I could have not started my summer vacation in a better way. My saturday morning was one packed with great people, awesome company, amazing surprises, in other words, very full filling. Today I met for the first time other Columbus bloggers to kick off the 48 Hour Book Challenge hosted by MotherReader. I feel like I have new friends in Columbus, I met Franki and Mary Lee of A Year of Reading; Katie of Creative Literacy; Abby of Authentic Reader; Karen of Talkworthy; and Karen and Bill of Literate Lives. I honestly was very thrilled to put a face to the blogs I am constantly reading and learning from. I believe I've just met a very strong reading community in Columbus. I will be writing all about this event in my Summer Journal (see earlier posts) so I can share this with my ESL students in August.
Our saturday morning started the way any event should start: with food, of course. We met at NorthStar Cafe for breakfast, and then we moved on to Cover to Cover, our cozy local children's bookstore in Columbus, OH. And my friends, let me tell you, I felt like Christmas in June because Sally, the bookstore owner, has kindly let us look through gallies of soon to be released books! Oh mine oh mine!! Sally just made my summer. Close friends of mine know that the best present you can give me are BOOKS! I am looking forward to reading those books in my box (yes, I said box!).
I might be the last one to get to read Greetings from Nowhere by Barbara O'Connor but there's where I am starting so let the fun begins!