As we wind down the year and march toward the holidays, let's talk about some of our favorite books, with potential for gifting.
Kate Messner reminds us of the impact our books have on their intended readers, the kids and the librarians and teachers, parents and grandparents who share them. But especially the young readers.
If you haven't read her poem, WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR BOOK TODAY, or haven't read it in a while, HERE IT IS.
Good reading at this time of year. Or anytime.
Before I join this fun countdown suggested by book people whose ideas I can't wait to hear, may I say a few words about lists? If you didn't have a book out this year. If your book kind of dropped through the very large cracks. If it came out in January to a big hoopla and in December is barely chugging along. All those things can make writers nuts if we let them.
Instead of going nuts, I'm planning to think about the books I loved this year. And share a few.
They may not be brand new. They don't have to be serious or funny or the latest thing or the oldest thing. Just books I want others to know about.
(True confessions: Even though I treasure each good review of my own books, I'm terrible at postisng on Amazon and Goodreads. There's something about rating books that reeks of comparison, and I have a very hard time doing this. If they didn't ask me to give those confounded comparative stars, I'd put a lot more books on those sites. So this is my little way of adding my opinions to the universe, with no comparisons and no fancy stars. Just twelve days of book love.)
Feel free to share your own favorites! Use the hashtag #12daysofbooks, and join in the fun!