What is Booksgiving?

It’s a Jenny Lawson holiday. She’s kind of a HUGE deal to me, seeings how she’s my favorite author/blogger AND I WOULD PROBABLY MAKE IT INCREDIBLY AWKWARD IF I EVER MET HER! I’d want to be best friends but because I’d make it weird thanks to fan girling so hard, she’d possibly consider getting a restraining order.

…and then I would be so sad that I ruined my one shot.

So anyways, I was creeping Jenny’s blog a few days ago- it had been awhile since I’d popped over.

I know, I’m the worst fan girl. I probably just lost some points because I admitted I don’t read her blog every day. But I’m in the bookclub so that has to count for something.

Anyway, I saw the Booksgiving post and was intrigued. I mean, I’m always intrigued by anything she writes because she’s fucking fantastic, but wtf is Bookgiving?!

The short version of it is she sends books to a few people who comment on her yearly Bookgiving post– sometimes it’s a copy of one of her books or a different book a reader has listed on their Amazon wishlist/added in said comments. To read the actual, much more in depth post, click here.

I thought this was a brilliant idea.

I don’t celebrate many holidays, but I can get behind Booksgiving. I decided to leave a comment just saying, “Hey, you’re a genius and super awesome human being for doing this”.

It turned into me overthinking, so it took three tries to actually write a comment I didn’t completely hate. However, it turned out to be super awkward despite trying to avoid being super awkward. I should have just posted what I’ve written above.

Sigh. I’m pretty sure I at least managed to get my point across but in an attempt to make myself feel better, I decided she probably didn’t even read it because the amount of comments were outrageous. At least I hope she didn’t.

Oh. There’s another part of Booksgiving- but I’ll come back to that.

Earlier today, I shared someone’s IG post to my stories- it was a clever little pie chart that said I always need more books.

This is true, despite the fact I have so many needing to be read. And not much time for reading. I’m working on carving some more time out, though.

After a long day at work, I came home to a package from Amazon sitting on the table, which was surprising because I was under the impression the two things I have ordered recently weren’t going to be here until at least Friday.

I opened the box to find A HARRY POTTER KNITTING BOOK!!!

How sweet of my best friend, Jess, to buy this for me! She had sent me a picture of it not too long ago, and I added it to my Amazon wishlist because Harry Potter.

…except Jessica wasn’t the one who bought it.


I messaged my family, even though I didn’t think any of them had bought it for me (AND I WAS RIGHT!). I was 100% certain it wasn’t from the gentleman caller, either.

I even posted it on FB.

I DON’T KNOW WHO TO THANK FOR THIS! I even triple checked to make sure I didn’t somehow order it when I was half asleep.

But then something occurred to meI MAY HAVE BEEN BOOKSGIVINGED!

Remember I told you there’s a second part to Booksgiving? Jenny provided instructions for people to participate and said that we could also participate and send books to each other anonymously.

I didn’t read the directions because I wasn’t interested in getting a book- I just wanted to tell her she’s an awesome human being.

…but I think I ended up getting a surprise book out of the deal. Which makes me feel bad because I wasn’t looking to get a book and I want to thank them but don’t know how.


Or someone brings you a bouquet of tacos.


More posts to come.

Published by amberalice

I’m not sure how to summarize myself properly (I struggle with simply being human). But let’s give it a try! Spiritual witchy hippie who dreams of three day weekends and human rights for all. Lunch lady to the neighborhood birbs (white breasted nut hatches are the best!). Adore my jumping spiders. Oh, there are also 50 or so plants we share our home with. And some rogue lady bugs. It’s always interesting to see where they show up. Like on toilet paper. This is where I add a heavy dash of queer, neurodivergency, and vegetarianism. Am big on hugs- I give them most generously.

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