Elizabeth Goudge Day Is Coming

Posted March 9, 2017 by Lory in events / 26 Comments

For the third year in a row, I’d like to celebrate the birthday of one of my favorite authors by inviting you to read one of her works and share your thoughts — whether on your own blog, in the comments here, or in a Goodreads review or other format of your choice. Monday, April 24 is the day, so please mark your calendars!

This year I’m keeping things very low-key, with this simple invitation and the hope that if you also love Elizabeth Goudge you will join in — and if you have not yet discovered her work, you might give it a try.

For some inspiration, here is the wrap-up from last year, and a link to happenings from the first year’s Reading Week.

I have several unread books still on my shelf, and this year I’m considering taking up Towers in the Mist (set in Elizabethan Oxford) and Smoky-House (a children’s book about smugglers). What might you read for Elizabeth Goudge Day this year?

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26 responses to “Elizabeth Goudge Day Is Coming

  1. I read and loved Green Dolphin Street when I was a teenager and read one or two others over the years but I just checked Goudge’s list of published works and I obviously have some catching up to do.

    • I think you would love some of her other books, Jennifer. I hope you will share your discoveries with us.

    • I enjoyed it when I read it last year. It’s one of her more overtly religious books, so just be aware of that.

  2. I’d love to try some of Goudge’s writing, but my library doesn’t have any of her books (isn’t that obnoxious?) …and I’ve already bought way too many books this month. I absolutely cannot buy any more. So my exploration of her work will have to wait until next year. Happy Reading! 🙂

    • If finances are the concern I’m happy to send you one of my books. (I have duplicates.) If it’s a matter of “too many books,” I understand completely – sometimes one has to draw the line. But do let me know if you’d like me to send one!

      • You’re so sweet! But it’s not finances…it’s too many books. I’m sure you’re familiar with that problem. I need to read what I have before I start bringing in even more books. (We’ll see how long that resolution lasts!) But thanks! 🙂

        • Yep, I have the same problem. I’m trying to read down my TBR pile too, by about 5 a month, and it’s going well so far. Fortunately I already have a copy of Towers in the Mist so that can count. 😀

      • Well, I’ve certainly never read Towers in the Mist! Or Valley of Song. There are several. BUT just this evening I looked at my Goudge shelf and found a paperback of The Middle Window, which I haven’t read in a very long time. I thought I had lost the book, but it surfaced at my parents’ house a few months ago. I’ll probably read that, but who knows!

        • Of those I”ve only read The Valley of Song – which is a strange but rather wonderful little book. I do hope you’ll find something as the day draws closer.

  3. I saw someone raving about The Dean’s Watch on Instagram a few weeks so I added it to my tbr list…so I’m in! 🙂 Now, just to get hold of a copy.

  4. I am keen on historical fiction, but not that into romance. My library has TONS of her titles. Maybe I will check out a handful and try the first chapter of each?

    • You are lucky your library has tons of her titles so you can sample and see what appeals to you. Even though Goudge is often described as a “romance writer,” I don’t find her so in the formulaic, genre-bound sense. The romantic relationships in her books are often very complex and interesting.

  5. I’m glad you’re hosting this again. I’ll definitely try to take part – I just need to decide what to read! I’m tempted by Towers in the Mist, but will have to give it some thought as there are others that appeal to me too.

    • Hooray! I just heard from Hendrickson that they will sponsor a giveaway of Towers in the Mist — so if you don’t have it yet you might want to hold off and try your chances. 🙂

  6. I am tempted! I’m reading ‘The Joy of the Snow’ right now, so might well write something. It’s lovely so far (as you might expect).

    • I’ve read it, and it is a lovely book, but I never posted about it so if you did write something it would be wonderful.

  7. I can’t recall if I’ve heard of Elizabeth Goudge before…I’ve just had a look at her Wikipedia page. I would like to try The Little White Horse. I was just saying to my sister yesterday I was in the mood for a unicorn book, haha. Adding the day to my blog calendar!

  8. Late to the party (as always) – I will try and give it a go. I’m ashamed to say I don’t have any Goudge books in my collection and that I don’t think I have read her although the name is very familiar. I have ordered Green Dolphin Country from the local library.

    • I read that one last year — it took me a bit of effort to get into, but once I did I loved it. Glad you were able to find something at your library.