The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they post a new topic that the participants come up with a top ten list for.
This week's topic is about things we're thankful for, be they book-related or not. My country doesn't do thanksgiving and turkeys and all that, but I still think this is an important thing to make oneself aware of every now and again. I'll try to mix the bookish and non-bookish things up a little.
My family and friends
Because without them, I would probably drop into a hole of my own making.
All the writers
Without their stories, the world would be poorer, grayer, less diverse place. I don't know what I'd do without all the people with the courage to write and share stories and put them out there for the public to love or hate.
Creative people in general
Not just writers, also artists, photographers, film makers, dancers, street performers, musicians, designers... anyone following their dream and bringing the creative offspring of their brain into the world.
Having an apartment and a job
Finding an affordable place is really hard in this city and even though I'll have to move out again by July at the latest, I'm still grateful I've got this place for the time being. As well as a stable job to keep me afloat while I finish my MA.
Without the internet, I would never have found like-minded people as a teen. Without Myspace, I wouldn't have had an amazing time as a 17-year-old finally meeting people who were into the same music I was and lived in the same country. Without the internet, I wouldn't have found out about book blogs via Twitter and I wouldn't have met all the amazing authors and bloggers and other readers that I have, and you guys really lighten up my live :)
Netgalley / Edelweiss
Without the opportunities for eARCs, I'd be screwed as an international blogger on that front.
Book cover designers
Because of all the prettyyyy they give us to look at :) I know this is a minor thing but it makes me ridiculously happy sometimes ^^''
... and not avoiding Switzerland when they come to Europe! It happens all the time (though it was worse a couple years ago) so whenever a favorite band actually stops in Switzerland, I'm a happy girl :)
This might sound sappy, but sometimes I really need poetry. I just need to get home and open my Stephen Crane or I need a certain part of that Swinburne or Baudelaire poem. Or to read Eliot's Prufrock in its entirety. It grounds me.
This goes into some of what I've mentioned above, but it's not just other writers/creative people I'm grateful for, it's also being able to sit down and write myself. It's become such a big part of my identity, I can't imagine being without it or losing the ability to do it.
I could have listed a lot of other things I guess, but these are some of the most important ones I could think of. I think I also merged quite a lot under that 'internet' thing. Oh well. What are you guys thankful for?