Thursday, November 11, 2021

Walden by Henry David Thoreau - BOOK BEGINNINGS



I think of Halloween as the gateway to the holidays, how about you? As soon as the jack-o-lanterns are gone, I'm planning Thanksgiving and thinking about Christmas. I love these last two months of the year!

My holiday mood makes me just want to stay home and be cozy, visit with friends, and focus on happy things. I'm never in the mood to read anything scary, super serious, or depressing. I like reading classics, including vintage mysteries like Agatha Christie, modern cozy mysteries, a little chick lit, and light nonfiction. 

What do you like to read during the holidays? I look forward to seeing your choices here on Book Beginnings on Fridays when we share some of our opening sentences!


I’m reading Walden for Nonfiction November:
When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only.
-- Walden by Henry David Thoreau. This classic was published in 1854 and recounts Thoreau's experiences and musings while living in a cabin he built on land owned by his friend and fellow transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Please share the opening sentence (or so) of the book you are reading this week -- or just a book you want to share. Please use the #bookbeginnings hashtag if you share on social media. 

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Another fun Friday event is The Friday 56. Share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your book, or 56% of the way through your e-book or audiobook, on this weekly event hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice.


From Walden:
Kings and queens who wear a suit but once, though made by some tailor or dressmaker to their majesties, cannot know the comfort of wearing a suit that fits. They are no better than wooden horses to hang the clean clothes on.


  1. I'm not too familiar with Walden, but it was mentioned in a cozy mystery I read. I like the excerpt. Have a great weekend!

  2. I completely agree, Agatha Christie is perfect for the holiday season! I wouldn't exactly call 'Walden' light reading though! I have it on my list but am slightly intimidated by it... Your quotes have whet my appetite though, so I may hazard an attempt soon! Thanks for hosting and have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  3. Hi Gilion! I've been on the blog now for about 2 years and being from South Africa, there are soooo many things we don't celebrate. Halloween, Thanks Giving etc. Our school year also runs from Jan to Dec, as soon as school closes, I tend to start thinking of Christmas!

    Enjoy non-fiction November and have a good weekend.

    Elza Reads

  4. That's a beautiful cover for Walden. I read most of it several years ago, but I don't think I ever finished. Not light reading, but very interesting and thought-provoking.

  5. I have never read Walden but the quotes are interesting. I think I always just assume classics are going to be boring and have never given them a fair chance. I need to rectify that.

  6. I've never thought I wanted to read this book but that opening quote is quite inviting. My Friday post is here

  7. I have not read Walden, unsure if I will, but I was stationed in Boston recently, and my family & I visited Walden Pond often. Saw Theroux's "house" a few times. I can understand how he felt. That pond and the surrounding area were so relaxing.


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