Possibly the very best thing I did last Christmas in the gift department was make bookstacks. I made them for my husband, my children, my mother, my brother Mike, my sisters in law, my brothers in law, my mother in law, my nieces and nephews. I got so carried away I even made one for myself. They weren’t all new books — a lot of them were books I read last year, or books that were half price, or used.
I loved making them and I am going to make them again and show them to you again, and really, isn’t that a good thing to be doing when you write a blog that is at least purportedly about the subject of reading and books?
That’s the before picture you’re looking at, the slew of books I need to make some sense of. Soon, an after picture.
Oh — tagging! I am not finished yet asking about how people plan. I’ve been struck by how balanced all of you are about planning, how determined you are not to take on too much, promise yourself too much. There are many wise blog posts out there about how important it is to be balanced in your living and planning. It is incredibly inspiring.
For example, Ms. Make Tea, who is a law professor, and a writer, and a very, very smart woman — and whom I have built up a little fantasy about — you know, she lives in sane and beautiful New Zealand, she raises her child without a lot of fuss, she knows a lot about things other than the law. What a nice life it looks like.
And then there is Anna, who knits and writes (obviously, given the name of her site), and makes me wonder how she juggles the projects she works on.
And then mischief mari, from whom I recently acquired the loveliest book bag (go check out her site — cookies! cute stuff she sews!)
Ann Darnton, at whose table I always have a nice time — a woman who knows more than a thing or two about getting things done, and has guided a lot of people in the right reading direction. It’s a rich, interesting site, and a great place to spend time thinking about what you’re reading, and what you might want to read next.