We wish a happy and safe Thanksgiving to each of you today. We are grateful for each of you who visit our site and tell others about us. You motivate and inspire us! We will be enjoying the day with family and friends and have reduced our posting schedule this afternoon and evening.
 
I have been engrossed in The Hunger Games Trilogy ($17.85) and am thrilled to find it really is as good as promised. I’m in the middle of Book 2 – Catching Fire ($7.70) where a rebellion is building because the people are starving. By contrast, my biggest challenge in preparing the Thanksgiving meal was fighting off the hordes at the grocery store.
 
The last few months, I have been keeping a gratitude journal, inspired by Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts ($9.99). I’m up to 263 of everyday gifts that make me thankful. Some highlights:
#4 Morning coffee
#17 Social events where it is acceptable to wear flip flops
#46 A waitress who gives good advice on what to order
#90 and #123 Pain reliever
#119 A friend’s medical test coming back negative
#235 Books I want to live in
Have you read a book this year that has motivated you to an action? Leave a comment to tell us about it?
 
Special Offers Humor Book
If you have the Kindle with Special Offers, today is the last day to claim the offer of one humor book for $1.00.
 
After the Pumpkin Pie
Amazon’s Black Friday Store is open and the deals are plentiful. Discounts on hundreds of popular gift items like cameras, video games, movies, tools, watches, jewelry, clothing and more, are available now. Shop from home and no one will even know you had another piece of pie.
 
 
A Cheap Read for the next holiday – Wishin’ and Hopin’ – $1.99
It’s 1964 and ten-year-old Felix is sure of a few things: the birds and the bees are puzzling, television is magical, and this is one Christmas he’ll never forget. LBJ and Lady Bird are in the White House, Meet the Beatles is on everyone’s turntable, and Felix Funicello (distant cousin of the iconic Annette!) is doing his best to navigate fifth grade—easier said than done when scary movies still give you nightmares and you bear a striking resemblance to a certain adorable cartoon boy.
Back in his beloved fictional town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, with a new cast of endearing characters, Wally Lamb takes his readers straight into the halls of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School—where Mother Filomina’s word is law and goody-two-shoes Rosalie Twerski is sure to be minding everyone’s business. But grammar and arithmetic move to the back burner this holiday season with the sudden arrivals of substitute teacher Madame Frechette, straight from Québec, and feisty Russian student Zhenya Kabakova. While Felix learns the meaning of French kissing, cultural misunderstanding, and tableaux vivants, Wishin’ and Hopin’ barrels toward one outrageous Christmas.
From the Funicello family’s bus-station lunch counter to the elementary school playground (with an uproarious stop at the Pillsbury Bake-Off), Wishin’ and Hopin’ is a vivid slice of 1960s life, a wise and witty holiday tale that celebrates where we’ve been—and how far we’ve come. You can buy this book today for only $1.99.

Click here to purchase Wishin’ and Hopin’