26 November 2015

Thankful For These Bookish Things . . .

Gratitude is -- for most of us, I believe -- easier to think about than it is to practice. But it's still pretty important, right?

Of course it is. It's so important, in fact, that to recognise it, there's a holiday completely centred around food.

Not that I'm complaining. So, in celebration of Thanksgiving Day (in the United States), here are my literary loves that I'm appreciating today.

Thankful for These Thirteen Things:

1. Libraries. (Big, open libraries with ceiling-high shelves. Small, cosy libraries with lots of armchairs. Libraries with nice people and friendly cats.)

2. Authors -- people who try to make the world a better place by writing words on pages are some of my favourite people.

3. Well-adapted book-to-film franchises. (Thank Merlin that the Harry Potter series wasn't ruined by its adaptations!)

4. Fellow book lovers -- reading just wouldn't be the same if there were no other people around whom I could fangirl about books with.

5. Full bookstores, where lots of fellow book lovers are near one another in a happy kind of quietness, simply enjoying the calm presences of each other and of the novels surrounding them.

6. Empty bookstores, where it's just me and the books spending some quality time together.

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6. Instagram photos that readers take of their pretty bookshelves. (It's here that I will refer you to @blueeyedbiblio on Instagram and on Blogger.)

7. Wonderful book quotes. (The kind of quotes that you memorise because they're just that good, then you start to place them on your bedroom walls and write them in your friends' birthday cards and . . . I hope this isn't something that only I do?)

8. When a book recommendation that somebody gave you truly pays off and you end up adoring that novel so much that you recommend it to, like, nine other people.

9. Swoon-worthy OTPs (looking at you, Romione).

10. The kick-ass "strong female character" figure that has recently become way more prevalent in YA fiction. (Tris, Katniss, Hermione, and all the others have totally embraced Girl Power, and it's awesome.)

11. Authors who have YouTube channels.

12. The first person who had the idea of writing things down on paper. (I don't know about you, but I would hate to have to read my favourite stories if they were etched into a stone tablet instead of printed inside a pretty paperback book.)

13. Finishing a book that was so heart-wrenching and fulfilling and beautiful . . . and then you move on to the next one in its series.

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! How did you celebrate today?

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