Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving/Thankful Freebie

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

This week’s topic is Thanksgiving/Thankful Freebie giving us free rein to come up with our own take on the topic.  As later this month it will be the two year blogiversary of  What Cathy Read Next, I thought I’d use this opportunity to express my gratitude to the many individuals, groups and organisations who have made the book blogging community such a fantastic thing to be part of.

In no particular order, my thanks to…

  1. Everyone who follows my blog, likes and comments on my book reviews and shares them on social media
  2. The book bloggers who have helped me discover fantastic new authors and who write such wonderful reviews that my wishlist and TBR pile have grown exponentially over the past two years!
  3. All the publishers (too many to mention individually) who have sent me review copies, invited me to participate in blog tours or approved my requests on NetGalley
  4. The blog tour organisers who have included me in their list of tour hosts and who work with such professionalism and efficiency in support of authors
  5. The lovely authors who have sent me review copies of their books and waited so patiently for my reviews
  6. My local library for ensuring reading is an activity available to everyone
  7. The organisers of literary festivals and their brilliant volunteers for providing such fantastic opportunities for book lovers to hear from and mingle with authors
  8. Authors for writing stories that amaze, thrill and inspire us, and that make us laugh, cry and, mostly importantly, think
  9. My family and friends for their encouragement and support with my blogging endeavours
  10. The Book Connectors Facebook group for being (thanks to founder, Anne Cater) a source of valuable advice, information and mutual support as well as a (much-needed) place for intelligent and respectful debate between authors and book bloggers

Thank You

Blogiversary: The People Who Made the Difference

BlogiversaryI can’t quite believe that it’s a year since What Cathy Read Next was launched into the blogosphere but it is and today is my first blogiversary!

I could talk about how many followers my blog has gained or how many views it’s received. But, if I’ve learned anything over the past twelve months, it’s that it’s the people who make the book blogging community what it is. So, this is my tribute to just some of the people who’ve made the past year such a positive experience.

Authors: Thank you for your creativity and for crafting the books that make us go “Aah”, “Eek”, “Ouch”, “Eh?” or – my favourite – “I wasn’t expecting that!”. Thank you to the authors who’ve entrusted me with their books and waited patiently for my reviews – and for those still waiting! Thank you to the authors who’ve shared my reviews or commented on them with generosity and appreciation.

Publishers: Thank you to the many publishers who’ve supported my blog by generously providing me with review copies or inviting me to participate in blog tours – especially those who took a chance on me when my blog was just a toddler such as Bonnier Zaffre, Head of Zeus and Impress Books.

Book bloggers: Thank you to the book bloggers who’ve provided me with inspiration, acted as role models for the book blogging community and who continue to overwhelm me with their energy, inventiveness, camaraderie and passion for books. You can find some of my favourites in the blog roll on my blog.

Followers: Thank you to each and every one of the people who have followed What Cathy Read Next by email, on WordPress, Bloglovin, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. I value your support.

Commenters: Thanks to all those who’ve taken the time to comment on my blog posts. I’ve really enjoyed our conversations and it’s been fantastic to receive feedback on my reviews, learn about other great books to add to my wishlist and chat about those great book blogging preoccupations: TBR piles, NetGalley feedback ratios and reading/blogging slumps! A special shout out to my top commenters: Nicki at The Secret Library Blog, Eva at Novel Delights, Cleo at Cleopatra Loves Books and Lynne at Fictionophile.

Sharers: A big thank you to everyone who’s shared my blog posts on Twitter or Facebook or retweeted my tweets. Oh, and everyone who’s ‘liked’ them as well!

Tour organisers: Participating in blog tours has introduced me to some fantastic books, some of which I would probably never have read or even known about otherwise. I’m always blown away by the organisational skill and professionalism of blog tour organisers.   So thank you to the following for letting me be part of your tour host teams: Amy at Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours, Giselle at Xpresso Tours, Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources, Sage at Sage’s Blog Tours, Laura at iRead Book Tours and Anne at Random Things Through My Letter Box.

And since I’m in a good mood, I’ll even thank WordPress for randomly inserting extra line breaks at random in my posts (including this one)!



Here’s to many more years of happy book blogging for us all!

What Cathy Read Next