With Thanksgiving arriving, it seemed like a good time to look at books that I am thankful for. Some of them have made me enjoy reading and others have stayed with me over the years.
There are some books that just make you feel grateful that the author wrote it and that you decided to read it. Getting a book published is no easy task and even after that, there are many hurdles to overcome. I have heard countless stories of authors that got rejected many times and still kept at it because they believed in their book that much. And they ended up being right.
Books that I am Thankful For
Without further ado, these are the books that I am most thankful for.
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Bear and the Nightingale by
- Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
- Fight Club by Chuck Palahnuik
- The Count of Mount Cristo Alexandre Dumas
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
- Watership Down by Richard Adams
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
- The Harry Potter series
- A Song of Ice and Fire series
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- The Fault in our Stars by John Green
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
- The Nickel Boys by Whitehead, Colson
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski
Why I Chose These Books
Starting off the list is Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale because of how much I enjoyed this book. I have come to love Hannah’s writing style over the years and this was the book that started it all. If you haven’t read any books by Hannah, I recommend starting with this one so you will be convinced to read her other works too!
Another favorite of mine is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and this a book I cherish. Zusak tells a tragic love story and uses interesting narration to tell a story and I can’t imagine it being told any other way. To capture the struggle, suffering, and moments of happiness in between is hard to pull off and Zusak somehow does it perfectly in the novel.
While I herald The Lord of the Rings trilogy often on this blog, I will be using this post to praise The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski instead. I learned about the books from the Netflix show and fell in love with the books. The story pulls you in and the Witcher world is a fascinating one.
There are too many books on the list to talk about all of them and I have talked about most of them on other posts. That is why I’ll be discussing Min Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko. It is a beautiful story about love and sacrifice and the struggle of being outsiders in a foreign country. I was unable to out the book down when reading it and felt a range of emotions. Min Jin Lee captures the plight of Koreans in the early 1900’s and shows some of the hardships that they faced.
These are all of the books that I am grateful that I can think of. I am sure I am forgetting some books but I am happy with this list. You can check out Oprah’s list of books to read this Thanksgiving for more book recommendatiosn here! What books are you thankful for? Let us know in the comments below!
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What was it about the Outsiders that made you put it on this list?
That was the first book that I remember being fully immersed in as a kid. We were assigned to read chapters of it for homework and I finished the whole book. This book and to kill a mockingbird are the two books that made me get into reading.
That’s cool that you still remember that.
The Book Thief was wonderful!