After a much-needed long weekend, it's back to the real world. Time to report in on my Five!
Pay it forward in ways that are meaningful to me
I have been on a MAJOR buying spree this year when it comes to books. At last count, I was nearing 100 books purchased in 2009 alone! The interesting thing about buying books is that, to me, I'm paying it forward in two ways. First, I'm supporting the publishing industry (and my fellow authors) by purchasing their lovely books. With the first annual National Bookstore Day rapidly approaching, I'm already making my list of books that I still want to buy.
You know about National Bookstore Day, right? It's a national event sponsored by Publishers Weekly to encourage people to support their local bookstores. What's not to love? If you're starting to think about holiday gift giving (if that's something you do), think books. Mysteries, romance, thrillers, cookbooks, biographies, health books, picture books, and SO much more. There's truly something for everyone!
As for me? On Saturday, November 7th, I'll be heading out to my local bookstores to support this great event and getting a jump on my holiday shopping. Last year I bought more than 20 books for people on my list. Do you think I can outdo that this year? I'm going to try!
The second part of paying it forward with my book buying is that every time I bring a new book in, I'm reminded that there is no more room on my bookshelves. So I've begun to cull my book collection, looking for interesting ways to let those books bless other people. Some of them will go to my local library so other people can enjoy them for free. Some of them will go to Goodwill so people can add to their collections even if they're on a tight budget (or they can purchase them for the kids in their lives--I take care of my books, so they're all in excellent condition).
And some of the books will go to a lovely middle school teacher in an impoverished inner-city school district in Texas. She is trying so hard to expose her kids to books. Many of her students are told regularly that they should leave school and get a job instead of finishing middle school. Once I finish pulling out all the books I have, I'm going to select the best of the best and send them off to Texas. I can't wait to ship them off.
So that's how I've been living my Five. What about you? What kinds of neat things have you been doing to Live Your Five?