Giving Thanks

Today is a perfect time for family and for being grateful for what you have.  It’s no secret that one of the big things I am thankful for is reading.  Books keep me entertained as I wait for the bus.  They let me and my children explore magical places together.  They stay up late with me while I drink tea and wonder if I’ll ever sleep again.

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for Tolstoy and Turgenev — Russian writers who first gave me a sense that there is a bigger world outside waiting.

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for Harry Potter — I am reading the series for the first time this year.  It’s every bit as good as everyone says.

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for Alice — Alice Munro, Alice in Wonderland, Alice Hoffman, Alice Sebold, Alice Walker and Alice, I Think

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for Narnia.  I haven’t visited you in quite some time, but you clearly inspired Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, the best fantasy novel I’ve read all year.

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for King.  Stephen King.  And Kids’ books.  Preferably not mixed together.  <Shudder.>

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for sleepless nights –they’re not a burden; more of a chance to catch up with my imaginary friends.

Happy Thanksgiving, readers.  We’re grateful for each and every one of you.

–Patricia

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