The McD fourth grade teacher set up a large, blank U.S. map in between bookshelves in his classroom. He has books that feature each state, approx. 400 of them that the kids can choose from and read. After a book is read, he takes a picture of the cover and posts it to the corresponding state. I am sure he did this last year when Ian was in his class and I just did not notice. Today I studied his map and books for quite awhile and decided this would be my 2012 personal reading challenge. I read from 50-60 books a year, so this will be perfect. I thought about reading by region, but knew I would choose all the southern states first. I really love southern writing. I am going to start backwards, which means I need a good book that takes place in Wyoming. I have until Jan. 1st to choose. Send me suggestions. I think I will tell myself no re-reads, even though I want to re-read "Handling Sin". This project will curtail my fantasy reading, but the choices in that genre are somewhat slim right now. Maybe by March I will be to L and can read the new Sookie Stackhouse book.
I met the cutest little old man in the waiting room of Hopkins. He was dressed very dapper and reading "HP and the Goblet of Fire". I had to strike up a conversation. He told me the series was his comfort reading and I totally agreed with him. His copy was battered, creased and folded - well loved.
The kids and I really enjoyed the book "The Inventions of Hugo Cabret". The movie has just been released and it is a fabulous movie. It is so rare to find a movie as good as the book. I also found out today that the author has a new book out, name escapes me, and it is even better that Hugo. These are not books for an e-reader, you have to read them in hard copy.
I am saying farewell to my two years of refrigerator art. I got a new fridge that won't hold my quilts. I haven't even made November yet. I enjoyed doing this project, but it will be okay to let it go. I am not sure what to do with all those little quilts anyway. I wish I could finds some motivation to finish a large quilt. My poor sewing room is missing me. Buying a new refrigerator was the greatest thing ever, I can't believe I waited so long to do it.