Old Haunts

“It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”

C.S. Lewis

“Old books, yes! They are the true comforters; and principally because they are old and familiar.”

Vincent Starrett

“Old stories are like old friends, she used to say. You have to visit them from time to time.”

George R.R. Martin

Old haunts. I certainly don’t mean the scary kind. I’ve never been a fan of haunted houses or horror films or marching back to places and things that frighten me. No, I mean haunt in it’s truest grammatical meanings: as verb and noun.

H'AUNT, verb transitive

1. To frequent; to resort to much or often, or to be much about; to visit customarily.

H'AUNT, verb intransitive To be much about; to visit or be present often.

H'AUNT, noun A place to which one frequently resorts.

Simply, I mean my old familiar favorite books. This, first in a series, Top 10 List is a compilation of the books that shaped me, resonated with me, touched me deeply and set me on a path of healing ages 10-24. These are the books I go back to visit, read and reread and I highly recommend.


In No Particular Order

1. Luvly You! Luvable You!

by Char Crawford

A Do-It-Yourself Handbook for the Teenage Girl

My mother put this in my hands somewhere around puberty and it became tattered and torn from so many re-reads in those teenage years. I passed it on to my daughters. It’s dated, likely written in the 70’s by a former model, but it was a good foundational book for me. Her concentration was not just on the outside appearance but on good manners and a kind spirit. She masterfully linked body to soul and spirit. She sprinkled in poetry that I still quote. I truly learned basics of self-care and social skills from this book and I am glad for its friendship over the years.

2. Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Paterson

Winner of the Newberry Medal

I can probably count on one hand, maybe two, the books that have made me cry. As a fifth grader, this book made me sob.