This post is for the Slice of Life Challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers. Originally posted to my Tumblr, I'm moving it here so it's all together!
I have a confession to make – I’m a hoarder.
Now, before you call a full scale intervention, hear me out. My house has plenty of room to walk around, and there are no corpses of creatures lying in any corners. Well, maybe a few dead stinkbugs – but that’s it, I swear!
I hoard a few select items.
Books. I guess, as a card carrying member of the Nerdy Book Club, this goes without saying. I’m eternally grateful for a house large enough to support my habit, and a husband who is also a Tome Hoarder. We have shelves upon shelves of books we’ve purchased over the years. Somehow, we just can’t give them up. I never know when I’ll have the urge strike to reread one of my old favorites.
Blank Journals. I start out with every intention of filling them… it just never happens. I do write, but usually directly on my computer. (Or my phone, or random scraps of paper – don’t judge me.) I just can’t stop buying beautiful or unique journals, though. I have dragon journals, flowery journals, even a Bouschh journal*. When I don’t buy them, I tend to get them as gifts.
Boxes. Okay, maybe this one is a little bit creepy. I just adore any type of box. Jewelry boxes, small plastic boxes, pretty boxes, plain boxes. I covet them all. It’s downright dangerous to allow me to enter a Bed, Bath and Beyond store. Have you SEEN the divine boxes they have? If you give me a gift in a beautiful box, I’ll be doubly joyful. Do I use all those boxes? Umm… can I get back to you on that one?
*Bouschh – the bounty hunter disguise Leia uses to rescue Han Solo in Return of the Jedi
Welcome, my friends, to my first ever GUEST POST! My fabulous school librarian (aka @ReaderRoberts ) decided to hold a parent's book club this year, to give parents ideas for getting kids reading. This past week she held the inaugural session, with a "summer reading" focus. Let us know what you think! Parent Book Club - Summer Reading Sometimes your best ideas come to you in a flash. That is how it was with the parents’ book club. One afternoon I was sharing a title with a parent volunteer and she ended up checking the book out of the library. Nothing unusual. This happens frequently to all of us when we booktalk. What was different was that when the parent returned the book she made the remark that I should share this book with everyone. You have probably guessed by now that the book was Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Through the year I have shared many other great titles –many of them discovered through my PLN on Twitter. The Only and Only Ivan , The
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