I am so thankful for everyone who has sent our book club and my classroom books and materials and good thoughts!! Especially to our Anonymous Reddit donor who has gone above and beyond for us. As you all know from this post:
we have been trying to get enough The Fault in Our Stars books for our entire book club. All our members have been patiently waiting until we have a book for everyone and so far we have read other books. I would love, love, love for us to finally have the book for everyone to read for our Holiday Break and thanks to the power of the internet we only need 6 more books!!
Again thank you so, so, so, so, so much to all of you that have donated books!
P.S. Amazon is currently offering 30% of any print book until Dec.1 with the code BOOKDEAL P.S.S. Some of our readers wanted you to see who you were donating to and posed with some of their favorite books :)
In the spirit of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Capitalism, Barnes and Noble has marked HONY books down 50% nationwide, all weekend long. ($14.99) This freaked out Amazon, so they marked them down too. Pretty sure that’s about the same price they get them from the publisher, so they are literally “giving them away.”
So, anyway, $14.99 HONY BOOKS at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Guaranteed to be this season’s Tickle-Me-Elmo, except you can’t tickle it. Nowhere near as many people are going to buy it. And it’s not Elmo.
"I’ve been a nanny for 6 years." “Do you think you’ve heavily influenced the kids’ personalities?” “I like to think so. I’ve tried to read to them as much as possible, and I’ve taken them to a lot of Broadway shows. I can’t be sure exactly how much influence I’ve had. But I did turn around in the kitchen yesterday, and saw the oldest one standing like this.”
But really is that even a relevant term anymore? Toys R Us is opening at 5 on Thursday and Walmart and Target are right behind them at 8. Kohls, Best Buy, Michaels-all opening on Thursday.
And this is a double edge sword for me. Thanksgiving is great and all, we enjoy getting together as a…
This is horrible and wrong because stores are not asking people if they WANT to work ON a national holiday. They are FORCING employees to work. They are forcing people who DO care about spending time with their families into being at work instead. Some people DO want to drive a couple hours to their relatives, have a nice dinner and then drive back to get to their 3AM shift on Black Friday. And now they can’t even do that.
And of course it wouldn’t occur to you that MAYBE, just MAYBE there are employees being forced to work that would rather be with their family than have holiday pay? That maybe they want a job and an income, but they’d also like to, I don’t know, celebrate an american holiday with the people they love, not some greedy, pushy, entitled, douchebag customers.
Just because you don’t care about the holiday doesn’t mean that you have some RIGHT to shop on it. Stores are open because stockholders are greedy bastards and consumers are selfish pigs (as a general, overall mass, not individual human beings). Target and Walmart wouldn’t go bankrupt if they weren’t open on Thursday. Yes, they make a lot of money, but it isn’t so much that they couldn’t operate if they chose to respect their employees instead of their stockholders.
If you want to buy gifts for all your kids, then save money throughout the year, or buy things throughout the year so you don’t have to shop all at once right before Christmas. There is no justification or excuse that makes it okay for a corporation to require their store level employees to be working ON Thanksgiving, when you know damn well the CEO’s are enjoying a nice turkey dinner with whoever they want, because they took the whole damn week off.
I did say, that not everyone thinks like me. And I get that, but then again, not everyone thinks like you either. And to call people pigs, or douchebags customers for NOT agreeing with you? Hmmm…how does that make you any better than you are implying I am?
Stores might not ASK people if they want to work, but are you telling me that retail associates are SURPRISED at working on Black Friday/Thursday? If they are, then perhaps they should open their eyes, as it’s been a trend for YEARS. Stores open earlier and earlier. It’s always ridiculous to assume that ALL retail employees think like you do, just as it would be silly of me to assume they think like me. But suffice it to say, there will be some associates that don’t mind working, and some that hate it. Just as there will be some that hate working on Sunday, but some prefer it. Dont’ assume you speak for everyone, that’s foolish.
And OF COURSE it occured to me that there are people that don’t want to work-or were you so heated you missed the part when i said my son is one of those people. My sister is thousands of miles from her family, and her little girl. You would be incorrect in assuming my desire for a bargain is more important that my desire to be with my loved ones.
And IF the store is open, I most certainly have a RIGHT to shop there! You are confusing rights, with something you view as an ethical obligation NOT to support. The store is open, legally I can exert my right to shop there. I’m not breaking and entering. YOU believe that everything should shut down because YOU think it should. And that is YOUR right to see things that way. That’s your RIGHT to stay home, and do what you want. But legally, people have the right to shop, if the store is open.
