I love books. Libraries, bookstores, boxes at garage sales: all wonderful. There are bookshelves all around our home; books are piled on tables, shelves, and the floor in the living room.
My favourite coffee shops have bookshelves, and when I travel, I look for book-trade shelves.
I used to collect books everywhere I went, but after the x-to-the-power-of-10th move, I got tired of boxing them up and toting them around. Books are heavy, dammit.
Now I am a fan of checking out books from the library, particularly if I am likely to read them only once. I think it is good to keep books in circulation, for everyone to enjoy.
But I am also a writer. And I want to support other writers. So there are still a few favourites I buy. And reference books. And children’s books.
I guess I still collect books. Just not as many as I used to.
According to KCLS, this summer I checked out:
Memorial Day to July Fourth:
Good Enough/Paul Yoo
Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet out of Idaho/Jon Katz
Do Hard Things: a Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations/Alex & Brett Harris
Some of Tim’s Stories/S.E. Hinton
Girl, Hero/Carrie Jones
Letters from Rapunzel/Sara Holmes
More Than a Test Score: Teens Talk About Being Gifted, Talented, or Otherwise Extraordinary/Robert A. Shultz, James R. Delisle
Suite Scarlett/Maureen Johnson
Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America/Paul Tough
The Oxford Dictionary of Slang/(compiled by) John Ayto
Get Known Before the Book Deal/Christina Katz
The Graveyard Book/Neil Gaiman
The Hunger Games/Suzanne Collins
Sag Harbor/Colson Whitehead
When No One Understands: Letters to a Teenager on Life, Loss, and the Hard Road to Adulthood/Brad Sachs
Bonk: the Curious Coupling of Science and Sex/Mary Roach
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife/Mary Roach
Stiff: the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers/Mary Roach
Beyond Portraiture: Creative People Photography/Bryan Peterson
Work Hard. Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America/Jay Mathews
Love Letters of Great Men and Women: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present Day
Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers’ Schemes/Sharon Lamb, Lyn Mikel Brown
July Fourth to Labour Day
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion/Loree Griffin Burns
The Rock and the River/Kekla Magoon
On Pointe/Lorie Ann Gover
Here If You Need Me/Kate Braestrup
Writing Fiction: the Practical Guide from New York’s Acclaimed Creative Writing School/Gotham Writers’ Workshop faculty
Nobody’s Family is Going to Change/Louise Fitzhugh
The Full Spectrum: a New Generation of Writing about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Other Identities/eds. David Livithan, Billy Merrell
Literature from the “Axis of Evil”: written from Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Other Enemy Nations/a Words Without Borders Anthology
Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness/Lisa M. Hamilton
Nothing But Ghosts/Beth Kephart
Empress of the World/Sara Ryan
No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for your Blog/Margaret Mason
Spunk & Bite: a Writer’s Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style/Arthor Plotnik
Touching Snow/M. Sindy Felin
The Boyfriend List/E. Lockhart
Absolutely Maybe/Lisa Yee
Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers/Carolyn See
Take Joy: a Writer’s Guide to Loving the Craft/Jane Yolen
What Would Emma Do?/Eileen Cook
Everyone Is Beautiful/Katherine Center
I Thought It Was Just Me/Brene Brown
Knucklehead: Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories of Growing Up Scieszka/John Scieszka
Don’t be afraid. I read a lot, but not that much. I request whatever catches my eye, or comes highly recommended, or new works from an author I like. When I am looking for the next book to read, I scan through the piles. I like choices. 😉
This post is too long now, so tomorrow, I’ll post the ones I actually read.
listening to: Bat for Lashes, Sleep Alone