Hello bookworms! While Thanksgiving is an American tradition – and I am nowhere near close to the American culture, being that I live in Australia and my nationality is half Malaysian and half British – BUT being thankful never hurt anyone!
And so this week, in recognition of Thanksgiving, The Broke and the Bookish have given us a freebie for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! Woo hoo!
1. These beautiful things called BOOKS
OBVIOUSLY. I’ve got to get this out of the way first because, without books, I WOULDN’T BE A BOOKWORM. And if I wasn’t a bookworm, I’d be a pretty dull person. Or I might have ended up as one of those sad kids that do nothing with their lives… (although I wouldn’t call isolating yourself from the world to read books and cry over your fictional boyfriends doing something with your life either, but hey!)
2. The memory bank for my bookish mind: GOODREADS
I have over 600 books recorded on my Goodreads account, and almost 500 books on my to-read list. There is no way in this world or any other alternate universe, that I would have a memory capacity big enough to remember all these books. GOODREADS YOU’RE A SAVIOUR.
Not only that, I love to track my reading progress, and Goodreads lets me do that! Honestly, there’s a sense of accomplishment I get when tracking my progress, and seeing that page number turn into a percentage. Is it just me?
3. Bookish blogs + an epic bookworm community
Being a bookworm on your own is not fun. If you’ve ever tried fangirling and raving about a book to your friends who have no interest in reading books, you’ll understand my feels. Being a bookworm on your own is no fun at all.
Which is why I am SO INCREDIBLY THANKFUL for book blogging, which brings this global community of book lovers together, not only through a range of blogging platforms but also through social media such as Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, Tumblr, the community is wide-reaching, meaning you will never run out of people to fangirl/fanboy with. THANK GOODNESS.
4. Bookstagram: PRETTY BOOKS GALORE
The only thing I love more than reading books is LOOKING AT THE PRETTINESS OF SAID BOOKS. Just look at the gorgeousness of the pictures above. Bookstagram is something I am incredibly thankful for. Thank you, bookstagrammers, for posting such pretty pictures that cause me to lose hours of my life staring at them and crying because… SO PRETTY.
Click here to see a great post that recommends ten amazing bookstagrammers!
5. I may or may not be a little obsessed with cute bookmarks
It’s… it’s so… so… SO PRETTY! Bookmarks just make being a bookworm so much better. While I myself do not own cute little bookmarks such as the ones in the picture above, I do collect some gorgeous bookmarks. But I need these in my life. I need more unique bookmarks in my life, because just… LOOK AT IT. I honestly don’t even need to say anything. IT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.
6. The fan art… YAAAAS
Fan art is like the cherry on top of the reading experience. The Throne of Glass fan art is especially what gets me swooning and squealing like a ridiculous person. And I am not ashamed. The only thing that makes me sad is that I’m not artistic enough to make my own fan art *cries*. Now that I’m looking at Throne of Glass fan art, this blog post is going to take another three hours to write. Woops.
7. When music matches perfectly with a book
When you’re listening to a song and it suddenly reminds you of your favourite book: you cannot deny this is one of the most glorious moments of your life. It calls for intense fangirling and frantic tweeting for someone to relate to you. This happened to me recently with the Throne of Glass series and Halsey’s music, and when I realised other people agreed, I almost died. I’m so thankful for this, because it makes being a bookworm in conjunction with a music lover, the best thing EVER.
8. Bookish Events
I’ve personally never been to any bookish events (cue crying in my lonely corner), but I’m constantly seeing people publish posts about their experiences at multiple book events and it’s just fabulous. It’s possibly the best way to meet up in real life with all your bookworm friends, and fangirl about books and meet your favourite authors, all at the same time! This is high on my bucket list of things to do before I die. (If I ever get over my anxiety of doing something new and being around a bunch of strangers – even if they are fellow bookworms)
PHEW! Well, I didn’t exactly get up to 10, but that’s okay. I’ll let all you bookworms fill in the blanks of the last two, because honestly my brain is a pile of mush right now. And also because I want to read and finish The Shock of the Fall tonight.
What are the things you’re thankful for that make your bookish life better?