Welp, I'm a little late for those of you looking for stocking stuffers for your favorite readers, but you could order a few dozen of these and be ready for next year:
It's a Convenient Thumb Thing Book Holder, of course! [Cue infomerical voice.] "Has this ever happened to you? You're trying to read while lying down on one side? Or you're holding a drink in one hand and a book in the other, and your hand is seizing up? Well, struggle no longer! The Convenient Thumb Thing Book Holder is here!"
Despite the whopping $1.20 price per, I splurged on one for each of us. (Oh, and did I mention the free shipping?)
So, what have I been reading with my Convenient Thumb Thing Book Holder? First I read Everything by Kevin Canty. (No, not all his published works, just the one titled Everything. Ha ha!) By the way, that link takes you to the Kindle edition, because it appears to be out of print. I got my (used) copy from Better World Books; you obviously won't need a Convenient Thumb Thing Book Holder if you have a Kindle. I really enjoyed Canty's writing—beautiful but very spare—and his characters. A main theme is the relationship of these characters to their homes in Montana, and in that respect this book reminded me a lot of Tom McGuane's Nothing But Blue Skies, although that novel is funnier and warmer. They're both very masculine books; I'm not entirely sure what I mean by that other than that they were written by and about men, but that's the feeling I come away with. Anyhow, I won't say you should run out and buy Everything (You'd go broke! Ha ha! The joke that keeps on giving!), but if you come across it in the library, it is worth reading and thinking about.
After that I read The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, which I really enjoyed but can't talk about yet because my book group is meeting to discuss it in 2 weeks. Stay tuned....
Next up is Someone by Alice McDermott, which I received as a gift.
What are you reading? And how's your thumb holding up?