Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thankful Book Lovers Blog Hop

With Thanksgiving closely approaching, we at TSK TSK What to Read what to share a little of what we are thankful for at this time of the year.
Thank you to Sabrina, Pam, and everyone at Paranormal Reads for asking us to take part in their Thanksgiving Blog Hop. your girls ROCK. And before we get started with our lists, we want to thank the book community as a whole. Before we were bloggers, we were readers and fans just like everyone else. With encouragement from our book friends we took the leap nearly a year ago and we were welcomed with open arms. We can't tell you what an amazing journey it's been this far. We'd be nothing without y'alls support. You've blown our minds, filled our hearts, and made our spirits soar. THANK YOU. HAPPY THANKSGIVING and God Bless. 

    ~Shelley's Grateful List~
I am thankful for so many things. Even in my darkest hours I know I have, and have had more than most could hope for. So limiting this list to 10 was...well, very difficult, but here they are.
1. My folks- Without their love and support I wouldn't have a leg to stand on or a place to lay my head. They're kind and generous to everyone. They're my heroes. My whole family is very dear to me. Near and far.
2. My furball and #1 man, (Spunk) Ransom- He brings me joy, companionship and unconditional love every single day. He's sweet, smart and silly. He tolerates my many moods with ease, and helps me unwrap and show off my book packages to my Facebook friends.(And yes, he's named after RPatt's)
3. My bff's, Jae Harris, Sheila Priestley-Tompkins and Elaine LaPointe- More unconditional love and support. They've seen me at my best and at my very worst and still out in public with me. And when we're all lucky enough to all be together, it's the best thing in the world. You girl's make me fly. And with you I'm able to sing.
4. My newest bff and the best blog partner is the whole wide world, Kathryn- What can I say about this woman that you don't already know? She's smart, strong, funny and fierce. At 2500 miles away from me, she's always got my back.
5. MUSIC- Without music I could not survive- or drive. It's true. I must have music in the car. I sing nonstop. I have friends who are amazing musicians and I cherish what they bring to this crazy mixed up world. Music has been a part of my life since the beginning. It's been an escape, a salvation and an inspiration. It's in my heart and soul. I. CANNOT. LIVE. WITHOUT. IT. And hope I never lose my ability to sing.
6. Books and the amazing authors that bring all my favorite characters to life. TOO. MANY. TO. NAME. But I do have a few who have touched my heart and soul and I'm proud to have them call me friend: Samantha Young, Gracen Miller, Dawn Collier, Misty Provencher and Deena Remiel, you all mean the world to me. I can't thank you enough for the joy you've brought and continue to bring to my life.
7. God and the Great Mother- I'm not the most religious person, but I'm very Spiritual. I have firm beliefs, and I worship in my own way. When all else fails and everything looks hopeless, I know in my heart, if I ask, the Powers will guide me. (I'm just not very good at asking)
8. Nature and wildlife- I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth; Oregon. Everything I could want is within 2 hours of me; ocean, mountains, desert and beautiful forests. And the best thing- they're often combined. I'm a outdoor girl and in nature I truly thrive.
9. Art- in all it's forms, entertains, informs, inspires and makes my life complete.
10. My FREEDOM, my country and all who have sacrificed and served to protect it.

