This week’s Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is a seasonal feature since it’s Thanksgiving for those lucky
bastards folks south of the border. So TBatB wants to know ten things we bloggers are thankful for. They said it could be bookish or not, but I mean really. Who do they think they’re talking to??
1. The feel of a new book in my hands.
Nothing compares to that moment when you pick up a new book, settle into your favourite cosy corner, and open it to the first page. Nothing.
2. The community of online bloggers and tweeters who allow me to indulge my (not so) secret book nerd.
Seriously. You guys totally rock.
The public library is one of the most important parts of the community infrastructure. There’s nothing more valuable than access to a wide range of reading materials for everyone – regardless of economic status. I volunteered at a local library as a child, and have retreated to libraries throughout my life when I need a place to take a break from the world.
I know some of you will grumble about this one. Part of me does, too. There’s nothing better than a book in my hands. But I love the portability of the e-reader. I love that I can read at night without disturbing the hubs (well, not as much, anyway). I like that my books don’t get as dog-eared. And I like that because books are cheaper, I can try out more authors I wouldn’t have risked in print. (And I normally end up loving them and buying the physical book too.) Plus, since I’ve got a bad back, the e-reader lets me actually read on my 2 hour commute, which is a huge win!
5. The scent of a bookstore.
Whether it’s new or used, the smell of a bookstore is the smell of home.
6. Authors who prioritize excellent writing, character development and an awesome plot.
Plot is important. So are believable and layered character portrayals. But none of this works for me if the text isn’t edited properly or if it is sloppily-written. I care about the English language. Please don’t abuse it. One of my favourite authors in this respect is J.K. Rowling. Her books are grammatically impeccable. As well as, obviously, wonderful storytelling.
7. Fictional friends, mentors and teachers.
I couldn’t possibly have encountered the same range of people and experiences in real life as I have in books. Which isn’t to say real life isn’t important or anything, just that books have widened my scope even further.
8. What books have taught me about myself, the world, and those around me.
I read an article awhile back discussing how reading fiction makes people more empathetic. I don’t know all the science behind it, but I can tell you that in my experience, this is definitely true. Not only does it give you a glimpse into the workings of someone else’s brain (the author’s), but it allows the reader to experience first-hand what it’s like to be in an entirely different life. Sure, it’s imaginary, but the imagination is powerful. And I believe in its ability to make me a better person.
9. The comfort curling up with a blanket, a cup of tea and a good book can bring – especially when it’s cold or rainy outside and when I’ve had a rough day.
Some days the thought of doing this is all that gets me through. It’s my ultimate happy place.
10. The many amazing worlds created by talented writers over the years that I can escape to and explore whenever I want or need to.
There are books and whole series (*ahem* Harry Potter *ahem*) that I will return to over and over again. Particularly when life is getting me down and I need the comfort of somewhere better, familiar and… well, not here. For these worlds that never change, never get old, never shut me out, I will be forever grateful.
I know that if I spent even another ten minutes on this I’d have double this many things to be thankful for. More, even. At the end of the day, I’m just thankful for books and the authors who write them. They’ve opened so many doors – both in the world around me and in myself – and I can’t imagine (nor do I want to) my life without them.
What are you thankful this year?
P.S. – After reading some of you guys’ excellent posts, I’d also like to add that I’m thankful for Goodreads (because otherwise I’d never remember all the books I want to read or find half as many new ones) and my cats, who make excellent reading companions! //<![CDATA[ var sc_project=10144299; var sc_invisible=1; var sc_security="82f610c9"; var scJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://secure." : "http://www."); document.write("”); //]]>