Preparing for summer reading -- which is less than one week away for me -- looks a little like this:
I'm getting in a lot of relaxing outside in the beautiful heat (the 90+ degrees and humidity are things I look forward to after a few years in Texas).
Then there's a lot of this, too:
All of those books are the galleys and finished copies of books I'm extremely fortunate to receive throughout the year for review consideration. A small number are signed, will be used for book club, or are appropriate for the mobile collection I'm building. But the rest? They are the prizes for my teens this summer. Virtually none have copyright dates before 2009 and many aren't even out yet, which means these kids are getting books they want to get their hands on.
It also means my bookshelves at home have breathing room for me to fill up with books I am dying to buy but have put off:
An entire shelf and a half!
But let's not fool ourselves. This is how it really is, both the shelves and myself in this final week before summer reading kicks off: