I love making things, traveling, learning, and teaching. And for me, these all come together in my love of books. I have a confession to make: I have been buying too many books — both paper and ebooks. I can hear you thinking, “It’s impossible to have too many books.” In a way, you’re right. But my unread stack and the number of “new” books on my eReader is out of control. So for the summer, I am going to make it a personal goal to get though all the wonderful unread books I already own before I buy one more. I’ve recently been chatting with my 13-year old niece about books. We both love reading about fantasy and history. Talking with her got me thinking about some of my favorite books from when I was her age. So I made a list and sent it to her:
K–, here’s a list of some of my favorite books when I was growing up. Most are fantasy, but not all of them. I don’t remember how old I was when I read them, but I hope you have fun checking them out and reading some. You can tell me about more of your favorites next time we text. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg The Phantom Tollbooth by Nortun Juster The Borrowers by Mary Norton The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis The Changeling, The Headless Cupid, and The Velvet Room by Zilpha Snyder Aunt DonnaI’m almost tempted to re-read some of these books, but I’m also afraid the magic would dissipate. The Narnia movies flattened out the books, distorted the point of view, and for me – perhaps because I’m watching them in my 40s – completely ruined the magical feeling I had when I originally read the stories. Is it because the films fill in too many details? Or perhaps because I’m just too old for these stories now? Or maybe it’s just the initial experience of discovery can never be reproduced.
Today I was inspired to explorethe topic of “things I love” further. I’ve done this before. Sometimes when I get too bogged down in work, I have to remind myself to have fun. Lately I’ve actually been finding a pretty good balance. I’m doing something I love and something I must do every day. Sometimes they are the same thing. Sometimes, not. Here are 50 things I like to do for fun, in no particular order. 1. Swim 2. Walk 3. Go boating 4. Read 5. Spend time with friends 6. Chat with far-away friends 7. Knit 8. Sit in outdoor cafes in summer 9. Make jam 10. Dye yarn 12. Spin 13. Go to the beach 14. Listen to music 15. Watch movies 16. Lay in the sun 17. Watch snow while inside drinking hot cocoa 18. Go to the zoo 19. Window shop in cities 20. Visit new places 21. Visit favorite places 22. Plan trips 23. Look at my photos 24. Daydream 25. Cook elaborate meals 26. Research esoteric topics 27. Go to textile museums 28. Write nonsense 29. Write essays and stories 30. Get a manicure or pedicure 31. Walk in the woods 32. Eat ice cream 33. Shop for cool stuff on eBay 34. Sleep late 35. Take naps 36. Go in the hot tub 37. Pick berries 38. Take classes 39. Read my friends’ pages on facebook 40. Make lists 41. Decorate my office/studio 42. Buy gifts for friends 43. Study languages 44. Fondle luxurious yarns 45. Cook holiday foods 46. Bake Christmas cookies 47. Kick back and get a little drunk, alone or with friends 48. Make believe 49. Play with my iPhone 50. Plan projects
What’s on your list?