And end-of-year ritual–Don and I sort, clean, and cull our 13 bookshelves. We discover duplicates. We reunite series sisters. We donate books to the four corners–classrooms, children, colleagues, charities. A subtle shift on every shelf–some books disappear and others move to permanent shelf space. A year of reading closes and another opens.
This time of year, my reading choices vacillate between must-read 2013 titles like award nominees and ALA Award hopefuls, the books I received for Christmas, and emerging 2014 titles. It’s overwhelming. My reading experiences last week and my reading plan for this week reflect my scattered approach to book selection right now. I am enjoying #bookaday during the school break and finding gems on my newly-catalogued shelves.
Last Week’s Reading Highlights
If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Marla Frazee
Rutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems About Our Presidents by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by John Hendrix
Becoming Ben Franklin by Russell Freedman
Fat Boy vs. The Cheerleaders by Geoff Herbach
This Week’s Reading Plans
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
When We Wake by Karen Healey
The ongoing bookshelf purge continues. I will uncover more unread treasures. Thankfully, I have another year of reading ahead to enjoy.
Happy New Year and Happy Reading in 2014!