Sunday, December 17, 2017

BW51: Winter Solstice




Winter is coming!  Officially, Winter begins with the Solstice on December 21st.  Unofficially, with the falling temperatures, it's already began as we've been bundling up in several layers while we take our evening walks around the neighborhood. However, I do chicken out and abandon my poor hubby to the cold, curling up with a good book when it hits below 40.  Sometimes he'll join me in reading. Other days he's determined to get those 25,000 steps.  Brrr! 




A Winter Day

by

Lucy Maud Montgomery

The air is silent save where stirs 
A bugling breeze among the firs; 
The virgin world in white array 
Waits for the bridegroom kiss of day; 
All heaven blooms rarely in the east 
Where skies are silvery and fleeced, 
And o'er the orient hills made glad 
The morning comes in wonder clad; 
Oh, 'tis a time most fit to see 
How beautiful the dawn can be! 

Wide, sparkling fields snow-vestured lie 
Beneath a blue, unshadowed sky; 
A glistening splendor crowns the woods 
And bosky, whistling solitudes; 
In hemlock glen and reedy mere 
The tang of frost is sharp and clear;
Life hath a jollity and zest, 
A poignancy made manifest; 
Laughter and courage have their way 
At noontide of a winter's day.

Faint music rings in wold and dell, 
The tinkling of a distant bell, 
Where homestead lights with friendly glow 
Glimmer across the drifted snow; 
Beyond a valley dim and far 
Lit by an occidental star, 
Tall pines the marge of day beset 
Like many a slender minaret, 
Whence priest-like winds on crystal air 
Summon the reverent world to prayer. 


What wintry books are you contemplating for the season?  Are your characters heading into the arctic and going dog sledding or are they searching for a warm beach to watch the dolphins play. Hmm? Both sound fun.  

I have a mini winter challenge if you want to play.   

  • Read a book with Winter in the title
  • Read a book written by an author with first or last name of Winter
  • Spell out winter, reading one book for each letter.
  • Read a book by Lucy Maud Montgomery 
  • Pick any word out of the poem above and read a book with that word in the title.
  • Pick any word out of the poem above and spell out the word, reading one book per letter.
  • Read a book with a winter setting.  



Happy Reading! 



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