jane Eyre. I get lost in her poetry, love and strength.

    Comment by Kayla — August 4, 2010 @ 2:36 pm | Reply

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