It’s no secret that I love to read. I always have. When I was little I used to sneak my Winnie the Pooh or Nancy Drew or Trixie Beldon books into bed with me and read under the covers with a flashlight. We were frequent visitors to the library and I would often save my birthday and babysitting money to buy the latest edition from the Scholastic catalog at school.
Recently I have been reading some oldies but goodies and found a great source for these for free. Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 ebooks, which are free in the United States because their copyright has expired. They have a number of formats including HTML, EPUB, Kindle and text. You can search by author, title, keywords or just peruse categories or lists.
Here’s a collection of old books, by some of the world’s greatest authors, that can be accessed by today’s latest technology. How cool is that?
So far I have read The Velveteen Rabbit, Chesterton’s Manalive, and Belloc’s Bad Child's Book of Beastsand I started Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver's Travels.
From Hilaire Belloc’s Bad Child's Book of Beasts
The Lion, the Lion, he dwells in the waste,
He has a big head and a very small waist;
But his shoulders are stark, and his jaws they are grim,
And a good little child will not play with him.
When looking through the cooking category I found this book. I can’t wait to read more of it! (italic emphasis mine)
TWENTY-FIVE CENT DINNERSFORFAMILIES OF SIX.
BYJULIET CORSON (1878)
TO ECONOMICAL HOUSEWIVES:
The wide publicity which the press in different sections of the country has given to my offer to show working people earning a dollar and a half, or less, per day, how to get a good dinner for fifteen cents, has brought me a great many letters from those who earn more, and can consequently afford a more extended diet.
In response to their requirements I have written this book, which I hope will be found servicable in that middle department of cookery it is designed to occupy, where we begin to look for more than the absolute necessaries of life; it is a practical guide to the economical, healthful, and palatable preparation of food, and will serve to show that it is possible to live well upon a very moderate income.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle(audio book)
The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana – not what you would think
by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm