Thanksgiving season is upon us, and I figured instead of writing about the usual things we give thanks for (family, friends, health, etc), I’d focus on those things I’m thankful for that pertain to all things bookish. Writing for Reflections has opened a whole new world to me, one which is filled with new book genres, audio books, author interviews, and much much more. I figured that a quick summary of the great opportunities afforded me in living with a book addict would serve well to keep things in perspective and thank those of you who have helped us succeed! So, without further ado, here is a list of my thanks (in no particular order):
1. Books. Before writing for this blog, I had no idea that publishing companies gave out perfectly good copies of new books (that may or may not yet be published) in exchange for an honest review. Also, it doesn’t even have to be a good review! Just an honest representation of what you thought of the book. Pretty cool, eh?
2. New Bookish Friends. Ever since Kim began her blog, she also simultaneously increased her activity on Twitter and Goodreads, in part to promote the blog and in part to find out more about how other blogs were successful. One great side effect to this was gaining a bunch of new Twitter friends who share a common interest in books and literature in general. We’ve even been lucky enough to meet some of these folks in person (one of whom currently writes for this blog: Hi Christine!)
3. New book genres. Although I wouldn’t call myself a voracious reader, I’ve definitely increased the amount of books that I’ve read and the variety of book genres that I try now that I write for the blog. Sure, I still enjoy old favorites, like sci-fi and adventure novels, but I’ve also had the great opportunity to try new genres, such as memoirs, historical fiction, and JAFF novels. I’m certainly glad I did, as not only has this made me discover new authors, but it’s introduced me to entirely new areas of literature that I never knew existed. It’s like finding out you have an unlimited source of great work to choose from that is always expanding, as long as you look hard enough.
So, there you have it. Although it’s a short list, I’d have to place an emphasis on bookish friends! There are so many great people who I’ve met through the blog that share a love for books and films. Twitter is an especially valuable tool in this regard, and I’ve met many of these friends though it. Although we can’t hang out in person, it’s always cool to share new ideas and stories in 140 characters or less (shout out to the #hitchfest crew!) I can only hope that all these things I’ve given thanks for continue to make this experience a positive one in the future!