Whether routes to escape or paths to enlightenment, the written word can create enticing worlds so absorbing to the reader that other realities fade away. A painting of a woman immersed in reading suggests a story of its own. Are books her means of temporary departure, transporting her to places she may never see but is free to dream of? Is she studiously searching their pages for illumination? Little wonder that the reading woman has appeared in art for hundreds of years. She is a beautiful enigma, an untold tale, and we are left to search the images, pondering their meaning. This calendar reproduces twenty exquisite paintings by renowned artists—Claude Monet, Childe Hassam, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and many others—all of whom appreciated a woman with a book. Accompanying each image is an inspiring quotation by a woman on the subjects of books and reading. All of Pomegranates calendars are printed with soy-based inks on FSC certified paper, which means the paper has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and manufactured by an FSC certified printer. FSC certification promotes responsible forest management by ensuring that forestry practices are environmentally responsible, socially equitable, and economically viable. FSC license code FSC N001864.