Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tuesday Thingers

Today's question: Holiday gift-giving. Do you give books for the holidays? Did you participate in LT's SantaThing, either this year or last, or in other blogging gift exchanges? Were you happy with what you received?

My answer: I like to give gift certificates rather than books for the holidays, so people can choose what they want. I've had limited success picking books out for others! I did SantaThing last year and got a great collection of short stories by Canadian writer Alice Munro, who I'd never read before but who turned out to be right up my alley. I participated in one gift exchange on the blogosphere this year, but since I have neither sent (sorry!) nor received anything yet, I don't know if it's fair to say I "participated". More like "meant to". I did not do SantaThing, because I decided it was out of the family budget. (There was a "career interruption" in the family. Um.) Oh well. Between one thing and another it's been a stressful season and I just haven't gotten around to everything. It happens! I will probably do my end of the exchange this week.

As far as the future of Tuesday Thingers. At this point it looks like this is the last week of Tuesday Thingers. A couple of enthusiastic people wrote to me last week saying they wanted to take it over, but both of them backed out, so it looks like this is it. If one of you would like to pick up the mantle, go for it. But you might want to publicize it on LT or Book Blogs or one of those places so people know. And I'd love to know just to be able to participate. It's been fun- and I think it's been a good community builder for us book bloggers, but all good things must come to an end.

Thank you very, very much for all the wonderful kind words you shared with me last week. I do appreciate it and I know we'll all stay connected in the blogosphere.

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a 2009 filled with blessings!