Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thankful Tag

I saw this tag over at La La in the Library and thought it sounded perfect for today!

1.  What is a book cover that reminds you of Thanksgiving
Cider Brook by Carla Neggers.  I don't exactly know why but this is the first cover that came to mind when I read this question.  I think it's the combination of the fall leaf colors and the word cider in the title.

2.  Two authors you are thankful for
Agatha Christie because I've gotten so much joy from her books both in reading them and in the collecting.
Mary Pope Osborne who wrote the Magic Treehouse books which was instrumental in getting my older kids really reading.  The Tornado and I have started reading a chapter or two at bedtime and he's enjoying them as well!

3.  A book you liked but wouldn't read twice
So many!  I read a lot of cozy mysteries and while I thoroughly enjoy (most of) them they're not books I would want to reread.

4.  Which 5 fictional characters would you like to invite to Thanksgiving dinner
Hercule Poirot - because he's just fascinating and I'm curious as to how crazy he'd drive me in real life
Oreo and the kittens from All I Want by Jill Shalvis (I figure 1 dog and 2 kittens can count as 1 guest and I'm also assuming that it's okay to have animals at Thanksgiving dinner)
Mrs. Weasely from Harry Potter because she seems like someone who'd be fun to talk to but helpful if the turkey didn't turn out right.
Lady Danbury from Julia Quinn's books because she says exactly what comes into her mind and she's always been one of my favorite characters.
Claire Waverley from Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen - while I haven't read Garden Spells Claire plays a small role in The Peach Keeper which I did read and her food sounded amazing and she came across as a very calming presence which I think we'll need between Poirot and Lady Danbury.

5.  What is a book that is stuffed with action?
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown.  It wasn't the greatest book but they did nothing but run from place to place.  I felt like I needed a nap after I finished it!

6.  If you could make any food item from a book and serve it for Thanksgiving what would it be?
I would love a box of Turkish Delight as mentioned in both The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis and Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott.  The descriptions made my mouth water and I desperately wanted to try some.

7.  One Fall-ish book others should read for Thanksgiving
Not really Fall-ish but The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.  I was hesitant to read it because I was afraid it would be preachy but the message is absolutely amazing and it really puts everything in perspective.  It's everything humanity should be in the face of the worst humanity can be rolled into 1 book and heartbreaking and calming at the same time.

8.  Two books you are thankful for
Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher - I haven't read this book in awhile but it was my sanity for so long.  I think I read through 2 copies and was working on a 3rd!
The Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie - I love this book and have read it countless times and always discover new little details.  This was the first book by Agatha that I really fell in love with it and it remains a favorite.

9.  Which two books mashed together would you like to read
I can't think of 2 specific books but I'd love to see a book featuring both Miss Marple from Agatha Christie and Miss Silver from Patricia Wentworth.  Since both writers are deceased this isn't likely to happen but they'd be fabulous together!  I can picture them sitting somewhere knitting and gossiping together and noticing every tiny detail.

10.  In general what are you thankful for this year?
So many things!  I'm thankful that my 3 older kids seem to be finding their way with what they want to do in life.  I'm thankful that the Tornado is adapting so well to kindergarten.  I'm thankful that J's stress at work has diminished a little and he's actually been able to relax some lately.  I'm thankful for all the wonderful books I've gotten to read this year and all the wonderful people online that I've gotten to talk about them with.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


  1. Cider always makes me think of fall. And what a fun tag! I've only glanced at a few of the Magic Treehouse books but they seem like a great way to get kids reading, and I love the breadth of topics. And a favorite author to collect is definitely something to be thankful for, I agree. :)

    Happy Thanksgiving, and hope you and your family have a wonderful day!

  2. Oh yes, I would love to have Mrs Weasley to dinner and get to know her more. Great choices!
    I absolutely love The Shell Seekers and it goes down as one of my all time favorite books. Have you read September? It follows up on Noel Keeling's life, set in Scotland.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Katherine. Hope you have cider at your meal - this book looks great and if I weren't backed into June of next year, I'd sit down and read it this weekend!

  4. I loved The Shell Seekers, too... should reread it one of these days. Happy Thanksgiving :)

  5. So many things to be thankful for. Totally with you on Oreo and the kittens. Surely you could poke Peanuts in too, although he could be disruptive. Love Rosamunde Pilcher's books. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  6. I will add your link to my post. I think I will have to read The Shell Seekers because I have seen so many people mention it, including my mother, ha ha. I think the stork dropped you at the wrong house because you read so many of the titles my mother and sister have read. I read some books in common when my sister was reading YA SciFi/Dystopian, but that only lasted a few months. High five for family doing well. I was thankful for that too. :)

  7. I shudder to think of Poirot in my house - he would notice the dust bunnies, cat hair and general lived in look that comes from a new baby :) Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. Fun list and perfect for today. Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. I would never dare invite Hercule Poirot to dinner ! I'm sure he'd be very polite and interesting, but I bet he would expect square eggs and perfect house cleaning ;)

  10. So many things to be thankful for :) Hope yall had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  11. Cider Brook definitely does have a Thanksgiving look to it. Oh! I would love to meet Mrs. Weasley. :-) I love The Hiding Place. It really is a good book, I agree. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Katherine!