Book I’m Most Thankful For This Year

The CrossoverToday’s Thankfully Reading challenge is about the book you are most thankful for this year. For me, hands down, it’s The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, because it was such a surprise…and a pleasant surprise to me. I’ll be honest I didn’t know what to expect when I selected it on a whim from The Free Library of Philadelphia on ebook. I didn’t even know that it was written in a verse, but when I learned that it was, I was immediately drawn in, not least because I used to write poetry back in college and also had some classes on it. It impressed me so much that I wrote a review, which I rarely do on this blog. However, it was that good. I encourage you to check out my review to learn more on why I absolutely loved this book and why I think you will too.

Thankfully Reading – For Sandy

Click on the button to be taken to the event’s kick-off post.

As I mentioned yesterday, I learned on Monday of the passing of a coworker. In honor of her, because we both worked at the library and because she loved reading, I’m going to continue with my planned participation in Thankfully Reading Weekend. This weekend truly is in your memory, Sandy.

Since my brain is understandably scattered this morning, I’m going to answer all of the questions that Jenn suggested we could use for the event.

How will/did you celebrate Thanksgiving? My wife works midnight shift and while she has off Thursday, since it’s only for the first eight hours and she still has to go into work Thursday night/Friday morning, we don’t have time to travel to see family. However, we’ll still have turkey, not a full turkey because we don’t need it but a turkey breast. My wife also said she’ll make pumpkin pie and we’ll have the can of cranberry sauce, which while I don’t like, I have to see because otherwise it’s just not Thanksgiving to me.

What’s in your TBR pile for the weekend? I already had my TBR pile planned back on November 15 with a good helping of crime fiction and nonfiction. That pile still stands and rather than recount the entire list here, I’ll highlight the ones I especially would like to get to. Yesterday I began Cinnamon Kiss, the next in the Easy Rawlins series, by Walter Mosley and plan on continuing with that today. Next up, probably will be The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino and then most likely Salvation of a Saint also by Higashino, since I already have both out on ebook from the Free Library of Philadelphia.

I am on the hold list for several other nonfiction books, including Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, which I’m getting jazzed to read as I continue listening to the soundtrack to the Hamilton Broadway show. I hope it comes in before the end of the weekend, but it might not. Beyond those, we’ll see what I get to, but I do know that I’ll be skipping H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald with the description on the book jacket beginning “When Helen Mcdonald’s father died suddenly on a London street…” Um, yeah, sorry, Helen, too soon.

How much time do you think you’ll have for reading? As I have had all week and this coming weekend off, I have all the time. It’s just a matter of how much I’ll spend reading. So far this weekend, I have spent much of the time binge-watching on Netflix, starting with Jessica Jones on my own and then switching to Master of None which my wife and I both finished (and loved) yesterday. I also have The Complete Red Green Collection out from our library and have been making my way through that, some with my wife and some on my own (it’s not like she’s going to lose the plot).

What book are you starting out with? See above. Are you reading print, ebooks, or audio? Maybe a bit each? So far, all ebooks via the FLP. What books will you be talking about during Thanksgiving dinner? My wife and I probably won’t be talking about books. We’ll probably be watching Red GreenPictures and/or vlogs are a great thing to add to your kick-off posts! They are! But I’m not. The button above is all I can manage for now.

So while you don’t have to answer all the questions above since you might not have that much time to read, what are you up to this holiday weekend, here in the States anyway? Are you reading during the weekend? If so, what? If not, what are you reading anyway?

I’ll be posting updates on Twitter and Instagram throughout the weekend with the hashtag #thankfullyreading and will have a wrap-up post on Sunday.