To my American readers: Happy Thanksgiving!
To my international friends: Um… happy Thursday!
I wrote Thanksgiving posts in 2012 and 2013, but have never talked about the books I’m grateful for – which seems strange now that I think about it, because I talk about books sooooo much on this blog!
1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I’d never read anything like these books before, and I never have since. And I doubt I ever will. MARISSA MEYER IS A GENIUS AND I WISH I HAD EVEN HALF OF HER TALENT. I look forward to reading the final installment, Winter, when it’s published next November!
2. Matilda by Roald Dahl
Best. Children’s. Book. Ever. When I first read this book at approximately age five, I related sooooo much to Matilda – and I still do. If you read only ONE Dahl book in your entire life, then A) your life sounds very sad and B) the book in question should be Matilda.
3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
All right, forget what I just said – this is also the best children’s book! I love this book to pieces and am immensely grateful that I read it two years ago. I do wish I’d read it when I was little, though. (I’m also grateful for its film adaptations, and look forward to seeing The Battle of the Five Armies in a little less than one month!)
4. Ash by Malinda Lo
High fantasy, fairy tale retellings, cute love stories between queer girls, beautiful writing – all these things make Ash the best book I’ve read thus far this year. Who knew that such a short book could inspire so much fangirlish glee from me?!
5. The Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy
I haven’t even finished this series yet, but I plan to read a few more of its books during the long Thanksgiving weekend. I’m anxious to continue reading these not only because they’re awesome, but because… honestly, I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately and these books never fail to cheer me up.
Thanks to my friends for pestering me into reading this book! I read it over the summer and and couldn’t understand why I hadn’t picked it up earlier; it’s hilarious and Pratchett/Gaiman are a perfect authorly duo.
7. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
I have an uncanny knack for finding LGBTQ+ YA based on their covers alone, and I found this book at basically the perfect time. I was going through a lot of sexual-orientation-weirdness during the spring of 2013 (a few months before I came out) and this book meant a lot to me then and now.
8. Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts
I still have yet to review this, but I’ll get around to it… eventually. Anyway, this book is basically everything that John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars failed to be for me. It’s lovely and I highly recommend it.
This short play is absolutely brilliant, and makes me wish I had a TARDIS so I could hop back in time and talk to Wilde. This story is the best of both worlds: Reading it will make you seem highbrow, and it will make you laugh until your sides ache.
10. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Time for a story! I read the first book of this series, The Raven Boys, during Thanksgiving 2012 and spent the rest of the day suffering from a massive bookish hangover because it was. Just. That. Good.
What books are you most thankful for? Let me know in the comments!