The Cotton Is High -June 20

Welcome if you are visiting because you are on the 2016 A to Z Post Challenge Road Trip This is a series during the month of June celebrating Summertime


“The library in summer is the most wonderful thing because there you get books on any subject and read them each for only as long as they hold your interest, abandoning any that don’t, halfway or a quarter of the way through if you like, and store up all that knowledge in the happy corners of your mind for your own self and not to show off how much you know or spit it back at your teacher on a test paper.”
                  Polly Horvath, My One Hundred Adventures

You have to catch your breath after reading this long sentence, but I liked the reminder of what it was like to visit the library during  summer. When we moved two years ago to  ‘the cottage for two,’ I headed to the little library in town to get a library card. I didn’t have my new drivers license yet, and was told I would need to return with a piece of mail, a bill, that showed my address in order to prove residency. You don’t know me well enough to know that I am a political junkie, so this rule in order to get a library card made me want to lean over the counter and kiss the woman behind the desk. It was either that or stand there bent over laughing. You can tell which side I come down on when it comes to Voter ID.  Get the damn photo taken or whatever, if you want to vote!

But I have strayed from the gentle thoughts of selecting library books to bring home for the week, able to read at my leisure, morning, noon, or night. A life long habit of reading started in the school library, taking me on to the big Evanston Library, and beyond.

Here are a few book titles I recommend for this summers reading. #1 Facing East-Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin, #2 Magic Time-Doug Marlette #3 Under An English Heaven-Alice Boatwright #4 Death at La Fenice- 1st in the Donna Leon Series #5 Bury Your Dead- Louise Penny series, but do read them in order. #5 The Death of Santini-or anything else written by Pat Conroy. Please add your recommendations in the comment section.

Don’t forget, you can’t have a LIBRARY CARD without identification, needed for most everything else in life except maybe to vote! Go figure.


About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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8 Responses to The Cotton Is High -June 20

  1. dino0726 says:

    I was raised by my grandmother and she didn’t drive. I remember a friend’s mom took us both to the library and I got my first card. It was an awesome feeling. 🙂

  2. I spent a lot of time at the library as a kid! Now, it all comes to me (though I was at the Law Library a few weeks ago, and it was great – I really need to go there more often, if only just to get away and work in quiet for a bit!).

  3. John Holton says:

    Is that Doug Marlette the cartoonist?

  4. The library is one of my favorite places 🙂

  5. celticmama36 says:

    I have spent many an hour at the library over the course of my life, not so much lately, however. Summertime in Texas is the time to stay inside and not go anywhere. It is way too hot out there!

    My favorite part of the library back home was the local history/genealogy room. I could have moved in there and I’m sure, on many occasions, that my children thought we had!

    My very favorite book as a little girl was The Silver Seven, by Rita Ritchie. Its first printing was in 1972, the year I started 2nd grade. A few years ago, my husband found a copy online somewhere and bought it for me. I thought it was a great gift! Amazon has it available through 3rd party sellers.

    My favorite series for grown-up reading is the Blossom Street Series by Debbie Macomber. The first one that I read was #3 of the series, called Susannah’s Garden. She had me bawling my eyes out by the end of the first chapter. I was hooked. This series made me feel at home. Maybe that sounds weird, but I really connected with the stories and the characters.

    Sorry to write a book here. Everyone in our family is a voracious reader…and somewhat long-winded. 🙂 Have a great day!

    • THANK YOU for this great reply to the post with your library memories. I thought of you yesterday (having already read your comment) while sitting at the library doing research in the local history/genealogy room. I write another blog called where the theme is honoring the past, building a future. Yesterday was research on an area that is part of the black community in Rocky Mount and getting new affordable housing. Researching the past! LOVE that you included your favorite growing up book. I a going to look up the grown-up series too. Nice to make a new blogging friend that share similar interests.

      • celticmama36 says:

        Thank you for your response and for thinking of me. 🙂 I have your other blog loading in another tab as I type this. I look forward to reading it. How did your research workout? I hope that you had a very enjoyable time there, though I don’t know how anyone could have anything other than fun at a library. 🙂 I agree. It is very nice to meet new friends with similar interests. What other things do you enjoy? Have a blessed day!

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