And this brings us to the end of the Summer of Shelf Discovery readalong, in which we read a chapter of Lizzie Skurnick’s book memoir Shelf Discovery each week, plus a book she covered in that chapter.
Ten weeks, ten chapters, and this is the one that goes to 11, the recap. What did I learn this summer?
Re-reading books from childhood is fun. I should do it more often.
Some books have lasting appeal; some were of their place and time. Some were complete crap. (Ahem, Alice.)
Some books might be more beloved because of early imprinting, and those who come late experience them differently (Wrinkle in Time).
Some books are polarizing. (Harriet the Spy)
I have a severe book-buying problem. (I didn’t just learn this, but it was certainly reinforced. I collected a LOT of kids books this summer.)
And, as a result of buying all those books and not reading them, I will probably do this readalong next summer. I have grand visions of an email list with weekly reminders.
What did you think? What did you read? What did you learn?