A Book Junky in the Making


Being a book junky causes me to do strange things, such as keeping an extra plastic grocery bag or two stashed in my car, so I can smuggle in books along with groceries is one of the crazy things I do. This is premeditated deception so I can feed my fix.

There are books hidden in the pantry, in the guest room drawers, and in plain sight displaced in fancy bathroom baskets. My husband says I have enough as he see the eight bookcases are over stuffed and I'm trying to cram in one more.

How can one have to many books? Each book is a friend...an author who has taken time to tell a story or share information? Who can have too many entertaining and teaching friends? A book is a part of a person held between a front and back cover.

The best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) thing I've done as a book junky is to give our youngest grandson a taste of this addition by taking him to a booksigning afternoon tea!

With his special challenges, I didn't know how wise this outing would be. Taking any eight year old boy to a formal tea was a risk.

But a local book store called Fiction Addition had a perfect set up downtown at a renowned cafe' for tea and manners tutoring for young kids. They served grilled cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut in small bite size shapes for savories. Lined baskets filled with waved potato chips with salad tongs replaced sweet breads and scones. The mini cupcakes with icing crowning their tops were offered by our host, Ms. Jill Hendrix on a beautiful plate. Punch and hot chocolate filled the tea cups. The menu was perfect for the girls and boys too. They gobbled it all up. They applied the manners the author taught before eating and drinking began.

What a delight it was to see our grandson dab his mouth a few times as he was taught; but, still leaving the chocolate mustache behind. The long linen covered table held over twenty kids, moms and grandmothers. No loud noises, all dressed in their best, and the art of conversation did out shined the rest.

Our grandson became hooked on his new book when the author read her story about a dragon and a princess on a quest to find good manners. Before leaving, the author wrote a personalized note in the front of Luke's book.

A new book junky in the making, this book junky does some good things too.

Do you have a special book you can remember that became your special friend or changed your life? Share the title with me, please. I've created a new space for another bookcase...a junky can never have enough treasured friends.


Photo: baby pix PHOTOGRAPHY

The book: A Quest for Good Manners by Karin Lefranc

The book store: Fiction Addiction


Carolyn, I should have known the children's tea would draw you in! It sounded like fun, and I wished my granddaughter still lived here so we could go together. I love how you describe the tea...your voice came through loud and clear! As for books that stuck with me as a kid and became special friends, I'm trying to decide which ones to share. Let's see, there's The Secret Garden, The Boxcar Children, and a series of books by Dare Wright called the Lonely Doll books. This barely scrapes the surface, though. Way too many books to list here!
Barbara, thank you for sharing the titles of your memeriable books. I'll have to checkout The Boxcar Children and the Lonely Doll books. Like you The Secret Garden is a treasure for me too. It's nice hearing from a fellow lover of books.
Read on.
Cathy Baker said…
Carolyn, your grandson is adorable! I can't wait to take Piper to tea one day. What a wonderful outing for grandchildren. Thanks for sharing...
Vonda Skelton said…
What a special day with your grandson, Carolyn! People often ask me if I patterned Bitsy after Nancy Drew, but that never occurred to me. As a child, my favorite character was Trixie Belden. So when I sat down to write Bitsy, she was a mixture of Trixie...and me. :-)
I loved Trixie Belden! In fact, I have Books 1-34 of the series of 38. The last 4 are almost impossible to find.

When I was much younger, my favorite books were "Rabbit and Skunk and the Scary Rock" by Carla Stevens, and "The Monster at the End of This Book" - a Sesame Street picture book featuring Grover. That particular book was fun to read to the kids in my mother's day care.
Vonda and Brenda, thank you for sharing your favorite books with me.

I’ll have to check out the Trixie Belden series since both of you ladies enjoyed them. Vonda, reading the series will give me insight to one of your early role models. Trixie must be a character full of energy and adventure.

Brenda, I’ll have to pick up “Rabbit and Skunk and the Scary Rock.” The title sounds like a book our grandsons would enjoy.

Read on.
Anonymous said…
Thanks for information on the outing and the website links. I'm always on the lookout for great books for kids!
I wanted to be Trixie Belden when I was a teenager! The series was written by a variety of authors using the same pen name, and you can tell. In some books, the kids never go to church on Sundays, and in others church and biblical stories are mentioned.

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