Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thankfully Reading - Mini Challenge #3

Jen over at Devourer of Books has today's mini-challenge for Thankfully Reading weekend. She asked us, "What reading community are you thankful for, and why?" That's another great question with multiple answers for me. Of course I'm thankful for the book blogging community. I wouldn't have had one iota of an idea what the heck I was doing without support from people like Lesa at Lesa's Book Critiques or Trish from Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'? Jenn at Jenn's Bookshelves has become a regular sounding board for me, too. "Hey Jenn, what do you think of this idea?" or "Has this ever happened to you? What should I do?" I'm thankful to all of the bloggers who have taken me into the community and not simply laughed at how absurd I can be at times bumbling my way through my crazy ideas. Now I have one iota of an idea but not much more, so their patience is greatly appreciated.

I'm ever so thankful to the folks who stop by and read the posts, who leave comments or send me e-mails. You all talk books and audiobooks with me and (as far as I know) never roll your eyes because I go on and on and on. I'm thankful for you each and every day!

And truly, my heart swells to list the Mystery Community as the community I'm thankful for. The readers, the writers, the publicists, the publishers, everyone. And at the top of the pyramid of folks are the Crimespree Family. And when I say "family" I'm not exaggerating. These are the folks who never think I'm silly when I get excited about something book-related. They don't think it's weird that I update my Facebook status with reading information daily. They don't think it's weird that I don't have TV and would rather read. To them, it's perfectly natural that I have a book with me everywhere I go. They love me for me, encourage me and support me, just the way a biological family would. These are the people who are thankful to me when in reality, they're the ones who have given me my greatest gift: a place at their table. I see our Bouchercon Convention as a big Thanksgiving celebration. There are no turkeys, but there is a lot of love, commraderie and tons of hugs! I'm thankful the mystery community exists and is what it is; I'm thankful I can be a small part of it.

Hope you had a great holiday weekend and fit in some reading as well. I'm now working on Steve Hockensmith's e-book Christmas short story collection, NAUGHTY. It's wonderfully funny! I'll share about it soon. Happy Reading!!


Lesa November 28, 2010 at 10:33 AM  

What a nice post, Jen. I'm thankful for you. All of us in the blogging community and mystery community are richer for having you in our life. We love you, Jen.

Mrs. DeRaps November 28, 2010 at 11:08 AM  

I love that there's a mystery community out there to be a part of. This is not a genre that I love, but I am close with people who do. I love that there's something for everyone!

Nise' November 28, 2010 at 1:09 PM  

Family and friends who don't get my reading/blogging think I am crazy to call people I've never met (IRL) friends. It is great to be part of such a friendly, accepting and understanding community.

Jen Forbus November 28, 2010 at 2:37 PM  

Lesa - you are wonderful! Thank you so, so much. I love you, too!

Jen Forbus November 28, 2010 at 2:37 PM  

Mrs. D, the mystery community is unlike anything I've ever known before. It's truly something to behold.

Jen Forbus November 28, 2010 at 2:38 PM  

Hey Nise'! I couldn't agree with you more.

Dorte H November 28, 2010 at 3:08 PM  

As this is the first Sunday of Advent (family weekend & son´s birthday) I haven´t been reading much, but like you I appreciate my blogging community and all my blog friends very much. My husband and children read crime fiction, but very few of my friends do, so it is wonderful to have such great friends who never grow tired of my rants about blood and bones.

Jen Forbus November 28, 2010 at 5:26 PM  

Dorte, I love that you stop by and talk blood and bones with us! I'd miss you if you weren't here! Happy Thanksgiving!!

kathy d. November 28, 2010 at 9:02 PM  

Jen, your website/blog is great, one of my daily stops in cyberspace, which I look forward to.

The mystery blogging community is great, both U.S. websites and some international ones as well.

Yours and Lesa's are both terrific.

However, I must acquaint myself with the other websites which you mention, and a few more, as part of my New Year's resolutions.

Jen - Devourer of Books November 28, 2010 at 11:03 PM  

I love that we have both genre-specific and general book blogging relationships. We're so relatively new as a part of the book world that I think we're all just sort of making it up as we go along.m

Jenn's Bookshelves November 29, 2010 at 9:39 AM  

Awww, shucks! I'm thankful for you, Jen, for all your awesome book recs!

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