November is the month of Thanksgiving, the time of the year when you stop to think about everything you are thankful for. I know this is more of a US holiday and I’ve only ever celebrated it once (in France of all countries), but I think it has core values that can be appreciated anywhere.
Anyway, as I was planning my blog posts, I noticed that both Top 5 Wednesday and Monthly Recommendations had this one topic in common – books that we are thankful for.
I like thinking about this topic because it reminds me why I love to read, why I like certain books, why I always want to write that one story, and all those other thoughts relating to fiction and literature.
In a sense, I’m thankful for every single book I’ve ever read even if I’ve not liked it. I think it is the fact we get the opportunity to discover all these wonderful books and share them. Although on the flip side, I feel generally upset for those who – for whatever reason – don’t have access to fiction and it makes me remember that sometimes we can take our own fortune for granted.
Anyway, I digress.
Of course, this post would be thousands of words and pictures long if I stated every single book I am personally thankful for, so I’m going to pick a select few. Some of these you will have seen on my blog before, possibly multiple times so I hope I don’t end up repeating myself too much.
We all know why this is the case, right? If you are new to my blog and don’t know of my undying love for this classic, then you will find out right now. I think this was the first classic I ever read, and it is the one I have come to love the most. Every time I read it, I pick up something new and it is one of those stories I never get bored of. I will never fall out of love with it and I think that speaks volumes when compared to some of the other books that will grace this list.
This is one of the most recent books to create those feelings of thankfulness because it is full of messages that personally mean a lot to me. As a middle-grade/YA contemporary, it also touches on some very modern truths, particularly the impact of social media and mass communication on a society and how we all need to be aware of our digital footprint due to its possible latent and undesired consequences.
Before this year, I had never read a Beauty and the Beast retelling that deeply touched me and reminded me why I love the story so much. Hunted changed all that. Yeva is the Belle I’ve always looked up to, the Beast is haunting and tortured, and their journey of enlightenment is a joy to read. It is hands down my favourite Beauty and the Beast retelling, and I am thankful I read this when I did because it pulled me out of a dark place.
I’m pretty sure this box set, and the two poetry books (Now We Are Six and When We Were Very Young), got me through my childhood. Every night I would read some of the poems with my dad and it gave me the chance to forget about reality and whatever problems we were having. I think about that now, and it makes me long for those moments of innocence that I probably took for granted. They’re also the books that influenced my love of poetry and they’ll never be replaced.
Keeping on the topic of poetry for a second is this collection of poems, and especially the title poem, Heard it in the Playground. My year 4/6 teacher used to read us this poem a lot and I don’t know what was so special about it, but it captivated each and every one of us. Even now when I’ve gone back to my primary school as a voluntary TA, the love for this poem has never died. It is endurable and I’m thankful that this one book has so strong a power. I don’t know where my personal copy of this has disappeared to, but when I find it again, it is taking pride of place on my shelf.
Next to Harry Potter, this is the series that sparked my love for Fantasy and I owe everything to it. I might not remember what happens in the second and third book as it has been a long time since I last read them, but it got me longing for anything to do with multiple dimensions and magical objects. I love this rich world, and I am now thankful I can revisit it with the Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage.
I don’t think it would be right if I didn’t have Harry Potter on this list. Whilst the series and I have had a love/hate relationship over the years, it threw me into the world of magic, introduced me to characters I will forever love, and created an enriching story full of powerful messages that mean a lot to me. It is the modern fantasy that has already become a classic and I’m not just thankful for what it has given me, but for what it gives to people who are experiencing reading and books for the first time. My sister is now reading actual books thanks to the illustrated editions of the series and it is amazing to see her become completely enthralled and lost in the magic.
The original Mortal Instruments Series threw me into the world of YA fiction. It is the series that made me discover the online book community, and it has certainly given me a greater love for anything fantasy and paranormal. However, I turn more to the Infernal Devices trilogy because it is within these three books that I find characters I can relate to, explore a setting I completely adore, and more importantly, it never fails to get me out of a reading slump. It is probably one of my favourite trilogies and I’m thankful it came into my life when it did because, without it, I doubt I would even be blogging right now.
I get nothing from this series of books but comfort, warmth, and complete joy. It’s a series I can re-read constantly and never tire of. It is also a tv series that both my mother and I can curl up and watch together on a rainy day, and that’s a rare thing.
There’s always that one contemporary that you want to revisit time and time again and for me, that is Ari and Dante. One of my friends gave me this for my birthday a few years ago and when I read it, I’d never read a book that touched me as much as this did. It shows you the power of friendship, love and how much that truly means to someone. As soon as I finished it, I wanted to go back to the beginning and read it all over again. I’m thankful for everything this book gives me and I love it so much.
And that is that. I know there will be some other books that I’ve forgotten about, but these 10 truly do mean something important to me and I’m thankful for that.
What books are you thankful for?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!