BookRatMisty’s book chat for this month is about “Bookish Thankfulness”. What or who in the world of books are you thankful for?
My long-suffering mother, who not only raised me to appreciate books but is always willing to help on my never-ending hunt for new books. And the inevitable overabundance of books and finding new places to put them. For a book maniac like me, this is the kind of thing that truly matters.
Three authors I have to mention: C.S. Lewis, R.L. Stine, and Stephen King. Lewis for showing me from a young age what a good book is. Stine for giving me a cavalcade of books I loved when I’d completely lost interest in reading. King for being my introduction into the world of adult books and holding my hand from afar through those awkward years.
The horror genre. Because no matter how scared I get, horror novels simultaneously make me feel like I could face anything AND make me realize that at least things aren’t that bad.
The smell of books, old and new. Come on, it’s comforting.
Thrift shops and used book stores, for being there for the book collector on a budget.
Lastly, the act of reading alone is something I’m thankful for. The transportation, the things you learn, that meditative feeling when you’re really in the zone, the fact that a reader is never bored, and the way even tense stories can soothe when things are bad. Reading is the place I go for all seasons and all moods, and even when the book is terrible, reading itself never fails me.
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