I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am on the couch resting up after a very long, but nice, day, contemplating the weekend ahead. The holiday shopping season officially begins tomorrow and I know this is a different "Black Friday" for all of us. No matter what our particular situation, we're all approaching the holidays with trepidation and a more conservative idea of what we'll spend this year. As lovers of literature, I want to make a plea that books are part of the purchases that you do make. Bookstores need our business, as do, of course, publishers, and ultimately authors. If you're reading this blog, you love books, and I don't have to tell you why they are important or remind you that books are gifts that keep on giving, every time you open them up. So as you head out the door tomorrow, or go online, be sure to visit Barnes & Noble, Borders, Amazon, Books-A-Million, your favorite independent bookstore or any place that sells books. Here is a video to inspire you along the way.