“Bob wasn't precisely a friend to me…

In a way he was family, the mouthy, annoying, irritable cousin

who was always insulting you but who was definitely at Thanksgiving dinner...”

―  Dead Beat by Jim Butcher

 

Thanksgiving – a time to come together with our extended family and reflect upon everything we're thankful for: our health, our happiness, our family and friends, the cornucopia of extraordinary books that we’ve read this year…

 

 

I love Thanksgiving – for a variety of reasons. Getting the family together for what amounts to 96 hours of almost continuous eating, drinking, napping, watching football and playing board games is certainly a wonderful marathon event but it’s also a deeply reflective time for me. I bid farewell to all the friends and family members who passed away during the year and will no longer be occupying a seat at the Thanksgiving table.

 

 

Paying respect to those who have recently passed makes me acutely aware of how lucky I am – I’m certainly not monetarily rich by any stretch of the imagination but I have a beautiful, bibliophilic wife; two angelic daughters; a tightly knit extended family; and a dream job that has given me the opportunity to read and review genre fiction for almost the last two decades.

 

My job may seem to be to be a solitary one – and for the most part it is, squirreled away in my house reading books all of the time – but it has been unexpectedly enriched over the last few years by the daily interactions of the hundreds of hardcore genre fiction readers who visit me in the BarnesandNoble.com forums and follow me on Facebook and Twitter. All of your comments and messages and our subsequent discussions have unarguably made me a better reviewer – I’ve discovered countless authors and books because of your recommendations and I can honestly say that more than a few of you have become good friends. 

 

 

 

Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for the last two decades and has written thousands of reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, and BarnesandNoble.com. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. 

 

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Comments
by kimba88 on ‎11-17-2011 08:19 PM

Great article Paul. We all need to remember to count our blessings and reflect back on those we have lost. The book blogging and book forum groups are made up of some of the most wonderful people. I know this past year I have been introduced to some of my favorite series and authors. Paul, you and the gang, introduced me to the Hollows, Mercy Thompson, Rosemary and Rue, The Passage, and perhaps my favorites The Greywalker series by Kat Richardson and author Patrick Rothfuss and his novels The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Paul. :smileywink: 

by lkpj on ‎11-17-2011 11:01 PM
With the passing of several of my fav authors, I have felt compelled to work on my own book ideas, realising that we do not have forever to do our writing. We must say Carpe Diam, seize the day and quit goofing off! Thanks for reminding us to be thankful, and to show appreciation by reading and writing-- something you often inspire in me Paul. My Nook color has almost 800 books on it, and I will never catch up my TBR PILE ON IT! But I am trying! Happy Thanksgiving, and Blessed be!
by on ‎11-18-2011 08:57 AM

Paul,

 

Thank you for giving us so many interesting books to read and sharing your feelings about  the books your review.  I too am thankful for my family and friends that I have.  Have a great Thanksgiving.

 

Toni

by Lizzy_Funk on ‎11-18-2011 11:32 AM

I am thankful to call you friend Paul.  Sometimes I think we have shared the same brain or maybe the same soul for the books and stories over the last year.

 

I am so very grateful to call you friend. 

 

You have made my to read list longer and I know I have pushed a few books into your path as well.

 

I hope that you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving

by 3monstersmom on ‎11-18-2011 01:43 PM

We love you too Paul!  You're the best book pimp and friend a bibliophile chick could ask for. :smileywink:

 

I'm thankful for all the friends I have met,and all the wonderful books and new authors that I have been introduced to through this forum.  My overweight/overworked book shelf however is cussing you all out.

by on ‎11-18-2011 08:18 PM

Paul you are the best book pimp ever. The boards you have are great. Everyone here is just like family to me. Great discussion and book recommendations, who could ask for more!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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