Blessings are all around me, every day. I have stopped at 25 that are related to reading and books. Even as I typed the last one on this list, I thought of two or three more. But to start:
Endless choices to fill my “to read” list.
Several comfortable locations to read in my home.
My hometown library, the staff and the services it provides.
The “book box” at the mall near to my home, as an alternative place to pick up and drop off books.
Our library system and its staff, who are always looking for new ways to serve their customers.
A “bookish career” in the library that has led me to a perfect retirement, with plenty of time to read, write, and connect with books and authors.
Independent and local bookstores who lend a personal touch and pleasure to the reading and shopping experience and who promote and nurture local and regional authors.
Enough money to purchase an occasional book for myself.
The option to use Amazon and other online sellers for specific needs.
The freedom and convenience of my electronic reader.
The pleasure and comfort of traditionally published books.
My grandchildren and other youngsters for whom I can buy and recommend books.
“Bookish” friends who understand me.
Book discussion groups for talking about and sharing our favorites.
Audiobooks, especially those provided free by the library.
Magazines and other periodicals, also made available online by the library.
Booklists, reviews and recommendations to help guide me.
Goodreads and other online services that bring readers together.
Book bloggers who write about their own reading preferences and the bookish life.
Opportunities, through libraries and bookstores, to meet and hear authors speak about their work.
The National and Oklahoma Centers for the Book and other state centers whose mission is to promote books and reading.
The Friends of the Library, who sponsor programs and special events for all ages, all-year long.
The many poets and authors and illustrators who have brought me so much reading pleasure.
Legislators who understand how important reading and books are to our nation.
All of those who nurtured my love of books and reading when I was growing up.
How about you? What bookish blessings would you add? I look forward to sharing more with you in the future.
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