♫ ♫Deck the Halls with overflow books..fa la la ♫♫

This week, the week after Thanksgiving, is when I try to start my Christmas decorating. Every year I find it more and more difficult to motivate myself to drag the numerous plastic tubs of stockings. garland, tinsel, and ornaments from the basement, up to the living room, where the annual excavation of years worth of home-made ornaments, sentimental keepsakes, my Santa Claus collection and discount bargains from last year’s after Christmas sale, begins.


just a sampling 🙂

A few years ago I purchased some aptly colored green and red tubs (okay and some ugly beige and blue ones too) to be more organized, but usually I’m so burnt out after the holiday season that I do get a might careless when I put everything away come January, and, well, maybe everything goes a little higglety pigglety, and the lights end up in the Santa box, the garland in the stocking box….and you get it, I count it as a Christmas miracle if I can find anything the next year!

And this year I seem to have discovered another teensy weensy problem…..my books seem to have multiplied like rabbits over the past year and all available space (which wasn’t much to begin with), has totally disappeared…I’m officially a HO HO HOARDER!

Moving the objects of my obsession was the only solution, but where to move them……


Books and Christmas, two of my favorite things!!

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World Book Night

Due to technical difficulties, and let’s be honest, procrastination I have not been posting as often as I would like. So with that lame opening sentence out of the way, let’s get on with what I really want to tell you about….


In 2011 our neighbors across the pond, the UK, launched a great idea; a night (or day) of spreading the love of reading by giving away thousands of books to light and non-readers across the UK, Ireland and Germany. With the support of publishers to print the books and an army of volunteers to give them away, a wonderful annual event began. In 2012, we here in the U.S. got involved and I’m happy to say the tradition will continue on April 23, 2013 (Shakespeare’s birthday).

Each country has their own panel of librarians and booksellers who choose the titles that will be given away in that particular year. Here in the U.S. 30 titles have been picked for 2013. Anyone can volunteer to become a ‘giver’ on the World Book Night website. If you are lucky enough to be chosen you will be given 20 copies of one title (hopefully one that you requested on your giver application) and have the fun of passing them out on April 23, 2013. Last year I didn’t apply because I was going to be out of town, but this year I applied right away and I’m hoping to become a giver. Fingers crossed!

National Book Award Winners Announced!


Young Peoples Literature: 
William Alexander
, Goblin Secrets
(Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

David FerryBewilderment: New Poems and Translations
(University of Chicago Press)

Katherine BooBehind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
(Random House)

Louise Erdrich, The Round House (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Election Day has FINALLY arrived!


After many, many months of political speeches, ads and debates we here in the United States are finally ready to cast our votes for President. It is such a numbingly long political season that by this point a lot of us are just as excited to stop the madness of the campaigning as we are to see who will be our next Chief Executive!

Some of us have already cast our votes, thanks to early voting, and others will be lining up to have their voices heard tomorrow…a lot of them by the looks of the early voting lines in some battleground states…but I just hope that everyone who wants to vote gets that opportunity.

So get out there and vote!