Thursday, July 12, 2012

Books I've Wanted To Live In

Harry Potter and the All Of The Everything
Truthfully,  I don't want to live in Little Whinging or in the damn tent during all of the "Gloom Camping" but I have often fantasized about living in Hogwarts or staying over in the Leaky Cauldron. It's not just the magic... okay, it's mostly the magic. I was able to visit Hogsmeade once and that was pretty sweet.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Ever since I read this book as a young girl, I have wanted to sit on the fire escape of some city apartment building with a good book and some peppermint candies. The comfort and luxury of small things like a cup of coffee seems all the sweeter when it's really all there is.

Anne of Green Gables
I think this might be more about hanging out with Marilla and Matthew than actually living at Green Gables. It might also be a little bit about the clothes and using slates for schoolwork and the academic competition with (sigh) Gilbert Blythe.

Little Women
Reading to Aunt March in her drafty old manor, doing homework on slates (again), writing by candlelight, scandals over stolen gloves, hanging out with Marmee... but especially putting on plays in the attic. Perfect.

The Betsy-Tacy Series
Turn of the 20th century Minnesota? Fancy hairstyles? A dress maker comes to the house every summer to make your school clothes? Eating dinner with your best friends at the top of a hill? Picnics? Yes to all of this. Mostly, though, I just want to go to one of Mr. Ray's Sunday night lunches and eat his onion sandwiches.

Franny and Zooey
Oh to be part of the Glass family, even for just a moment! Not that I want Bessie to watch me take a bath, but you know what I mean. I just want a bowl of consecrated chicken soup.

Bridget Jones' Diary
This one is a little easier to realize. If Bridget Jones was set in South Philly, it would practically be about my life except that I prefer pinot noir to chardonnay. Singletons unite!

Carter Beats The Devil
Again with the magic - but this time it's stage magic. 1920s, a romantic and mysterious blind woman, impossible escape, adventure, history... I kind of just want to live in the language of this book.

1 comment:

  1. Books I've wanted to live in: Dresden Files. Ready Player One, The French Laundry Cookbook.