This is one of the things that "restores my soul." It is a concrete reminder that there are many folks who LOVE books with passion and who are happy to participate in passionate and purposeful discussion about reading in all of its forms. When I begin to despair, I just have to look at the stats of how many books are published, of how much reading committee members do, of the sheer tonnage of books sitting over in the exhibit halls. Then I KNOW that the book is here to stay, that literature is not only alive and well but thriving and vibrant.
So, I am off to read some more with my ears one last time before deliberations get underway. Remember, though, that ANY book you love and your kids have come to love is already a winner even if its title is not part of the Monday announcements.