5 Non-Fiction Highlights from 2020

Greetings! It’s Saturday again, and I’m back, as promised, to share 5 of my non-fiction highlights from 2020. I’m really excited about theses ones, so let’s just jump in! Feel free to check out my previous posts on my 2020 reading recap and my 2020 fiction highlights if you want to get some background info on this post. 😉

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5 Fiction Highlights from 2020

Hello! As promised, I’m back to share some of my bookish highlights from last year! One of my favourite things is sharing books with people – whether it’s recommendations or actual, physical copies. I wish I could share my copies of these books with you all, they’re that good. But I guess a simple recommendation will have to do instead… I hope that maybe one or two of these books will catch your attention and inspire you to pick them up and read them for yourself. These stories are very, very well written. And there is nothing more delightful than a good story, let me assure you. 🙂

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2020 Reading Recap + 2021 Reading Goals

Hello, and welcome to the first blog post of 2021! Somehow it seems a little surreal that another year has run its course and we are embarking into a new one. I’ve noticed the older I get, the quicker years pass – which is mildly concerning since I haven’t even left my teens behind yet. But c’est la vie. I’m grateful for 2020, despite its shortcomings, and now I’m rather glad that we get to move into 2021.

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November Reads

Greetings! First of all I must apologize for the lack of a blog post last week. Life overtook me, and by that I mean that I completely forgot because I was distracted with people and homework. 😀 It’s finals week for me, which means that I’ve spent the past week doing a lot of final projects and whatnot. But the light at the end of the tunnel is very close, and I can’t wait for 6 weeks of freedom!

Today, I thought I would break from routine and share some books that I have been reading recently, or am planning to read soon… I’m actually very much looking forward to my Christmas break because that means I will have abundant time on my hands to spend on reading! ‘Twill be a delightful time… 😀

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I am currently reading this delightful book over Facetime to my little sister back home. I read this in elementary school, and it’s been so fun to relieve old bookish memories with my little sister all these years later. If you’re into storks, Dutch school children, crotchety old men, sea storms and epic quests for wagon wheels, this book is for you.

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A friend lent this book to me at the beginning of the semester, and I’ve been slowly making my way through it for a couple of months. It’s a good book, but it’s been slow going – mostly because I’ve had required reading for school that has taken precedent up until now. 😀 That said, this book is rich and so vividly written. It feels like I’m watching a very detailed documentary playing in my head while I read it, which is very cool!

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Ok, now moving onto to the books that I’m planning to read very soon… I had a conversation about this book last year with a friend, and that same friend has very kindly lent it to me so that I can read it. I’ve been told it will rip my heart out, so that will be interesting… 😀

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This is another book I’m really looking forward to reading. Since coming to college I’ve been introduced to the Enneagram personality test, and I find it fascinating! I’m excited to learn more about the ins and outs of my (and others’!) personality.

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So there you have it – a little glimpse into my reading life these days… I hope you enjoyed it!

What are you guys reading or planning to read this Autumn? I’d love to hear about it in the comments! 🙂

Glimpses of Whimsy and Charm – {Jane of Lantern Hill}

One of the brightest spots of consistent joy in my life right now has been reading aloud with my Mum. You may remember that I did a reading streak with her for my last year at home (read more about that here, here and here). Now that I’m back for the summer, we’re back at it again! We just finished reading Jane of Lantern Hill by the ever-wonderful Lucy Maud Montgomery. And oh what a delight it was! It’s such a beautifully written tale about learning to love and finding your heart’s home. 

Jane of Lantern Hill

“Jane and her mother live in a gloomy old mansion, where their lives are ruled by her overbearing grandmother. For most of her life Jane has believed that her father is dead. Then, one dull April morning, a letter comes. Not only is her father alive and well, but he wants Jane to spend the summer with him on Prince Edward Island. For a blissful summer she lives at her father’s cottage on Lantern Hill, making friends, having adventures and discovering that life can be wonderful after all. And she dares to dream that there could be such a house where she, Mother and Father could live together without Grandmother’s disapproval – a house that could be called home.” (synopsis courtesy of Amazon)

This book is all the synopsis promises – and more! It’s full of LMM’s characteristic gentle humour and gorgeously descriptive prose. From a writer’s perspective, it is a study in rich and vibrant writing. From a reader’s perspective, it is a truly heart-warming and delightful story. Have I convinced you to read it yet?? 😀

Just to give you a glimpse into the whimsy and charm of this book, today I’ve decided to share with you a favourite quote from every chapter. Since that is a fair few chapters, this will be a two part series. And since LMM’s stories simply long to be imagined vividly, I’ve sprinkled pictures throughout that remind me of this story – give off the vibe of the book, if you will. I hope you enjoy this little quoting/pictorial foray into the delight that is Jane of Lantern Hill! 🙂 

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Chapter 1

“Jane hated her Father in so far as hatred could find place in a little heart that was not made for hating anybody, even grandmother.”

