July 25, 2010

Stuff Julia Loves: Lazy Summer Sundays

Thunder rolled in the distance and I glanced briefly upward to make sure the impending storm was not bearing down on me. I lay in the gently swinging hammock and started to read Through the Looking Glass directly after I finished up Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. As I lay in my backyard reading I felt a great kinship to Alice and her waistcoat wearing rabbit. I am pretty sure as a child I once “believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast” too. And it was Sunday. A lazy summer Sunday full of dreams and promise. Just the same kind of day, I imagine, that Alice fell down that rabbit hole. Although I became fast friends with Alice, I confess I did not find myself reading about her adventures simply because the whim appeared. But instead, because two wonderful people gave me an amazing present recently.

For those of you who were wondering what was inside the Anthropologie bag of goodness that I recieved from J&M at my surprise party here they are. The most amazing, adorable, fantastic books you have ever seen! And to top it off, they threw in a cook book with pictures so gorgeous, you could frame them!! YAY!! Because I now have these delectable books and haven’t read many of them since high school English class, I have made a promise to myself to read the classics this summer. Lately, I have let myself slide into the comfort of reading fluffy chick lit and it is high time I step up to the plate and give my brain some literary sustenance. So I started with Alice. And it worked out very well. Because the only thing that can make a lazy summer Sunday better than it already is, is a great book about flowers who can speak, fanciful tea parties, and flamingo croquet mallets.

And as I lay there reading about Alice and the Jabberwocky, rain started to fall from the steel grey sky in great big heavy droplets. I slowly made my way back to the house, thinking all the while about a giant Alice who flooded Wonderland with her tears.

Here’s to believing impossible things each and every day!!

Oh, and by the way, do any of YOU know why a raven is like a writing desk?!? The Hatter sorta left me hangin’! :)

…&J2

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**And now for a little contest to brighten up the Monday blues. Tell me YOUR favorite classic in the comment box below, and one lucky commenter will win the book of their choice from the adorable Anthropologie line!!

  1. Julia R

    I think the answer to that riddle is "Poe wrote on both." But there could probably be other answers too :-)

  2. Tiffany Deming

    My favorite is To Kill a Mockingbird…you’ve inspired me to reread it this summer! :) Thanks for sharing!

  3. MM

    @Tiffany: One of my all time favorites too!

  4. Ashley Scobey

    My favorite classic is To Kill a Mockingbird. Summertime is the BEST for reading!!

  5. Chelsea McGowan

    Over and over and over again, I can read "The Picture of Dorian Gray". There are soliloquy pieces that take up pages upon pages, and grandiose speeches that inspire. Sure, the story is a bit twisted… but love it all the same. All the way down to my toes.

  6. maggieb

    and a very merry unbirthday to you! Oddly, I loved reading James Fenimore Cooper and Thomas Harding. It’s time to read them again and see what I think now.

  7. Anna Sawin

    Hmm…a toss up between Little Women and A Separate Peace. Both amazing books. Oh and Their Eyes Were Watching God. Amazing. I think I need to put DOWN the chick lit and proceed immediately to a library… :)

  8. alyssa

    One of my faves is "The Count of Monte Cristo." I thought it was more of a "boy" book so never gave it the time of day. Once a boyfriend insisted I’d like it, I gave it a try. It’s SO good, you must give it a read. I have read it many times and each time am just as engaged.

  9. Alena

    I love reading Little Women so I can remember one of my first crushes, Laurie.

  10. stacy

    Anne of Green Gables! My daughter is reading it now, and I am thrilled that she loves Anne!

  11. Alena

    Cant forget Pride and Prejudice. It just isnt summer without falling in love with Mr. Darcy :)

  12. Evan

    the internet offers up more on your riddle http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1173/why-is-a-raven-like-a-writing-desk

    favorite book? First You Have to Row a Little Boat, though we tend to be more the "just hop on, it’s only blowing 30 knots out there…you’ll figure it out…’ kinda crowd :)

  13. Betsy Jo

    Definitely Pride and Prejudice!

  14. Nichole

    Oddly, with all of the reading that I’ve done I haven’t actually read any of these yet. Though I’ve been meaning to read The Picture Of Dorian Gray.

  15. Heather Corporan

    Mine is A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. I read this last summer shortly after my husband was laid off. It did two things, it took my mind off things, bringing me into such a fantastic world of a time where things were much simpler, and two, it made me appreciate every little thing we DID have so much more. Every person should read this book!

  16. Lindsey Edwards

    "He wanted all to lie in an ecstasy of peace; I wanted all to sparkle and dance in a glorious jubilee…" -wuthering heights

    This book has torn me apart too many times to count, and I love it more every single time I read it. Excited to see who gets one of these beautiful gems of a book.

