I just unpacked several boxes of books sent by publishers to my doorstep. Almost every day now the UPS driver makes it Christmas Day at my house with a new delivery of brand new hardback books featuring gorgeous covers and interesting titles and holding the boundless promise of reading pleasure. Not to mention that perk of all perks that comes with being a state book award committee member: being able to recommend them to students and to talk about them together later on. Books, books, books! I’m blissfully drowning in books!