Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Good Reads

These past few weeks, I've been so enjoying exploring some 'new' books by one of my favorite authors, Gene Stratton-Porter

I first read one of her most famous books, 'A Girl of the Limberlost', when I was about 10 years old, and probably 15 times since then. The story I know by heart, but I never get tired of reading it again. Besides the delicious romance and heart of the story, I love hearing the wonders of the woods described, as well as the different personalites and plots of the tale twining together....

A few years later, I discovered the prequel, 'Freckles', and loved it too.

But, since then I've had a shameful lapse in discovering what other delightful treasures were penned by this same authoress. Just a few weeks ago, when hungering for something new and good to read, I was scanning my crowded bookshelves, when I saw a very old tattered copy of 'Her Father's Daughter', by Porter that Mom had found for me at a garage sale a few years before.... I was soon enjoying it very much, and wondering why I hadn't long before. Her stories always are so fascinating, and I never can guess what twist or turn they are going to take next!

So, now I've been listening to 'The Harvester' on audio book while sewing, and found it quite wonderful as well. She has many other novels that I am longing to find out now:

The Song of the Cardinal, 1903
Freckles, 1904
At the Foot of the Rainbow, 1907
A Girl of the Limberlost, 1909
The Harvester, 1911
Laddie, 1913
Michael O'Halloran, 1915
A Daughter of the Land, 1918
Her Father's Daughter, 1921
The White Flag, 1923
The Keeper of the Bees, 1925
The Magic Garden, 1927

While there is occasionally a perspective written that I don't quite agree with, each one I've read so far has left me with lots to think about and just bursting with inspiration for drawing, artwork, learning and enjoying God's creations in nature, and even sewing! They are all around good reads, and I would highly recommend trying them out if you haven't already.

Have you read Gene-Stratton Porter before? Do you have a favorite? If so, why?

(Note: all the pictures are from my Pinterest, and although most of them have nothing to do with the books, they instantly reminded me of the Gene Stratton-Porter books I have read, and give a much better impression of the flavor of the books than I could write. So, if you like what you see....go read! :)


Lilac Bud Gal said...

Hey, are you on 'goodreads'? It's kind of like a book forum where you get to rate and review books, recommend them to your friends, take book quizzes, etc. :) It's a pretty neat place. So far it's really motivated me to read more (I have a hard time making myself read sometimes...). Anyway, you might want to check it out sometime.

Kacy Pogue said...

Yes I've read many Gene-Stratton Porter book. My favorite if Freckles. My Grandpa gives each one of the girl cousins a first addition book for our birthdays and I have 3 or 4 Gene-Stratton Pored books.

Anonymous said...

I was truely, madly, deeply in love with Freckles as a teenager. Remembering still gives me the warm fuzzies... And yes, much like reading Ms. Alcott's work I don't always agree, but do always appreciate these lovely books. I'm going to hunt up a couple of the others you mentioned here!


K. Marie said...

Hello! I just discovered your blog this summer and I am delighted with it and all your future plans!

I just read "Freckles" and "A Girl of the Limberlost" this year and I found them so wonderful, and Mrs. Porter's characters to original and lovely, I wanted to read more! Thank you for that list of her books! I shall be away searching now!

Rachel Hope said...

I haven't read any of miss Gene's novels. And Now am wondering why not. You have made me want to read any and all, thanks for introducing me to her books.
Blessings ~ Rachel Hope

Atlanta said...

Sarah, no I haven't heard of goodreads - I'll have to check it out! Thanks for telling me about it!

Thank you so much, girls! I'm glad you found the post intriguing enough to want to read more - if anyone has any recommendations of which I should read next, please do tell me! :)

Miss Janessa Pogue said...

I adore Gene Stratton Porter books!!! I have read Freckles, Girl of the Limberlost, and the Harvester many many times! I have never read Her Father's Daughter, as I couldn't find a copy of it. Definitely one of the best authors of all time!

Melody said...

Ah, yet another classic I've never read but always mean to! I'll have to put it more prominently on my list. :)


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