There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul –
Emily Dickinson

“There is No Frigate Like a Book” is a favorite poem of mine. The first time I read those words was in an illustrated book filled with Emily Dickinson poems that my mother gifted me when I was very young.  There are quite a few poems that I love from that book but this one always stayed in the back of my head because of it’s wonderful description of the power of books.

Books are such a wonderful thing. They take you to worlds so far away from your own.  They help imaginations run wild, possibilities are plentiful, and enable adventures always to be at hand. Books made me believe that animals could talk to humans and to each other. They made me look around when I was in the woods to see if trees had faces, if clouds looked like castles, or if there were rabbit holes to be ventured into. Books made me want to become a noble heroine who stood strong in the face of evil, or maybe become a princess who lived in a castle “once upon a time.”

Some of my favorite memories are of my family curled up on couches, drinking hot chocolate, eating cookies and listening to my mother read aloud for hours. My mother has always encouraged my brother and I to read. She bought us the whole “Chronicles of Narnia” set of books and let us read them for hours on end.  She also filled shelves with beautiful books so that we always had endless supplies of good reading on hand. My mom still continues to introduce me to classics that I haven’t read and listens to my endless “favorite quotes” from my latest book.

Over the past two or three years, sadly, I haven’t kept up with my reading as much as I did in years past.  Dance can sometimes be overwhelming when you go from two hours one year to fifteen the next year and then up to 20 some odd hours including rehearsals, auditions, and performances this year.  However, I’ve made it my goal to start reading more books especially over the summer. Since January, it’s been a little better.  Devouring “Les Miserables,” “Frankenstein,” helped ease my guilt for abandoning the classics and I’m currently working on “Northanger Abbey.”  Currently on my book bucket list for the summer is “Alice in Wonderland” since I can’t remember it. “1001 Nights,” “The Brothers of Karamatzov,” and possibly another book by Anne Radcliff.

The point of this long winded ramble about books is to encourage you to read more this summer. The days are longer and slower and now is the perfect time take advantage of those little luxuries.  Over the next couple of months, I will be writing about the above books and many more by sharing favorite quotes and commentary that will possibly offer you some new insight into these classic works. My hope is that these posts under “Creative Musings” will inspire your imagination through literature, art, photography, and other creative ideas. Hope you had a great Monday, I will be posting later this week! 🙂

ps. If you received an email last night saying something to the extent of ” wow did I fix my problem?” I must apologize for that. Technical problems are a part of running a blog and and my OCD side was so happy thinking that I fixed it, I published that test post and forgot to delete it right away. Thanks for bearing with me and my blog’s issues.  You guys are the best! 🙂

4 comments on “Summer Reading”

  1. This is a wonderful post! I have noticed a bit of a lack on my overall reading as well… This post really inspired me to start reading again, thanks Sophia! 🙂

  2. Impressive accomplishments – Les Miserables is not for the faint of heart (I confess, when it comes to that book I am faint of heart) – but I enjoyed Frankenstein. I’d love to hear how Northanger Abbey goes. Alice in Wonderland was…interesting…I probably need to read it again. Maybe I’ll “steal” it from my daughter. 🙂

    • Thank you for the comment! I’m really enjoying Northanger Abbey and will definitely write a post about it soon. And yes, you should totally go and “borrow” the book from your daughter. Alice in Wonderland is one of those entertaining yet puzzling stories. 🙂

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