Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Bookish Things I’m Thankful For.
- My eyes. They may not be 20/20, and I need bifocals now, but my eyes still work. I know there are audiobooks (and I do enjoy them), but I love, well, reading. (And it’s faster than audiobooks.)
- My glasses. I can’t read (or see) well without them. I’m so glad to live in a day and age when glasses, contacts, and (for some people) laser surgery make it possible for those with bad eyesight to see clearly.
- My memory and my mental faculties. A dear friend of mine had a series of strokes in her thirties that affected both her short-term memory and some of her other abilities. One of the tragic consequences is that she can no longer read books, because she can’t remember what’s going on or who the characters are. I am so grateful that I can both read and understand what I read.
- My wonderful husband, who never complains about the huge number of books in the house,is happy to stop by the library for me when he goes to town, and always remembers that books are my favorite gift.
- All the wonderful authors whose works have brought me joy or comfort, made me think, helped me feel I’m not alone, or simply offered a few hours of delightful escape.
- Libraries. Libraries introduced me to more books and worlds than I can number. They’ve been a quiet and comforting place to hang out when I need some peace. And they let me feed my book habit without bankrupting my family.
- Bookstores. New and used, I love them all. And besides, I met my husband when we were both managing bookstores (for a chain now long defunct.)
- My e-reader. Because now I don’t have to travel with a carryon suitcase half-full of books. Seriously.
- Audiobooks. You mean I can still enjoy a book, even when I’m driving, washing dishes, folding laundry, or knitting? That rocks.
- Johannes Gutenberg. Because without him… well, it should be obvious.
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