Every day of vacation (even on Christmas), Gabe asked, “Are we doing the book project?” Finally, on the last day before school started again, we dove in.
Few things define our family like our love of books. Bookshelves dominate every room, each child (and parent) has a stack of novels spilling from their nightstand, meals and bedtime discussions revolve around “have you read?” and we are constantly creating wish lists.
To me, buying books is high priority. I’d rather skip a vacation than skimp on books; forget Disneyland, give me Peace Like a River (did you click on that link? One penny for a hardback copy!).
But our abundance of reading material is an organizational nightmare. Several times in past months we’ve been unable to find beloved tales– hence, Gabe’s dismay– it was time to completely renovate our system.
The boys laughed as they sorted the books, “We can see your various stages of book buying mom– library sales, thrift shops, garage sales, Scholastic flyers…” I’m now a big fan of Amazon; especially those one cent books.
All day, the kids recommended books to each other– “You haven’t read The Thief? You have to read that.” I laughed as they practically bore testimony of favorite books– “It changed my life.”
Oh, well, maybe that was me. Words have always been my lifeline and my solace.
When Stefan was little, I worked hard finding books appropriate for his age and still challenging. Patrick McManus books (if you have boys, go buy all of these right now)and the Redwall series were perfect fits.
All of this book moving kicked up masses of dust and dirt. Erik and bunny took on cleaning duty.
Even after eight hours of work, our system is pretty haphazard. No Dewey Decimal at our house– it’s more like ‘favorite series’ ‘favorite stand alones’ ‘childhood classics’ ‘World War II books’ (one of my especial weaknesses) ‘books Gabe should read this year’ ‘books Mary should read this year.’
One of our key ideas was that every book on our shelves came with our recommendation of ‘this is worth your time.’ With that in mind we filled baskets with rejected tomes and in one of those serendipitous moments we opened the door to find a flyer for a book drive on our porch.
I’ m just thrilled we made a little room for the books we’ll fall in love with this year.
What’s on your wish list?