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Giving Literary Thanks, Year 2

Last Thanksgiving, I told you about some literary-related things I’m thankful for. Tomorrow, Thanksgiving returns here in the United States, so let’s do it again!

In the world of book geekdom, literary nerdiness, and blogging in 2013, what am I thankful for? Or, for you grammarians who abide by outdated grammar rules—for what am I thankful?

My wife. Not only does she love to read, she puts up with my reading and blogging obsession. Plus, she’s willing to tell me when she thinks a blog post sucks.

My mom. She helped me learn to read and she passed on her love of reading to me.

WordPress. These guys have, by far, the best blogging platform available, and they make it unbelievably easy for a technophobe like me to write blog posts without worrying about the technical end of maintaining a blog. Plus, they profiled 101 Books this year, so you know I’m thankful for that.

James Agee. You wrote the highest-ranked novel (A Death In The Family is ranked #4 ) on my list that I read in 2013, plus you’re from Tennessee, so we’re all right.

My Macbook Air. You are my mobile blogging fortress. Without you, I’d be a man glued to a desk.

Kids books. I’ve been reading a lot of them these days–to my son, of course.

Google’s search engine. It’s provided endless entertainment to me (and hopefully you) over the last few years in the Your Search Questions Answered series.

Book publishers. Because they publish books, and I hope they’ll commit to publishing my book next year.

1554 beer. It’s my new favorite brew while late-night blogging or reading.

Trees. You make paper, and I love the smell and the feel of paper in a good book.

Editors. Because you clean up my crap, and every writer should have one of you, and I wrote a post about you, and you probably should come and edit this sentence, but I don’t have an editor for my blog, only during the day when I’m at work.

People who don’t say cheesy, trendy words and phrases, like “awesome sauce” and “amazeballs” and “like a boss.”

My fellow book bloggers, like many of you on my Friends of 101 Books page, who show how fun it can be to read books.

Jonathan Franzen. Because when I need an example of a literary snob, you’re always there for me.

All of you, whether you’re a frequent commenter or a daily blog stalker, I’m thankful for all of you guys for visiting 101 Books and making this a fun, quirky part of the bookish internet.

Thanks again, guys. If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you have a great one!

101 Books will be taking a vacation tomorrow and Friday, but I’ll return on Monday, December 2.

Happy Thanksgiving!

13 Comments Post a comment
  1. Love it! From one person to another who’s never said, “like a boss,” I always enjoy reading your blog. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


    November 27, 2013
    • Thanks Jaime! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.


      November 27, 2013
  2. =) This is one of my very favorite blogs. I never get tired of reading about reading.
    Your thankfulness for Jonathan Franzen reminded me of a post I read last night on a blog called Dysfunctional Literacy. He has a link to an article in The Guardian that lists famous author’s favorite books of 2013. One of the featured authors is your idol, Mr. Franzen. You may have already seen it and I’m not sure about linking and reblogging etiquette etc., but I thought you might find it interesting.
    Have a great holiday!


    November 27, 2013
    • Haha. I’m sure Franzen’s favorite book was some french novel no one’s ever heard of. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!


      November 27, 2013
  3. Republicou isso em Curiosidades na internete comentado:
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    November 27, 2013
  4. And I am thankful for you, and the challenge you placed before you. You’re an inspiration to all of us.


    November 27, 2013
  5. Sissy #

    Many thanks! May you and your family have a fantastic Thanksgiving.


    November 27, 2013
  6. “Editors. Because you clean up my crap, and every writer should have one of you[…]”

    Yes. Having an editor is so important. There are so many writers out there who’s work suffers because they think they don’t need an editor. Editors are “awesomesauce!” (Wait, didn’t you mention something about…? Nevermind.)


    November 27, 2013
  7. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂


    November 27, 2013
  8. Thanks to you Robert for your incredible posts all year long. What would we read without you? Have a great holiday weekend:-)


    November 27, 2013
  9. very nice post! I’m usually skeptical of the “giving thanks” posts on Facebook and elsewhere, but this one came across as genuine. Happy Thanksgiving!


    November 27, 2013
  10. Love this post. my favourite sentence : ‘My Macbook Air. You are my mobile blogging fortress. Without you, I’d be a man glued to a desk.’ so very true!


    November 29, 2013

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