Books I’m *eternally grateful* for!

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So, we don’t have Thanksgiving here in the UK, but that doesn’t mean I can’t share some BOOKISH GRATITUDE! I tried to narrow this down to books that have a special place in my heart or that came into my life at exactly the right time (although of course, most great books feel like that, simply by virtue of being great 😉). Annnd I’m gonna be honest, I ended up with a very different post to the one I started with, because I took out anything too dark. I think I just prefer this to be a *happy place*. Without further ado, here are some of the books I’m most grateful for:

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Harry Potter– starting way back when I was 7- this was the first big book I ever read and I will always be thankful that it made me the reader I am today. Yes, I am a stereotypical millennial reader and proud of it 😉

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The Hobbit– aside from being mythologically rich and having wonderful characters, this book gave me my love of fantasy- how could I not include it?

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Peter Pan– this is another childhood favourite and I’d feel remiss not to include it, especially given how often it inspired me to practice flying as a child 😉 (granted, I never actually achieved my goal, but not for want of trying 😉)

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Rebecca– this book always reminds me of my mum, cos it’s her favourite. And I’m always glad that she foisted her favourites on me!

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The Idiot– I originally felt like I had no special reason for including this one, but whenever I think about books that have shaped me, this springs to mind. I read this at about thirteen and it just clicked. Not only did it start a lifelong love of Dostoevsky, it taught me so many valuable lessons that I carry with me to this day.

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Emma– okay, quick confession, I’d already read Pride and Prejudice when I read this and I think I was too young to get the irony. I’m really happy I read this book, because it unlocked Austen’s humour for me. I ended up rereading Pride and Prejudice shortly after and loved it the second time round! (which was lucky, cos I was set it for school). Then, of course, I read all the others and have never looked back!

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Dr Faustus– it just lit up my brain at exactly the right moment- yes I am enough of a dork to include academic inspiration on this list.

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Man’s Search for Meaning– part autobiography, part exploration of logotherapy, Frankl’s book may seem a bit heavy on the surface. However, it’s actually the most uplifting book I’ve ever read and my brother was a hundred percent right about getting me to read it!

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Mort– I *needed* this book in my life- I just didn’t know it. Fortunately, a couple of my friends did know that I needed to read this and pushed me into it… and I couldn’t be happier that they did! Plus, one of my friends knew exactly which Pratchett to get me started on. So I know you’re not reading this, but thank you.

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Vicious– fun fact, I was giving blood for the first time when I read this- and it was the *perfect* distraction! It was simply too brilliant! You simply can’t pay attention to anything else going on when you’ve got Schwab for company! (also, guys, give blood- it’s a great excuse to sit and read and you get free biscuits 😉 )

grey sister

Grey Sister– ah this is just a pleasure to put on the list. I was in a horrible slump a couple of summers ago and trying to deal with big life changes- this gave me a welcome distraction for a few hours- which I was immensely grateful for, I can tell you!

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Carry On– I can’t stop being thankful for this magical book- because it has the power to pull me out of any slump and give me all the *warm fuzzies*!

That was fun- I feel like I should steal more traditions from across the Pond 😉 Hope all my American friends have a Happy Thanksgiving! (and if it’s not to late, the same to all you lovely Canadians!) And, I’m curious, what books are you most grateful for? Let me know in the comments!

63 thoughts on “Books I’m *eternally grateful* for!

  1. I mostly concur with your list. About Vicious and Carry On I haven’t any opinion since I had to google them. I seem to detect a slight preference for YA lecture among the more recently published books on your list, of which I would only withhold Terry Pratchett (I’m even not sure if T.P. was a YA writer). My list would for sure include the Asian Saga by James Clavell and the Black Tower series by Stephen King.

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    1. Glad to hear it! hehe I wouldn’t say that to be honest, because only one book on this list (carry on) is YA (vicious and grey sister are adult, harry potter is MG) I’d say all the recently published books are fantasy though. Oh cool! I’m curious about the Asian saga.

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  2. Great list. I want to read Rebecca and books by Schwab next year. I’m grateful for LOTR, Harry Potter, Riordan and Cassandra’ books.
    Next by Michael Crichton first book I read in 2015 or was it 2014? I don’t remember but this was first book I borrowed from friend. I haven’t stopped reading since then.

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  3. A wonderfully eclectic range of books. Like yiu I didn’t really get the humour in Austen when first read her. I kept hearing about her wit but as a young reader it completely passed me by.
    Yiu have me intrigued by your inclusion of The Idiot. I’ve read only Crime and Punishment and found me it so riveting I was disappointed my long flight across the Atlantic came to an end before I finished the book

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    1. Thank you!! Yes- I’m so glad I’m not the only one with that! I have seen it a lot now with younger readers- it’s the kind of thing that works when you’re a bit older.
      Ahh that’s a great book too! I actually read the idiot by accident- I was looking for one of his more famous books- but I fell in love. It’s not perfect- so bear that in mind- but for me the imperfections really make the story what it is 🙂

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  4. You have the best lists! I am thankful that I found your blog! Totally adding a few of these (that I dont already have on my list) and sharing your post. The Twilight series is to me like Harry Potter is to you. 🦃❤📚

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  5. These are some fantastic choices and really diverse too! Jane Austen is always a good choice. Pride and Prejudice would be my pick, but Emma is just as brilliant. Can you really go wrong with Austen haha. And Vicious is fantastic! Definitely would be a wonderful distraction. Carry On is filled with warm and fuzzy moments and I’m so glad that you can draw comfort from that book and all the others! Lovely post 😀

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  6. Grateful Bibliography 2019

    I’m grateful I can read. And for all Good books, too numerous to completely list.

