Review: thxthxthx: Thank Goodness for Everything by Leah Dieterich (NetGalley) (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

Posted February 10, 2011 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments


From Goodreads: With accolades from New York Times best-selling author Gretchen Rubin and DailyCandy, Leah Dieterich’s website inspires an aptly named giftbook, thxthxthx: Thank Goodness for Everything.

After years of being encouraged (okay, nagged) by her Mother to write thank-you notes, Dieterich began writing one thank-you note a day to whatever thing, no matter how small or odd, she was thankful for. From important gestures, like a Partner’s Understanding, to simple, soulful, and quirky things like Songs You’re Embarrassed to Like, thxthxthx features 200 of Dieterich’s original, handwritten thank-you notes that collectively convey the look and feel of handwritten notes from a close friend.

Surprisingly simple and refreshingly moving, thxthxthx is a thought provoking and emotionally rewarding daily exercise in gratitude for all of life’s blessings.

Received through Net Galley
(will purchase when it releases: June 21st 2011)

What was Useful:  This is a book that reminds us to be thankful for everything.  Leah thanks everything from rice to opposites to Italy to Patience.  She does it in a very real way and each note appears to come straight from the heart.

My Favorites:

    Dear Headache, Thanks for reminding me that it’s unwise to drink whiskey in bed while reading right before going to sleep.  It’s not the best idea, and without your thumping, aching gift, I probably would do it more often. Which isn’t good.  Thanks Again – Leah

    Dear Men’s Undershirts, Thank you for having a greater ability to get old and soft than other types of t-shirts.  If only your lovely tactile qualities weren’t accompanied by yellowed armpits, but then again no one’s perfect, and you’re pretty close. xo, Leah

    Dear Piles of Books I haven’t read, Thanks for making me feel bad about myself for not reading fast or enough, and for buying things before I really need them.  And then, upon having those thoughts, for reminding me to stop being so gosh darned hard on myself about everything. Best, Leah

    Dear Kindness, Thank you for killing people.  You’re definitely my favorite weapon.  If only they made a holster for you, perhaps I could wield you more quickly.  Thanks Again, Leah

There are 100s of these and they are so spot on most of the time you can’t help but smile!

What was missing:  This was a pretty complete book that fulfills it purpose.  It would have been cute to have some pictures but I understand that is a personal preference.  The notecard look probably reflects the author completely.

Why I gave it a 4: This was a great tool that reminds us to be thankful for everything in life even those things we would rather scowl at. It would be perfect to set on the nightstand next to your bed and read one a day.

Who I would recommend it too:  People who enjoy non-fiction books that remind you to be thankful.  I read through all of them but this is something that you can read one or two a day to get a jolt of thankfulness.

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