Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Texas Library Association Conference: Where Do All the Books Go?


I left you last with this photo of a jumble of books I brought home from TLA. If you recall, my final day, sadly, was spent at the ER with a dislocated thumb from a fall I experienced on the way back to my hotel. I came home with $110 in cash I'd planned to spend the last day (where lots of publishers sell off their books at cut-rate, cash-only prices instead of paying to ship them home), buying books for my district's Book Bus, but that money, again sadly, will be used to pay my deductible for the very wonderful staff at Baylor University Hospital who sewed up and splinted my thumb.

Nevertheless, I came home with these totals: 
Day 1 (Exhibit Hall Opening Night): 49 books
Day 2: 97 books
Day 3 84 books
Grand total: 230 books

What happens to these books? you may be asking. 

Simple answer. I read them.

Some of them I want to read cover-to-cover. 


The finished books I hope to read and review and then pass on to our district's Book Bus, to check out to children this summer:


The rest I've sorted into adult, ya, and children's stacks. I'll save these for a while and see what I want to read. Then, if I pass on reading a complete book, I'll send it out into the world with other school librarians, teachers, and my Little Libraries in low-income areas of our town. 



What would you read first if you had these books to choose from?


Here are some of books I finished recently:

covertitlereviewdate read Down arrow
Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
This book is the little story of the way competition combined with a big problem combined with clever brain synapses resulted in the completion of a p ...more
Apr 14, 2018
Awesome Is Everywhere
Let's take a look at this book. Open it...whoosh! You are way, way up in space, looking down on this beautiful earth. Now tap and you zoom in, down in ...more
Apr 14, 2018

The Overstory
I'm one-handed this week, so typing is a difficult, hunt-and-peck sort of adventure. But that's just an excuse thrown out there; the truth is that I'm...more
Apr 14, 2018

Discovering Titanic's Remains
What do children love to read about? True things. What is one of their favorite true things to read about? The Titanic.

This book is an excellent explo
 ...more
Apr 14, 2018

Marwan's Journey
Marwan is on the road, off on a journey to another place, leaving behind all he knows, all he loves. This is a story of sadness, of loss, but it is al ...more
Apr 09, 2018

Let's Hatch Chicks!: A Day-by-Day Chick Hatching Guide for Kids
What happens when chickens lay eggs?

This is the day-to-day story of what happens. The text and illustrations are perfect for children who want to expl
 ...more
Apr 09, 2018
Everybunny Count!
I've read a lot of counting books in my ten years as a Cybils judge. A lot. I can't imagine how many counting books come across a good editor's desk.

E
 ...more
Apr 09, 2018

Bella Figura: How to Live, Love, and Eat the Italian Way
Kamin Mohammadi moves to Italy for respite from the stressful and unhappy life she has created for herself in London. She begins again, guided by new ...more
Apr 09, 2018
Here Comes the Easter Beagle!
It's Easter, but where is the Easter Beagle? Is he coming this year? Or did he, perhaps, drink a little too much root beer?

This adaptation of the tv m
 ...more
Apr 09, 2018
Hazelnut Days
Children face troubles in our world today. Everything isn't bunnies and puppies. Sadly. Children need books that help them know that other people have ...more
Apr 09, 2018

Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #2)
I was astonished to find that the first Narwhal and Jelly book beat out some amazing books like There's a Bear on My Chair and A Unicorn Named Sparkle ...more
Apr 09, 2018
Zen Camera: Creative Awakening with a Daily Practice in Photography
I'm fascinated with both Zen and photography. This is the perfect book for me.

I'm not an expert on either, and Ulrich doesn't claim to be a Zen master
...more
Apr 07, 2018
The Sufi Book of Life: 99 Pathways of the Heart for the Modern Dervish
When you read on a book for four months, you know that something good is there.

If you are anything like me, you probably know nothing about Sufism. P
...more
Apr 07, 2018



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.


18 comments:

  1. SO sorry to hear about your thumb mishap - but glad all turned out in the end!
    I love the idea of the book bus and wish we had such a great way to help children read in our area.
    I noticed Zen Camera the last time you posted the cover - I'm so glad the book lived up to its title. It is now officially on my TBR summer list :)

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  2. I'm so very sorry to hear about your thumb - I know from experience that any hand injury is insanely painful so I hope that you soon recover. I think you are amazing - taking on so many books and then rehoming them... Brilliant:)).

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  3. Oh, no, what a terrible twist to your conference! It looks like you got a lot of books, though, and I like how you plan to read and recycle them to others.

    Enjoy your week...and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  4. Wow! So many books ! You're set for the rest of spring and summer! Have fun reading and passing the books on.

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  5. I don't have any idea where I would begin with reading those books! It's so great that you pass them on to local libraries. I am just starting Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser

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  6. That's too bad about your thumb and the last day especially! Hope you'll be fine soon.

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  7. I do remember about your fall and injuring your thumb. I hope you're all healed now. Look at all of those glorious books. I have several totes I need to drop off to the library and some used book stores. I'm sure I'll have the empty totes filled up with new books by the time I get back home. LOL

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  8. Just a quick look, I'd probably read the new Ruth Ware, just because I remember reading some of her books and liking them.

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  9. Hand injuries are NOT fun. I am waiting for the new Ware book on audio. Your haul is incredible and I love how you pass them on.

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  10. Hope your thumb is feeling better and so glad they were able to fix you up quickly. Only 230 books, huh? What a shame! LOL LOL

    I'd probably try the Ruth Ware book first or maybe Dear Mrs. Bird - have heard good things about that one. Enjoy and get that thumb better! You've got your trip!! Hugs!

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  11. Holy heck that is a lot of books! I think my other half would have a heart attack if I came home with 230 books! lol
    It's great that you pass so many on for others to read. :)
    Hope your thumb heals quickly and doesn't cause you too many problems!

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  12. Sorry to hear about your accident. It reminded me of my one-and-only ALA visit that I ended up mostly spending in the hospital in sight of the convention center brought down by a Crohn's attack. Luckily, I had gone with a friend who scored a ton of ARCs for me which I am still trying to finish reading. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  13. Oh no, spending time in the ER with a damaged thumb on the last day, my sympathy, hope it is mending well. Great amount of books, so exciting.

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  14. Oh no! Bummer on the thumb. Grrrr.

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  15. NOT a good way to end the conference... hope you're healed soon. So many books to choose from. I have no idea where I'd start!

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  16. Sorry to hear about your fall and your thumb. Your post reminded me that I have a bunch of books I still need to get out of storage and donate to the local school libraries. Come see what I'm reading.

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  17. Wowzers, that's a lot of books! I'd be in book heaven. Hope your thumb feels better soon.

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  18. I am so sorry about your thumb! I hope it is healing well, Deb. Looks like you came away with some great books! Quite a few I wouldn't mind diving into! I hope you enjoy them all.

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