You've gotta have dreams.
I decided I want to read every Newbery award winning and honor book. Then I decided I want to own every one.
It struck me that someday, when I am a teacher again, it would be a very nice thing to have a whole bunch of Newbery award winning books in a library that I could encourage and coerce my students to read. (Because more often than not, you need to coerce.)
There are 379 books that fall into this category.
I own 55 of them. (Although I didn't look in Emma's room and some more might be in there. Also, I thought we owned Millions of Cats and I can't find it. I told Emma I was going to go see if we had Millions of Cats in the basement and that's kind of a fun thing to say, because am I under the delusion that I may have millions of cats in my basement?)
Here's my collection so far (in alphabetical order by author). One small shelf and a little bit more.
Laura Ingalls Wilder is pretty much amazing.
I've read about 50 of the books on the list. It's "about" because I'm not counting the ones I only vaguely remember. And I'm sort of counting the ones I sort of remember. (When you make up your own life goals and criteria, you can do it however you want.)
I now have a ready made list for Adam for future gift ideas.
I want books.
Lots and lots of books.
(And now if you'll excuse me, I have some...reading...to do.)