Yes, yes, I know, the prompt for this month’s #ShelfLove Discussion post is name ONE thankful bookish thing you are thankful for, but I’m coming off of ICON and my brain is sleepy. Also an entire post about how amazing the alphabet is would probably be pretty dry and boring.
Top 10 Bookish Things I’m Thankful For
10. The alphabet.
Without you, dear alphabet, I would have no books. No towering TBR pile mocking me daily (READ ME! NO READ ME! NO, NO, READ ME!!). No book boyfriends. No book girlfriends. No dreams of time travel with good coffee, toilet paper and antibiotics tucked away discreetly on my person. Without the alphabet, I’m not sure what I would be doing right now. (Strike that, it’s post convention…I would probably be sleeping.)
You are like my secret friends. You spill the secrets of the voices in your head and create these beautiful worlds I dream of living in with characters I want to sit down and have a cup of tea with. On my worst days, your worlds fill my day with happiness.
Y’all are inspirational. The last three years during ICON I’ve done a panel on blogging and it has been a great way for me to promote this amazing community that I am a part of. We’ve certainly had our not so shiny moments, but for the most part, we are supportive, creative, welcoming bunch. Without you, I wouldn’t be sitting here post convention sucking down a cup of coffee.
7. The Other People Who Make Books Happen.
There are tons of people who support the authors…editors, publishers, designers just to name a few. Thank you for making the books I add to my TBR pile pretty and readable. It doesn’t make a difference to me if your work is with a large publishing house or you are just using your personal knowledge to help a friend, your work is appreciated and often unsung.
6. The Library.
As a kid I wandered your stacks in a few different towns, checking out books regularly and then it was like I broke up with you until I became older and wiser…more adultish—managing space and a budget and pets and a spouse, I learned there is not enough room in my physical space for all the books (although I may still be in denial). You are a magical space that has access to most of the books I desire to read. Plus you are close to my favorite coffee shop or you happen to have a coffee shop situated right within your hallowed halls. You provide respite, a getaway and are a giver of magical transportation.
New books or used books. Near or far. I love bookstores. I have this weird habit of looking for authors I know at bookstores and fondly gazing upon their books wondering who will discover this amazing author and their book(s) next. I love visiting bookstores in other cities. Others may go to museums or festivals, I seek out unique bookstores to visit. It is comforting to be in a bookstore when I’m away from home.
You are better than Facebook. Better than Twitter. You allow me to track my books and the number of pages I read in a single year. You allow me to share my love of books with other bookish people. You help me discover new books and help me share my thoughts about the books I’ve read with others. You are a keeper of my book memories.
For me, coffee and books go hand in hand. It probably comes from year of Barnes & Noble being the closest bookstore. The smell of fresh coffee and new books is soothing and relaxing. Those two smells are my Tiffany’s and can dispel a case of the Mean Reds in a jiffy. Just one visit is all it takes.
As exhausted as I am after a convention, there is something rejuvenating about spending 2 to 3 days with “my people.” For those few days I’m at a convention, I don’t feel the need to hide my geeky and nerdy interior. Other people get me. They get my references. (And if they don’t, they don’t mind me explaining.) Plus during that time frame I have the ability to grow my TBR pile quickly, meet new authors and discover new fandoms while sharing my own.
Real or imagined. Right next door or miles away. The friends I have made while reading or sharing my love of reading are the greatest bookish thing I’m thankful fo. They provide comfort and confidence when I need it. Without all of you I’m not sure who I would be. I would certainly be quieter and less reserved and perhaps not as comfortable in my own skin. So thank you, from the bottom of my bookworm heart, for being a friend and for being there.
What bookish things are you thankful for? Are you able to name just one or are there several bookish things you are thankful for?
2016 #ShelfLove Challenge Books Read: 17 books