On Valentine’s Day and you should be spending it with the one you love.
But like the Stephen Stills’ song says, “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with”.
Maybe today finds you alone, but you don’t have to be lonely. Books can be amazing companions and take you places you never dreamed possible! They can be a source of comfort and inspiration, and they can definitely make a long, cold Winter’s night warmer and even cheery. (Even if you don’t have a fireplace).
But books are more than companions, they are experiences. The mind doesn’t know the difference between real and imagined. If you want to take your mind on a vacation and explore places like the Grand Canyon or the wild West or go on an expedition with Lewis and Clark, find a book about those places and head off into an adventure of a lifetime! Go there. Learn and grow and, much like a vacation, let the experience become a part of who you are for the rest of your life. Find a new friend in an old book.
For some suggestions, check out these classics –
– “Pride & Prejudice” by Jane Austin (a witty and delightful love story/comedy of marriage which traces the courtship of an unlikely couple as they overcome his pride and her prejudice and fall in love).
– “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain
– “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau
– “Call of the Wild” by Jack London
– “The Scarlet Pimpernel” by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
– “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Another love story/satire about a gentle visionary who becomes a knight after reading too many chivalric romances.
– “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Bronte (Here you’ll find a classic story of tempestuous lovers in this tale of passion and revenge on the Yorkshire moors.)
These are a few suggestions to get you started, but feel free to do a little exploring on your own to find your heart’s desire. When you begin, you’ll find that you are not alone. For as Thoreau said, “…the writer…speaks to the intellect and heart of mankind, to all in any age who can understand him.” Seek to understand. Become one with the writer and the world.
So…if you find yourself a little aimless or feeling a bit lonely on this cold, Winter’s eve…whether you love to read, or read to be a better lover, you may want to make this Valentine’s Day a restorative, fulfilling and satisfying one with a cup of hot tea and a good, good read…