Yesterday was a busy day for me, I drove a total of 440 miles round-trip to take my 14 year-old niece and 16 year-old nephew to see the UniverSoul Circus perform in Cincinnati, Ohio. The circus was great (as usual) and the kids had a blast, but the road trip was not so memorable. First the GPS unit kept shutting off and refused to recharge so I was forced to use the printed online directions. Second the online mapping software had us taking numerous back roads and small highways (quite scenic but filled with stop lights, low speed limits and winding roads) to save time and distance. Needless to say the online directions weren't accurate and we got lost. Fortunately the GPS decided to work (for about 10 minutes) and we arrived at our destination and were only 15 minutes late for the circus.
The bad news is that I didn't get to read for more than 30 minutes yesterday. The good news is that I did get to read most of Saturday and completed 1.5 books from my personal TBR stash: Left to Die and Chosen to Die by Lisa Jackson. Actually I'm re-reading these so the story will be fresh when I read Born to Die, the last in this trilogy by Ms. Jackson. Last, I'm reading an ARC of All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin (review to post soon).
FYI, did you know that today is Read-A-Book Day? I wasn't able to find much information online about this informal holiday, but any holiday that celebrates reading is fine with me. So what are you reading today?
Do you have a child or know a child that is an avid reader. If they are in grades 4 through 12, live in the US, and have a favorite book then the Library of Congress is eager to learn about it. Letters about Literature is a national reading and writing promotional program sponsored by the Library of Congress and Target. Students are asked to write a personal letter to an author and explain how that author's book (fiction or non-fiction) impacted their life or changed their world view. Letters are submitted to the Library of Congress for judging. National winners will receive a $500 Target gift card as well as $10,000 for their community or school library. The entry deadline is January 6, 2012. More information is available at: www.lettersaboutliterature.org, West Virginia residents can obtain additional information at: www.wvcenterforthebook.org. Do you know of any special programs designed to promote reading in your community? If so, please share them with us. Happy reading...
Favorite Quotes on Books and Reading
"A book is a gift you can open again and again." Garrison Keillor
“Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.” Jane Yolen
"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." Oscar Wilde
"Books have furnished, burnished, and enabled my life." Julia Keller