Like many others, I began packing with stacking books and making decisions about which ones would go into the carry on and how many others I should take. After those essentials, the rest of the luggage will be filled with clothes and toiletries. But books come first. Between here and home again, I will divest myself of the books I complete. I will hand them to a colleague or new friend. Sometimes, I place them in an airport lounge or in the pocket on a plane. I like the idea of books finding their way in the world.
It will be so nice to be in a huge group of fellow book lovers. I know some who will be there, and I am looking forward to getting to meet some of my "friends" from social media, too. In this group, my love of books will bind us together, our common bond a love of reading and books. After I deliver the Nerd Talk, I will calm down. I get to present with Donalyn Miller after that, and, quite frankly, I would be happy just sitting and listening to her the entire time.
So, off I go, leaving BH and Scout to fend for themselves for a few days. Come say hello if you are there, too.