At my house, before Thanksgiving dinner we all go around the table and say what we’re thankful for. Health, happiness, friends, family, food…the list goes on. Given the turmoil of the past few weeks, I wanted to do a post on all the things I’m thankful for in the literary world. I’m bad with titles and good with portmanteaus, so let’s just call this Thanksreading.
- First, I’m obviously thankful for J.K. Rowling because she is an international treasure. And a genius, because she said she wouldn’t write any more Harry Potter books and yet I bought two new ones this year. Hmm…
- I’m thankful for each of the 100+ books I’ve read this year, including the ones I didn’t like or didn’t even finish. I learn something about myself, my craft, and my industry from every book I pick up.
- I’m thankful for my favorite book of 2016, which goes to A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. Talk about all the feels.
- I’m thankful for the hundreds and hundreds of manuscripts I considered over the past 12 months. Not every book was a perfect fit, but I am always honored to get the chance to read someone else’s work.
- I’m thankful for the literary community as a whole. It’s a group of intelligent, brave, and creative people that constantly challenge each other to produce the best possible art. The love of books connects people across continents, faiths, ethnicities, orientations, and backgrounds, and makes our great big world seem smaller and friendlier.
- I’m especially and weirdly thankful for the literary Twitterverse. I say weirdly because I sort of hate Twitter and it’s time-sucking powers. But I’m thankful because I learn so much from the readers, authors, editors, agents, bloggers, and librarians who post and interact on Twitter. They have definitely made me a better editor, and probably a better human being.
- I’m thankful I get to be an editor. Man life was scary when I was just an English major thinking, Crap, do I have to go to law school? I get to read for a living, which means I have the best job in the world.
- I’m thankful for all the wonderful authors I work with on a daily basis. They are the reason I have a job, so that’s a big part of my gratefulness. But I’m also inspired by their talent, excited by their stories, and proud to be the editor who gets to usher those books into the world.
- I’m thankful for the equally wonderful agents I’ve gotten to know over the years. Without them, I wouldn’t have nearly as many amazing authors!
- I’m thankful for every bookseller, librarian, literacy advocate, and book reviewer out there. They have an incredible impact on their communities, and those who are committed to the written word can change the lives of children and adults alike with a single recommendation.
- I’m thankful for my hometown bookstores, because going in there always feels like stepping into Narnia. (Other bookstores are nice too, but my hometown is the best. Not that I’m biased or anything.)
- I’m dubiously thankful for the new Goodreads daily deals emails that have caused me to buy waaaaay too many ebooks for $1.99.
- I’m thankful for my Barnes and Noble membership whose wonderful deals have resulted in me running out of bookshelves. My husband is not so thankful for this, but he understands.
- Speaking of my husband, I’m thankful for him because he spends far more time than is required talking over plot, characters, and twists with me. To the single folks out there, marry someone who loves books. To the married folks, buy your spouse books until he or she accepts their fate.
- Lastly, I am thankful for the cookbooks I bought this year because this Thanksgiving feast is going to be AMAZING.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that all your book wishes come true. -Jillian