Happy Tuesday!! With Thanksgiving in just two days, the lovely bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish have decided to make this week’s Top Ten Tuesday an open-ended Thanksgiving theme. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (besides Christmas, of course!) because it’s simple and sweet: friends and family get together to enjoy quality time with each other, eat delicious food, and to take time to remember all that they are thankful for. Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, there’s no better time like the present to give thanks!
On that note, here are the Top Ten Bookish Things I’m Thankful For:
1. That old book smell.
Mmmm…. that smell of yellowed pages, time, and a hint of must.
2. That new book smell.
Mmmm…. that smell of glossy pages, printed ink, and bookstore shelves.
3. Having access to more than one wonderful library.
My current status as a college student means that I have access to not only the public library in my hometown but the college’s library as well. Between the two libraries and their ILL systems I could probably check out almost any book that I could think of. I love libraries! ❤
4. Beautiful cover designs.
This one goes without explanation. So many gorgeous covers!
5. The pleasing aesthetic of an organized bookshelf.
Is this just a bookworm thing? Do others walk into bookstores or libraries and revel in the glory that is organized shelving? I hope so!
5. When you “lose yourself” in a good book.
All readers surely know the feeling of getting “lost” in a captivating story. In some ways it’s the mark of a truly remarkable book, especially when it enthralls you time and time again. It’s such a fantastic feeling!
6. Bookish discussions.
Though reading can certainly be an independent activity, discussing books with others is one of my favorite aspects of reading. Not only have I gained countless new interpretations of and perspectives on many books, but I have also had a blast doing so! In particular, I am thankful for the fun and fascinating discussions I’ve had in book clubs, libraries, and in classes over the years that have furthered my love of reading even more.
7. Great recommendations.
One of the best feelings is falling in love with a book that someone has recommended to you. I’m so grateful for all of the librarians, teachers, friends, family members, and bloggers who have recommended amazing books to me.
8. The accomplished feeling you get when you finish reading a long or difficult book.
There’s nothing better than flipping that last page and being able to finally check an intimidating tome off of your TBR list. It’s also great motivation for diving into another one!
9. Increasing diversity, awareness, and representation in literature.
Though we have a long ways to go when it comes to properly representing and discussing topics of diversity in works of all genres and forms, we have undoubtedly made some great strides as a community of readers and writers alike. Let’s keep the ball rolling!
10. The bookish community.
I’m always struck by how amazing the bookish community is, both online and offline. Whether I’m talking to librarians and fellow book lovers face-to-face or chatting with bloggers on Twitter or in the comments section of blogs, I can’t help but be grateful that such an enthusiastic and friendly community exists. ❤
What are some bookish things that you’re thankful for? What do you think of the ones that I’ve listed? Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments section below!