One of my favorite things to do upon entering another’s home is to peruse the shelves. To run an eager eye over the titles and spines deemed worthy by the occupants to proclaim their unique passions and interests to the world. I fully believe that the books one chooses to read and display speak more eloquently than words of one’s identity. Of what moves and motivates them; of what makes them more alive. Of where their treasure is, if you will. Books are such living companions that the placing of one upon a shelf–or on a table, or leaning in a deep windowsill or even propping up a candlestick–is in many ways an invitation to that volume to take up its abode with you. It is for that reason that it is as interesting for me to stare at the bookshelves of old friends as it is of new acquaintances. A person’s bookshelf is a window into their personhood. And it can be a magic casement, “opening on the foam of perilous seas, in faery lands forlorn”.
Here at Kindred Grace, we’re separated by the latitudes and longitudes. We can’t always literally enter each other’s homes to peruse each other’s bookshelves at leisure, but we do get the privilege of sharing our mutual love of books together each March.
Not only do we learn about new literature and old classics, but we learn about our friends who read them. And what better way to get to know someone than by hearing them talk about the books they love?
March at Kindred Grace is the perfect time for finding new books — and reading those you’ve always meant to. We spend the whole month talking about books in general and reviewing titles in specific. If you want to join in the fun on your own blog, you can post book reviews throughout the month, and then share them in the link-up at the end of March each year!
March of Books
This year, we’re featuring interviews with and posts from some of our favorite authors, along with all sorts of book reviews and giveaways.
And as always, you are welcome to join in the fun by talking about books on your own blog in March, too. Then be ready to link up your own book and reading related posts and reviews at the end of March!
But in between, look for lots of book giveaways and more fun posts coming to Kindred Grace throughout all of March.
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In which we write about reading and books during March 2012:
- a missionary in a library
- how to carry 100 books at once
- reading aloud
- organizing books
- my book log
- which came first: the book or the movie?
- Seven Bookish Notes for Students
- Creating Buzz About Your Favorite Books
Some “reading perspective” (and fun!) from the March of Books 2011:
- Can’t judge a book by its…review?
- you read what you are
- What’s a girl to read?
- The Reading Balance
- Why Sequels Aren’t Equals
- dusting bookshelves
- Reading Kinship
- Your March of Books – links to readers’ book reviews
- Our Bookshelves – photo gallery of the YLCF Team’s bookshelves
- Your Bookshelves – links to photos of readers’ bookshelves
- “Living with Books” – a post on decorating with books
- 2010 March of Books Posts – book reviews and more
Ideas for next year’s March of Books? Please send them our way! We’d love to hear your suggestions for author interviews and post themes, as well as book titles you think are worth reviewing and giving away on Kindred Grace.
Authors and Publishers: contact us if you’re interested in having your book reviewed by the Kindred Grace Team or if you’d like to make it available for a giveaway.