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1. My bloggy friends
More than anything, I'm thankful for my blogging friends. I'm not even going to list all of you, because I'll forget someone/don't want to rank you accidentally/there are so many! But I mean YOU, if you're reading this. YOU, YOU, YOU. YOU ARE THE BEST. I'm so thankful to have made so many friends through blogging with whom I get to fangirl on Twitter (and who let me fangirl and don't run away screaming. "Oh, God, Gillian's screaming about book boyfriends and puns in all caps again. Just... back away slowly. Maybe we can subdue her with chocolate"). I'm thankful to have gotten to meet some of you in person, and I'm even more thankful that I get to meet more of you next year! WHAT HAVOC WE WILL WREAK.
Obviously, there would be no books without authors. So I'm thankful to all the talented people who write the characters and stories we love. But mostly, I'm thankful to the awesome authors who interact with their fans through Twitter and Tumblr and the like. I'm thankful to authors who make us all feel like one big community, and who remain friendly and accessible and awesome.
BOOK EXPO AMERICA. It was maybe the greatest experience I've ever had, no exaggeration. I'm so thankful that it exists, that I got to go, and that I get to go next year. NYC, get ready for me! Me and my two suitcases are coming for you!
4. J.K. Rowling
FOR ALL THE THINGS. For showing me and so many others what magic was, what fandom was, for making us readers at a young age, an old age, and any age, for creating a world we could all escape to whenever we wanted.
5. Tamora Pierce
Tamora Pierce's books sparked my love of fantasy and feminist lit (and for writing the first romances I ever swooned hardcore over). You keep writing kick-butt ladies and kick-butt kissing scenes, Tammy.
6. Jane Austen
I would literally have no middle name without her (my middle name is Elizabeth after Lizzy Bennet. Hollaaaa). Okay, I would, but it would be something far less awesome. Her words and her books occupy a huge portion of my heart and helped shape me as a reader.
7. The blogosphere
YOU GUYS. You guys make everything about this worthwhile. What could be a stressful, time-consuming, exhausting experience is made wonderful and enriching because of all the wonderful bookish people in it. I'm thankful for all of you!
8. The inventor of gifs
I'm a little mad at you for insisting it's pronounced "jiff" (No.), but seriously, there would be no way at all to express my bookish feels without your blessed creation. The entire internet thanks you.
|You're still wrong about how it's pronounced, though.|
9. Publishers, publicists, agents, editors, book designers, assistants, copy editors, marketing people, etc.
Basically, anybody at all who contributes to the production and distribution of books, who so generously give out books to bloggers and treat them so wonderfully and create the things we love. I'm thankful for you and your hard work!
10. My UPS man
For continuing to bring me book packages that weigh as much as well-fed children.
11. The barista at the Starbucks I go to to read and write reviews
For not even flinching that one time I asked him to add two shots of espresso to my Venti dark roast (it was that kind of a day). (I am not thankful for your co-barista, whose eyes widened in alarm. I am so sure I'm not the first person to ever do that.)
12. Katniss Everdeen, Suzanne Collins, and Jennifer Lawrence
Thanks for showing that women and women-led, women-starring media can dominate pop culture and be seen as legitimate. Also, for making the braid I force my hair into on days it won't cooperate cool.
"Oooh, cute Katniss braid!"
"Thanks, I haven't washed my hair in three days!"