Tuesday, November 21, 2017

*Top Ten Tuesday* Books I'm Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Joood - Hooligan of Platypire reviews bossed me into doing this, so I guess this is a thing I do now. 

This weeks theme is books I'm thankful for. If you're expecting a list, you're going to be disappointed. Coming up with a list of specific books that I'm thankful for out of the blue is just not in the cards for me.

I know there are some readers out there that have certain books that helped them through tough times in their lives, and I love that books have the power to do that, but it's not something I've ever experienced. Aside from the depression that led to me dropping out of college, I've never had a particularly tough time of things (and moving closer to home and a childhood friend were the cures for the depression). I led a privileged childhood (not trust-fund born with a silver spoon in my mouth privileged, but there were never worries about where our next meal would come from, and I was always allowed to spend like $20 on every single book order and I swear we got like 3-4 of them every month. I pretty clearly always had more than what I needed to survive.) I'm white so there was never that one special book where I finally saw someone like myself as the hero of the story (I was like the hero of pretty much every story I read growing up). And I'm from a small town, so even though kids at school were definitely mean to me at times (because kids are just mean sometimes), I always had my group of friends and I just don't think bullying is as prevalent in small towns where everyone knows everyone. Not that I'm saying it can't happen, I just feel like it's more swiftly addressed when it does because there's no wondering "Who are this kids' parents?" Instead you get "I'm going to call Karen right now and we're going to get to the bottom of this."

So I don't have any specific books that helped me through the essentially non-existent tough times of my formative years. I considered creating a list of the first books I proofread for each of the authors that I work with (because I'm absolutely thankful for the books that got us started working together), but that would basically have been a rehash of my Book Blogger Hop post from this past week, so I'm not going to do that either.

Instead, I want you to walk away from this post knowing that I am thankful for ALL books, even the ones that I don't particularly like or necessarily relate to. I'm thankful for any book that makes any person feel less alone in this world. I'm thankful for any book that helps someone cope with a difficult situation. And I'm thankful for any book that helps people escape reality, even if only for a little while.

If you're disappointed with my lack of a list, you'll just have to deal, because I refuse to pick just ten books to be thankful for.

What about you? What books are you thankful for? - Katie

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1 comment:

  1. Well said and I definitely enjoyed reading this. I came from a similar background and can relate to a lot of what you said. I think your "list" this week is awesome!