Books that make me happier


I don’t know about you, but I sometimes want to run away INTO a book. “Some of the characters have become my best friends”, a friend once told me about a series of books by Debbie Macomber.

What about you? Does your journal reflect any book or series of books that make  you happy? Here are a few new ones to check out:

The Goldfinch by Donna Tarry

A Kestrel for a knave by Barry Hines

I capture the castle by Rosie Smith

The Enchanted Apriil. By Elizabeth Arnim

Raise high the roof beam by J D Salinger





Classic Novels

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Book Bub, a literary website, shared the first results of a recent survey entitled 28 Classic Adult Novels. A lot of those books were assigned to us in high school or college and so I’m sharing some of my favorites:

Pride and Prejudice- by Jane Austen

Jane Eyre-                   by Charlotte Bronte`

Little Women –            by Louisa May Alcott

Rebeca –                      by Daphne cu Maurier

Wuthering Heights –  by Emily Bronte`

A Christmas Carol –   by Charles Sickens

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

War and Peace –         by Leo Tolstoy

Moby Dick –                 by Herman Melvin


The Great Sleepover

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Have you ever dreamt of spending the night in a library? Turns out that the Gladstone Library in Northern Wales, UK is your “Dream come true”. This library, which doubles as a bed and breakfast is 130 years old. There are 36 rooms and each comes with its own collection of books. Guests can stay at the library for one night or months at a time! The library offers many workshops such as the “Writer’s in Residence” and “Writing Animals” all open to anyone at any skill level. Authors share tips and tricks of the trade during a program called “Hearth” which is offered in either November or February each year.

The food offerings vary from locally sourced food to afternoon tea to a traditional Celtic lunch on Sunday.

So, if you’re of a mind and you’re traveling overseas, check out (no pun intended!) The Gladstone Library.



Dear Fellow Journalers,

I once walked into a bookstore in Virginia and never wanted to leave. I live in New England (USA) and while there are still great barns and antique shops, quaint book stores are NOT the norm. The bookstores I’m talking about have a great book selection along with comfy chairs, maybe a nook or two with windows, and maybe a cafe.`If they cater to the community they are situated in then you have a definite winner. This past summer I went on a search to find my next great read and found a great bookstore, courtesy of Yankee Magazine.  So, for those of you who are “armchair travelers” here’s the short list

R.J.Julia’s in Madison CT –This store on the Connecticut shoreline, is always attracting authors for signings and readings. There’s an on-site (independent owned) cafe that sells food along with signature coffee.

Gibson’s  Bookstore -Concord, NH – This store boasts more than 40,000 books! They also have plenty of tables and chairs and a reading schedule.

Northshore Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT – This store is in a converted inn with multiple floors including one completely devoted to children. There is also a cafe and lots of comfy chairs.

“Books you don’t need in a place you can’t find” is a slogan from a  store in Montague MA called fittingly Montague Bookmill. Plenty of books and seating.

Maybe you’ll find a hidden gem in one of these absolutely delightful mecca for book lovers.





February Monthly Prompts

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Yes, this is traditionally the month of love, but we know better. This is the month where we write in our Reading Journal. So these prompts comprise a little bit of everything:


  • When was the last time you said “I love you?”
  • What are your 10 favorite romantic movies?
  • What is your favorite romance novel and why?
  • Do you have a favorite fairy tale?
  • What personality trait do you love about yourself?
  • What have you read recently that inspired you?


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