Here in America, November is a time when we give thanks. This tradition goes back to one of the founding groups of our country, a religious group called the Pilgrims, who after they barely escaped mass starvation, got together with the American Indians who helped them learn to farm and gave thanks. It’s halfway a harvest celebration, halfway a religious observance of thankfulness, halfway an excuse to eat WAY too much traditional food, and halfway the bringing in of the Christmas season.
Other countries have similar holidays, but perhaps in an attempt to ward off premature Christmas spirit, we’ve taken to focusing on thankfulness for the whole month of November!
This year I’m thankful for so many things. I’m thankful that my family is happy, healthy, and employed. I’m thankful that though my pregnancy hasn’t been easy, it’s been complication free. I’m thankful that my football team hasn’t just had winning season, something that was a pipe dream back in August, they’re having an AMAZING season! And I’m thankful for you guys. Both my followers and the friends I’ve made. Y’all have really helped me stay positive through a difficult school year. So this November, I really want to say THANK YOU.
But books, too. There’s a couple of books I’m thankful for this year, and every year.
While this might seem obvious to some of you, I can’t even begin to express all the reasons I’m thankful to J.K. Rowling for writing the Harry Potter series. If it weren’t for HP neither my brother or my mom would be people you would describe as “readers”. I was heavily involved in the HP fandom back when Pottermore was in its heyday, and I made some really good friends that way.