I am grateful for: my family, my friends, the fact that I live in Italy. I’m grateful we have one last year left before the world ends on Dec 21, 2012 because there’s a lot you can do in one year. I’m grateful for all the many amazing books there are, covering every possible human emotion and allowing me to grow as a person by reading them. I’m grateful for the fact that after finishing Robert Harris’s The Fear Index, I have King’s 11/23/63 on my Kindle. I’m grateful I have 350 books on my Kindle. I’m grateful for the fact that Mario Monti is Prime Minister of Italy. I’m grateful I have the best, most frustrating job on earth–writing. I’m grateful I have a fantastic friend who is not just an amazingly talented writer but also a remarkable singer. Shannon McKenna. Just listen!