When November arrives in the Pacific Northwest, it brings deep darkness and rain. Most of us living here actually like the rain and understand Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s advice: “The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” But that doesn’t mean we don’t long for sunshine on those long, dark, wintery days. One of my favorite things to do in winter, on a dark and dreary day, is to read a book that takes place in sunnier climates. I love to immerse myself in the written sunlight, and then look up to be startled by the dark contrast outside my window.
As I was looking through the books on my bookshelves this weekend, I was amazed at how many fit that sunshine description. I decided to put a list together of books I can read on very gray days…my own little journey south in search of sunshine.
My Sunshine choices:
Malinche, by Laura Esquivel (12.04.08) The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton Wilder (11.22.08) Far Away and Long Ago, by W. H. Hudson (01.05.08)
- Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather
- Mexico, A Traveler’s Literary Companion, edited by C.M. Mayo
- One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez
- Green Mansions, by W. H. Hudson
- Martin Fierro, by José Hernández
- The Alchemist, by Paul Coehlo
- The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
— Anton Chekhov