This week's is Top Ten Things I Am Thankful For. And as a bookworm I changed it to bookish rather than just everything.
Where would any self-respecting bookworm be without a library? I've spent whole days in libraries, from the moment they open to the moment they close. And there's so much to do! From author events to exhibitions, specialist talks to book-groups. And it's all free!
2. Charity Shops
I spent a long time as a very poor bookworm and charity shops were my favourite book-buying haunt. Not only was I getting a new book to read, it was at a bargain price and I was doing good at the same time. After I finished I'd return them so they could be sold again. Always left me feeling warm and fuzzy!
I don't know what it is about that place, but I love it. Mostly. I love that there are so many people just like me who just won't shut up about all things books.
4. Local Publishers
I LOVE everything local. And what could possibly be better than local books: set in the local area, written by a local author, edited by a local, typeset by a local, designed by a local, printed by a local printers,... How could a book be any better than that?
5. Author Events
Even though I'm quite a shy person, author events bring me out of my silent shell a little and I mingle with fellow readers and maybe even get brave enough to ask a question. I never sit in the front though. If there's anything school conditioned into me it was sit at the front and you get picked on. And hello, signed books!
6. My Kindle
Now I have an e-reader I don't have to carry so many books with me - I have my usual paperback and then my kindle for backup. Before that I'd have 2 or 3 books about my person at all times and boy could it be heavy. I'm looking at you, trade hardbacks.
7. Review Copies
If there's one thing I like more than reading, it's talking about what I've recently read. And everyone likes to brag. So when a lovely review copy arrives through the door and I read it and love it I can't shut up about it - partly because it was awesome and partly because of my first-to-read bragging rights.
8. Net Galley
This ties in with Review Copies. I've discovered some AMAZING new authors on Net Galley, although at times I let myself get a little overwhelmed by the amount I request. And then there's the auto-approvals and read-now section...
9. Bookish Memes
I absolutely LOVE connecting with other readers and I love a lot of the memes than help everyone connect. I'm super nosy so Showcase Sunday and Top Ten Tuesday keep my nosiness topped up and help me discover new reviewers and friends and invariably even more books to read!
10. A Really Good Book
You know the books, the ones you can re-read over and over and never get bored, the ones you tell everyone about and pass round your friends. The ones that keep you thinking days, weeks, months and even years after you first read them. A truly excellent book is the greatest treasure.