Nov 23, 2014

A love for the written word

I missed yesterday, so today I'm doing days five and six of my Ten Days of Thankful series. Every day from now until Thanksgiving I'll post about something I'm thankful for - I'd love for you to join me!

Today I'm thankful for reading and for writing.

Reading and writing have been loves of mine since I was a young child, but this year I'm especially thankful for them both.

After the beginning of this year, reading has been a true escape for me. According to my Goodreads profile I've read 60 books this year, and at least 90% of them have been romance novels. Romances were such a comfort to me - historical, contemporary, it didn't matter - because I was guaranteed a happy ending, and there were no story lines about miscarriages.

This year I stopped apologizing for what I was reading, and simply enjoyed it. (Thank you, Book Riot podcasts). And after my work with P, I no longer take reading for granted.
Pics from an amazing bookstore we visited on vacation in June
Writing has also been an escape for me, but in the complete opposite way. I've written things I couldn't say out loud, and have worked through multiple complex emotions.

I'm grateful for the support in my love for reading and writing, and only hope I can spread a little bit as well.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! What are you thankful for today?


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

60 books - wow! I'm on my 59th, so not far off from you! I'm thankful for my love of reading. It's the best and most inexpensive way for me to escape.

Today I am thankful for the warm 40 degree temps we are having. It's been so cold here lately so 40 feels glorious!

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

I'm so thankful for both of these things too. I was worried that I wouldn't have time to read this year and set my reading goal incredibly low... I think 20 books. I ended up altering it halfway through the year because I met the goal in like February. It turns out, I had a LOT of time spent reading this year and reading really saved me during those early newborn days.

Nora said...

Way to go on the 60 books! I'm at 58 right now so I'm hoping I'll get to my goal of 60 by the end of the year. I don't think I will have too much trouble with it. Reading is one of my favorite things -always has been- but like you said, this year it was even more important to me than in previous years. It's been a great escape/coping mechanism.

Stephany said...

Yes, yes! I am so, so thankful for reading and the joy it has brought to my life. I'm thankful for authors who put in so much time and effort to make these wonderful stories that make me so happy! And libraries so I can read for free! :)

Amber said...

YES TO THIS. I thought about that when I was doing my perspectacle post, we are SO LUCKY to be able to read and write. It is such a vital skill and not everyone is as privileged as us to be taught this.

Also I am loving the Book Riot podcast and it's also made me think twice about forcing myself to finish books I'm not really enjoying.

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