Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Rx: Read A Book

"Read a good book and call me in the morning."

That's what I wish a doctor would prescribe
when I'm feeling a little under the weather.

Not that I ever wait until I'm sick,
you understand.

Here's a few I finished in the last few weeks:

The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby
(Fascinating, especially if you love sewing.)

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
(What else needs to be said, it's Anne Tyler!)

Persuasion by Jane Austen
(My favorite Austen.)

Beauty by John O'Donohue
(Read a little at a time, just lovely!)

Pilgrim Inn by Elizabeth Goudge
(Must have now read this book a dozen times since I bought it in my
doctor's office in the 1980s. Doesn't everyone have a doctor who sells old books?)

The Right Attitude to Rain by Alexander McCall Smith
(Started over in McCall Smith's Isabel Dalhousie Novels.
This is the 3rd in the series.
I take them to bed with me for my winding down book.)

But wait, there's one more book in that stack
and today I'm giving myself permission to drop
everything and lose myself in...

The Mystery of Lucy and the Dark Woods
by Diana Kosmoski

That's right, our own Nana Diana Takes A Break
has written a book!

I got mine through Amazon but I went through her blog link
just in case that helps!

Here is the link to her blog for the rare person 
who doesn't know this charming, funny
woman who is the soul of integrity.

Now, I'm going to pretend that I just got off the phone
with my doctor and he told me to:

"Read a good book and call me in the morning."

First sentence: Lucy heard her mother, Ellen, calling her.

Don't bother me, R.H.
I'm reading, I mean I'm sick.


  1. Dewena, Yes, Diana wrote a book! And I'd love to get one too! She is one of my favorite blog friends and such a terrific lady. Look at all the books you are reading. Nel is the book lover in the family, and I wonder if she's read any of these? I know she likes Jane Austen. Pilgrim Inn sounds interesting.

    I checked out some of Carl Larsson's paintings; oh my, they are wonderful. I am seeing a lot of my blog friend's favorite portraits and artists and learning new things today. :~)

    love, ~Sheri

  2. I think that's a prescription doctors should definitely prescribe! I know it does me good. What a great list of books.

  3. Reading a good book can surely cure what ails you. And, a good book is a preventive as well.


  4. I'm reading Diana's book too!

  5. Another friend mentioned her blog the other day. I guess I should check it out ;)

    Oh and yes, I wish they always prescribed that cure and I wish it really worked. I'd never get sick.


  6. I had NO IDEA that Nana DIana wrote a book! I must add it to my Summer Reading List!

    I was considering adding A Spool of Blue Thread to my reading list, too.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog….it means so much to me, especially since I've been out of the loop for so many months!


  7. Awwww....Dewena! Thank you so much. Crossing my fingers that you like the book. I am going to try ONCE AGAIN to load your blog on my sidebar. I have tried several times and that is where I read from. Love that you gave me such a nice introduction. I can see I have YOU fooled! lol xo Diana

  8. Whooo Hoooo- I came back to tell you that it looks like it went through this time! You are stuck with me now, kiddo!!!! lol

  9. Mine will come soon!!!!

    And then I too can take that Rx-for-a-good-book prescription. :-)))

    Hooray for our Nana-Diana, first published author, that I 'know'....

  10. Dewena,
    I love the wisdom behind this thinking-reading a book, taking a walk all of the good remedies that really work!
    You have been busy-oh I am reading The Shell Seekers.

  11. I bought Diana's book, too! Can't wait for it to arrive!

  12. Love Elizabeth Goudge, too, and I read the first Dalhousie book this year. Want to read more. The book Beauty looks good; I've put it on my wish list, thanks for the recommendation.
    So wonderful a fellow blogger has written a book!
    I also wish sometimes I'd be sent to my room for a nap :)

  13. For the longest time, now, whenever I see a book, read a book, or hear about a book, I think of you, for you truly are a lover of these bound pages of mystery, intrigue, drama and romance! Plus, being the talented writer that you are, I can't wait for your OWN romantic novel; I know it will make the best seller lists across the board!

    Love you!

  14. I'm so behind on my blog reading that I didn't know about Diana's book! Gotta get it!!! And I like what Poppy said, above!

  15. Persuasion is my favorite Austen as well! So of course I'm looking at the rest of your list for suggestions. I've already read the Anne Tyler so I'll look for the others. Have a wonderful summer day!

  16. This chapter of life has me reading too few books....


  17. I love to read. I lose myself in time when I read a good book. I travel to unknown places and meet so many interesting people along the way. I love the smell of a bookstore and the sound of the pages turning as I read. No Kindle or Nook here...paper books for me. I will be ordering this book also and cannot wait to read it. I've heard so many wonderful things about it! Have a wonderful read!!

  18. We like so many of the same books! I have 3 of these in my stack this week to read! Are you go Goodreads? We could become friends. I also put your blog in my blog list on my sidebar today. I don't want to miss your posts! Hope you feel 'better' soon. Do you need a note from home? heehee! Hugs, Diane

  19. i'm also waiting for my copy to arrive! so excited! isn't it just wonderful!
    I must re~visit persuasion.
    just the title 'the right attitude to rain' draws me in! have to check it out for sure.
    love your last two lines in this post... LOLOL!!! xoxo♥
    and ps.
    a doctor that lets you buy books in his office... WOW. my kind of doctor.

  20. Like Poppy, I always think of you when I see or hear about an interesting book. Reading good books is one of life's greatest pleasures.

  21. Dewena, I came over here just to see if you have a new post up. And I have to tell you again how much I love your Header. I know you've probably been told that many times by people, but it really is so charming, pretty, and different.

    Have a beautiful weekend, and I hope it stays sunny there. I actually hear of rain this weekend here, but we sure do need it.

    love, ~Sheri

  22. Your reading list is wonderful! What a joy books are! And I just did a post about being a bibliomaniac. :-) I added Diana's book to my Wish List on Amazon...looks like a very interesting book!

    I'm so behind with everyone these days...trying to get caught up! Sorry it had been a while since I commented on your posts!

  23. You make me smile. I love a good stack of books. Isn't it lovely to get older and have more time to read? Or maybe it is just that we make more time to read because other things just aren't as important as they once were. Dust for instance. I can close my ears to the badgering of dust much easier than when I was 30.

    I am reading Wolf Hall at present. I have read all of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books by McCall Smith but none of his Dalhousie series. I'll pick one up at the library soon. Anne Tyler, I confess I have never read one of hers. Where should I begin?

    1. Hi Nib's End, I think Anne Tyler's latter books are the best so I would start with them. They're different, they're just about life. No startling plots, just life, which is what I like.

      And if you can get The Sunday Philosophy Club, the first Dalhousie novel, begin with that and read in order if possible as they do have ongoing story lines.

      Yes, dust will wait!