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Gratitude for Books: And a Giveaway!

November 6, 2011

Here’s a good question for November, as we head into Thanksgiving season, and gift giving winter holidays:
What book are you most grateful for?
I’m answering this as part of a giveaway contest Beth Revis is running. More info at the bottom of this post.)
As with any question that asks me to pick just one book… I am having trouble picking just one.
I’m grateful for The Random House Book of Poetry for Children, because I’m fairly sure that’s the first time I remember recognizing words on a page, following along when Mom read to me at night. I recognized the word “soup.”

I’m grateful that I read Ender’s Game and Speaker For the Dead by Orson Scott Card, when I was a teenager. Because they were both inspiring and comforting, to the moments when I felt smart and awkward and overwhelmed and weird and angry. And both books still do that. (I have since learned that Orson Scott Card is probably not the author I would most want to meet. I would rather meet one of his characters, but from the sound of it, he’s a pill. I digress.)

I am grateful for having read the Callahan books by Spider Robinson, for similar reasons. Science fiction has taught me a lot about how to be ethical, and how to strive to make good choices here in the real world.

Yeah… I can’t pick just one book. Because I think the thing I am most grateful for is that I grew up surrounded by bookish people in my family, and among my friends. I’m surrounded by people who have crowded bookshelves. I have entirely run out of bookshelf space, myself. And there are always more books to read, and favorite books to reread.

I am most grateful for the sheer, engrossing, baffling number of good books. More than a voracious reader could ever possibly read. An abundance!B

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