If you were to walk into my house right now, the first thing you would notice is the books. There are stacks of books everywhere: on my printer, on the top of my desk, on the floor, and in a basket. You might wonder what the hell is going on. Maybe the four bookcases in my living room have a bad case of indigestion and the stacks are the result. Or maybe I’m in the middle of a huge cleaning project. The second reason is correct but barely.
It started this morning with my mom making my younger sisters clean their room from top to bottom. My twelve year-old sisters love saving their old schoolwork, backpacks, and even notebooks. Now there’s huge garbage bag filled with stuff, some of which will be taken to the local thrift store while the rest to the trash can. My kids are gone with their dad for the next few hours so I’ve joined in, straightening up my shelves and trying to figure out if there are any books I can donate to the public library.
I have a feeling that I will be in the middle of this mess for the next few hours. That’s okay since in the past twelve hours or so, I’ve read two amazing books. The first was the new comic series by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples called Saga. It’s the story of a couple from two very different worlds and the people are trying to kill them. The second book was the middle grade classic, A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck. Even though Banned Books Week is over, I still wanted to re-read this. Like Lois Lowry’s The Giver, it’s a short but powerful coming-of-age story.
Speaking of books, this is the last week to join Guys Lit Wire in filling the shelves of Bayou Sr. High School’s library. Schools across the country are being hit hard by budget cuts with some of the hardest hit being in D.C. The school has just over 5,800 students and slightly more than 1,500 books in the library. So the site is trying to help this school get as many books as possible. The school has a wish list at Powell’s Books filled with affordable books. With this being the last week, only 1/9th of the books on the wish list have been purchased. If you can help, please click on the link above for more information. The only thing better than reading a good book is giving one to a child.
I’m off to finish the
disaster zone living room. If I can find the time, I’ll probably continue reading How Children Succeed by Paul Tough or Fed Up with Lunch: How One Anonymous Teacher Revealed the Truth about School Lunches – and How We Can Change Them by Sarah Wu.
What are your reading plans for the week?