Ah, November. And if only I could smell the most wonderful smells that fall still has to offer. But, alas. Covid has stolen that from me. *sigh* [more on that later] Thanksgiving is my husbands favorite holiday. Our families and a few close friends come here and we cook and hang out all day. We enjoy the company and closeness it has created over the years. Before we eat we do the thing. You know, The Thing. Everyone tells something they are thankful for that year. Sometimes it’s simple and universal – health, family, etc. Sometimes it’s that they still have a job after layoffs. Sometimes it’s for the hugs they received that day. Who knows what this year will bring, but there will still be food.
And for now, let’s have a little fun, courtesy of a dear friend of mine, Elley the Book Otter (who also tagged me) related to that food. Each food category will have a book to represent it – should be fun! 🙂 Let’s dig in!
Here’s what to do:
- Mention the creator of the tag, Elley the Book Otter
- If you were tagged, mention who tagged you!
- Answer the prompts (and try not to get too hungry!)
Turkey: The centerpiece of any Thanksgiving Feast, but it’s always dry and actually isn’t that great… – A book that everyone likes, for some reason that completely escapes you.
So I was totes gonna go all Fifty Shades of Grey here because it was so uber popular but I didn’t love it for multiple reasons, but… yeah. I thought I could pick something different. So I went down a rabbit hole. And remembered – AH! Yes. I did not enjoy this book (or the movie, actually). I found it to be underwhelming, pretentious, and overall confusing. Perhaps I could try again someday, but doubtful. My tbr list is long. ~The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Stuffing: Warm and filling, and best when smothered with gravy – A comfort read.
I’m going to go with this one. It’s one I often think about and sometimes I’ll just play some of it to visit Thisby. I love the place, the people, the horses… Maggie weaves together a story so beautiful and a place so wonderful that I often just like to visit for a chapter or two. ~The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Potatoes: Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew – A book that’s great in any format – hardcover, digital, audio…
I can’t remember when I discovered this book, but it was by chance through a blog post of Jenny’s. She had mentioned the hashtag #FuriouslyHappy and how it had taken off. From there she went on to write a memoir. A memoir that included stories on living furiously happy through depression and anxiety and all the shit life throws at you. And it started with decapitated heads or something in a closet. She narrates the audio and it’s sublime. Read any format – you won’t regret it. Or you will. I don’t know. I don’t. ~Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Green bean casserole: the obligatory side dish that you have to have… whether you want it for not. – A book that you were obligated to read (for school, for a book club, because it was a gift…)
I don’t read books just because people give them to me. And often I’ll still go to a book club meeting even if I didn’t read the book. So this one is going to have to be a book I had to read for school. Although I feel obligated to note here that I absolutely LOVE, and I do mean love green bean casserole.
I honestly don’t recall a ton (literally 3) of required reading from high school. And only a handful of books pre-high school. But this book. Ooooh, this book stuck with me for a few reasos. The main reason? It was the first book I ever wrote in. My English teacher, Mrs. Learned, forced us to annotate it as we read. I was horrified to say the least. But I did. And to this day I love her for it. It aided me in my future studies. I still cringe with that first marking, but I’m able to do it. ~The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Jello salad: Look, this is dessert, how on earth does Jello with bits of fruit and marshmallows and whipped cream get classified as ANY sort of salad? – A book that is really bizarre.
The most bizarre book I can recall reading in recent history. I read this one right as quarantine was beginning (so in March 2020). We were supposed to discuss it at our March book group at the end of the month. I never was able to discuss it with anyone, but it was super strange in its storyline. It was a mostly enjoyable read, but a conglomeration of oddities, that’s for sure. Also, unrelated, I thought that was blood on the cover for the longest time. It’s a ribbon, in case you wanted to know. lol ~The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
Cranberries: Do you serve real cranberries, or canned cranberry jelly? A book that is highly divisive – and you have strong opinions about it.
I honestly can’t think of a single book that is “highly divisive” that I had or have strong opinions on? Is that strange? Probably. But there you have it. In general I have this opinion – let people like what they like. But watch someone mention a book in the comments and I’ll be like “OH YEAH, THAT ONE!” 🙂
Pie: Whether it’s pumpkin, apple, pecan, or French silk, it’s not Thanksgiving without pie – A book you can’t live without.
Just as I can have a Thanksgiving without pie (*gasp*), there is not one book that I could not live without. There are multitudes of books I turn to for a myriad of reasons, a plethora of books I recommend to hoards of readers. I hesitate, and after days of thinking am actually unable, to narrow the list down to one book I cannot live without. I have you all down twice over.
What about you? What books would you choose? What categories would you add or change? Clearly I would have taken away pie and cranberries if I were altering Elley’s original list! HAHA! Also, she tagged most of my book blogging friends, so… if you blog any about books consider yourself tagged and play along if you want to. 🙂
I hope you are all getting along well thru this November. We are having unseasonably warm weather right now but that’s bound to change soon. Happy Thankful Season to you and yours! ♥