I also have a basket full of books that she enjoys to look through. She enjoys this (for a little while).
She also likes to sit at the table with her books. And this keeps her happy for about 10 seconds.
In between these episodes, she is making a complete mess of the room and expressing her unhappiness with not being paid any attention. It must bother me a great deal more than Old Crow though. He says, "She just wants to be up here with us." :)
So I just try to make the best of it and remain calm. After all, our virtue we are studying is patience.