I hope everyone has awoken from their turkey comas, survived your families, and avoided any bodily injuries getting Black Friday deals. The holiday was a success for me. Other than being woken up at 4:30 by my lovely children and cranking out a full Thanksgiving feast on 3 hours of sleep, caffeine and pure holiday-induced adrenaline, everything went very smoothly. It was only me, the hubs, our three rug rats, and two other family members, so there wasn’t a ton of pressure. I didn’t let a small guest list stop me from making an insanely large meal. There are some dishes that I only eat on Thanksgiving that I absolutely love; most notably my mom’s sweet potato soufflé. This being the first Thanksgiving I hosted and cooked on my own (with help from my hubby, of course) I was shocked by the amount of sugar and butter in almost every dish. It was delicious.
I did not partake in the annual display of consumer gluttony that is Black Friday. Instead I went to a kickboxing class in hopes of burning a few of the thousands of calories I consumed on Thursday. I’m currently enjoying the last few days of the Thanksgiving break before the busy norm of our lives resumes.
Here are some book-related links from around the web this week…
100 Notable Books of 2017 – Have you read any of these books? I’ve actually read very few of them. I’ll definitely be adding some of these to my TBR list.
10 Books by Indigenous Authors You Should Read – I love what Thanksgiving has become in our culture, but feel conflicted for the original reason behind it. Supporting Native American culture in some for assuages my white guilt a little. I love everything Sherman Alexie has written and highly suggest checking out his work if you haven’t already.
Best Children’s Books of 2017 – If you haven’t guessed already, my kids get lots of books for birthdays and Christmas. Here are some gift ideas for the kids in your life. I’ve already ordered Malala’s Magic Pencil.
Wonder the Movie Can’t Best the Book It’s Based On – If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie Wonder, READ THE BOOK FIRST! And don’t read the movie adaptation. Read the real thing. I read this back in 2013 and it really stuck with me. I love how the author of this article talks about the visual representation of Auggie and how it differs from the book.
2017 Costa Book Award Shortlist – The Costa Awards annually recognize the best in British and Irish literature. Have you read any of these titles? You might want to consider adding a few of them to your TBR list.