This question occurred to me a few days ago and I thought it would be a fun one to ask you guys. I have so many favorite books, many of them historical, and sometimes I just wish I could step into the pages of these books, or visit that period in history for a while. Maybe even forever! So, here's the question: If you could step into any book, what would it be, and why? If you can't narrow it down to just one, feel free to list a few.
I couldn't pick just one, so here are three favorites that came to mind. These are all series.
- The Betsy-Tacy series. Especially the high school/young adult ones. These are set in the early 1900s and I love, love, love them. The descriptions of the girls' clothes, the fun times with their high school friends (mostly revolving around music and parties--so much more simple and innocent fun than teens have today), the world traveling, and finally the adjustment to married life on the brink of World War 1 . . . all of these are reasons I would like to step into these books and be part of the "Crowd" with Betsy, Tacy, and Tib.
- The Little House series. The fact that I can read and re-read these books over and over, even as an adult, attests to how much I love them. I know the pioneer life was difficult, but how fascinating it is to read about! To think of being one of the first families settling the West . . . teaching school at age 15 or 16 . . . going to "literaries" or surviving the long, hard winter . . . living in a tiny log cabin, a dugout, or a claim shanty . . . riding on a train for the first time . . . riding in a cutter with Almanzo . . . :) Laura's life fascinates me and inspires me. I'm so glad she wrote down her experiences to share with the world.
- The Anne of Green Gables series. Particularly the later books, when Anne is grown up and married. I would have loved to be friends with Anne, and to live on PEI at the turn of the century would be like a dream come true. I would have loved to spend hours by the fire at Ingleside, chatting with her and gleaning wisdom for mothering and nurturing children. Or even being one of her children, living a lovely, happy childhood, uncluttered by the distractions of television, video games, and too many toys . . .