    Michael Crichton, Eaters of the Dead, self-discovery
    J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, foisted on me by a friend as a gift
    T. H. White, The Once and Future King, Book of Merlyn, self-discovery
    Billy Collins, Aimless Love, from a friendly bibliophile
    Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, the “big book, complete Sherlock”, as a read-along with friends
    Ursala K. Le Guin, Earthsea, self-discovery
    Madeiline L’engle, A Wrinkle in Time, self-discovery
    J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter, joined the crowd
    Richard Adams, Watership Down, joined the crowd
    Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, friends

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    1. Oh I really agree!!
      Loved the lotr- bet you’re grateful to that friend 😉
      Really need to read once and future king- had it on my kindle forever
      Likewise with Le Guin.
      hehe I hear you about harry potter 😉
      And I definitely need to try the book version of Watership down.
      And Hitchhiker’s guide is a fun one! 😀

      What a great list!!

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  7. For me as well, Pride and Prejudice did not click first time around. Sense and Sensibility unlocked that feeling that she has seen the world through a slightly different set of eyes. I went back and read P&P and I am so glad I did (its one of my favourites and I love it). I am now a huge fan of Austen. (try my post – https://mindnumbinglyhuman.wordpress.com/2018/02/20/jane-austen/ )

    Other books I am thankful for – HP (because of course) and Percy Jackson and so many more…
    Also, one of the first favourites from my beginner years as a reader – Famous Five.

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  8. What a fun idea for a post! My list would have several that you’ve featured here but, off the top of my head, I’d add these others. I’m thankful for Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’ for all it’s taught me and continues to teach me each time I reread it (really so many of Coelho’s works fit here for me (especially ‘The Zahir’ too)). I’m thankful for Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ and for the experience of falling so in love with her characters and the world she builds for them. I’m thankful for Ryan North’s ‘The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl’ because it showed me, after thirty years of loving comic books, how much more the medium can do. I’m thankful for Marcus Borg’s ‘Meeting Jesus Again For The First Time” for showing me a way to approach Jesus and my faith that still shapes my personal and professional theology today. I’m thankful for Terry Goodkind’s ‘Wizard’s First Rule’ for being my entry into reading (and loving) fantasy. And I’m thankful for Thich Nhat Hanh’s ‘Living Buddha, Living Christ’ for being the road to which I first approached and began to understand Buddhism.

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    1. Thank you! Oh I can understand that about the alchemist and outlander. I haven’t read unbeatable squirrel girl (love that title) but now I’m really curious! And that’s cool about Borg. Wizard’s First Rule is great entry into fantasy. That’s really interesting! Really liked reading your list! 😀

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  9. I had to read Dr Faustus in school and I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

    The Hobbit is a classic in every possible way and always opens up a sense of adventure in me when I read it.

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  10. I love Vicious so much!! I’ve never given blood before, but I’m not surprised that its awesomeness distracted you 😂 Schwab’s writing is so dark and mysterious, and I love how it fits with her stories! I’m eternally grateful to Harry Potter as well! That’s a really basic thing to say, but Harry Potter is at a level that no other book can match, tbh. I was too young when I tried to read Pride and Prejudice too!! The vocabulary and the sentence structures confused me so much that I had to dnf. I really hope I can read it again soon though, and hopefully I can really “get it” now.

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    1. It’s brilliant!! hahaha it really did!! YES!! hahaha I know it’s basic, but that’s cos it’s amazing 😉 🙂 And I totally get what you mean- but it’s definitely something that’s easier to read and understand when your a bit older! It definitely worked for me and now Austen’s one of my favourite authors 😀

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  11. Happy late Thanksgiving from this American! So many picks I love here: The Hobbit, Emma, and Harry Potter are the best. I’m 100% grateful for them, in fact, when I wrote up a gratitude post last year (for Thanksgiving), I included Tolkien on the list :’)

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  12. There are some really amazing books on your list! 😀 The book series that I will always be the most grateful for is Harry Potter, but that is the case with many people as well. I’m also very grateful to Emma as well, that is actually the first Jane Austen book that I read and the one that made me fall in love with her writing. Amazing post! 😀

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  13. Ooh! I love your bookish thanksgiving!! 😄 And yes, so many books to be grateful for, and you’ve mentioned almost all the ones I’m eternally grateful for too. 😄 I can only add The Odysee (yeah, I know – horribly academic too but what can I do? I love it! And it started my love for Ancient Greek. 😊), The Chronicles of Narnia and Artemis Fowl. I’m sure there are many more but these are the ones coming to mind first. 😊❤

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