  17. Brandy Frank

    Gone With The Wind. I finally finished it… and gosh did I love that book!

  18. Julie V.

    Oh man, this is a toughie. I love Jane Eyre. Or the Secret Garden. Oh, but East of Eden is fantastic, too. Does that qualify as a classic?

    That’s about as narrow as I get when it comes to favorite literature. I’m just glad you didn’t ask about science fiction!

  19. Jil

    pride and prejudice. i re-read it every early april, just as little glimpses of spring are popping up. theres something so rejuvenating about elizabeth bennet and mr. darcys journey toward mutual respect and ultimately romance. LOVE

  20. Nicole R.

    Hmm favorite classic novel…that’s like trying to pick a favorite movie! It’s almost impossible!

    I would have to say that my favorite classic until I read another that takes it’s place is "The Catcher in the Rye." Who doesn’t love that book? Actually I’m sure many people actually… haha

  21. Paige Waldron

    The Great Gatsby is my favorite.

  22. Sara

    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings… Because I DO know why the caged bird sings. And no one could say it more beautifully than Maya Angelou.

  23. Stephanie

    Hmmm… my favourite is Emily of New Moon by LM Montgomery. I also really liked A Tangled Web.

    I have a soft spot for Alice in Wonderland though- we performed the play in my senior year of highschool. It was such good times!

  24. Jen P

    I am sad to say, that I dont think that I have ever read any :(

  25. Michelle

    To Kill A Mockingbird, hands down! I’ve vowed that when I’m old a gray I’m going to have a house full of cats with names like Scout and Miss Maudie. It’s all about goals, ya know. :)

  26. Kristen Wheeler

    oooo Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein for sure!!!!

  27. Greg Kanaan

    I would have to say that it’s a toss-up between East of Eden and The Dharma Bums.

  28. Brandi Lee

    I loved and still love "Little Women."

  29. Steph Kanaan

    The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins – I read it in college and I could not get enough of it! Who knew that a Victorian mystery would be such page turner?

  30. Amy Clifton

    Not sure if this counts as a literary "classic," but when I was a kid I could NOT get enough of the Little House on the Prairie series. I adore those books so much.

  31. Nathan

    Kinship with Alice and the rabbit? I thought it was Alice who couldn’t believe impossible things and the Queen who liked to believe many before breakfast. Do you feel much other mental kinship with the Queen? :)

  32. tiffany zajas

    You just described a perfect summer day. I love it!

    Two of my very favorite classics are Little Women and Pride and Prejudice.

  33. Tiffany

    Hands down, Emma by Jane Austen! All time Favorite!

  34. Sarah

    Love the covers on those books!!! :) And my favorites of all time are The Count of Monte Cristo and The Secret Garden. Enjoy your reading time!!

  35. Alison

    I love The Secret Garden. I have my grandmothers copy and it is old and rough and brittle but one of my favorite things I own. I am looking forward to my daughter reading it and hoping she enjoys it nearly as much as I did.

  36. Gail

    What a fantastic post Mary! I’ve had my eyes on those books ever since I saw them on Design Sponge a year or two ago.

    Oh classics…as a little girl, it was Little Women and The Secret Garden. As an adult? Great Gatsby and Pride and Prejudice. Popular picks on here I see!

    Are you on http://www.goodreads.com? Come join if not!

  37. MM

    @Gail: Oh this was all Julia!! She’s awesome, right??

  38. Rupa

    For Whom the Bell Tolls — powerful story and writing — has never left me since I read it over 20 years ago in college!

  39. Trude

    Anne of Green Gables was my all-time favorite, although I read so much! I have the whole series. :)

  40. Harmony Loves

    I would have to say Anne of Green Gables. Such a classic, cute story!

  41. Jaime Donivan

    Hands down…Pride and Prejudice. I see so many Jane Austin picks in this contest! That makes me smile! :)

  42. Cindy Giovagnoli

    I know I’m late, but it’s okay…I have already, obsessively, bought every single book in the Anthrolopologie line- I LOVE them!! My grandmother and I began reading Pride & Prejudice together every September beginning when I was 8 years old. Now that she’s gone, I read all of Jane Austen every fall, beginning with P&P and ending with Mansfield Park. My favorite might actually be Persuasion, but regardless, it’s just not fall without Jane.

  43. Lydia

    Oh, I LOVE the bindings on these books! One, because I have many, of my favorites is definitely Pride and Prejudice. It seems to be a must for all romantics!

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