This week is all about BOOKS!
Wednesday I'll detail my reading stats for the year (how many books started, how many finished, why I didn't finish some, how many books by and about people of color, how many books which are British vs. American, etc).
Friday I'll reveal my top ten books for the year. I can't wait to share them!
But first, what better gift this time of year than a book?
Unlike electronics, books' production involves no conflict minerals or armed militias.
If you buy your books at a locally owned store, out of every $100, $45 remains in the local economy.
And of course, buying books supports writers and publishers, not high-paid celebrities, sports stars, or rich corporations.
For the past few years I've bought all my Christmas book gifts at Schuler's. I practically grew up in Schuler's fantasy section. I used to walk there from home just so I could sit some place quiet, suck in the smell of so much knowledge and so many beautiful stories, and never be harassed by sales people. When my local shop moved into the mall, I worried a piece of my childhood was dying. Luckily, the store has thrived, as have its other locations in mid-Michigan. But I figure, if it's that important to me, I can support it (and my local community and state) with my money. Plus, they're doing free shipping for the holidays.
Don't have some place local and beautiful to shop? If you live in the US, you can order books online and search for local bookstores with Indie Bound.
Need some ideas?
Author Heidi Ayarbe is recommending a different book for every day of December until Christmas Eve. It's only the 13th, and I've already learned about several lovely books I had never heard of, and re-discovered several books I've been meaning to read.
Need a little something for yourself?
To celebrate books, and her reads for the year, author Medeia Sharif is giving books to three of her lucky blog followers.
Any comic readers? Parents of comic readers? Phil is trying to get rid of several floppy series (including The Unwritten!) from the past three years. If you're interested, please leave a comment with your email address and I'll let you know what he has and send them to you FOR FREE (as long as the post office cooperates and it doesn't get too expensive!).
Have a few extra books you need to get rid of?
Author Anna Staniszewski has an opportunity on her website for people to donate books to a very needy Massachusetts school library. Plus, in exchange for your generosity, you could win a gift card for MORE BOOKS!