Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thankfully Reading - The Final Mini-Challenge

I'm rather sad to see this wonderful weekend come to an end today. I've had such a good time putting the regular craziness of life aside in order to read. It's been such a treat. I'm especially thankful to Jenn at Jenn's Bookshelves for hosting the weekend. I wouldn't have made the extra effort to do this otherwise.

I'll finish up Book #2 and start on #3 today. I may be able to finish up my October List audiobook as well. I'm nearing the end there too, but we'll see on that front I have to write a few reviews today so that may put a crimp on the total pages read. :-)

Jenn is hosting the final mini-challenge for the weekend and it's a good one. She wants to know which book from this year I'm most thankful for. And I have to say that's a hard one because I think it's a 3-way tie between all non-crime fiction books. The contenders are:

Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies (Chris Kluwe)
The American Way of Poverty (Sasha Abramsky)
The Upcycle (William McDonough & Michael Braungart)

I'm most thankful for these books because they reminded me what's important to me and that it isn't o.k. to just be quiet about things that are important because they may offend some people's sensibilities. That it's important to have empathy for others, to be educated about the facts, to not let others control us with fear and most importantly to treat others the way that we would want to be treated.

I was reading an email from my state senator this weekend and in it he says:

A Mississippi civil rights leader in the 1960s said: "Don't tell me what you believe. Show me what you do, and I will tell you what you believe." 

These three books have motivated me to not only believe in the right thing but DO the right thing. I want it to be abundantly obvious what I believe. I'm so very thankful to be reminded of that.

And as an all-around comment, I'm so thankful for books in general because they provide me with entertainment, stress relief, thought-provoking ideas, trips to exotic locales...they are a precious gift. And I'm thankful to the people who share them with us.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend, if you're celebrating in the U.S. I hope you had a wonderful holiday, and Happy December everyone!


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