Happy Thanksgiving American friends! I’m super late on this post, I’m sorry! I’m making the desserts for my family’s Thanksgiving dinner, so I’m a little stressed. I completely forgot to schedule a post for today, so here are some books I’m thankful for!
Some of these books are nostalgic books and were important for my childhood, so I apologize if any of them are titles that leave a sour taste in your mouth.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Published: March 27, 2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
I really got into reading in middle school, and this was one of those series that sparked my love for reading. I loved this book throughout middle school and high school and have loved the spin off series so much. I’m grouping all of the Mortal Instruments books into one, because there are so many. But especially the TID (The Infernal Devices) series was my absolute favorite. Changed my life in high school! (and destroyed my tear ducts)
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Published: September 6, 2006
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
This was the book that jump started my reading craze. I actually bought and read the books out of order, but I didn’t care because I re-read this series like five times once I had all of the books. My books became so old and battered from my constantly picking them up and reading them. By the end of their life, dust jackets were torn or missing, pages were bent and yellowed – they were just destroyed. But I read these books in fifth grade going into sixth grade and you couldn’t find my without a book after that.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Published: August 16, 2007
After reading Twilight, this book jump started my vampire craze. It got me into series like Marked, City of Bones, Cirque du Freak, all those kinds of books. I went on a complete reading obsession! Anything with vampires or centered around vampires, I would devour. It was so bad! But I still love this book and this series and I actually read them in the sixth grade during Thanksgiving break. So I have memories of reading this book on my grandma’s couch while we made Thanksgiving dinner. The smells of Thanksgiving remind me of this book and vice versa. Lots of wonderful memories with this series!
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Published: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Tor Books
This book came as a recommendation from my friend Emma and it was one of my first introductions to modern adult fantasy. It opened my eyes to a new world of books that I hadn’t touched for fear that it would be like the boring books I read in high school. I had a strong aversion to adult fantasy after I graduated high school just because I had the assumption that they would be bad. Or boring. But this book helped me see that I was missing out on a lot of amazing stories by dismissing adult fantasy! I’m so glad I picked up this book and loved it.
The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson
Published: July 9, 2019
I suffer from depression and anxiety. It controls my life sometimes and it’s a tireless battle that I struggle with every day. This book was one of the first times I had seen accurate and relatable depression and anxiety representation. I actually cried reading this book because it was so relatable. I kept nodding and crying as she mentions the struggles she goes through after the traumatic experience of her mother dying and her kingdom being taken over. I loved this book and I’m so thankful I read it during quarantine.
These books and stories all have different histories for me. Some are just plain nostalgic and allowed me to dive into reading and love it. Others opened my eyes to new kinds of stories that I hadn’t experienced before. All of these books have touched me or shaped me in some way and for that, I am so thankful for them.
What are some books you’re thankful for?
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