‘Twas the Night Before the Night Before Christmas …

… And despite all good cheer,

It sized up as “boringest night of the year.”

Still 36 hours until Christmas dawning,

And reruns of reruns were leaving ‘em yawning.

The tree decorating had happened last week

The lineup of movies appeared rather bleak.

The cookies were eaten; the sprinkles were scattered

No Christmas ‘till Christmas! That’s clearly what mattered.


Yet out on the web was a trove worth a look:

A digitized shelf-full of rare, classic books.

By Dickens!

By Moore! and

By Frances H. Burnett!

And free off the web –

You won’t have to return it!


So, hold off those sugar-fueled siblings’ catfights

By letting them read “The Arabian Nights.”


And with one shopping day left, right next to that Wii™,

You can guarantee holiday books  ‘neath that tree.


Merry Christmas to all … and to all, a good read!


  1. Auntie Nanuuq
    December 29, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Thank-you, how very clever! i was really interested in the Arabian Nights, but it wasn’t clearly visible enough for me to read.
    Sad, that!

  2. Louisa Braley
    December 29, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    The person who wrote that clever ditty has never had small children, nor middle-sized children — no, not even big children with children of their own. Had that been the case, she would never have been bored on the Day before the Day before Christmas — worrying about what to read (most of us who read this Blog have large libraries; we have no need to resort to the internet….oh, and we would give anything, yes, anything, to be lying in some comfortable spot reading from said library) Instead, we are waiting in a long line at Macy’s…or Pottery Barn…or Anne Taylor or Crate & Barrel or even Barnes & Noble or any one of a number of stores that are still in business…OR, we are wrapping up a fruitcake, or a vase we recieved the previous year to Fed Ex to Auntie, Boston to Austin, Texas. Would the author of “The Night Before…….” like to trade places, by any chance? If so, please be in touch with me. I’ll read from your Dicken’s collection; you can take care of the leftover chores at my house. Thanks. PS: Don’t forget the red bandannas or the wrapped rawhide bones for the dogs — the Children would never forgive you. Or, by chance do I address a “He?” But of course!

  3. M T
    December 30, 2009 at 5:34 am

    As a book lover, and life long library user, thank you for showing me the site to see Rare, Classic, and Free Books!!! Yippee

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