I’m celebrating the happy moments that transpired during the past week.
Monday turned out to be full of great moments I wasn’t expecting and added more reasons why I love working as a bookseller. I met so many super friendly literary people. I got to gush to Rosanne Parry and Aaron Becker how much I enjoy their books! I love it when authors and illustrators take the time to support independent bookstores!
I got to see a rather a cool exhibit at Powell’s.
I really thought it was a fresh way to tell a story and I just loved the mixed media. Here’s the description from Powell’s website with a link to the artist’s blog!
“When Ruby Was Blue” is an experimental narrative whose story unfolds on the walls as the audience moves through the gallery. The story follows a young girl’s psychological journey into the underworld. As all collages are created from a larger, whole image, Ruby learns of the power she has to create something beautiful out of a broken past. The creator, Emily Myers, combines her passions as a puppet maker, paper-cut illustrator, and storyteller to bring together this body of work, which is funded in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Inspired by her childhood experience with death, Emily hopes this story will offer comfort to those who have lost a loved one.
I’m absolutely thrilled to be part of this year’s Cybils Awards as a Round 1 Middle Grade Fiction Judge! I love all the things I get to do to promote my commitment to literacy. And, I was happy to see so many of you are Judges as well! Congratulations!
In addition to that, an act of kindness at the store rejuvenated my spirits after an oddly draining day. A little girl was crying because she couldn’t get a stuffed animal. A sweet young lady bought it and surprised even me by giving it to the little girl!
Acts of kindness still surprise me. Each one is like a seed of love being planted that one day will grow be a tree that shelters a weary soul.
ThursdayI finished reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Expect a review on Monday to coincide with Hobbit Day!
I’ve also been thinking about the books that have made an impact on me, influenced me in some way, and shaped me into who I am today. What gives them the “stickyness” factor? When do they tend to resonate the most? Books are like life preservers that keep us afloat during stormy weather. They do more than entertain us. They speak to us. They tell us we are not alone. We find ourselves in them. They reflect who we are and who we can become. Books save us.
What are you celebrating this week?