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!


Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Great question - perfect for the holiday season! :)

I'm sorry to hear that no one is picking up Tuesday Thinger - I'm willing to host it if people are willing to help me come up with some questions. I have no problem pre-writing them and getting them scheduled to post.

Here's my Thinger!

:) Wendi

Julie said...

I'm sad to hear that, also. Wendi, do it!!! I am sure we can all help. It has been fun & here is my thinger!

Meghan said...

Thanks again for doing such a great job hosting this meme for so long, Marie! Wendi, I think you'd get some help if you picked it up, and I hope you do.

Here's my post.

fleurfisher said...

Here is my thinger.

Thank you for doing such a great job with this Marie.

bermudaonion said...

Thanks for all your work on this meme, Marie. My post is here.

jlshall said...

Many thanks, Marie - we all appreciate your hard work.

Happy Holidays to everyone. And here's my (possibly last?) offering.

Melissa said...

Mine is up here.

Marie, thanks again for all your hard work hosting this. We will miss you!

candyschultz said...

Very Happy Holidays to you and your husband Marie. Let us hope for a better new year.

betweenpages said...

Wendi, I could possibly be good for some question submissions every now and then. Maybe, if you hosted, you could have people post a link to their answer as well as a possible question submission if they can think of one? Of course, you could do something much more advanced than that, but it's a start. I think you should do it!

I haven't participated in SantaThing, so my answer from yesterday's Musing Monday should work for this, even though it talks about what I'm getting for Christmas as well. It's right here!

Alyce said...

Thanks for hosting Tuesday Thingers Marie! Your hard work is appreciated!

Here is my post.

Lisa said...

I didn't realize this was the last week! That's really too bad, but I appreciate all your work on this, Marie. My schedule is too crazy to host, but I would be happy to help come up with questions.

My Thinger is here.

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Hi Everyone - I've chatted with Marie, and I will begin hosting Tuesday Thingers starting next Tuesday at Wendi's Book Corner. Hope to see everyone there! (Stop by and help me say thanks to Marie)

:) Wendi

Lenore said...

Here's my answer.

Thanks for being such a great host Marie and thanks for picking up the mantle Wendi!

Red lady-Bonnie said...

I didn't post last week and didn't realize that this would be your last week Marie! I am fairly new to Tuesday Thingers but have enjoyed participating and learning new things about LT. Thanks for your dedication to the meme.

Thanks to Wendi for picking up the torch and offering to host Tuesday Thingers!!

Here's my Post.

Alea said...

So glad to hear this won't be the end! I've definitely enjoyed you hosting Marie! Thank you!

Here is my post!

Bookish Ruth said...

Marie, thanks so much for giving Tuesday Thingers. Wendi, thanks so much for continuing it!

My response is here.

sharonanne said...

Here is mine:http://sharonlovesbooksandcats.blogspot.com/2008/12/tuesday-thingers-on-wednesday.html

Shana said...

Marie - I'm sorry to see Tuesday Thingers end but I completely understand why you feel it's time to no longer host. Thanks so much for doing it. You've done a GREAT job!


Florinda said...

Tuesday Thinger on Friday.

Thanks for getting this started, Marie. I'm very glad to hear that Wendi will be keeping it going!