Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Rating 5/5, memoir?, 142 pages, pub. 1955
I cannot possibly do this book of poetic beauty justice. The views of Lindbergh can be considered old-fashioned and antiquated, and they are, but that should not diminish the truth behind her words. As women, we all still struggle with finding time alone, relationships, midlife, aging. This slim memoir is to be savored one small chapter at a time and by those who can appreciate that it was written in a different, but no less significant period. Lindbergh lived a privileged (and in some ways tragic) life, but her words can be appreciated by every woman. I set aside time to fully appreciate each chapter with no outside noise or time constraints (a difficult task), and felt that I had visited and been restored by the sea.
From my personal library and I loved it.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, 2001, 2002, 2003
This trilogy, based on the fantasy books by JRR Tolkien, is based in Middle Earth during a dangerous time. The dark lord Sauron wants to rule over Middle Earth and he must find the One Ring that can make that possible. The wizard Gandalf, four hobbits, two men, an elf, and a dwarf form a fellowship to destroy the ring, but there are many evil forces at work and they don’t all make it to the end.
Loved every minute of this series, in no small part due to this man
I fell in love with her when I saw A Walk on the Moon (who also happens to feature that swoon-worthy man above), then I saw Under the Tuscan Sun and it cemented her place as one of my favorite actresses.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
Who didn’t want to find a secret door in their house to step through for adventure after reading this? One of children’s books that I think has aged well.