Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things About Books I’m Thankful For
There are so many wonderful things we all absolutely love about books. Every person in the book community is just obsessed with books and we are convinced every person on this planet should be obsessed with them too! But what are the exact things that make us love them so much?
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme actually was: Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For (Happy Thanksgiving week in the USA!). I tried to make this list with 10 different books, but 9 out of 10 titles where exactly the same as last week’s Top Ten Tuesday (Ten books I want everyone to read) so I decided to amp it up and do Top Ten Things About Books I’m Thankful For! So let’s get started!
1. Escaping to Another World!
I know, We Young/New adults are DROWNING in escapism if you believe the media (and my parents). We will never grown up and Peter Pan syndrome is a real thing (sounds like the perfect syndrome for a book lover)! But, really? I don’t care ?! After a day of stress, traffic and a stupidly hard master thesis (which I actually should be working on right know), I deserve my escape in the literary worlds of awesomeness.
So for point one we take Bookish worlds. It doesn’t really matter if you like Alagaësia, All-world, Westeros or Panem! they’re all equally awesome and so not filled with everyday drama and problems. Really, their problems are so over the top and most of the time so big, my everyday boring head is too small to encompass it all. They need heroes and heroines to fix their world and I’m happy to join the ride from the safety of my couch/bed.
2. Beautiful books/bookshelves
Bookstagram is life! I’m so amazed by the amount of beautiful pictures a person is able to take with just books!!! I love browsing through Instagram and looking at all those beautiful pictures people take. It’s my dream to later have a room in my house filled with bookshelves. I just want to live inside a shelfie, is that so bad?
Most people I know fill there Instagram screens with hot celebrities, and there are probably a lot of people who would freak out if they knew just how book obsessed my Instagram feed looks. But I imaging that almost every person who is reading this, completely understands me! Am I right?
3. All the Feels
There are so many feelings that I go through every single day because of books! Books are such soul wrenching things! They make your heart hurt and I’m 100% sure every person who loves books has been there ?. It doesn’t matter if it’s the death of your favourite character or the most beautiful wedding of your book boyfriend with his long lost love. We will always cry our eyes out!
I’m a sucker for feels in books, I’m such an emotional creature and I get my daily emo shots from my books. Truly, I’m in a school with 99% boys and although it’s a great school and I love it there so much. The boys tend to look really strange at me when I’m in my highly emotional state (always).
And don’t mention all the stages of grief I go through while waiting for the next book in a series to come out! It’s so much agony! You don’t want to know how often I see someone I know somewhere and the first question they ask me is: “Hey Lena, how long before insert book I’m waiting for at that particular moment comes out?”. Even if they don’t even like books!! I can be completely brainwashed in the waiting process and apparently all I ever talk about, when I’m in that stage, is that book!
The perfect example was the news that the title of the next book in The Court of Thorns and Roses instalment was anounced on Sarah J. Maas’s Instagram. I definitely made a shrieking sound! ?
If you live under a rock and you didn’t heart the news yet: YES YOU ARE ALLOWED TO SCREAM!! I’m so exited. LET IT BE MAY SOON!
4. Audio books
I don’t even remember how I survived before I discovered audio books! All those household chores are over before you know it. I used to listen to music while I did my chores but it really didn’t make it any more enjoyable. Books make EVERYTHING more enjoyable.
If you get carsick very fast (like me), you probably know what a hell a long car drive (in the back of your parents car every family vacation) can be. I spent all those long hours staring out of the window with nothing else to do! (You don’t know what jealousy is until you spent 18 hours next to your brother who is looking none stop to his Game boy while there’s nothing you can do!). Not any longer! Thank you so much world for the invention of the audio books!*
*Little plea to audible for the high prices, my student wallet screams in agony!
5. The community!
I would have never guessed that there are so many people who want to talk about books on the internet! It’s amazing, it’s so much fun. I can literally fill a weeks worth of conversation just with books!
I love getting to know new people who are interested in the same things as I am. And it’s just so easy within the book community! So, if you ever feel like you need a new friend. Please consider me!?
6. Never, Ever, Ever Bored Again
I’m probably the only person who doesn’t really mind it when the train is late (again). Just 15 minutes more time to read! I take my E-reader everywhere! Even when I know I won’t have any time to read for sure, I take it with me. You never know what’s going to happen and I need to be prepared!
7. English Skills!
My first language is Dutch, officially, English is only my third language (French is supposed to be my second language, but even 8 years of drilling in school wasn’t enough to make it anywhere near decent). I obviously know that my English isn’t perfect, it’s a work in progress, but that’s not going to stop me from having this blog and reading and reviewing English books. I read over 85 English books this year and my English has improved so much!
I still remember the first time I read a full English book a couple of years, I really thought my English was good enough. And, well… it wasn’t. It was so difficult and I needed to read everyting twice! Now, I almost read it as fast as Dutch and I don’t even notice it anymore that I’m reading another language! I should read a French book once in a while, but it almost scares me. Maybe I should read The Shining in French, if I don’t understand half of it, it will probably be way less scarier, right?
bottom line: If you want to learn a new language, just read many books and keep trying if it’s too difficult at first. It really gets better really fast!
8. That Feeling You Get When You Read an Absolutely Amazing Book
They only come by every few years, they’re very rare and everyone is looking for them. I’m talking about the truly godsend awesome books. They make you feel different for at least two weeks after you finished the book. You almost believe you are a character in the story and start to walk and talk differently because of it. Yes, the feeling goes away and then you have to wait again for many years. But we book lovers know this feeling and we live and breath for it!
9. Learning so many new things!
There are so many things I learned about through books! So many things I had never even thought exited or things I thought about completely different.
There are different kinds of things you’ll learn about:
- Life lessons: Around 80% of all life lessons in books are quite trivial (don’t jump from a cliff, don’t cheat on your boyfriend, don’t eat your cat…). But there are other books that really made me think about how I looked at the world.
- Real social problems: There are so many issues with race, genre and sexuality… and I really feel that there are a lot of books out there that can teach people so much more about those problems (even fiction)! I’m not pretending that someone can completely know what it’s like to live a certain life by reading about it. But, being ,quite literately, inside someones head for a few hundred pages really does make you more aware of some big problems that you weren’t aware of and awareness is the first step!
- Mythology: Mythology is a subject I know almost nothing about. Reading already has helped me a lot. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman is a really good book to polish your knowledge about all those Scandinavian
Marvel hottiesGods. If you love some creepy YA fantasy with a lot of mythology, you HAVE to try The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden. It’s filled with Russian myths and it’s sooooo good.
- Geography: I have to admit that I’m terrible in pinpointing countries/states on a map. Especially the US (I’m so sorry if you’re from the US, but I just never visited your beautiful country and it’s just so complicated with all your straight borders, how am I supposed to memorise the shape of your state?!). But books definitely helped a bunch.
10. 3,2,1 RELAX!
If I’m stressed out and nothing works and everything goes to hell and I’m sure I’m going to fail all my exams and my boyfriend surely doesn’t love me anymore because he still didn’t answer my text after an hour (although I know he’s in a meeting with his boss) and my WiFi isn’t working, again.
I just start reading a book and it takes me about 3 seconds to relax and forget all my real problems and realise my fake problems aren’t problems at all!
I did some research and I’m pretty sure it’s some kind of magic. Definitely good magic though. Some sort of book fairy comes out and sprinkles some Xanax over my head to make me completely relax even in the most stressful of situations.
Thank you so much for reading to the end of my TTT! I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I had while writing it!
Are there some bookish things you are grateful for? Do you agree with me or not at all? Let me know in the comments!
see you next time!