~Kathryn's Grateful List~
Like Shelley, day in and day out, I am thankful for so many things.  So here is my top 9 list....
1.  I am thankful for my family.  First and foremost, my husband and daughter.  Each day they bring me so much joy just knowing that they are who I come home to everyday. Secondly, all of the extended family from my parents, my siblings, aunts & uncles, cousins, etc.  Love them all!
2.  I am thankful for my life/health-- Just being able to do the mundane everyday chores is a blessing.
3.  I am thankful for my job.  I am a teacher and each day being able to impart some wisdom or teach a new concept to a student and see them get it is a reward that will forever capture my heart.
4.  I am thankful for my longtime friends.  There have been a few that have really been there for a long time and having them in my life today gives me so much strength. 
With that said though, there are some new friends that I have met that mean just as much and the instant camaraderie bring a smile to my face so many days when I want to just crawl under the covers and hide.  
Friends here: Jennifer S, Terri W, Nesha J, Amy M, Mary R, Candace S, Mindy J, Andrea K, Kelly S, Mary S, just to name a few
5.  Ah yes, Shelley Bunnell...I am sooo thankful for my blog partner and of course my bff.  Boy, she has definitely touched my life in so many ways.  She helps me to be a better person and I am so thankful that she is there for me.  As she said above, I know we are many miles apart, but distance can't hinder true friendship.  She is the best!  I don't know what I would do without her and each day that goes by, I am even more thankful that she is a part of my life.
6. I am thankful for books...yes, I have to say that one...because first and foremost...I love to read and I am so thankful that I had dedicated teachers that taught me how to read as well as having the desire to dive in to the worlds created by the fabulous authors out there....
7. Which now leads to being thankful for the wonderful author friends I have met and gotten to know.  The talent that they have and in turn share with us readers is gratifying.  I am so thankful that they took the leap and allowed us a glimpse in to their mind.  To name a few of the wonderful authors that I absolutely LOVE and look forward to hearing from day after day is: Gracen Miller, Quinn Loftis, Samantha Young, K A Tucker, Misty Provencher, D C Grace, Nely Cab, Tiffany King, Michelle Leighton, Heather Self, Shelly Crane, A J Sweeney, and sooo many more!!! 
8.  I am also thankful more soothes my soul and allows me to tune out and just feel the with the music.
9.  I am thankful for technology.  I know this may be funny, but without it, blogs and sites linking us to the things we love wouldn't be there.  It allows us to also connect to some fabulous people and of course our friends.  This also includes my phone...which is now just another limb attached to my body.

To further show our gratitude to our followers, we're offering up One Book of Choice for up to $10 from The Book Depository. (If they don't ship to you, we will.)
To enter:
Simply tell us one thing you are grateful for this year, and we'll pick a random winner.
Drawing will end on Wednesday, November 28th.

Make sure you visit all of these bloggers today 
and find out what they are thankful for as well!


  1. Great list ladies! Thank you for being a part of this! My list is posted on Paranormal Reads and Racing To Read.

  2. Thank you girls! I'm grateful for the City of Bones movie trailer, coz it was really good, and well, since that was ther first YA book I ever read, I'm just so grateful that they didn't ruined it. And so, I grateful for all the bloggers in the world!

    1. Lol, Liz. I still haven't seen the trailer- in the theater. I dearly love the series too. ~S

  3. I'm thankful for so many things most especially my family. They make me feel safe, happy and loved! Of course I'm also thankful for authors and their books. They better my world. I'm thankful for book bloggers who bring new books to my attention :)


  4. Loving your comments thus far. Thanks so much for stopping by. We truly love our readers and we appreciate your support. Keep the love coming. There's so much we all have to be grateful for. And it's good to be reminded of how lucky we are. So with that...
    Good luck. Happy reading, and...have a safe and happy holiday! ~S

  5. There is so much to be thankful about...
    If I have to chose a specific one for this year, it'll be this one:
    I'm thankful for the loving book blog community I found online and the fact that I found a way to express my love for books and finally feel at home somewhere, because I don't know many book lovers around here.

    Love your grateful lists!

  6. I'm thankful for my husband <3 my email is

  7. I am thankful for books and my family

  8. I am thankful to have a job that I love and enjoy!


  9. I am thankful for my two daughters who keep me on my toes and thankful for Katy Austin @BookDreamLand.Without her, I would've never met all of the wonderful book enthusiasts I consider uberly close friends =)

  10. I am thankful for my daughters, my family, my friends and Books


  11. I'm a little late posting our winner, but it's Beckey! Congrats.Start selecting your book, gf! Thanks everyone for sharing. We loved reading your comments. Happy reading and happy holidays! ~Shelley