Another Year!

I started Library Luggage two years ago.  It began as a way to celebrate the books at my school library.  But it’s become so much more.  This past year I’ve explored public libraries throughout my state of Alabama.  I’ve hit estate sales for books to add to my own library.  And I purchased a few how-to books and learned new skills.  Here’s some highlights from 2017:

I visited Gulf Shores last February.  In addition to sugar-white beaches and tasty seafood, this coastal town boasts a thriving public library.  Read about this special place here.

A playful sculpture greets visitors to The Thomas B. Norton Public Library in beautiful Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Getting to Gulf Shores required a car and a chunk of cash.  But just $16, the cost of this amazing book, took me thousands of miles to Rwanda, a place of great beauty and great pain.  Read about it here.

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust by Immaculee Ilibagiza, 2006

This book took me millions of mile way!  Read about it here.

The Martian by Andy Weir, 2014

Books helped me indulge my creative side this past year.  Here’s a few projects I blogged about:

A treasure trove of reading gems can be found at estate sales.  Some books I bought at one sale gave me reading pleasure and new thoughts on life and death.  Read about it here.

From Sunset to Dawn by Leslie R. Smith, 1944

Like most folks, I don’t have much time to read.  I found a way around this problem using audio books.  Read about these excellent titles as well as a free way to get them here.

I added a few bookish games to the blog this year.  They only take a few minutes to play.  Click on END PAPER MATCH-UP GAME for a fun look at picture books and click IN THREE WORDS to test your knowledge of 1970s horror novels turned into films.

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone for joining Library Luggage and for sharing your own reading journeys.  I appreciate you all!



Christmas Haul 2017

Want to ensure a peaceful ending to your Christmas day?  Give books to the loved ones in your life.  There’s nothing like settling into a good read after a busy day of celebrating.  Here’s some gift books my family received:

Christmas Books 2017!

Mary Poppins: 80th Anniversary Collection by P.L. Travers, 2014.  My children are readers, even the youngest one who was born with Down syndrome.  Ever since we read Mary Poppins together, she’s been asking for the sequel, Mary Poppins Comes Back.  I struck gold when I found this edition which contains all four Poppins books with the original illustrations by Mary Shepard!

The Owl Diaries series written and illustrated by Rebecca Elliott, 2015. Reading aloud to children, even older ones, is important.  But I’m always looking for independent reading titles also.  This can be hard when you have new readers or those with special needs like my youngest daughter.  That’s why I love this clever and irresistible chapter book series. No adult help required.

The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, 2014. We don’t have HBO, so no one in my household has watched Game of Thrones.  But my teenage son is a mega fan of Martin’s book series.  This beautiful, pictorial history of Westeros is pricey ($35.99), but “well worth it” according to him.

Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith, 1950.  Years ago, I started a TO BE READ list to keep track of books I’d like to get.  When my husband asked for Christmas gift ideas, I gave him a few of these titles including this classic American thriller.  In it, two strangers meet on a train and discover both have problematic people in their lives.  One proposes they trade murders to get rid of them.

Innocent Blood by P. D. James, 1980. I love a good English mystery.  But I’ve never read one of the genre’s most famous authors—P.D. James.  Now I get the chance with this delicious 1980 title which met with rave reviews.

Hawkeye Vol. 3 by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Ramon Perez, 2016.  My teenage daughter loves Marvel Comics’, The Avengers.  So when I saw this beautifully illustrated book about Hawkeye, one of “Earth’s Mightiest Archers,” I had to get it for her.  It’s a hit.

The Green Mile by Stephen King, 1999.  My daughter requested a Stephen King book for Christmas.  She’s not quite grown yet, so I tread carefully choosing a title. Many of his books are just too creepy. I decided on this 1999 title about a guard working death row and the special prisoner he encounters. I have dibs on it when she’s finished.

BONUS BIT:  Reading a good book while enjoying a meal is a pleasure… except when your book keeps shutting.  That’s why I asked for a book holder.  There are many types on the market, but mine came from Books-A-Million.  It adjusts to fit most book sizes and folds up when not in use.

For hands free reading, I got this Gimble Book Holder.