Sometimes Groovy Girl and I do story time in my room instead of hers. This happens when her room gets messy what with Barbie and American Girl parties all the time and her complete and utter pleasure in a play-filled room-except when it's story time. Then she wants to lay with me in my clean room (yes, I have book stacks), in my big bed, with my warm blankie turned to high. I know you're thinking-a heating blanket-how eco-friendly is that?? I love my electric blanket and it lets me keep our gas heat at a low, low temp. Each of us have them.
I digress. After Groovy Girl and I finished reading and as she was falling asleep in my bed (yes, I know she's nine and probably should be in her own bed but very soon she's going to be a teen and not want to read with me AT ALL so I let her snuggle) while I was quietly reading Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursa, which is such a good book but after she fell asleep I disengaged myself (from her and the book) and perched beside my bed where 3 tall stacks of books live and I made a list; a list of 14 books that have been sitting in a stack for over a year, waiting to be read by me (or anyone, I'm sure) and I'm using them to join Adam at Roof Beam Reader in his TBR Pile Challenge. I could do this challenge probably 10 more times and still have another stack. If you have stacks like I have stacks perhaps you should take the challenge like me.
Here's my list.
1. Abarat by Clive Barker
2. While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky
3. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
4. A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
5. Flying Changes by Sara Gruen
6. Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
7. Postcards from No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers
8. Losing Charlotte by Heather Clay
9. Joy School by Elizabeth Berg
10. Outside the Ordinary World by Dori Ostermiller
11. Me and Emma by Elizabeth Flock
12. I Don't Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson
Two Honorable Mentions:
1. Twilight by Stephanie Perkins (I had to brush some cobwebs off this one)
2. Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw
I can think of a story for just about every one of these books; like that my stepdaughter told me #1 was her favorite book and that was like 5 years ago, or that #6 has an inscription from my stepmother in 2009 and that I asked my mom to buy #10 for me at the book store like 3 years ago. So I've dusted them off, put them all in a "new" pile and plan to work my way through. Thank you Allen! I'm committed!