And please show me where i said, I ONLY shop on Black Friday for gifts? Umm, I didn’t. How do you know how I budget our holiday spending? Umm…you don’t. So giving me advice based on your presumptions is once again, ridiculous.
And let’s get real. Chances are those same CEO’s take pretty much whatever week they want off. YOU want to castigate them because they are at a higher level than say a retail associate. I understand that thinking, but I don’t agree with it, for many reasons, and we can certainly discuss that if you like.
That being said-I didnt’ call anyone names, nor did I imply that those that do NOT think as I do are somehow ignorant pigs. So, you can believe as you wish, and I will do the same. THAT is MY right. But, I assume you have better things to do than volley back and forth over whether or not go search out the best deals on Thursday, or wait until next week.
Incidentally, you will be thrilled to know I am almost done with my shopping for this year. But I will probably still exercise my RIGHT to shop Thursday night, and then I’ll go say hi to my son and make sure I tip him well, since he is stuck working.
In response to lifewithboys, Well said! This popped up just as I was discussing a sale going on at Old Navy with my daughter. I was making the comment that I felt badly for those working on the holiday and wasn’t sure if I should go. After reading this I am much more comfortable choosing to go. Honestly it’s an opportunity to save money, Staples has a computer I want for $150 off; why shouldn’t I take advantage of that? Whether or not I go is not the issue, It’s my right to use that opportunity if I want to.
A book about books. Their covers and people who read them. During my photographic survey in the subways of Beijing, Paris, London and New York, I found that in the past five years, the number of printed books has steadily dwindled while the number of e-books and tablets doubled each year. Continuing this projection to the coming years, I predict that I can photograph the last book in the spring of 2016. — Reinier Gerritsen
The world — and the word — is in the process of becoming less and less dependent on paper. Our habits of reading, especially as they occur in the public space, are shifting each day. Photographer Reiner Gerritsen focuses on books and their readers in public buses and subways as a measure of this rapid change.
"The Last Book" is a pretty doom-and-gloom title, but if you read the artist’s statement, it’s not that books are going away — paper’s just getting replaced with e-readers, at least on public transportation.
Which isn’t a bad thing for readers — but certainly a loss for those of us who like to spy on other people’s reading choices…
I get a lot of ideas of what to read by spying on what someone else is reading. I do love my Kindle though!
I was riding in a van with a television crew who was doing a piece on HONY. The cameraman, Duane, was behind the wheel. At one point he casually remarked on how bad the traffic was in Ethiopia. "Ethiopia?" I asked. "What story were you working on there?" "It wasn’t a story," he replied. "We were picking up our daughter.
He then told me the most amazing story. He told me that he and his wife were not able to conceive. “But I’d always resisted the idea of adoption,” he said. “My wife wanted to adopt right away, but I was just never sure if I’d be able to fully love a child that wasn’t my blood.” So time went on, and they remained childless.
Then one evening Duane was watching a television show with his wife. The show was about aid work in Ethiopia. “They were showing before-and-after photos,” he explained. “I remember this one girl. She was skin and bones. But she still had this amazing smile and spirit in her eyes. The aid workers rehabilitated her, and six months later, she looked like a normal little girl. Right then, I turned to my wife, and said: ‘I’m ready to adopt.’”
But it wasn’t as easy as he’d hoped. “At first I thought we needed an infant,” Duane explained. “I just couldn’t imagine missing out on all those early moments of our child’s life.” But for healthy infants, the waiting list was years. “So then we went we moved up to three or four year olds.” But still, the waiting list was one to two years. “The only children you could get immediately were seven and up, and who had physical handicaps of some sort. I just didn’t think I was ready for it.”
But then Duane and his wife went on vacation. And toward the end of the trip, “after a few drinks,” Duane’s wife brought out a brochure from the adoption agency. One of the pictures showed an unsmiling seven year old girl, standing against the pink wall of an orphanage. She had been blinded in one eye. “That’s our daughter,” Duane said.
Three years later after the Watkins adopted her, Chaltu has blossomed. She has grown over one foot, is fluent in English, and although blind in one eye, plays soccer, gymnastics, and basketball. She’s doing great at school, and has tons of friends. “She is the greatest daughter in the world,” Duane said.
“That’s an unbelievable story,” I told Duane. “Can I share it on HONY?”
“That’s fine with me,” he answered. Then he sort of stared at the ground for a second, shuffled his feet, and asked: “Would there be any possibility that you could help us raise the adoption fees to get her a brother? We’ve already found him, but aren’t financially ready yet.”
Sleep As Much As You Can You’ve all seen that thing floating around the Internet saying “No one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they got a good night’s sleep.” Fuck that. I can remember all of them. The best ones were the Saturdays during the summer of 2000….