Give a Good Read Week and Little Free Libraries

Give a Good Read Week runs through Sunday, September 22. Which book are you going to share? 

In 2009, Todd Bol created the first Little Free Library book exchange in the front yard of his home in Hudson, Wisconsin as a tribute to his mother—a teacher.

Ten years later there are more than 90,000 Little Free Library book exchanges in 91 countries, and all 50 U.S. states. There’s a good chance there’s one near you that you can donate to or browse. See if there’s one near you on this interactive map.

If you’ve always wanted to start your own Little Free Library, this is the perfect opportunity! Browse the ready-to-use libraries here, and blueprints for building your own library here. You can check out some of the incredibly creative libraries others have built here.

If you’re unable to install a Little Free Library near you, another option is the Impact Library Program, which provides no-cost Little Free Libraries to high-need communities throughout the U.S.

Those prebuilt libraries can be a little pricey, even with the sales they’re running, but you could always pick up the new picture book instead. By Miranda Paul and John Parra, “Little Libraries, Big Heroes” tells the story of the organization’s history and goals, from the very first Little Free Library.

If you’re able to donate to a Little Free Library near you, (or find a great book you can’t resist) don’t forget to share a photo on social media tagging @goodreads and using the hashtags #GiveAGoodRead and #LFL10.

What book would you love to donate?

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The 2019 Booker Prize Shortlist

A little later today the short list for the Booker Prize is going to be announced, with the final winner revealed October 15, 2019. There are some great titles and big names on this year’s list, with Margaret Atwood’s sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale”, “The Testaments” a clear front runner given the Hulu show and general topical fascination with her dystopian creation. That’s not to say Salman Rushdie doesn’t have a chance, and I’ve heard great things about “Last Boat to Tangier’s” and “Frankissstein”.

I’m a big fan of last year’s winner, George Saunders—I’ve written about his “Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil“—and even managed to start reading his ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ before being buried alive in a TBR pile avalanche….. 🤷🏻‍♂️

I’m way ahead of the curve this year though since I read Oyinkan Braithwaite’s ‘My Sister the Serial Killer’ and have two other books on my ‘to read’ list already. Braithwaite’s book was fantastic and left me wondering which sister was really the most dangerous…..

Congratulations to all of the authors whose books have made the longlist and the soon to be announced shortlist. Check out the Booker Prize to stay up to date on what you need to read next!

Listening to “Long Way Down”

There’s such a rough poetry to this story, a rhythm that carries the shaking, emotionally charged and physically unsteady words that I’m not sure would have been as captivating had I not listened to the author read it himself.

It needs to be performed and witnessed to be experienced, and Reynolds acknowledges as much in the interview that follows the audiobook edition as he explains why he wrote it as he did.

There is a universe of all the unwritten backstory that populates the neighborhood surrounding this short novel, that surrounds the elevator Will rides as the ghosts of his life; his father, uncle, friends—one by one enter and tell their story, their stories, the stories that are all connected, linked together like chains around the living left behind that drag Will down.

These stories piece together the reality that their violence obscured, and Will begins to understand how the rules he has lived by, that his world is governed by serve only to keep them all locked in an unending cycle of ignorance and violence.

This brought to mind several things I’ve read recently, and quickly, for subject and style this should be read with:

📙Walter Dean Myers’ “Monster”

📕Angie Thomas’ “The Hate U Give”

📘Kwame Alexander’s “Swing”

📙Elizabeth Acevedo’s “The Poet X”

📕John Edgar Wideman’s “Brothers and Keepers”

📘James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk”

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