For all my American followers, Happy Thanksgiving!! For all my non American followers, Happy Thursday!
This post is going to seem really repetitive, mostly because I talk about these books a lot. There will be some different books in this post but this will be a post of books, and series, and authors I am thankful for!
Stand alone books I’m thankful for:
1) The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (not my photo)- I just felt like it was so easy to connect to this book and the characters. We all know what it’s like, trying to fit in and to want to feel wanted by our peers. It’s a beautiful and heartbreaking and heart wrenching read.
2) The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (not my photo)- I adore this book. It is one of my all time favorite books. I love the story and the characters and everything about it. Not all mental illness is obvious or debilitating but it is there and it effects people’s lives on a regular basis. It’s a beautiful story of two people discovering themselves and each other.
3) Looking for Alaska by John Green- I always connected with Alaska Young to some degree. It wasn’t always about the future but about the here and now. She is a fun and dysfunctional character who touched me. And the story itself is fun and sad and meaningful.
4) The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah- I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. I loved how it viewed the war from the women’s perspective and showed what they had to deal with at home, along with the things they did to effect the war. You see such character development throughout the book and it was uplifting and informative to read.
5) Paper Towns by John Green- I love a good story of self discovery. I feel like this is a perfect example of that. I loved watching the characters grow up throughout be story and I loved seeing how they grew closer as friends. Then there’s the story itself, cute and fun and unique.
6) Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys- This was a World War II story I was extremely unfamiliar with. Honestly, it’s something I had never read about before. It was so eye opening and jaw dropping. The writing was beautiful, the characters were well done, and the information was very well researched. I loved every second of this book.
7) All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr- There’s a theme here, lots of historical fiction. I love learning about our past, in whatever way it prevents itself. This book was beautifully written and the characters were so unique that this book is on a whole different plane than most historical fiction novels.
8) Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie- this book introduced me to her writing and I will forever be thankful for that. She has such a unique way of telling stories that is makes it difficult to figure out what exactly is going on at all times.
9) Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult- Picoult’s newest book, her writing continues to amaze me. This has been, by far, my favorite book by her to date. I still have more to read but I think it will be tough to top this one.
Book series I’m thankful for:
2) A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin- I could forever get lost in this series, over and over again. I love the writing and the world that has been created. Just amazing.
3) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon- this series is still pretty new to me, I’ve only read the first four books but I am in love so far. These are some of the most beautifully crafted novels I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I know that they are intimidating because of the length but they are so action packed and the characters are phenomenal.
4) The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer- another new series but I have absolutely fallen in love with it. I love the premise behind the story and all the fairytale retelling a mixed in along the way
5) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- this is the master of all dystopian series in my opinion. It is the right level of twisted but still gives you hope that better things will come. I love the characters, they act the way you would think they would act and I always respected that. Love this series.
6) Michae Bennett by James Patterson- I adore the main character and his family in this series. They are a family I would love to meet because it is so unique. And I love the storylines in this series. The books, more or less, stand on their own and I like a series with jus the same character and always changing storylines.
7) The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien- these books open the mind to imagination and have been doing it for so long. How could I not be thankful for these books?
Authors I am thankful for:
3) Rick Riordan- he makes learning about Greek mythology fun to learn about. It is difficult to make learning fun these days, we need books like these to do just that
4) Diana Gabaldon- I gush and gush over how beautiful her writing style is and I will continue to do so.