It’s Thanksgiving here in the U.S., so … what are you thankful for this year, reading-wise? New, favorite books? New gadget for reading? New comfy chair? Bonus time to read? Just the mere fact of BEING a reader? Having the internet to share ideas/recommendations/conversations about books?
Reading-wise, I’m grateful for:
1. More time to read. I have cut my internet surfing time to make more time for reading.
2. Meet the goal of reading 100 books. As of today, I’m finishing off my 100th book of the year—The Red Chamber by Pauline Chen. Friends jokingly ask that now I have fulfilled my goal, does that mean I can stop until the new year? No. I’ll keep going to see how many books I can squeeze in before the end of 2012.
3. Less is more. Even with less internet time, I still keep up with book recommendations from my favorite book bloggers who have similar taste. Long live book bloggers!
4. Indie bookstores continue to thrive. I am glad to see that changes in the book businesses have not altered the independent bookstores’ intention to be the best neighborhood bookstore and continue to offer the experience one cannot download: personalized customer service, knowledgeable booksellers, author events, in-store book clubs and staff recommendations. That I can count on their book suggestions is an incentive to continue shopping and browsing at indies.