Top 5 Wednesday: Books I’m Thankful For

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Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes, and you can check out the Goodreads group to see more topics for this month!

Notice how it says “top 5” yet I manage to sneak 25 titles in there. I’m Mega Thankful for books, always.

1.  Harry Potter by JK Rowling

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I’m a broken record saying this, but Harry Potter truly was my gateway to the my love of reading as a kid. My life revolved around Harry Potter as a teen, and it was such a comfort to have as a shy, awkward kid who wasn’t great at making friends or being cool, but had Hogwarts to escape to. These books were also basically the reason I studied abroad in England during college. Harry Potter has very truly helped me become the person I am ❤

2. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
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Another broken record, but the Raven Cycle was the first book series I became seriously passionate in YEARS when I read it last year. The characters, the world, everything reawakened my love of reading. It lead me to start this blog because I wanted to review and talk about it, which has lead me to make all the friends I’ve met on here, which strikes me as a very Raven Cycle Thing. I also buddy read it with one of my best friends, which makes it hold an even more special place in my heart (and we met Maggie just this past Monday!).

3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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This might be a unique reason to be thankful for this book, but when I was a 14 year old freshman in high school, I was not the happiest of young teens, but I had an amazing English teacher who assigned us this book (among others- Romeo and Juliet, Of Mice and Men, Great Expectations. All of which could go on this list for similar reasons), and I became so touched by the story and passionate about it and the characters, it revived my gloomy soul. This book and the teacher who taught it to me greatly influenced how I felt about studying English, and even though I went on to be an English major in college, that will forever be my favorite English class, and this book will always hold an extremely special place in my heart.

4. The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

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I’m veery thankful to the original Percy Jackson books for starting my passion for Greek mythology. They lead me to take a Greek mythology course in college, to all the AMAZING retellings I’ve read since (Song of Achilles, An Arrow’s Flight, Till We Have Faces, to name a few), to the Iliad itself, which I read last year. These books have truly enhanced my interest in mythology, which, before, was basically nonexistent.

5. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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I’m thankful for this book and the astronomical amount of pain it caused me, Amen.

I also feel like this book solidified by friendship with fellow bloggers Rachel and Chelsea. Once you bond over the pain of A Little Life, there’s no going back. We love the pain.

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I’m an thankful for books and bookish friendships and the stories that make us enjoy being alive :’) What books are you thankful for??

 

25 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Books I’m Thankful For

  1. I wish I had read the Percy Jackson series when i grew up. I tried reading it but it just did not blow me away, but I know I would have loved it had I read it when I was younger. 🙂

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      • The thing is I love his writing style and I think I would really like the books when his characters are older but in order to do that I’d have to read all the previous books as well. His chapter titles are just hilarious!

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  2. Omg this post is so good, I still need to write mine but OBVIOUSLY HP and ALL are gonna go on there. I AM THANKFUL FOR OUR FRIENDSHIP AND ALL THE PAINFUL BOOKS WE SHARE. (Also I love that I have the book emoji next to my name hahahaha)

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  4. Absolutely agree with you on Harry Potter and The Raven Cycle – two of the best book series out there, honestly 😍
    I loved Greek mythology already, but Percy Jackson makes it all a lot easier to understand & I think it’s especially great for getting kids interested in Greek myths, so that’s a huge plus!
    As for A Little Life: someone recommended it to me and I bought it months ago, but for some reason I never came around to reading it? It’s definitely on my tbr list though and I only ever hear amazing things about it (although everyone says it’s heartbreaking) 😳

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    • The other day my friend was like “I’ll never know Greek Mythology like you do” after I explained something to her, and I was like WRONG, everything I know I learned from Percy Jackson ahahahah.

      A Little Life is the most heartbreaking books I’ve ever read, and while I recommend it highly, I do recommend it with caution!! It’s very heavy, so read it when you’re in the mood for an emotional upheaval (if you ever find yourself in the mood for an emotional upheaval, that is).

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      • Percy Jackson really is a stream of Greek mythology knowledge 😂

        Okay, I’ll keep that in mind, but sometimes I’m in the mood for a sad book, so I’m gonna come back to A Little Life when I am!

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  5. I also have Harry Potter (how could you not? That’s the real question 😂) and to kill a mockingbird on my list! I can’t even put into words what a special book TKAM is. It’s just one of those book that you cannot help but love.

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  7. SUCH a great list! Totally with you on ALL, Harry Potter, and The Raven Cycle! Gotta love bonding over shared book pain!

    TKAM was one of the small number of high school books that I really enjoyed reading as well.

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