2021 Thankfully Reading Weekend – I’m in! #thankfullyreading

As I preface before I say this every time I announce I’m joining in, I only participate in a few book blogging events every year and this (see image/link above) is one of them. This year’s event is from Wednesday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 28. Here’s how Jenn describes the event:

There are no rules to the weekend, we’re simply hoping to devote a good amount of time to reading, and perhaps meeting some of our reading challenges and goals for the year. We thought it’d be fun if we cheered each other on a bit…Join in for the weekend or for only a single day. No rules, no pressure!

I happen to have off work for those five days, and my wife, who works night shift, is asleep during the day, so it happens to work out perfectly for me to join in. Or I should say it would seem. Realistically, with the distraction of catching up on some binge-watching, I’ll be happy if I can finish one book.

I have choices. Among them are the following:

  • Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner’s Reckoning with The Myth of the Lost Cause by Ty Seidule, Professor Emeritus of History at West Point 
  • Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holiday, And the Vendetta Raid from Hell by Tom Clavin  
  • The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged the Secret War Against Japan by Sam Kleiner
  • Thursday the Rabbi Walked Out by Harry Kemelman.

I mentioned the first three in my post “My Own Personal Nonfiction November”, and I have been making my way slowly through the Rabbi Small series by Kemelman this year. This one is the seventh in a series of 12. I plan on reading the sixth, Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet, the sixth in the series today and tomorrow.


While that takes care of my reading plans for next week, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention our other plans for the next couple of weeks. On Nov. 23, my wife and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. I don’t have the day off, but I will be leaving work early and Kim and I will celebrate that night with a special dinner. She hasn’t decided what she is making yet.

Leading up to our anniversary, she and I are both off together from Thursday to Sunday this coming week. We’re starting “Our 25th Anniversary Extravaganza”, as I’ve labeled it, on Wednesday night by watching The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King with commentary provided by Rifftrax. Then on Thursday night, we’re watching In the Heights; Friday, King Richard; Saturday, the last two episodes of Season 1 of Ted Lasso. We have been very slowly making our way through the series, because it’s too good to…forgive the timely pun…gobble up.

So, those are my couple of weeks in a nutshell. How about you? For those of you in the U.S. who celebrate Thanksgiving, any special plans? For all of you, feel free to share in the comments what you’ve been reading, watching, listening to, or doing lately.

9 thoughts on “2021 Thankfully Reading Weekend – I’m in! #thankfullyreading

  1. This year we have no special plans for Thanksgiving, which feels ok and strange at the same time. Happy Anniversary! I hope you and Kim have a wonderful few days of celebrations.

    I am like you with reading events: high hopes, big plans, and the end result is often much less time reading than I thought I would do.

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  2. Also, I had never heard of Rifftrax! I checked out the clip of The Walking Dead S1 E1 to see what it is they do. Ha ha. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King should be really fun with the commentary.

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  3. Your 25th Extravaganza sounds AWESOME. I love how you have your watching all planned out to the day. I should do that because I always end up spending so much time trying to figure out what I want to watch in the moment that I don’t end up with much watching time. lol And yes I have a TBW list, but that doesn’t help me. I need to calendar each show.

    I agree that Ted Lasso is too good to rush through it and I’ve actually stopped watching it so that I don’t blow through the current season.

    I have to work Wednesday but definitely look forward to Thankfully Reading Thu-Sun!

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  4. I’ll be out of town during the Thankfully Reading Weekend but I would still like to do it. I don’t expect to do much during those days but enjoy the time with family so I should have plenty of downtime to read or do other things. I expect it will be fun, so let’s see.

    Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary in advance! It definitely deserves an Extravaganza and your plans are fabulous! I hope you both have the best of the weeks and have a fantabulous time!

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  5. Your 25th Anniversary Extravaganza sounds fantastic. I love a celebration, and yours sounds delightful. Our weekly film group (sister, brother-in-law, husband, me) is working our way through Star Wars; we have four movies left. I foresee that we will then take on Lord of the Rings.

    I will be participating in Thankfully Reading Weekend. We are planning to celebrate Thanksgiving early and we hope to spend Thanksgiving Day eating leftovers and relaxing. Hopefully reading.

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