Kicking Off 2020 Thankfully Reading Weekend

Today officially begins 2020 Thanksgiving Reading Weekend (click on button above for more information), which lasts through Sunday. For this kickoff post, Jenn suggested a few questions so I thought I’d answer the ones I felt relevant to me and add in one of my own (the last question):

  • How will/did you celebrate Thanksgiving? My wife Kim and I are starting today, as I write this post even, by listening to Alice Restaurant’s Massacree by Arlo Guthrie, a Thanksgiving tradition. This morning, she also is cooking me a Mrs. Smith’s pumpkin pie. Longer explanation than probably is necessary: She’s a vegan, the pie has real butter in it, and she got that instead of making one because she has lost her senses of taste and smell when she had covid recently and it hasn’t returned yet so she figured what was the point. And yes, I had/have covid too. Mine is taking a bit longer to leave, but it’s (been) mild. Later, we’ll have a full Thanksgiving dinner with Torfurky, stuffing, mashed cauliflower, sweet potato casserole with maple pecan crumbles, green bean casserole, and rolls. We also plan on watching Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Pieces of April, two other Thanksgiving traditions.
  • What’s in your TBR pile for the weekend? Basically see my sign-up post, but in short, the first three Ruth Galloway mysteries by Elly Griffiths and three in the Serge Storm series by Tim Dorsey.
  • How much time do you think you’ll have for reading? Not counting today, I’ll have lots of time for reading as I’m off tomorrow too and this weekend. I hope by the end of the weekend, I’ll feel well enough to let the director of the library where I work that I’ll be able to return to work on Monday.
  • What book are you starting out with? Unofficially, I already began last night with The Big Bamboo, the eight in the Serge Storms series, by Tim Dorsey. I’ll probably dip into it a little later this morning and this afternoon, especially as Kim has to sleep this afternoon as she returns to work tonight for the start of her work week, a midnight shift.
  • Are you reading print, ebooks, or audio? Maybe a bit of each? I’m reading all ebooks, but on a whim, earlier in the week, I did check out an audiobook from the Free Library of Philadelphia: A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton as read by Mary Peiffer. So I might get to that.
  • For what are you thankful this Thanksgiving? That despite getting covid earlier this month, that we have our health, which is well enough that our cases of covid are, and were, mild. We know that it is and has not been the same for others. Personally, I also am thankful for family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers who have been supportive of both me and my wife over the last few weeks. I also am thankful that my dad, who received a covid test last week, got word this week that he was negative.

How about you? For what are you thankful this Thanksgiving?