Reading With the Seasons: Thanksgiving Edition

Nov 5, 2013

I've been teaching my son's preschool this week, and as fun as it is, it has taken a lot of planning and work. It's kind of draining my energy, as well as my desire to blog. But November is already five days gone, so I know if I don't get this post up now, it will be time to read for Christmas!

If I'm totally honest, I will be spending at least part of this month reading the last three books I need in order to finish my reading goals for the year. The goals I'm finishing are a 19th-century classic (A Study in Scarlet), a 20th-century classic (Their Eyes Were Watching God), and the last book in the Chronicles of Narnia (The Last Battle). I'm counting all of those books as fitting with the Thanksgiving theme because I will be so grateful when my goals are complete (not because I haven't had a lot of fun reading to fulfill these goals but just because I love checking things off).

But here are some other ideas I've had as well:
  • American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food by Jonathan Bloom; we are entering the season of giving, but also the season of waste. I think it's safe to say that with my overindulgence and overeating of the next two months will come that all-too-familiar groan of, "I can't eat another bite" while looking at my still-half-full plate. I hope this book will help me reign myself in and keep a proper perspective.
  • I recently began reading The Continuous Atonement by Brad Wilcox, and it has made me see the Savior's atonement in an entirely new light. My gratitude for this life-saving gift has increased ten-fold already. A great read for November that I highly recommend.
  • And for just some cozy, page-turning reading, I have been thinking about The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton or A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty.
What's on the docket for you this month?

P.S. If you're looking for some other Thanksgiving ideas, here are several posts I wrote last November :
P.P.S. Photo credit goes to my brother, Gordy. Tell me you don't look at that picture and wish you lived in Utah, too.


  1. I am reading An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving (Louisa May Alcott) and a biography of Sarah Hale (the woman who helped make Thanksgiving a national Holiday - that I read about in the picture book - Thank you, Sarah - I can't wait to learn more about her). Oh, and if I am lucky enough for it to come up for me at the library (I'm next in line on the hold list!) I will also be reading Blackmoore!! So excited about that one. :)

  2. I'm a seasonal reader too. :) I'm sorta in between reads though.


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