I met Mary Jo at my very first SCBWI conference. Although the Canada West chapter conference was small, I was beyond nervous. But then I met Mary Jo and her company helped me to feel like a I belonged. Take it away Mary Jo!
When I was in elementary school, my favorite place to read was in a little reading nook my sister and I made in my bedroom behind a tall chest of drawers. We filled it with mounds of pillows and stuffies and we stashed junk food under the chest. The nook was my sanctuary and I lived in so many worlds back there.
As much as I’d like to recreate that nook in my adult life, I know if I tried, it would be completely overrun with my two kids. And I shudder to think what kind of festering, hidden scraps of food I’d find in it. So, I have two rather grown-up spaces that I’ve claimed for my “leave me alone” time.
My absolute favorite place to read is on a red Adirondack deck chair at our cabin on Pender Island off the coast of Vancouver. I spend every morning there, tea in one hand, book in another and our dog on my lap. I hear nothing except birds, lilting waves and rustling leaves (except when my dog’s yelp cracks the air because he sees imaginary things) and the satisfying whoosh as I turn a book’s page. I could NEVER use a Kindle. And with the early morning sun warming my face, it’s just magical. I often meditate there as well.
(By the way, I am totally not bored reading I’M BORED)
However, until I retire––do writers ever retire??––I only get to enjoy Pender and my red chair on weekends and holidays. So when I’m home, my favorite place to put butt in chair is a big, comfy black one that I call my “peace chair.” It’s where I commit to my “First 10”, my 10 minutes of meditating and setting my intentions for the day every morning. And it’s where I always go when I want to snuggle up to a book. I love how I can sink in to it, I have room to curl my feet under me and the reading light gives a warm glow. It’s also in a more quiet part of the house so I’m less likely to be disturbed.
Wonderful! Thank you Mary Jo.
Mary Jo has been a freelance writer and editor for nearly 25 years, but she’s often mistaken for the Mary Jo Wagner, the NPR reporter. Sometimes she doesn’t correct peoples’ mistake. She began writing picture books, as well as an adult memoirgraphy (she just made up that word), about five years ago and hopes to have a book published before she’s incontinent. In the meantime, you can find her on Twitter at @mj_wagner or on Instagram, where she features beautiful book covers at @bookcovart. Her personal Instagram is @wagner_mj.
Week 7: PBHOT62 Reading Spots
*Reading bonus, read while in the company of others
WEEK 6: PBHOT62 Reading Spots
Day 33 & 34, PBHOT62
My reading pillow may be ugly but it sure is soft and the best reading pillow around! #AmReading BOUNCE by Doreen Cronin and Scott Menchin.
I was torn between reading under my table or under the deck, but since under my table has less spiders I went with it. #AmReading LOVE IS by Diane Adams, art by Claire Keane.
Day 32 & 33 PBHOT62
I have clay. I have CLAYMATES written by Dev Petty, art by Lauren Eldridge. I think you know what is about to happen.
Continuing on with my art themed reading day, I took some me time to create and read SCRIBBLE by Ruth Ohi, ISH by Peter H. Reynolds and MIX IT UP by Herve Tullet.
Day 31 PBHOT62
This challenge is all about fitting reading into your life. So in my case, I was waiting for my new reading chair to dry so I figured I might as well do some reading. THE BOOK OF MISTAKES by Corinna Luyken.
Day 30 PBHOT62
Grass time for my rabbits equals #amreading time for me. UNDER A PRAIRIE SKY by Anne Laurel Carter, art by Alan and Lea Daniel. Followed by BUNNIES!!! by Kevan Atteberry.
Day 29 PBHOT62
I tried playing it safe by reading beside the gate instead of on it, but then these little ankle biters showed up.
#amreading GOBLIN HOOD by Sue Fliess, art by Piper Thibodeau. FROM HERE TO THERE by Sue Fliess, art by Christiane Engel.
I have a confession--one of the joys of running this challenge is being able to feature writers I admire. Darshana is an up-and-coming picture book star. Take it away Darshana!
My favorite place to read a picture book is at the dining table during breakfast after everyone else has left for school and work. It's a little chunk of me time that I look forward too.
I don't remember my favorite place for reading picture books as a kid. When I read chapter books, I would camp out on the living room sofa.
I like your "me time" space. I could use a dose of that! Thanks Darshana.
WEEK 5: PBHOT62 Reading Spots
Bonus reading challenge read to a child.
Day 27 & 28 PBHOT62
#Amreading someplace dark. Now I'm somewhere in a park. #bloomtherapy #rotarycentennialpark
WE'RE ALL WONDERS by R.J. Palacio. And this wordless beauty THAT NEIGHBOR KID by Daniel Miyares.
Day 25 & 26 PBHOT62
Someplace small. #amreading The Fire Station by Robert Munsch, art by Michael Martchenko. Someplace big. #amreading Carson Crosses Canada by Linda Bailey, art by Kass Reich.
I write kidlit and young adult novels. I'm Community librarian serving in a place I love, rural Alberta. STEAM enthusiast. Ravenclaw.