My Problem –> Books

Some would look at my VISA card purchases for the last week and wonder why so many bookstore purchases appear. I will admit it. I do have a problem when it comes to books.

When a favorite author of mine comes out with a new book, I have to get it. That’s why when I saw that amazing author Deborah Heiligman had a new book out, I had to get it. Conveniently, a bookstore in Seattle was hosting an author virtual event and I could order the book through them (always trying to support Indie Bookstores). Yesterday’s mail delivered her book plus 2 more in the series to my mailbox. ($25).

When an inspiring woman comes out with a book reeditted for a younger reader, I have to get it. That’s why I found myself in the neighborhood Barnes and Nobel checkout line with not 1 but 3 copies of Becoming – the young Readers edition by Michelle Obama. I invited 2 colleagues of mine to stay after school last Thursday to watch the NCTE21 Opening Keynote Address by Michelle Obama. As she spoke about how she wants students to know her story, my colleague blurted out, “We need to get that book!” I so agreed and the next morning placed the newly purchased book from the night before in their school mailboxes and carried mine to my classroom. ($45).

When I learn of a new picture book telling the whole truth about American slavery, I have to get it. That’s why I found myself in line at Politics and Prose with a handful. One copy for me. One copy for my white friend who has adopted two black children. One copy for my progressive white friend raising three boys. And a copy each for my own daughters, now adults, to share with those in their lives. On Wednesday, author Nicole Hannah-Jones and illustrator Nikkolas Smith spoke at the NCTE21 Preconference session explaining why they, along with author Renee Watson, wrote the picture book, 1619 Project: Born on the Water. After hearing their backstory and process, I had to have this book and felt a few others did too. ($60)

Like I said, I do have a problem when it comes to books. But I’m OK with this problem.

How about you? What books have you purchased lately?!

8 thoughts on “My Problem –> Books

  1. franmcveigh says:

    Oh, Sally. And then there was all the rest of NCTE on Saturday and Sunday. I have many books parked in a cart to consider. Sharing books with friends. NCTE allows me to choose “just right” books for others (and myself)!

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  2. Denise Krebs says:

    Sally, wow. That is an awesome use of your money, I believe! Since I have been out of the country, I don’t invest in books, but I stay busy reading online library books. The last book I bought was a preordered book on Kickstarter by Debbie Clement called “Mighty Wings” about monarch butterflies.

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  3. Terje says:

    Let’s redefine the situation. This is not a problem. This is book joy. And you are part of a big club of people who share the same joy. 🙂

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  4. Fran Haley says:

    Sally, I have the same problem…and I forgive myself, for the words are such a balm to my spirit or food for my mind. I crave these. And a book that’s particularly satisfying…I live on a high for days afterward. Books enhance life and the living of it. I say ENJOY.

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