Out of all the major holidays, Thanksgiving is probably my least favorite one. It’s not that I don’t appreciate what the holiday stands for, getting together with family and reflecting on all that one is thankful for, I do. It’s just that aside from one Thanksgiving when I was about six or seven where we actually celebrated the holiday with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins; the only Thanksgiving that actually stands out in my mind as all the other ones hold no real memories for me. Thanksgiving in my household has always been with immediate family and the only thing that made this dinner different from other family dinners is that there was way more food and my parents would spend all morning cooking.
Which leads me to the fact that I’m also not a fan of Thanksgiving because I don’t particularly like left over turkey. I know, I know, horror of horrors, what is wrong with me? Hear me out though, I prefer the taste of the turkey when it’s fresh out of the oven and the juices are fresh. Over the subsequent days that follow Thanksgiving, in which I inevitably found myself eating turkey for dinner the day after Thanksgiving and over the course of the next few days in sandwiches, the taste fails to still be present for me and after having had leftovers for two or three days following Thanksgiving, I never want to see turkey in any form again.
Now, something that I do love about the Thanksgiving holiday, and it actually has more to do with the two days following it, are the amazing deals on books and getting to see some of my favorite authors. To be more specific I’m referring to Barnes and Noble’s signed editions that are available on Black Friday, which is then followed with Indie’s First Day on Small Business Saturday at my local independent bookstore, the Tattered Cover.
Despite not enjoying the Black Friday crowds and madness, a result of having worked retail for years and having to deal with the craziness firsthand, I love getting up Friday morning and arriving at my local Barnes and Noble when they open at 7am so that I can get signed editions of books that are on my to be read list. From the moment Barnes releases their list of which signed editions will be available, I put together my list of books to buy and estimate how much money it will all cost me. Then once Black Friday finally rolls around, I leap out of bed (one of the few times I actually get out of bed with excitement), throw on clothes and head down to Barnes with my list, cash and a reusable bag in hand. After spending a fruitful hour or so gathering together my books in my store basket, I make my way to the cash register, pay for my massive book haul and proceed home to enjoy the fruits of my labor.
After a wonderful book shopping trip on Friday, I then proceed to my local Independent Bookstore, Tattered Cover on Indies First to see some of my favorite authors, get books signed and support Small Business Saturday. Last year, I got to meet one of my childhood favorite authors, T.A. Barron and get my copies of the Adventures of Kate series (Heartlight, The Ancient One, and The Merlin Effect) signed by him. This year, I will be attending a book launch party for Jessica Brody’s new book, The Chaos of Standing Still. I’m especially excited for this event because not only will I be supporting a Colorado small business, but I also get to spend the afternoon with Jessica who is such an amazing person and so friendly (she’s also a wonderful passenger, as I had her on a flight last month and look forward to having her on one of my flights again), but her new book takes place in the airport where I am based, Denver International.
In the end, the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, should be another wonderful weekend of books and authors and the best way for a bookworm to spend the holiday weekend.