Sunday, October 23, 2011

Addicted to the Written Word

As much as I like reading blogs, if I have time to read I'd really rather be holding a book.  I know I'm killing trees, but I just like the smell of books (especially old ones with yellowed pages), the feel of books, the fact that I know others have perused the same pages.  Maybe I'm wrong, but I just don't think I could cozy up with a cup of tea and a Nook or Kindle.  Sorry, Amazon and B&N.

As I said, I love reading truly old books. Yes, I'm the girl who goes crazy in used bookstores. At one point, my mother brought a huge collection of books (all with maroon covers) home from my grandma's house.  You see, my grandmother's sister worked as a nanny for a wealthy family in the area.  Whenever the wealthy little girl threw away a toy or grew out of something, my grandmother's sister would bring it home for my Grandma Laura.  This series of books was just that, and, though missing a few volumes, it was read and treasured for many years.  My mother unearthed them in Grandma Laura's unused upstairs bedroom and brought them home for my sister and I to enjoy.  They were the Elsie Dinsmore books, not all 28 of them, but most of them.

I read through the first few when I was younger, and sometimes I'll pick up a book and keep reading through the series.  Some complain that Elsie is intolerably good.  She is.  In the words of Caleb, "She always makes good choices."  But sometimes, it's just nice to read a story where you know the heroine is going to do right, honor God, and encourage others to do the same.  A few that I have read have had great plots, others were rather dull; but it's like a TV show.  I just want to find out what happens to all of my characters.

I've recently become an Amazon Associate, which means that if you like something I recommend and buy it after clicking on the link on my page then I'll get a commission.  Not big money.  Just a little to help with the rising cost of groceries and Big Train vanilla chai tea.  As I was looking through the prices of some of my favorite products, I noticed that many of the Elsie Dinsmore books have become public domain literature.  This means that they are available on Project Gutenberg or for Kindle.  Now, I hate reading off my computer; but some of you may not share my dislike so here's what you can do:

You can download some of the books from Project Gutenberg for free!  Eighteen of the original books are there.  Or you can download Kindle for PC for free and then start downloading free books onto the Kindle program on your computer through  More of the Elsie stories are free on Project Gutenberg (fyi).

So that's my discovery to share tonight.  More on my crazy little men tomorrow, but for tonight I'm going to grab a cup of tea, open up on old book, and delight in its well-worn pages.  Here's a link on where to find all the Elsie books online.

1 comment:

  1. I'm with you on the written word. You can probably tell that from being in my house. But, I did break down a buy a nook because I couldn't justify fitting anymore book in my house.