The snow has finally melted away and Portland is back to normal, or as close to normal as we would wish it to be. I'm still basking in the glow of John Green's Paper Towns and haven't wanted to pick up another novel since. Luckily I've got Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies to keep me company. This will also be a great opportunity to finish Christina Katz's Get Known Before the Book Deal, which has been on my review pile since shortly after its release this fall.
This is what my front steps looked like when my boys turned them into a sled run last week (you can see the edge of the part we cleared, on the left):
Last Sunday I posted about my Diversity Rocks! challenge and the response has kind of blown me away. Sign-ups have been trickling in about how I expected, but I've received more comments and emails than I normally do for a whole month's worth of posts. I have more book suggestions than I know what to do with in some categories! (But I still need more, in others). People who have never read Worducopia as far as I know, have signed up for the challenge. And people are asking me questions that are really making me think. (See some of the questions, and weigh in on your answers, at my What is diversity? post.) I love that the challenge has brought up thoughts and questions for people--and that it's had an impact on me, even before I've read a single book on my own lists.
I want to make sure you know that you're invited to the Diversity Rocks! blog whether or not you're participating in the challenge. This is not a members-only type of deal! Enjoy the book lists, post links to your reviews of the books, post a comment. There may even be a prize drawing coming up, if I can get up the nerve to commit myself to going to the post office.