I'm re-reading some books I haven't picked up in years. Miss Read, or her real name, Dora Saint, is an English authoress who is one of my favorites. I discovered her many years ago quite accidentally while looking vaguely for a book in the fiction section of the library. I picked up a book called The Christmas Mouse. It's title was appealing and it was a skinny book and just sounded interesting. I fell in love! Since that time, I've read everything of hers I could get my hands on and have scoured used book stores and flea markets to buy my own copies. My MIL, during her many trips back to England would always bring me some back and when she passed away, I inherited her copies. And so, I have an almost complete collection of Miss Read's books on my book shelves. Some are duplicates but I don't care. She writes about English country life in Cotswold villages and it is full of English expressions and habits and her characters just spring to life. They really make you look at the simpler things of life and enjoy what you have - family, friendships etc. Her village stories encompass two different series - one of Fairacre and one of Thrush Green. I'm re-reading the Thrush Green series right now and it's been so long since I've read them, it's almost like it's the first time. For me, to curl up with one of her books is a lovely way to spend an afternoon!
Well, didn't intend to do a book review here - just chatty, I guess. So, with that, I guess I'll close and visit all of you before I get started with whatever I decide to do. Stay warm and safe and have a lovely weekend. I'll leave you with a picture I got off a site called Cute Overload. It features cute animal photos that people submit along with the some very funny narration! A larger version of this is on my desk top and I grin every time I look at it.