Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Texas Library Association Conference (with an Exclamation Point)

The annual conference for the Texas Library Association is held this year in San Antonio. Fiesta begins this week, too. And the Spurs are in the playoffs. Party, party, party.

But I am here for a more serious purpose: books. Here is the line for opening night at the exhibit hall.

I'd like to nominate this man for Librarian Spouse of the Year. His tag says: Line Holder. I am filled with envy.

I have a room with a view. A balcony that looks out onto the River Walk. Glorious.

We take a group selfie at the Alamo. Of course.

Happily, I win a bag of books from Sebco. And a bag of Lindor truffles.

A gift wrapped Bluebonnet book. So fun.

 I bring home a new puppet. Required, I think.

Here are all my treasures. Final book count? A whopping 325 books.

What are you reading today?

What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.


  1. What a great event! I'd love to visit San Antonio one day :)

    1. San Antonio is a wonderful city. The weather is beautiful and the people are friendly. I love San Antonio.

  2. I have heard great things about San Antonio, and it is one of the Texas cities we never passed through on my childhood road trips...sigh.

    I'm glad you brought back a great haul...such treasures! Enjoy shelving them all...and reading them. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

    1. I did have a huge haul. Now I can't wait to share them with students and teachers and visitors to my Little Libraries.

  3. Looks like fun, and so many books too!! I like the River Walk in San Antonio. Great place to visit. I went to college there at Trinity U, so I remember those days!

  4. 325 books? Whoa. Can we see a list? ;) But really, if you had to pick 5 you're especially looking forward to, which ones would you pick? Or one?

    1. I love your challenge. I couldn't narrow it down to five, though I think I did pretty well at ten:

      House of Names by Colm Toibin (the author is coming to Houston tomorrow!)
      Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult
      Salt to the Sea
      Reading with Patrick
      Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
      North of Happy by Andi Alsaid
      I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad
      One Summer Day in Rome
      In a Perfect World by Trish Doller
      What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

  5. Holy moly that's a lot of books! But so much fun to be surrounded by people who love books as much as you do. I am reading Please Look After Mom, set in South Korea

    1. I love being at book conferences for that very reason.

  6. Whoa! 325 books! Looks like you had a fun time at the event!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

  7. Holy Moly! 325 books!?! Looks like a blast (except for CARRYING all those books home!)

  8. I was in San Antonio one year when the Spurs won the championship and had their parade down the river. It was unbearably HOT. I'd rather read a book and this year my goal is to finish reading all of Ian Rankin's Rebus novels.

  9. I have so much book envy! 325 books! What fun! That's too funny about the lineholder. Definitely in the running for husband of the year. Sounds like an amazing trip. Have a great week!

  10. Sounds like an amazing conference and you made quite a book haul. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  11. Library conferences are so fun. Glad you had a good time and a great book haul! Congrats on the contest win too. San Antonio is on my list of places I hope to visit one day. My sister got to go as a teen for a school contest and it really made an impression on her. She loved the river walk.

  12. Sounds like an awesome time!

  13. That's a year's worth of books. Sounds though like you have plans for all of them.

    It was another busy week but I did manage to finish some books. Come see what I'm reading.

  14. What a good time! What a haul!

  15. Oh, how i'd love to be in SA right now! My friend Grace lives there, and i know she could show me around and i'd love to be there for Fiesta one year.

  16. Wow - that's a lot of books! The Conference looked like a fun time. Happy reading!


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