Giving Literary Thanks
Alert! It’s a holiday-themed blog post!
Today, let’s talk Thanksgiving–possibly the most underappreciated holiday in America. Put the Christmas lights down and giving Thanksgiving some love! So, with tomorrow being Thanksgiving here in the U.S., I thought I’d take some time to give a little literary thanks, 101 Books-style.
Here we go. I’m thankful for…
- A wife that supports my obsessive reading habit.
- A mother that taught me the importance of reading.
- Book geeks. Without you, I’d be writing a blog into the abyss.
- Pretentious literary people. Without you, I’d have no one to make fun of.
- Living in a society where we have the first-world problem of deciding whether we read our books in fancy paper versions or on $200 e-readers. And then debate about it.
- The period. Without you, Mr. Period, every author would be Virginia Woolf.
- The unbelievable creativity of novelists who take months, if not years, to sit down and write a moving story.
- The internet. Without you, I wouldn’t have a job. Or a blog.
- Harper Lee. You wrote a brilliant novel, which still makes me think years after reading it.
- Bookstores. Please don’t ever go away.
- Colored pens. How could I ever underline passages and take notes in the margins without you?
- Self-publishing. Sure, you put out a lot of crap, but you also allow worthy authors a way to be discovered.
- Twitter. You cause me to waste time, but half of the topics on my blog are based on something I found because of you.
- Couches. You’re a great place to read a book.
- Football in the fall. Because when I get tired of reading, you’re always there.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald. Your prose is like butter on a Thanksgiving turkey. You died way too soon.
- All of you who comment on this blog and get the discussion going. You make 101 Books more enjoyable than it would be otherwise. Plus, you’re awesome!
- All of you who just read the posts and never comment. I know you’re out there, so thanks for reading. You’re awesome too!
Thanks guys. I’ve got a lot to be literary thankful for this year, and I hope you do too.
What can you give literary thanks for this year?
Also, 101 Books will be on Thanksgiving vacation tomorrow and Friday and will return live to start “The Great Gatsby Week” next Monday, November 26.