I have decided that I will continue to Speak Loudly with my wallet, too. Publishers are so kind to send me some books to read and (hopefully) blog. Still, I spend $$$ on books each year, an amount that causes my accountant to ask, "Do you have receipts for all that you say you spent on books?" Yep, I do. Truth is, I spend more than that total he sees because I do not always remember to get receipts at conferences. But, it is still money well spent. And even better spent if I can place some more banned books into the hands of teachers and teens. So, I will take these books and find a way to get them to the classrooms recently stripped of copies. I have another 10 copies of SPEAK coming from Amazon as well. Next trip, I plan to stock up on some titles by Ellen Hopkins to take and give away to the librarians in the district where she was recently univited to appear. I feel the need to get some more copies of Vonnegut, an author whose work perplexed me at first and then later became books I would read again and again just for pleasure. And then some JUMPING OFF SWINGS and ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART TIME INDIAN, too, since they have also come under fire. It is such a fitting way to mark Banned Books Week for 2010.
I was actually able to put books onto the shelves of my new bookcases today. Not all shelves are full and none are double shelved yet. I know that will change as fall and winter and spring books continue to arrive. Right now, they are just a wild variety of colors and shapes and sizes making the stark white of the shelves look like a kaleidoscope. Most are books I have not read (yet) but a couple of shelves hold my autographed books, my old friends. Sigh. All in all, a great day despite being too busy to crack open a book. I plan to retire to my chair now and do just that.