Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where book lovers post their top ten books for various themes that are given.
November 21: Top Ten Things We’re Thankful For
- Goodreads.com. This is definitely one of my favorite websites of all time—I love being able to keep track of all the books I read, set yearly goals for myself, see why my friends are reading, read reviews of books I want to read or may want to read. Overall, it’s just an amazing place.
- My Reading Nook. I’ve got an awesome reading nook in my room, which allows me to enjoyable spend hours and hours simply sitting and reading—something that I can’t do at, say, my computer desk. It’s a nice, comfortable chair, surrounded by bookshelves and under my loft bed, making it seem like an actual nook.
- WordPress.com. Thanks to WordPress, I’ve been able to meet a lot of awesome fellow book-lovers and writers. It’s awesome to be able to share my love for books with others that understand my love for them.
- Book Off. Book Off is an amazing store near my house that sells books for very cheaply ($1-5), almost all of which are in extremely good quality. It’s where I’ve gotten probably 90% of my books, and I’m not quite sure what I’d do without it.
- Books. May seem like an obvious choice (even “cheating”?), but books are truly some of the things I’m most thankful for—bookish or otherwise. Books are amazing and wonderful, and life would be so much more boring and less stimulating without them.
- Words. Andrew already called books, so—no, seriously, this would have been my top choice anyway. Where would we be without words? The world would not be nearly so beautiful if we couldn’t put its beauty into words. Words are what make us more than mere animals. Words are just—beyond words!
- Writing. Maybe I’m not being very creative, or maybe I’m choosing not to ignore the obvious things we tend to take for granted. I am really, really grateful for the love of writing that I have, and for the skills and abilities that make me able to write the way I do. I can always improve, and I may not always have as much time to write as I would like, but I’m content with what I have and thankful for it. I love writing, and if I didn’t have it, I would simply go mad. More accurately, and far worse, I’d probably go sane.
- A family that supports my craft. Another standard worth appreciating. Very literally I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my parents, but in so many ways I wouldn’t be what or who I am if it weren’t for them, and for my siblings. I’m so blessed and so thankful that I have parents who support my passion for writing, sisters who love reading, and a brother who’s willing to proofread my books.
- The Ambage. When I started a wee little club just for the fun of it a few years ago, I never dreamed it would grow into everything it’s become. The Ambage wouldn’t be what it is if it wasn’t for the help and support I’ve received along the way, and especially the leadership support from my fellow-hosts Andrew, other-Caleb, John, Will, and now Nate. It’s grown beyond anything I imagined, intended, or could have managed on my own, and we’re only getting started; and for that I am so thankful.
- Kindle free classics. Even when monetary restraints keep my hands from new leather-bound hardcovers and the latest releases, hundreds of thousands of classic novels are still at my fingertips whenever I want them. Thanks to Kindle and Amazon’s Whispernet and 1-click downloading process, getting my hands on some great (and so often lost or little-known) book to read is effortless. Deciding what to read next . . . not so much.