We’re back with a new Top Ten Tuesday list. This week, we’re posting ten reasons we’re thankful to have books in our lives.
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Top Ten Tuesday
It’s Top Ten Tuesday, where we post a list of 10 of our best, favorite, or most important book-ish-related items, depending on the week’s theme. Thank you to That Artsy Reader Girl for providing us with this feature and creative ideas.
“Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”
This Week’s Theme
As Thanksgiving is just around the corner, Tuesday, November 20th’s theme is seasonally relevant: “Reasons Why I’m Thankful for Books.” There are countless reasons why we are grateful to have books in our lives, but we will only be listing the ten most important ones.
The List: 10 Reasons I’m Thankful for Books
Let’s start with the obvious. Books are like those little black dresses of entertainment: timeless, versatile, and always in style.
Each novel is a new adventure, a new love story waiting to unfold. The thrill of a passionate romance, the twists and turns of a well-crafted plot—it’s pure enjoyment. Opening a new work of fiction is like stepping onto a rollercoaster with a blindfold. Will I swoon over a rugged cowboy, solve a murder mystery while on a cruise, or embark on a space odyssey?
The possibilities are endless and, frankly, more thrilling than my last attempt at baking a soufflé (which, let’s just say, didn’t rise to the occasion).
Ah, nostalgia! It’s like that old, comfy pair of slippers I can’t seem to part with. Whenever I revisit a beloved read from the yesteryears, I’m transported back to simpler times. Flipping through the pages previously encountered, I’m whisked back to the days when I first discovered them.
Moreover, there’s a comfort in revisiting beloved stories, akin to catching up with old friends. I know exactly what to expect. I’m guaranteed to have a good time and not be disappointed.
When life throws its curveballs (like when my cat, Mina, decides my keyboard is her new bed while I’m typing an article), I turn to books. They’re the secret passageways to worlds where my biggest worry is whether the heroine will choose the brooding duke or the charming rogue.
In difficult times, reading has been my refuge. Whether it’s the struggle with personal health or life’s complexities, diving into a good book provides a much-needed respite.
Life can be overwhelming, but books offer a sanctuary. They allow me to escape into worlds where love conquers all and happy endings are a promise, not just a possibility.
4. Keeping My Mind Active and Engaged
Books keeps my brain sharp and engaged. It’s not just about the story; it’s about understanding the characters, the plot, and the emotions that drive them. It’s mental stimulation at its finest.
Reading is to my mind what yoga is to help ease my arthritis—challenging but oh-so-rewarding. Whether it’s deciphering Mr. Darcy’s true feelings in Pride and Prejudice or untangling a thrilling plot twist, books keep my brain more active than a squirrel in a nut factory.
5. Understanding/Fostering Empathy
Whether its fiction or non-fiction, books open windows into the lives and experiences of others. They teach me to understand and empathize with different perspectives, an invaluable skill in both my personal and professional life.
Books are my empathy gym. They let me walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, even if they are sometimes a bit too tight (believe me, with my size 10 wide feet, they will be!).
Each story is a chance to understand someone’s hopes, dreams, and fears, which is quite handy when trying to comprehend why your husband thinks storing tools in the bedroom is a good idea.
6. Learning New Concepts
From historical settings to cultural nuances, books are a treasure trove of knowledge. I’ve learned about history, science, language, and so much more, all wrapped in compelling narratives.
From the intricate etiquette of Regency England to the fascinating world of Egyptian mythology, books are my personal time machines and encyclopedias. They’re how I learned that a “ton” isn’t just a weight measure but also the crème de la crème of London society.
Useful at playing Trivial Pursuit or Jeopardy, let me tell you! (So long as all pop-culture-related questions are limited to no later than 2005).
Books are magical mirrors that reveal to me the hidden parts of myself, and they inspire me to strive for self-improvement. They have the power to ignite my motivation and drive me towards progress.
For example, I find myself drawn toward romances where the heroine faces struggles and must overcome obstacles. Such tales provide me with valuable insights into my own challenges.
Sometimes, their fearlessness encourages me to slay my own dragons (or, in my case, mountains of laundry).
My love for books has introduced me to a community of like-minded individuals. From forums to social media sites, the connections and friendships I’ve made are priceless.
The bookish community is like a giant book club where everyone’s invited, and no one judges you for drinking wine out of a soda can. It’s where I’ve met authors I admire and made new friends.
Best of all, I’ve encountered kindred spirits who understand the importance of a reliable happily-ever-after when the real world makes no assurances of what the future will bring.
9. Collecting & Investing
Books are also great investments; I’m not just referring to time or emotion. Many of those out-of-print gems and first editions can become collectors’ treasures. Take, for instance, the romances of Teresa Denys. Sellers can request hundreds of dollars, or even more, for these rare editions.
It’s not just about the story within that makes a certain text so valuable. It could be the dazzling cover art by a 20th-century master, the novel’s importance in shaping a genre, or its historical significance.
Owning one of these collector’s editions is like having a piece of history on your shelf. It’s thrilling, like uncovering a hidden treasure in an attic, to find a work that has not only withstood the test of time but has grown in value, both monetarily and sentimentally.
So, when I gaze at my shelves, I don’t just see books. I see valuable—yet often underappreciated—gems from the past.
Last but certainly not least, books are just plain fun. Whether it’s giggling over a cheeky dialogue or sighing at a romantic gesture, they add a sprinkle of happiness to my everyday life. Books are like a box of chocolates without the calories.
Whether it’s laughing at witty banter between characters or gasping at an unexpected plot twist, reading adds a spark of joy to my everyday routine.
And what’s life without joy? That alone is reason to be thankful for books.
Final Thoughts on Being Grateful for Books
So there you have it, my top ten reasons I am grateful for books. They’re not just bound pages but pathways to adventure, wisdom, and joy.
Books have a multifaceted impact. They have an enduring power to enrich, educate, and entertain. They are not just sources of entertainment but also tools for mental stimulation, empathy development, and community building.
In the spirit of thanksgiving, here’s to those faithful companions that have illuminated so many lives with their endless possibilities.
What do you think of this week’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday? Are any of the reasons we gave for being thankful for books the same as ours? What others would you place on this list?
As always, please drop a comment, and let’s talk romance! And, for those of you celebrating, have a Happy Thanksgiving!