Hey, book nerds!
We have just one more Top Ten Tuesday before December rolls up, and I cannot believe how the time has flown by! Clearly, my Thanksgiving has passed. But I never wrote a thankful post. So I’ve remedied that error.
Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. Today’s theme is Thanksgiving/thankful freebie! As a blogger, maybe I don’t appreciate everything that has come along on this journey. Even though I’ve been blogging for more than two years, I’m still learning and evolving as a blogger. And I’m surprised that I’m still here.
So without much delay, I’ve picked the top five reasons why I’m thankful. I struggled with what I wanted to include in my list, but I hope you like it! So yes, this post may get a little sappy. Be warned! 😉
The Freedom to Read, Express My Love of Books, and Have Access to Them
Sometimes, I feel I take reading and books for granted. How many have you complained about not getting your anticipated book sooner? I know I have. But I don’t always take the time to appreciate what freedoms I have just to read. Some people cannot buy a single book.
My Blogger Friends
You don’t know how much you all have given me the strength to get out of bed, fight whatever my mind throws at me, and have a day I can be proud of. I love you all.
Kaleena, you inspire me to push my blog further than I’ve ever done before. And I love your enthusiasm.
Kathy, you make me smile every time I see your posts or comments. You offer refreshing perspectives and give me a reason to keep fighting my demons.
Teagan and Jess, you two are one of the few reasons why I stay in the blogosphere.
Taylor, you don’t know how much I appreciate your support. I’ve seen you grown as a wonderful and thoughtful blogger, and I’m so happy to be a part of that experience.
Books That Shaped Me for Who I Am
Bitten put me on the path I walk now. If I weren’t intrigued by this book, I wouldn’t be working in publishing. And if I never were to find Kelley’s series, I wouldn’t be the reader I am today.
Mistress of the Art of Death let me fall in love with historical fiction. But it also taught me how to speak up and never let anyone smother my voice.
Six of Crows gave me understanding. It opened up my eyes on the struggles I refused to acknowledge.
I never thought I’d love a series this much as I love Ember in the Ashes. Even though Sabaa has created a brutal and cruel world, she gives us characters who inspire us.
I’ve found the love of selling books in the nooks of small stores. They are more than just stores though. They bring you together, they give you hope, and they remind you that you aren’t alone.
With so many rejections, I honestly thought I’d never work in the publishing industry. Yes, it’s competitive. But sometimes, you need to find the right publishing house and the right team. I cannot be anything but grateful for Common Deer Press for giving me this opportunity.