I have been spending the last two weeks travelling (errr… I mean ‘working’) in North America so I thought it’d be appropriate to do a little Thanksgiving post even though we don’t celebrate it in Australia. Also, I’m currently in Canada so please ignore the little fact that Thanksgiving in Canada is in October…
Here are 12 bookish things that we are each thankful for!
1. Books, duh. (Jenna)
I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have books in my life. I’ve been an avid reader since I was very young and if I didn’t have my fictional friends and my books, I would have been a very lonely child. Books just bring me so much joy and can brighten up any bad day for me.
2. Bookish events and hang outs (Jenna)
There aren’t a whole lot of big bookish events in Australia like Yallfest and BEA, but I love the little YA events that publishers will occasionally put on because they give me a chance to hang out with other bookish people and to catch up with bookish friends. I also love attending book launches and getting to hear local authors talk about their novels and they are great opportunities to support our Aussie authors.
3. My Happy Indulgence co-bloggers (Jenna)
There are no words for how much I love Jeann and Aila. They are two of my absolute best bookish friends and I’ve had the insane pleasure of meeting them both in real life *cue squealing*. We talk every single day even if it’s just little updates and I really enjoy that we can chat about all things bookish together. We all read vastly different books and this has definitely broadened my reading. Our coblogging relationship is wonderful and I can’t believe that we’ve been blogging together for over a year! Check out our post on the pros and cons of coblogging!
4. Goodreads (Jenna)
I am a huge proponent of Goodreads. I don’t really use it that much for networking but I really like using it to check out reviews for books that I want to buy. I also really like that it allows me to keep track of my reading progress digitally. I do keep track of my reading on paper and in my new bullet journal but having it online really helps. I like using Goodreads to keep track of my yearly reading and make sure that I’m on track to meet my yearly reading goal. Because I’ve been away from home for almost two weeks, I’m now a few books behind schedule but I’m hoping to catch up as soon as I get home.
5. Warm lights (Aila)
They have revolutionized my Instagram feed and bookish photos (which you can find me at @ailareads). I’m not kidding. Wanna waste some space in pictures? Warm lights are the way to go. Need extra lighting to spice things up? Warm lights are there for you. Is it almost Christmas time and you want to embellish your books/shelves? Warm lights. They are such great investments, I’m never looking back after using warm lights.
6. Increase of Diverse Books in YA Lit (Aila)
It’s absolutely amazing to see characters that are continually reflecting the readers that pick up books, whether it’s based on their body type, skin tone, sexuality, ethnicity or more. Diverse books are not only amazing way to learn about different cultures but also a way to gain perhaps a new understanding on the people around you. I always wonder what it’d be like to read more young adult/middle grade books growing up with Asian main characters – but now I want that kind of future for the kids growing into this genre, and seeing the increase of diverse books has made that dream come true.
7. Authors (Aila)
For writing what they believe in, what they’re fighting for, and the stories they want to tell. For creating revolutions, soaring through space and time, and exploring unconventional characters that go against the system. For rewriting history, or maybe adding a part of history unseen before. For spending countless days and nights perfecting these stories. And finally, for opening my eyes to new worlds and experiences that will stick with me, long after the last page is read.
8. Publishers (Aila)
Man, shout out to these companies that share stories around the world. There are so many people involved in this process, and the hidden teams behind a book’s success definitely needs some recognition. Thank you editors for making sure my eyes don’t die because of improper grammar, publicists for spreading the word, cover artists for making sure my bookshelf stays gorgeous, and any other hidden job that I haven’t covered. We appreciate all you do.
9. Aussie YA Community (Jeann)
I’m so happy to be part of the Aussie YA community. Everyone is so kind, passionate and supportive and our local authors are so incredibly talented! I love how authors, book bloggers, publishers, book sellers, teacher librarians and all types of readers are united and there’s a real sense of community. I always have lots of fun at events, whether they are organised by the publisher, Supanova or the local writers festival. If you haven’t already, join the Aussie YA Bloggers & Readers group on Facebook and Goodreads!
10. Local bookstores (Jeann)
It’s not easy being a brick and mortar store, especially for books these days, but there’s nothing quite like heading down to your local bookstore to check out what’s available. Often I’ll pick up reads that I haven’t heard of outside of the blogging community and I love seeing what’s popular at the moment. Dymocks staff (hi Sarah!) are also great with their recommendations and I’ve discovered lots of great reads through them. I also love their loyalty program and the events that they run! I honestly don’t mind paying that little bit extra and walking away with a book (or several) in my hand.
11. Bookish friends (Jeann)
After blogging for 4 years, I’m so thankful that I’ve found a place amongst my people in the bookish community. I love that we can discuss, recommend and fangirl about our favourite reads but also have a friendship that extends beyond just books. Amongst the bookish community, I’ve found some of my closest friends (including Aila and Jenna of course) and I’m really thankful for all the support and discussions that we all have. I wish I could meet you all someday!
12. Our readers (Jeann)
We’re all incredibly thankful for the time that you guys take in reading this blog, sharing posts, picking up the books we recommend, and leaving lovely comments whether it’s here or social media. Thank you so much for the support and readership, we wouldn’t be doing this without you!
What are you thankful for?
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