I am halfway through a young adult dystopian science fiction trilogy. I won’t be able to form a real opinion of it until I get to the end, but for now, I am engrossed.
So I am feeling thankful for books, and libraries, and book festivals. In the decade-or-so that I’ve spent most of my time in DC or its immediate periphery, I have watched sadly as the bookstores where I used to hang out, buy gifts, and attend author talks (and I mean practically all of these bookstores) have been replaced by clothing stores. Places that used to entertain me for an hour and a half at a time now can hold my attention for ten minutes if I have time to fill.
At the same time, I have watched dozens of Little Free Libraries pop up, so there’s that. And I have seen public libraries be renovated, or in the case of DC’s main library, the talks about future renovations have been going on for years. I look forward to seeing the improvements come to fruition.
I have attended the National Book Festival ten years in a row. So for today’s Photo of the Day, below is a photo of book lovers from this year’s event:
Now to get back to reading…