Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for the sympathies that ye have shown!
Thanks for each kindly word, each silent token,
That teaches me, when seeming most alone,
Friends are around us, though no word be spoken.

Kind messages, that pass from land to land;
Kind letters, that betray the heart’s deep history,
In which we feel the pressure of a hand,–
One touch of fire,–and all the rest is mystery!

The pleasant books, that silently among
Our household treasures take familiar places,
And are to us as if a living tongue
Spice from the printed leaves or pictured faces!

Perhaps on earth I never shall behold,
With eye of sense, your outward form and semblance;
Therefore to me ye never will grow old,
But live forever young in my remembrance!

From “Dedication” by H. W. Longfellow

The Give Thanks for Books Tag

Saw this tag over at Rachel’s blog, and I really liked the theme and questions. Here’s my take on it—I made a video of my answers (soon to be uploaded to my YouTube channel) and also wrote them down below. If you’d like to do it, too, consider yourself one of my four friends tagged!

The Rules:

1. Thank the person who tagged you. – Thanks Rachel for creating the tag!
2. Fill out the tag.
3. Share the tag graphic in your post.
4. Tag four friends.
5. Provide a clean copy of the tag for easy copying.

G — A book you’re Grateful to a friend for recommending:
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev (Julia on Goodreads); The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald (Blaz)

I — A book that fires your Imagination:
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

V — A book with a Vivid setting:
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll

E — An Encouraging book:
Spiritual Writings by Søren Kierkegaard

T — A book that Taught you something:
Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence

H — A Happy book:
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

A — An Amusing book:
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome

N — A New-to-you book or author you discovered this year:
Hermann Hesse

K — A fictional character you feel a Kinship with:
Prince Myshkin from The Idiot

S — A book you want to Share with others:
The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton

Clean copy:

G — A book you’re Grateful to a friend for recommending
I — A book that fires your Imagination
— A book with a Vivid setting
E — An Encouraging book
T — A book that Taught you something
H — A Happy book
A — An Amusing book
N — A New-to-you book or author you discovered this year
K — A fictional character you feel a Kinship with
S — A book you want to Share with others