I am a nerd
but I need to follow that statement with..
I adore books.
One of my earliest memories is sitting in our den and my step-dad reading to me. My life was surrounded by books, and honestly, it still is. As a child, I never left home without a book in my hand and whenever I packed for a trip, I always packed at least 5 books. As a pre-teen, I volunteered in our town library, working with the summer book program, shelving books, checking books out, and adding to my own pile to check out. Our town librarian had a limit on how many books a person could check out, but I had special permission to check out up to 10 at a time and I felt like I had won the lottery.
Some of my favorite memories of elementary school involve story time and I really wish we had that time in high school. I loved coming in from lunch to hear my teacher read Beverly Cleary or other great children's authors. My absolute favorite was in fourth grade. Mrs. Collins was a strict teacher and in my 9 year old mind, she was *old*! I'm guessing she actually was about my age now because almost 30 years later, she's still teaching and according to my great-niece, still pretty strict. :) After lunch and recess, we would pile back into our classroom to hear about the latest adventures of Tom and JD from The Great Brain series. The books were set in 1900 Utah and Tom was always coming up with a new scheme to rope the children of their town into some great adventure. There were 7 books in the series at the time and Mrs. Collins read them all to us that year. I remember going to back to her year after year to borrow the books to revisit Tom and his shenanigans. In college, hubby (then boyfriend) and I were at a flea market and I found a box set of the first 5 books in the series. I quickly snatched them up, of course! :)
When I think about books that I could read over and over...
One of my favorite places to visit is used book stores and thrift stores just so I can look at the books. For years, these places were the only places I purchased books because I read so quickly that I could rarely justify spending $7+ per book. At this point in time, I try to limit my physical book collection and have only one (large) bookcase that houses fiction work. However, my Kindle has hundreds and hundreds of books thanks to places like dailyfreebooks.com :)
My Professional Library
While I have limited spending on novels, my professional library is not so limited. In my office, I have 4 large bookcases and 2 small bookcases filled with books and resources. At one point, my library included two more large bookcases, but once I stopped teaching middle school, I gave away a ton of upper elem/middle school materials to a friend who was just starting her career.
Until I got plugged into the MTBoS, my professional library consisted more of classroom resources such as textbooks and ancillary materials, activity books from the teacher stores, etc.
Books sitting next to me right now... (aka, Currently reading)
My favorite go-to books...
What books are on YOUR bookshelf?
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