Bookstravaganza 2013: We’re back.

Every December, I read more books than Matthew. This year is no exception.

We call this month Bookstravaganza. The month of books. For a month, nothing is more important than reading, reading, reading. December is the perfect month to read–to quote Stars, it’s cold in this country. In this grey winter city, all I want to do is surround myself with tea and blankets and soup and stories.

I’m thankful this has become a thing, if you will. Last Friday, I attended an event featuring Alanis Morissette and Margaret Atwood (one of her books is in my stack!), who are Canadian treasures. Alanis said, and I might just remember this forever, “I think art and God are the same thing.”

So that’s what this is. Reading all of these books and writing about them and yes, bragging for a year to Matthew about having read more books than him–most of the Bookstravaganza participants would agree that is is basically an act of worship.

What do you do with religion? You share it. We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to know the miracle of story, whether they’re on edge about Harry on the Quidditch field or biting their lip because Chigurh just killed someone else or content listening to Steinbeck recount a cross-country journey with his dog. And the miracle of stories is that they can do that. We’re raising money this year for the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

Carl Sagan said, “Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time―proof that humans can work magic.”

Everyone should have access to that magic, and not everyone does. You have the opportunity to help us change that. Please consider making a donation. And stick around! Read our blog posts. It’s going to be really satisfying to decimate Matthew (again).


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