Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is a Thanksgiving freebie, so I picked Top Five Reasons I am Thankful I Started Reading and Top Five Reasons I am Thankful I Started Blogging.
Every single person has that one book that started their love of reading; for me it was books like Harry Potter (which I’m sure it was for most people), the Chronicles of Narnia, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Ever since I started reading it’s become increasingly rare to see me without a book or my Kindle in my hand and it’s what started me blogging as well, something I am very thankful for. So when I saw this week’s topic it seemed the perfect way to celebrate in a way my love of reading and blogging at the same time.
Top Five Reasons I am Thankful I Started Reading…
…Because I discovered my love of fantasy.
As anyone who’s been following me for a while now knows I love fantasy books more than any other, and maybe that has something to do with the first books I picked up, but anytime I pick a book up I know that for a few hours I will be transported into a completely new, magical, and more often than not dangerous world.
…Because to this day Harry Potter is still one of my favourite series.
Since first picking up Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone I’ve read thousands of other books (probably not much of an exaggeration either) but the Harry Potter series remains a favourite of mine. I re-read all the books, re-watch all the movies, and have a lot of fond memories attached to the series such as waiting in line at midnight with my friends for the release of the seventh book.
…Because there are a lot of countries I was inspired to visit after reading about them.
The most notable is when I went to Prague after reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone but there are plenty of others as well. My need to visit India grew after I read The Star-Touched Queen, same with Greece and the Percy Jackson series. So far Prague is the only book inspired place I’ve visited but I’ve got plenty more on my list.
…Because I learn a lot from the books I read.
Granted I would learn more from the books I read if I picked up more historical fiction, or even tried a non-fiction book, but I’m surprised sometimes by how much I know because of what I have read. Basically if you’re ever doing a pub quiz I’m the person you want on your team because my random trivia knowledge cannot be beat.
…Because it led me to start blogging.
The main reason I started blogging was because I was getting through books so quickly my friends hadn’t finished them or even started them in some cases. I needed people to talk to about what I was reading because that’s part of the fun of reading right? I have loved every moment of this past year blogging and this leads nicely into my next topic as well.
Top Five Reasons I am Thankful I Started Blogging…
…Because it introduced me to other genres.
Before I started blogging my reading tastes could be summed up in one word ‘fantasy’ but since seeing other people’s amazing reviews I’ve been picking up more genres. I’ve developed a love for contemporary books and now probably have as many YA contemporary favourites as I do fantasy, and that’s saying nothing of how magical realism is a new but growing favourite genre for me.
…Because I’ve picked up amazing books I probably wouldn’t have otherwise.
There have been a lot of books I picked up on a whim simply because there was a glowing review for them I spotted on WordPress, and given the majority of books I picked up before blogging were based on their cover or the blurb I know there are a small amount I likely would have never picked up if I hadn’t started this blog. Which would have been a massive shame because they’re now favourites of mine.
…Because I got to go to YALC this year.
Until it was mentioned in a comment, and I don’t even think it was a comment on one of my post even, I had no idea there was a book convention in London, let alone a YA one. Going to YALC has become one of the best weekends of my life; I met so many amazing people, saw some of my favourite authors, and even got some brilliant ARCs. I’m already planning my trip back next year!
…Because I met some amazing people through WordPress.
I wrote more about my blogging besties in the Celebrating the Little Things Tag I took part in last week, but everyone I speak to regularly on WordPress is someone I count as a friend and someone I am so so glad I met through this blog. You’re all amazing people with amazing blogs and talking to you has been one of the highlights of this past year.
…Because I made it to one year and over 1000 followers.
I never made it close to one year on any of my previous blogs, and never made it anywhere close to 1000 followers either, so reaching both was a huge achievement for me. The whole past year blogging has been amazing for me, and for many more reasons than the ones listed above so here’s looking forwards to another year.
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what you picked for this week’s themed free-for-all, or why you are thankful you started reading and/or blogging.