Surrounded by Books

It has been a whirlwind of a week-end here.  I spent all day Friday and Saturday at a teaching conference – sitting and listening (oh, it is so hard for me to sit all day!)  Then it was the annual library book sale on Friday night (an event NOT to be missed!) a birthday party for a special young lady on Saturday night (and scrapbooking after – yeah!) and a lovely day spent with my mother-in-law on Sunday.  After fighting with insomnia last night (despite being exhausted – how does THAT happen?) I am ready to head to bed and curl up with a good book.

And right now I have a large selection of books from which to choose.  I am somewhat of an eclectic reader as I enjoy reading many different kinds of books, and am probably one of the few people who actually considers cookbooks to be reading material and not just references (I read mine cover to cover.)  Currently I have this eclectic mix on my nightstand:

I still remember reading “The Shadow on Hawthorn Bay” by Janet Lunn when I was 11 so I couldn’t resist buying another of her books when I saw it at the library sale.  (and when books are only 50 cents and they support one of your favourite places on earth, what did you have to lose?)

Here are my other library sale finds:  I am especially excited about reading “don’t name the ducks” especially since I am the kind of person who probably WOULD name the ducks…. 

And then I found some books for my classroom.

Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Hundred Dresses are must-have classics.   I loved Natalie Babbitt’s “Tuck Everlasting” and so far am also enjoying “The Search for Delicious” (I read half of it last night when I couldn’t sleep.  Children’s literature makes for good night-time reading…)

Not bad for an hour spent at a book sale, and this would probably be enough to keep me going for a while, but it seems this was meant to be a book week-end for me because I LOVED the presenters I saw at Saturday’s conference so much that I felt compelled to buy both of their books!

It really was worth sitting all day.  I am so excited about reading these and applying everything I learned!

  But they will have to wait awhile because I found these in the mail today.

Don’t you just love getting parcels in the mail?  I do!  Especially when they contain…..

more books!  This has to be one of the best perks of having my teaching certification.   I get full use of the big education library in Toronto, I can choose any books I want and they mail them to me for free AND pay the return postage.  Oh the books I can read!!    But as they do have to be returned these titles are now the top ”to read” books on my list. 

I live in a house surrounded by books.

They are on the shelves, they are on the floor, they cover the tables (and couches and chairs) and are in bags by the door!

They entice me with their covers, just waiting to be read, so I’m off to put my feet up, and read them all in bed!

What are YOU reading right now?

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4 thoughts on “Surrounded by Books

  1. Sara

    Lately I read Christian books, but really recent I have been reading quilting books and/or quilting magazines. I have this one quilting book that has all the answers to your quilting needs and it has REALLY helped me out tremendously. I also just received Material Obsession in the mail a couple of weeks ago so maybe I will bring that with when I am in the plane to WI! Can’t forget children’s books either as I have a 2 yr old son that loves to read at least 2 times a day it seems:) I enjoy reading to him because he SOAKS it all up OVER and Over AGAIN!!

    Thank you for your post Andi!

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  2. Greta

    Wow, you did have a book-filled weekend! I’m glad you enjoyed your conference. I bought that same “Sisters” teaching book for my sister in law last Christmas. I’m not sure how she likes it. Right now I’m reading Look Me in the Eye, which is about a man with Asperger’s. It’s for our family’s book club and is pretty good so far.

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  3. Andrea

    I am always reading and often get told that I need to stop bringing books in the house! Our little house is all but exploding with books, so I am limited to the special book shelf for keepers and then must donate other books to friends, libraries or well anyone that wants them!

    Right now I am just finished a book and about to begin another in just a few minutes… just finished Lovely Bones and about to start Death without Interuptions.

    Andrea

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