Did you all see Ralph Berrier Jr.’s story in the paper today about Roanoke Valley Reads? The group added two youth books — “Jack Outwits the Giants,” a picture book by Paul Brett Johnson; and “Belle Prater’s Boy,” a chapter book by Ruth White. Both books have an Appalachian theme — as does the book for adults, “Wish You Well,” by David Baldacci. I confess that the big secret in “Belle Prater’s Boy” piques my curiosity more than the drama of Baldacci’s novel.
I’ve never done Roanoke Valley Reads, mostly because the book choices haven’t really grabbed me. I also don’t like the October deadline. I could read the book now and get it out of the way, but then I’ll have forgotten about it by the time the events come around in October. But I also don’t like the idea of this “homework” hanging over me while I’m reading other stuff. I wouldn’t rule it out if the book appealed to me though.
I would like to hear from people who have participated, especially if you went to the book-related events. What happened? What did you get out of it? Are you doing it this year? Especially if you enjoyed it, sell it to me! I am curious.
For others who are curious, you can visit the Roanoke Valley Reads website.