Thanksgiving is coming up in America, and while we don’t celebrate here in Australia, I like the idea of being thankful for things. Also food, I really like food. Anyway, I wanted to share a list of some of the bloggers I’m thankful for having known this year. I’ve made more friends in 2016 than I have in the rest of my life, and for the first time I feel like I’m not surrounded by toxic people. I think that’s a reason to be thankful alone, but I wanted to thank these people especially for being wonderful.
I know I say this a lot, but Inge really is one of the greatest people to ever grace this Earth. She is sweet and hilarious, and she puts up with all of my stupid writing questions. She is honestly the best CP and friend I could ever ask for, and I probably would be cry in a corner somewhere without her.
Val is kind of a bully, but in a loving way. I’m kidding—she is also really lovely. We’ve become pretty good friends this year after hosting our WWII event and the #MakeMeRead Read-a-thon together. We’ve also had the world’s most awkward Skype conversation where we just stared at dogs…it was great.
Jolien and I have only started talking really recently, but she is SO nice. Her blog is one of my favourites, and one of Michelle’s too (so you know it’s good). You should probably prepare yourselves to see a lot more of Jolien around here from now on!
Cee, MY WELSH QUEEN. I’m assuming most of you have seen Cee Arr around here—she comments on here a lot and we have many discussions on le Twitter. If I’ve spoken to you about diversity at all, I’ve probably sent you to her link up which is my favourite thing on the Internet. Cee Arr is so lovely, and she’s Welsh, which means she’s instantly a million times better than the average person. Her posts are also SUPER important, so you should follow her.
Again, you shouldn’t be surprised to hear me talk about Lara, again. I love her blog more than life, and I share her things quite a bit on here and Twitter. She’s incredibly funny, and nice and she’s basically just a really great person.
Lori has been one of my longest blogging friends. Her blog is probably my favourite of all-time. She has the best writing posts EVER. Like everyone else on this list, she’s a real sweetheart. Plus, she had this amazing blue hair for a while that I was super jealous of!
Dina is a gift to this universe, she really is. We haven’t been speaking long either, but Dina can always brighten my day. We have the BEST discussions about disability together, so that makes her pretty incredile in my opinion. She doesn’t really post about books like almost everyone else here, but her posts have gotten me through some tough days. If you need a friend who’ll give you unwavering support and smiles, then that’s Dina.
I can tell you right now that 95% of the reason I’m alive today is because of this girl. Whenever things get sucky in the book community I know that I can go to Angel and she’ll be thinking the same thing as me. There were times a few months back that Angel was the only reason I was leaving my house or speaking to anyone, and I owe her so much for that. Also, she made me a freaking Anne Frank pillow for my both. AN ANNE FRANK PILLOW, GUYS.
Millllllicent Nankivell. Honestly, even if she were an awful person I would keep Millicent in my life just for the fact that her name is so much fun to say. Seriously, everyone take a second to say her name out loud. Awesome, right? Luckily, Millicent is lovely and extremely motivational—there’s no one who can get my butt in gear quite like her. She also took the world’s best photo of me. (Thanks, lovely)
Eddie is gorgeous. She was one of my first blogging friends, and there was a while there where she felt like one of my only friends. She’s just such a lovely person, and we always have the best time whenever we manage to catch up. She’s only just come back to the blogging world, but I’m so happy she’s back.
Lu is my other non-book blogger, even if she don’t even technically have a blog (YET!!). She’s part of the Starlight Collective with Angel, Millicent, Eddie, some others and me. She’s incredibly sweet, and just a really, really lovely person.
Miranda is one of the best people I know. She’s one of the most positive people I’ve ever met, and it breaks my heart that some not so nice stuff has happened to her this year. She makes me laugh, and I’m very much looking forward to working with her on a big project next year (which you’ll hear more about later).
Saving the very best until last. Michelle is obviously my best friend. In the grand schemes of things, we haven’t really known each other that long, but I wouldn’t be here without this one. She got me through a lot of stuff at the start of 2015 when I was feeling very lost and alone, and she still keeps supporting me through everything. I know she’ll probably never stop holding the fact I left her for Europe over my head, but that’s what true friendship is, isn’t it?
So, everyone I’ve just mentioned, I want to thank you for being there for me this year in all your different ways. Whether you’re only a few hours away by train or in a completely different country, I want you to know I really appreciate you. Thank you to everyone else who has been lovely to me this year. You’re all gems.