Wow! The first challenge for "Thankfully Reading" is definitely a challenge! I'm supposed to answer what book I'm most thankful for. I could say THE MOUSE AND THE MOTORCYCLE because that is the first book I remember reading all myself and I loved it. If I'd have hated it, I probably would be a different reader today. I could also say Dante's INFERNO as that helped me deal with some issues I was going through as a freshman in college. Then there is ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST that sealed the deal on my studying English in college. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY and THE LORDS OF DISCIPINE all had huge and lasting effects on me.
But on this particular day in my life I'm going to say I'm most thankful for L.A. REQUIEM by Robert Crais. Yes, that would be right. Crais just topped Dante, Kesey, and Harper Lee. L.A. REQUIEM started my love of crime fiction and my love of Elvis and Joe. That book also led to my friendships with Naomi Johnson, Michael Alatorre, and Elyse Dinh-McCrillis. From there it was just a snowball effect: the blog, Crimespree Magazine, Bouchercon...And it all started with a love affair with L.A. REQUIEM. For those reasons I will always be thankful!