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! 🙂

Whispers of Beauty and Redemption {Jane of Lantern Hill}

Hello once again! I’m back on this blustery, golden summer’s day to give you the promised second half of my favourite quotes from Jane of Lantern Hill. If you missed last week’s post, do check it out here

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I raved a fair bit about this delightful book on last week’s post; so to save you having to read my raptures again, let me just give you the summary of why you should read this book:

  1. Lucy Maud Montgomery (need I say more?).
  2. Vivid descriptions of the beauty of Prince Edward Island.
  3. A whole host of vibrantly detailed characters.
  4. Romance lost and found once again.
  5. Jane – in all her bright and very human glory.
  6. Lions and blooming gardens and jam pots and psalms by the sea…

Needless to say, this book is an absolute treat to read and I highly recommend it! Now, without further ado, let’s get into the second half of this book. 🙂

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Chapter 22

“He had the jolliest, shrewdest old face of wrinkled leather that Jane had ever seen, with deep-sunk eyes that were like wells of laughter.”

Chapter 23

“He taught her the loveliness of words… Dad read words as if he tasted them.”

Chapter 24

“‘We named the Jimmy John’s calves today. We called the pretty ones after people we like and the ugly ones after people we don’t like.'”

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Chapter 25

“She’d often wondered where it went to… that timid little red road, laced with firs and spruces, that tried to hide itself by twisting and turning. The air was full of the scent of sun-warmed grasses gone to seed, the trees talks all about her in some lost sweet language of elder days.”

Chapter 26

“I didn’t want to see hate growing in the eyes where I had seen love. That is a terrible thing, Jane.”

Chapter 27

“‘Oh how dear and human and girlish and queenly you are… half saint and have very womanly woman.’”

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Chapter 28

“The sound and the tang and the sweep of the sea would not let her go.”

Chapter 29

“The Elms around 60 Gay turned a rusty yellow.”

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Chapter 30

“… a night of frost and stars…”

Chapter 31

“No friendliness ever warmed the pale green fire of its eyes.”

Chapter 32

“[Jane] writhed in a tearless agony no child should ever have to suffer.”

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Chapter 33

“The banners of a city of night were being flaunted in the sunset sky behind the pines further down. The gulls soared whitely up the river… Lights bloomed out in the houses.”

Chapter 34

“‘I… I… didn’t think anything I loved could die,’ she whispered into Dad’s shoulder.

‘Ah, Jane, love can’t fence out death. He had a happy life, if a short one… and we buried him in the garden. Come out and see the garden, Jane… it burst into bloom as soon as it heard you were coming.'”

jane and animals

Chapter 35

“Jane had a good time with herself on the walk back. The dear night brooded over her. Little wings were folded in nest homes, but there was wild life astir. She heard the distant bark of a fox… the sound of tiny feet in the fern… she saw the pale glimmer of night moths and took friendly counsel with the stars. Almost they sang, as if one star called to another in infinite harmony.”

Chapter 36

“Aunt Elmira was not at all willing to give up the fascinating business of living.”

Chapter 37

“’I’ve no chance of seeing it,’ said Mrs Louisa Lyons mournfully. ‘That’s what comes of being bed-rid. You miss everything.’

Mrs Louisa had been an invalid for three years and was reputed not to have put a foot under her without assistance in all that time, but it was not thought she missed much of what went on in the Corners and Queen’s Shore and Harbor Head for all that.”

Chapter 38

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“There was a wonderful sunset over the harbor, and Jane’s cheeks were red from the stinging kisses of the wind by the time she reached the narrow, perfumed Titus lane where the trees seemed trying to touch you. Beyond was the kind, old, welcoming house, mellowed in the sunshine of a hundred summers…”

Chapter 39

“‘Life, deal gently with her… love, never desert her,’ said Andrew Stuart, looking after the Toronto train as it steamed away.”

Chapter 40

“‘We had such fun together… reading poetry by driftwood fires down at the harbor… we always made a rite of lighting those fires… life was wonderful.’”

Chapter 41

“Once Jane had thought the rain and the wind were friends of hers, but they seemed enemies now. Everything hurt her. Everything in her life seemed uprooted and withered.”

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Chapter 42

“Jane was trembling as she went up the rutted lane and across the yard, past the forlorn and muddy garden where the poppies had once trembled in silken delight…”

Chapter 43

“They seemed to have drunk from some deep well of life, and the draught had made them young lovers again.”

“‘And now we will all go in search of ten lost years.’”

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(In case you were wondering, I picked two quotes from the last chapter – I couldn’t help it!) So there you have it – a quoted/pictorial foray into the delight that is Jane of Lantern Hill. 🙂 I hope you enjoyed reading through this post. My hope is that your heart will be warmed and perhaps inspired to go read some LMM literature yourself! 😉

Which quote struck a chord with you in this post? Have you read any good literature recently? I’d love to hear from you 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.)

What I’ve Been Reading Recently…

Today I thought I would take a minute and talk about books. I haven’t been talking about them enough on here, recently plus I’ve been reading some delightful ones! Now that school is over I find myself with the sudden capacity to inhale fiction again. It’s certainly not the healthiest long-term diet, but after being deprived of pretty much all voluntary fictional reading for a very long time, I’m letting myself indulge for a little bit. 😀 So here’s a wee snapshot overview of some wonderful fiction books that I’ve been enjoying in the past week or so.

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Call the Midwife – by Jennifer Worth

During this lock down period I have been watching a lot of episodes of the hit TV series ‘Call the Midwife’. I’ve now watched almost all of the series, and have become enamored with the wonderful characters and story line. Needless to say, I was really excited to get my hands on this book – the beautifully written memoirs of a young midwife during the late 1950s in inner city London. The stories she tells are gritty and tragic at times, but oh so beautiful and heart-warming! Her writing is vivid and captivating, and my heart was captured by the stories she tells of those she met during her work. Simply put, I loved this book and I highly recommend it – it is a read you will not forget easily.

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Charlotte’s Web – by E.B. White

One of the many perks of being at home is the fact that I get to help with the schooling of my younger sisters. I read this book to my 8 yo sister over a week or so, and was reminded afresh of the beauty and quality that can be found in children’s literature. This book is full of charm, gentle humour and delight from cover to cover! It’s been many years since I first read this book, but rereading it aloud was like meeting with an old friend again. I just love this story, and the joy and pathos that it contains. It reminds me of summer evenings and the wonder of childhood and imagination and beauty that springs out where you least expect it to. Read, or reread this book – you won’t be disappointed! 

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

I’ve heard this book’s title being thrown around for quite a while now, but this week was the first time I actually sat down and read it. It did not disapoint! This book deals with some incredibly difficult issues – abuse, alcoholism, and loneliness to name just a few. But it does so in such a starkly beautiful way that one can’t help be but enthralled by the story that plays out. The reality of being totally alone in this world is both sobering and saddening – and it reminds me of just how deeply we humans crave for relationship. We are made for relationships, and when we are deprived of them our lives so often spiral downwards helplessly. This book reminded me that so many are so desperate for human interaction – I want to move forward being more aware of those who live life on their own. This book is full of tear-jerking moments (both sad and happy tears!) and I both enjoyed reading it and was challenged by it – a great combination!

There you have it – a few fiction books that I’ve really enjoyed recently! Next week I’ll be starting up a new job, so I’m not sure how much time I’ll have for reading moving forward. But in the meantime I’m going to see how many more books I can cram in! 😀 

I’d love to hear what fiction books have been giving you joy recently! Let’s chat all things fiction in the comments! 🙂