What a strange, wondrous, and unique community the book world is. In a time when everything is about instant gratification and receiving what you want when you want it, there is a certain strength and patience that is required for reading and completing a book. There are things that only other book lovers will understand about your personality: your secret longing for the fictional characters you read about to be real, the breathless feeling you get after finishing a really good book, the un-self-conscious way you laugh or cry in public when a book is well-written and emotional…These thing unite us and create a feeling of brother- and sisterhood, linking book lovers in a chain that circles the globe, unbroken.
The book blogging community, which I only recently joined, despite having been blogging for over two years, is one of the most interesting online phenomena I have encountered. Especially fascinating to me because I am a book lover, I am amazed at the love and support shown by one book blogger to another. For instance, I recently read a blog posted by a fellow book blogger about a death in her family involving tragic circumstances–ones which raise a lot of questions and weigh the grieving down with additional unanswerable questions. As I read this short blurb about this event, which provided few details, I was struck through the heart for this woman. In her comments I saw that other bloggers were affected the same way, and I could not help but be impressed by and proud of the support that this (mostly) sorority of bloggers shows for one another.
I feel blessed and honored that I am a part of the book blogging community. I am proud that I am a voracious reader. I think that books speak to us on a very deep level about the nature of humanity, and I feel more intelligent and connected to my heart and soul because of the reading I have done my whole life. Keep reading, book nerds, and wear the title as a badge of honor! You are beautiful, compassionate, united, and more.