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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.

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27 Comments Post a comment
  1. what a wonderful post — really enjoyed it–and I am glad for the period also–though I should use it more often.
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    November 21, 2012
  2. Lucille #

    Thank you, translators! Without you, I would not know Haldar Laxness, Irmgard Keun, Jose Saramago, Thomas Mann, Gunter Grass, my fav Emile Zola, the amazing Russians, and all the rest of those amazing writers around the world.

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    November 21, 2012
    • Great point! Definitely something to be thankful for.

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      November 21, 2012
  3. My mum for bribing me not to watch television when I was a child
    The little library on the top of the hill for getting all of the books I requested, no matter how strange or obscure
    The big library librarians for their expressions when I checked out books by Stephen Ambrose and TE Lawrence
    Doing an English degree and getting to read all sorts of books
    For my friends, for recommending books and debating them with me

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    November 21, 2012
    • Great stuff. Thankful for an English degree as well. I think we’re one of the few and proud to be thankful for that.

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      November 21, 2012
  4. My mom, the reader.

    My book club who keep me thinking about what I’ve read and challenge me to read the harder social non-fiction books.

    Robert Pirsig for the courage to pick up the pieces of his broken world and re-assemble them in such a way that we could follow his journey into the high mountains of Kant.

    Herman Melville who understood the elements of a great book and had the genius to put them together in a perfect way.

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    November 21, 2012
    • I forgot to mention J.K. Rowling, Tom Robbins, Kurt Vonnegut and all the other writers who make me smile.

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      November 21, 2012
    • Sounds like our moms are similar. Would never have been a reader without her influence.

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      November 21, 2012
  5. Thank you Robert. I always enjoy a good laugh and chatting with you has been a pleasure. Best wishes to you and your family at Thanksgiving.

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    November 21, 2012
  6. Happy Thanksgiving, Robert! Your blog is the cream in my morning coffee. So I’m thankful.

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    November 21, 2012
  7. This list is just delightful! I laughed out loud. I feel the need to write that instead of LOL because I for real laughed out loud. Pretentious literary types are so much fun to skewer!

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    November 21, 2012
  8. Reblogged this on infodespacho.

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    November 21, 2012
  9. Thanks to my Dad, who was afraid of losing his sight, read everything and when I was 8, carried the big books from his special shelf to put in my lap so I could read them. Thanks for Robert and 101…my literary oasis while living .in a foriegn land. Thankfull for my English degree for many reasons and for being able to travel to different countries and teach English language and open the world of reading to a whole new generation and culture.
    Happy Thanksgiving America…we have lessons at school and English Club 🙂

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    November 21, 2012
    • Awesome. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well. Hope you can find a little turkey over there!

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      November 21, 2012
  10. Ryan #

    For my 11th grade English teacher who taught us the value of intellectual debate and discussion worthy reading (fiction and not).

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    November 21, 2012
  11. dste #

    I’m thankful for libraries and all the books they provide. I could never read such a wide variety of books without them!

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    November 21, 2012
  12. Grade 8, 11 and 12 English teachers for showing me how books are more than just something you read in school.

    Book bloggers who read the classics 101 included, for giving me a community to relate to.

    My wonderful group of local book bloggers for giving me a community that I can actually go for coffee with.

    Libraries, for making reading accessible to everyone. Take that, book snobs.

    My painfully awkward junior high years, for giving me plenty of time to read (rather than, you know, socialize)

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    November 21, 2012
  13. Only You #

    Love your list! I am grateful for…

    RIF (Reading is Fundamental), a non-profit org that came to my school in the 3rd grade to distribute free books to “kids in need.” I remember how special those visits were and they changed my life.

    Writers – I can’t imagine the discipline, dedication, creativity and talent it takes to write a book. I can’t do it (I don’t think), but I am so grateful that others do.

    My reading friends – Sort of like exercise buddies. They make it fun.

    My broken leg – I’m healing, but that’s what really got me back into reading this year.

    Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for this blog. I discovered it when you came by mine. Thanks!

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    November 22, 2012
  14. Misty Lambert #

    I always read but rarely comment. I am thankful for everyone who writes – and the books I have found from visiting this site. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    November 22, 2012
  15. Hi…thought you might be interested in this.

    The daily routines of famous writers
    http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/11/20/daily-routines-writers/

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    November 24, 2012
  16. Great List! My book-related thanks:
    1) My Ipod + Audiobooks = Redeemed Time, especially time that could be wasted washing dishes, cooking dinner, and walking dogs.
    2) The privilege of homeschooling my kids, which forced me to read books ahead of them so I could make my selections, and which also gave me the freedom to choose only the best books for my kids to read.
    3) Used book stores and online book swapping, which allows me to feed my habit without putting us into debt!

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    November 25, 2012

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