Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. For the list of past topics and future schedule, click here.
Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books
Um. Well. I’ve never done anything really outrageous. Or that many things, really.
I did go along with my librarian friend a couple years ago to Book People when Ernest Cline was there for the release of Armada. It was so packed and I had to stand over an hour with my heavy ass purse. There wasn’t even enough room for me to turn around or shift. That’s how packed it was. I was so miserable and in pain I just wanted to leave. I wasn’t even into Ernest Cline or Ready Player One.
When I first started teaching, when the first book fair came to our school, I spent over $500 on books for my classroom. Books that have since been destroyed or stolen. I don’t buy anything for my class anymore.
One of my best teacher friends I met when I started teaching – who lives around the corner from me now…I can see her house through the backyards of my neighbors – wanted to borrow one of the books in the Outlander series from me. It was one I hadn’t gotten to yet; I was still on the book before that one. After my horrible experience with my annotated copy of Hunger Games being “given away” by a so-called friend, I had decided not to lend books to anyone. That was a trustworthy person, and my entire set of notes for my final were GONE. I was steadfast in my decision to not let her borrow my book. Except there was another person present when she did the asking and she made me out to be an asshole about not lending her my book.