Chapter 2

“Mother’s eyes were blue… but not an icy blue like Grandmother’s. There is such a difference in blue eyes. Mother’s were just the colour of the sky on a summer morning between the great masses of white clouds.”

Chapter 3

“Jane’s eyes were goldy-brown like a marigold, with laughter lurking in them, but this girl’s were very dark and very sad… So sad that Jane’s heart did something queer inside of her. She knew quite well that it wasn’t right that anybody so young should have such sad eyes.”

Chapter 4

“You could feel the silence spreading through the room like a cold, smothering wave.”

jane gay

Chapter 5

“’I know a secret’ is probably the most intriguing phrase in the world. Jane surrendered to its allure.”

Chapter 6

“It was a cold day in late Autumn. The day had been miserly of its light from the beginning, with a dim ghost of sun peering through the dull grey clouds, and now it was getting dark and spitting snow.”

gloomy house

Chapter 7

“The house, which always seemed to be watching her, was watching her more closely than ever, with a mocking, triumphant malice.”

Chapter 8

“Jane felt like a candle flame blown out.”

Chapter 9

“[The letter] came one dull morning in early April… but such a bitter, peevish, unlovely April… more like March in its disposition than April.”

Chapter 10

“It was dreadful to think that you ought never to have been born… that your mother wasn’t glad to have you.”

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Chapter 11

“So this was P.E. Island… this rain-drenched land where the trees cringed before the wind and the heavy clouds seemed almost to touch the fields. Jane had no eyes for blossoming orchard or green meadow or soft-bosomed hills with scarfs of dark spruce across their shoulders.”

Chapter 12

“But, though she felt that something had taken her life and torn it apart, she did not cry.”

Chapter 13

“She felt at once the call of that mysterious kinship of soul which has nothing to do with relationships of flesh and blood.”

pei

Chapter 14

“The road was full of lovely surprises… a glimpse of far-off hills that seemed made of opal dust… a whiff of wind that had been blowing over a clover field… brooks that appeared from nowhere and ran off into green shadowy woods where long branches of spicy fir hung over the laced water… great white cloud mountains towering up in the blue sky… a hollow of tipsy buttercups… a tidal river unbelievably blue. Everywhere she looked there was something to delight her. Everything seemed just on the point of whispering a secret of happiness.”

Chapter 15

‘You have seen it before,’ said Dad softly. ‘You may not know it, but it’s in your blood. You were born beside it, one sweet haunted April night… you lived by it for three years. Once I took you down and dipped you in it, to the horror of… several people. You were properly baptized before that in the Anglican church in Charlottetown… but that was your real baptism. You are the sea’s child and you have come home.’

lighthouse PEI

Chapter 16

“There were silver and lilac sand dunes between them and the sea, extending into a bar across the harbor where great, splendid, blue and white waves were racing to the long sun-washed shore. Across the channel a white lighthouse stood up against the sky and on the other side of the harbor were the shadowy crests of purple hills that dreamed with their arms around each other. And over it all the indefinable charm of a Prince Edward Island landscape.”

Chapter 17

“Outside were free hills and wide, open fields where you could run wherever you liked, none daring to make you afraid, spruce barrens and shadowy sand dunes, instead of an iron fence and locked gates.”

Chapter 18

“Min herself, an owl-eyed gypsy scrap, full of ginger, was already a bosom friend of Jane’s.”

blossoming beds

Chapter 19

“The beds blossomed out in wonderful patchwork quilts after that box came home.”

Chapter 20

“Jane adored being left alone. It was so lovely to have a chance to talk to yourself.”

jane alone

Chapter 21

“He bent over her with such love radiating from him that Jane felt it and smiled in her sleep. He touched one tumbled lock of russet-brown hair. “It is well with the child,” said Andrew Stuart.”

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And that is as far into Jane of Lantern Hill as we shall go this week. I’m looking forward to taking you through the second half of the book next week! 🙂 In the meantime, why don’t you pick up Jane yourself and see how you find it? Any other LMM book will do just as well though – in fact, I’ve just started Anne of the Island! Here’s to the week ahead, may it be full of sunshine and good books! 

Have you ever read Jane of Lantern Hill? Are you an LMM fan? What’s your favourite quote out of the 21 that I shared today? I’d love to hear from you and chat in the comments! 🙂

(All quotes in this post are taken from Jane of Lantern Hill, by Lucy Maud Montgomery. All pictures in this post are taken from Pinterest, and are not my own.)