Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Slice of Life: Sharing Book Love

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Betsy, Dana, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Lisa, and Melanie
                    for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday and nurturing our writing lives.

Today's post is cross posted to Sweet Reads
the blog for Books, Brownies, and Beyond.  

Today is National Book Lover's Day!  And I had a perfect afternoon for this special day.  I spent it at the library with the members of Books, Brownies, and Beyond, our after school book club.  Our summer meetings are filled with sharing what we've been reading, checking out the titles on display, and making plans for more reading before summer ends.  Notepads are available for students to make lists of titles, and one student filled an entire page with books she wanted to read and needed another page to continue her list making.  
We welcomed two new members today, Charlie and Harrison.  Charlie is vacationing in our area and Harrison will be an incoming 6th grader at IMS in the fall.  We were also glad that Regina, a sibling of one of our members joined us again.  One of the activities for our meeting was a scavenger hunt in the library organized by Carrie Bowman, the KCLS teen librarian.  After that invigorating activity, we needed sustenance for our continued quest for good books.  I can't think of a better way to spend National Book Lover's Day than by sharing books and cookies in the company of fellow book lovers.  

Our final activity was a quick perusal of the ARCs (advance reader copies) provided by Island Books, our local indie bookstore.  We had a drawing to organize the choosing.  You can tell by the picture that each attendee was pleased with his or her new book.  Thanks, Island Books!

One of our planned activities was to bring a stack of favorite books to share.  Here's my stack of favorite books (from the titles available at my house).  It was tough.  I wanted to narrow it down to ten, and I only allowed myself one title per author.  Of course, as soon as I settled on my stack, I walked upstairs where I spotted Because of Winn-Dixie on a shelf.  How could I have left that one out?  
I like this quote by Lloyd Alexander about our favorite book(s):  "Our favorite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change. We have other favorites that give us what we most need at that particular time. But we never lose the old favorites. They’re always with us. We just sort of accumulate them." — Lloyd Alexander

What are some of your old favorite books that will always be with you?


  1. Wah:( I did not know it was National Book Lover's Day! Perhaps the oversight was because I do not live in the US. Your day sounds PERFECT! Lucky kids and lucky you!

  2. I guess I need to celebrate, perhaps by heading to my favorite Indie bookstore? Now you've given me a reason! What joy you bring to those students, Ramona, and arcs, too! It looks like a marvelous time!