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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

TTT: Top Ten Reasons I'm Grateful for YOU

Today's Top Ten Tuesday prompt is about Characters I'd Love an Update On (Where are they now that the book is over?). This topic wasn't really lighting a fire under me, so I decided to go rogue and talk about Thanksgiving, which Americans will be celebrating on Thursday, instead. Although Christmas is my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving comes in at a close second. I love that it's a day centered around gratitude. It's not about getting anything (except really, REALLY full), but about giving thanks. There's a hymn members of my church sing regularly that says, "Count your many blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings, see what God has done." Thanksgiving is the perfect time to do this, to really focus on all the people and things that make my life so abundantly rich and beautiful. I hope you know that you are among the former. Your support, encouragement, and friendship means a great deal to me. So much so that I'm going to make a whole TTT list devoted to why I'm grateful for everyone who reads this blog.

First, though, I want to encourage you to join in the TTT fun. Hop on over to That Artsy Reader Girl for all the details.

Top Ten Reasons I'm Grateful for YOU, My Readers

1.  Seeing your comments always makes me smile.
2.  You have the best reading recommendations!
3.  You give me a place to talk about my favorite subject—books. It's nice to be able to have conversations with other readers instead of just talking to myself.
4.  The fact that you take time out of your busy lives to visit my little blog makes me feel good about myself and the many hours I log trying to make BBB a fun, helpful place to be.
5.  Through your comments (and your blogs), you've helped expose me to new book genres, thus helping me open my mind and expand my reading interests.
6.  Your blogs give me even more places to hang out and geek out about our favorite hobby.
7.  You help make up a great and wondrous online community that I have always found to be warm, welcoming, and empowering.
8.  I'm always inspired by visiting your awesome blogs. There are so many talented writers, reviewers, and designers in the book blogosphere!
9.  You encourage me to use my own talents to make BBB the best it can be.
10.  Your kindness and loyalty make me feel appreciated and loved—and who doesn't need more of that in their lives? 

Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading my little blog. It has truly been a blessing to get to know all of you through your blogs and through the wonderful comments you leave me here at BBB. 

For those of you who celebrate, have a wonderful Thanksgiving. My aunt-in-law does the majority of the cooking for our annual family feast. She doesn't love fighting the crowds at Costco for pies, though, so that's my yearly task. I'm writing this on Monday, just in case I don't make it out alive. Wish me luck!

Happy TTT!


  1. How lovely, Susan. Yes, we have so much to be grateful for, I can underline every single thing you said.

    My TTT is a top twenty this week.

    1. I truly believe that there is always, ALWAYS something to be grateful for—no matter what. Sometimes you have to look a little harder to find those blessings, but they're ALWAYS there :)

      Have a lovely time celebrating your American Thanksgiving! Blessings to you and yours. And, of course, thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting!

    2. I totally agree with that. I am thankful for so many things in my life, even if on some days I moan, I then remind myself how blessed I really am. Thanks for your wishes. We will celebrate on Saturday since this is a regular work day here.

      Wish you a great Thanksgiving! 🦃

  2. Great list! Hope you make it out of Costco alive! Always a challenge this time of year. Happy Thanksgiving! My post:

    1. I survived! It was crazy busy, but there were cashiers at all the registers plus two self checkouts, so things moved pretty quickly. Phew!

      Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! And thanks for popping in and commenting.

  3. Awwww, this is such a nice list. I echo many of your thoughts regarding blogging and the community. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    1. It really has been such a pleasure to be part of this community of readers and reviewers. I love it!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam. Have a wonderful holiday!

  4. Can I just say "Ditto!" right back at you! What a nice post. I'm thankful for your blog and comments as well.

    My TTT isn't posted yet because I'm migrating blog hosts right now and it's not done yet. Hopefully later today.

    1. I just really love interacting with other readers and bloggers. It's so fun! Sometimes when I talk about books in my real life, I feel like I'm talking to myself. It's nice to be able to have a conversation about my favorite subject—even if it is virtual.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deanna!

  5. Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday, specifically because it's centered around family and friends and thankfulness. (The food is a good bonus, too.) Thank you for sharing your great book reviews with all of us!

    My TTT:

    1. I agree. I like the simplicity of Thanksgiving. It helps that I rarely have to cook anything and I just get to enjoy and help with clean up (even that is fun because it's done while visiting and laughing together).

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Nicole! Enjoy your holiday.

  6. I'm grateful for the books you share, and your well-written opinions on them. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Aww, thanks so much! I appreciate the kind words.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, T! Enjoy your holiday.

  7. Wonderful list and it made me smile because it really resonates with me. I appreciate you and your blog because of your positive attitude and great book recommendations. Have a wonderful week!

    1. Awww, thanks! I do try to keep things positive and upbeat around here. Around me everywhere, actually. That's just how I am :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Helen!

  8. Aww, this is such a nice list and I feel the same about everything you said. The blogging community really is the best. Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. I agree. It's been so much fun to be a part of the book blogosphere. I love that it's a community of like-minded people, each of whom has their own individual style and preferences. The variety is awesome!

      Thanks for popping by, Lindsey. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

  9. This is my first time visiting your fun and cute blog. I'm grateful for your post about gratefulness.

    1. Welcome, Anne! I'm so glad you stopped by. I always enjoy reading your posts :) Thanks for popping in!

  10. Your blog was one of the first that I found when I started this project back in July, and it was such an inspiration to me! Your blog is quite a good roadmap for a new blogger, and you have been so kind to me!

    Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you got out of Costco without being torn apart by packs of rabid pie-buyers!

    1. That's so kind of you to say, Lori! Lots of bloggers mentored me when I first started, so I like to pay it forward :)

      I did make it out of Costco and it wasn't really that bad. Definitely one of the more pleasant trips I've done during Thanksgiving week. I am glad to have it over with for another year, though.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lori. Enjoy your holiday!

  11. Happy Thanksgiving, Susan! I agree with all this. I love having such a great community to share my love of books with! I did a Thanksgiving type post as well.

    1. It's so nice, isn't it? Especially when your IRL community doesn't include raving book lovers who just GET you. It's fun that we can all gather in this wonderful book blogosphere. I love it!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cindy. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  12. I love what you did today. I totally relate to all of those things. It's amazing how many genres I've tried because of blogging! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Susan!

    1. Right? Even if a book really doesn't sound like my "thing," if one of my trusted book blogging buddies raves about it, I'm going to give it a try. I've found lots of great books I wouldn't have tried otherwise with this method :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leslie. Enjoy your holiday!

  13. What a wonderful take on this week's topic! Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving, Susan.

    1. You too, Tanya! Enjoy your holiday.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting!

  14. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Susan! and good luck getting those pies. :D

    1. Ha ha. I did get pies—one pumpkin and one pecan. I usually get two pumpkin, but we've got fewer people coming this year. Even still, I'm wondering if I got enough...

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lark. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

  15. This is such a beautiful spin on TTT for this week. I could definitely identify with so many of your list items, and freely admit that blogging has helped me to feel connected, especially while stuck at home for so much of the last few years.

    1. Right? It's definitely been a lifeline in difficult times for a lot of us.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Leah!

  16. What a wonderful post. So many things to be Thankful for. I love checking out your blog when I have time. Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving.

    1. Yes, there's always SOMETHING to be thankful for! I love that Thanksgiving encourages us to focus on gratitude. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday, too.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cheryl!

  17. Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoy your time with family.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

    1. Thanks, Pam! We're planning to eat, visit, play card games, and maybe even take a walk between dinner and pie. We'll see if we can get ourselves off the couch. Ha ha.

      Enjoy your holiday!

  18. Thank you for this lovely post. Wishing you and yous a Blessed Thanksgiving. God bless.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

    1. Thank you so much, ladies! I hope you have a wonderful holiday as well. Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting. I appreciate it :)

  19. What a lovely list! Thank you for your kind words and being a part of the blogging community.

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love it for all the reasons you listed. Christmas is great too.

    1. I've really loved being a part of this community over the years. It's changed and grown, but it's still such a fun, nurturing, welcoming place to be. I adore it!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Kami. I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  20. Aww what a great post! I agree so much, blogging has been so good to me and yes I have discovered so many new genres and books- and so many wonderful bloggers too.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

    1. Same. I've felt welcomed and understood from the moment I started my blog. It's been a lot of fun to be a part of the community.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Greg. Happy Thanksgiving!

  21. Love this list - a number of people are taking a Thanksgiving rather than character update twist! I know how grateful and humbling I find every comment I get on my blog, and how important the reading community has become!
    This is my TTT this week: books with particularly open and inviting endings which invite you to wonder where they are now.

    1. "Humbling" is a great way to put it. I'm still surprised—and thrilled—that so many of you take time out of your busy lives to visit my little blog. It truly is humbling.

      Thanks for popping in!

  22. Aww, these are great reasons, and like you, I feel so bless to have regular readers who take the time and make the effort to visit and leave comments. Thanks for being one of those. Have a great Thanksgiving with your family.

    1. I love getting comments, so I always make an effort to comment on other people's posts. It's just nice to know that someone is reading and appreciating what you're writing. I also like that we're able to have a conversation through comments.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Alex. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  23. What a lovely list Susan. They are all true for me as well. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    1. Thanks, Wendy! We had a nice holiday. I hope you did as well.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting!

  24. What a wonderful Top Ten List, Susan. Happy Thanksgiving to you, and I hope you had a wonderful day! 😀

    1. It was wonderful. Very relaxed. All I cooked was a green bean casserole and that's so easy it hardly counts!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Carla!

  25. This whole list made ME smile! What a great idea.

    1. I'm so glad! Interacting with all of you makes me very happy :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, RS!

  26. Aw, I love this. I always regret when I don't post something like this around this time of year, because like you, seeing comments or having people visit always makes me smile. I know it's tough sometimes with busy lives, so I appreciate it very much that anyone takes the time to comment or read something. :) Thank YOU for visiting Finding Wonderland on this TTT week, Susan.

    1. Agreed. It does take time to read blogs and make thoughtful comments, but it's so worth it for me. I like making other people happy and I love it when they reciprocate. It's one of the most fun parts about book blogging for me.

      Thanks for popping in, Rissi!

  27. Such a lovely post and I agree with everything you wrote. I always feel so grateful that I found my way to the bookish community. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. :)

    1. Same! I was so happy when I found this community all those years ago. It's been a real joy for me to be part of it.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Suzanne!

  28. I just relized I had this post open in my tabs and never responded! Even in December we can be thankful! Yes, blogging, books, bookish people, and reading take up half the space on my gratitude list! In particular, I'm thankful WE have connected in the vast blogging/book world! Hope your Thanksgiving was memorable!


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