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Do you believe Christmas is only a little more than 2 weeks away? It may well be a sign of “aging” but I’ll ask – Where did 2015 go?

Google kindly reminded me that L M Montgomery was born 141 years ago in 1874 and then various websites published quotes from Anne of Green Gables. I was, still am, a huge fan and Lucy Maud’s books were a Christmas and birthday present staple. I gave a niece my Anne books and although they are now over 50 years old, well-read and well-loved, they are still in pretty good condition. A couple of favourite quotes:

  • Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world,
  • There’s such a difference between saying a thing yourself and hearing other people say it. You may know a thing is so, but you can’t help hoping other people don’t quite think it is.

Are you a fan of the Anne books? What books from your childhood have you kept?

My selfie this week is Hester and Harriet a book I’m thoroughly enjoying. Author, Hilary Spiers writes about people like me, a little worn around the edges, but still full of life. As the book opens the sisters are trying to find ways of avoiding the family Christmas lunch which they describe as … “little nasties and gluhwein … her cousin’s wife possessed a sort of perverse genius to be able to produce such monstrosities year after year.” Such a wonderful word picture!

I’m sitting in my garden which is well shaded in late afternoon and one of my favourite places to settle down and read. The only interruption to the peace and quiet is birdsong, doesn’t get much better than this. Do you have a corner of the garden where you like to read?

Our Books at 60 team is growing and there are now 11 of us reading and writing reviews; even with this team, there is room for your reviews. It doesn’t matter how long, or short, a review you write, we want to hear from you about what you are reading.

Happy reading

Karen and the Books at 60 Team

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Karen O'Brien-Hall

I've had many careers in my life and loved each one! My new career blossomed when I retired and become an OAP. I am passionate about childhood literacy, books in general and my garden. I love Ballet, Opera, Concerts, Theatre, (both professional and community) and Movies. I tend to have opinions on most things and enjoy a good debate about the topic, not the person. In my thirties, I married my GOM (Gorgeous or Grumpy Old Man) the love of my life.

  1. Leaving school at 13 to help care for her 13 siblings, reading became my mother’s education, Karen. She introduced me to books and taught me to read long before I went to school; I thank her for it every day of my life. One of the earliest books I read was The Cat Who Went To Heaven (a lovely Japanese fable about a cat who couldn’t go to heaven because he didn’t believe in Buddha!) I gave it away, along with several others, only three years ago. By my teens, I had ‘found’ John Steinbeck and I guess he remains my favourite author. Favourite reading place? Anywhere down by the river.

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