Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's topic is a Thanksgiving/thankful freebie, so I wanted to put together a list of bookish things I'm grateful for this year!
1. My local library. Without my library, I probably wouldn't read nearly as much, or else I'd be broke, because books are expensive! I'm so grateful there's a place where I can get practically any book I want, and it's all free!
2. The book blogging community. I'm so thankful for all the bloggers I've "met" over the last 2.5 years. Even as bloggers come and go, I've noticed that pretty much everyone I've come in contact with is super-nice, friendly, and supportive.
3. Meeting my favorite author - and still liking them! They say you should never meet your idols, because you'll probably end up disappointed, but that wasn't the case when I met Kate Morton at the Morristown Festival of Books in October. She is just as lovely and warm and charming as I'd always thought she'd be.
4. Finding more readers among my family and friends. I used to feel like I was the only person I knew that was a reader, but just this year I've shared recommendations with my stepmom; planned a buddy read with one of my sisters-in-law; and talked books with a fellow volunteer at Project Linus.
5. My own personal library nook. We bought a house last year and now I finally have the space to display and store all my books together - plus there's room to add more! (Don't tell my husband!) After adding a comfy reading chair, this room is the perfect place to spend a couple hours reading.
6. Physical books. There's something about the feel and smell of a physical book that just makes me happy and is probably why I haven't made the jump to an ereader yet! (Although, who knows, maybe next year's "thankful for" list will include a Kindle!)
7. Goodreads. Goodreads is such an awesome way to keep track of my reading online. Plus, it's fun seeing what my friends on there are reading and what they're thinking as they're reading, and I've found tons of new books just wandering around the site.
8. Pretty covers. I am a sucker for a great cover, and it's usually what draws me in and makes me want to find out more about a book.
9. The ability to travel without leaving my house. I love to travel, but I don't always have the time or money to do so. Reading can take you practically anywhere you want to go, from inside the White House to London to Paris and even to imaginary places like Narnia.
10. Audiobooks. Audiobooks have gotten me through some really awful commutes to work this year! I like listening to memoirs on audio and hearing the author tell their own story in their own voice.
What bookish things are you grateful for this year?