30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 12

thankfulnessToday I am thankful for books!

For anyone who follows or regularly reads my blog, you can tell that I post more about the books I read than I do about France (but I do try to keep my blog balanced!).

I am thankful that I live in a country–and that I come from a country–where reading is encouraged and books are made widely available. I am also thankful that I know how to read.

For those of you who LOVE to read, is there one book you are the most thankful for?

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2 thoughts on “30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 12

  1. Hallo Maggie,

    Actually, its interesting that you brought up this question because I am focusing on this very sentiment in a post for “Book Chat” which was due to post on my blog over a month ago on a Thursday! I seemed to have forgotten to ‘release’ the post in question and will be doing so on this Thursday instead, even if its been long forgotten! :) Aside from the book I’ll be speaking about through that missive, the book that resonates with me to mention today isn’t one in particular but of all the books of my childhood where I garnished the love of reading after struggling to sort out how to read! :) Reading didn’t come easy for me, as I had a learning difficulty but what did happen once I caught on to how it all happened was the ability to become transported out of my ordinary everyday life and into the shoes of the character I was exploring next! :) Books like: Anne of Green Gables, the Mandie series, Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys, Thoroughbred series, the Black Stallion series, A Little Princess, The Purple Door, and a heap of books I am not even remembering correctly to include!! Each of the stories and characters stitched themselves into my heart and mind, forevermore changing my perceptions and endeavouring me to soak into stories with an open mind! :) Even the first books my Mum used to read aloud to me are still special memories because before I could read myself, I listened to the stories by voice! :)

    Reading is a lovely gift to be thankful for and for this reader who has experienced a reading rut in her life that took her away from the printed page and had to fight her way back to re-instill her imagination towards allowing the stories to once more open up for her as they had before, I can attest that its one of the best blessings of my life! :) Reading and writing were seamlessly attached to my path from such a young age! :)

    Speaking of cross-comparing America & France: are the libraries in France similar to the ones we have over here!? Can anyone get a library card even if your out of country or on temporary holiday!? I was curious if you could check out all formats of stories (i.e. books, audiobooks, motion picture, musical sound) or if you were limited? Do libraries in France exchange amongst each other as well, like they do over here with our ILL service?! These are questions that I have been thinking about more and more lately,… not only for France, but for other countries I have friends who reside in areas that may or may not have a local library as handy as I do!? (as far as distance)

    • It is hard choosing from so many different books!! But if I had to, say, pick only one book that I could read for the rest of my life (not like that would happen or anything, but I love those “what if” scenarios), I would have to pick Anne of Green Gables :)

      And I feel incredibly guilty for admitting this, but I have YET to visit a French library. I’ve been wanting to, it’s just that I don’t live relatively close to one at the moment. But I do plan on checking one out soon.

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