The Great Quarantine of 2020 has given me plenty of time to read books that have been on my TBR list for years. I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t read THE STORY GIRL by L. M. Montgomery until now. I’m a huge fan of the Anne and Emily books — if you haven’t read them, now is the time — and now I’m a fan of Sara, too. The book is as magical as the tales the Story Girl herself weaves and I was transported to PEI with the delightful descriptions of simpler times.
“There is such a place as fairyland—but only children can find the way to it. And they do not know that it is fairyland until they have grown so old that they forget the way.”
“I do like a road, because you can be always wondering what is at the end of it.”
I have also started re-reading the Little House books. I only remember reading the first four in the series as a kid, so I have something to look forward to when I get to the rest of them. Honestly, I don’t recall the dislike for the original inhabitants of the land the Ingalls moved to. I cringed several times when “indians” were referred to in a disparaging way. I like to believe it’s historical perspective and not racism, but L.I.W. doesn’t delve into that aspect. Not in the first few books, at least. Beyond that, the stories are quaint and enjoyable.
“She thought to herself, “This is now.” She was glad that the cozy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.” (Little House in the Big Woods)
“This is Indian country, isn’t it? What did we come to their country for, if you don’t like them?” (Little House on the Prairie)
“Never bet your money on another man’s game.” (Farmer Boy)
So, while I miss working in a bookstore for the time being, I’m glad for this time to catch up and relive some of the books that turned me into a Book Drunkard. I’d love to know what you’re doing with your time — book or otherwise!