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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Read Walking

With limited time to read and so many books on my reserve list, read-walking is a good way to get another 90 minutes of reading done some days. Just as my fingers know the keyboard, my feet know the paths I have walked for 20 years.

Andrea Cheng's latest short novel for young readers features a girl named Anna who also regularly read-walks. Anna always keeps a book with her and is content to pick it up when the events around her are of no interest or when she is reading something so good she absolutely has to get back to it. Throughout the book, Abigail Halpin's tiny book cover illustrations show some of Anna's favorites: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Little Blue and Little Yellow, My Louisiana Sky, My Side of the Mountain, and A Wrinkle in Time. It feels good to have someone else - even a fictional someone - share my love of read-walking.


  1. Garrison Keilor's new bookstore on Snelling Avenue has a similar old typewriter on display in one of the windows. You really should be paid for all the good book reviews you publish on your blog.

  2. the last time i tried this i tripped on a crack in the sidewalk and broke a couple of ribs.

  3. I think I would meet with the same fate, especially walking in the woods. But I admire you for doing it, Library Jewel.