Friday, August 13, 2010

Walking with Books

Keira Knightly, as Ms. Elizabeth Bennett, takes a stroll through her estate

The weather is surprisingly cool in Sacramento of late, particularly in the mornings and evenings, and the breeze carries the promise of fall weather. Now that the sun is less scorching, I start to think about going on walks.

It seems like many of my favorite movies feature heroines who favor long walks in the countryside, often with book in hand. From "Anne of Green Gables" to "Becoming Jane", I favor the literary-inclined, intelligent female lead. Of course, there’s always "Pride and Prejudice", where the swelling piano music plays while the sun rises over a gorgeous English landscape. When fall comes, perhaps I will make a point to take a jaunt through the countryside for a little leisurely reading. What book or type of book would be ideal to read in such a setting?


  1. I have read while walking, on occasion, but never in the countryside. Persuasion might be good in the countryside or Little Heathens. These books could not be more different, but they are the first two that come to mind when I read your question.

  2. I just read the description of Little Heathens and it sounds like a great read! I'm also gearing up to watch the newest BBC version of Persuasion this weekend for the first time.

  3. Lovely idea, but I find it hazardous in practice, i.e. obstacles, cyclists, dogs, etc. :)

  4. I guess that's why Keira chose to read in an isolated meadow in the above picture!


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