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Happy Thanksgiving week in the U.S.! I’ve been trying to bring more gratitude into my daily life, but I’ve never had to work to feel grateful for books. If you’re reading this, I don’t have to tell you that books are more than just good entertainment: the best ones become a part of you, and sometimes the right book comes along at just the right time in life. Those books stay with you forever.
It’s almost impossible to name all of the books I’m thankful for, but the ones below all seem to have come along at pivotal points in my life, or they just bring up feelings of great comfort. In addition, I thought I’d add a few things that have kept me reading, particular in these years of parenting young kids.
I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
My daughter and I enjoyed the first Harry Potter book, but we really hit our stride with the second. She started to understand the story more and was enthralled.
This book and the rest of the series saw me through many hours of nursing my youngest daughter, and being immersed in the Outlander world saw me through many hard months with a baby and toddler.
- All Creatures Great and Small
While reading this and the following books by James Herriot years ago, I recall telling a reading friend, “They just make me so happy!” These books about James Herriot’s years as a country veterinarian in England are by turns charming, funny, quirky, and heartwarming. The ultimate comfort books.
- The Art of Racing in the Rain
I have always loved dogs and books about dogs. I adored this book told from the perspective of a loyal dog named Enzo. Sweet, funny, and heartbreaking.
- Under the Tuscan Sun
I confess: I have never read this book! Honestly, I don’t actually want to (should I?). But without the book, there would be no movie. And this is my comfort, curl-up on the couch and re-watch again and again movie.
- The Handmaid’s Tale
I first read this book as a young teenager and it blew my mind. In addition to being my first dystopian read, it was one of my first exposures to a book that was subversive, political, and feminist. It remains a favorite.
I love a physical book, but my low-end Nook and easel stand was one of the best purchases I made after I first had a baby. I could set it up on the arm of a chair and basically read hands free!
Related to the e-reader, Overdrive allowed me to check out books without ever having to set foot in the library—again, this was key in those busy newborn months.
- Library book sales
Now that I’m back to reading more physical books, I love scouring the book sales for treasures. I pay next-to-nothing for great books, and support the library at the same time.
- The book blogging community
I’m still new to book blogging, but I’ve felt welcomed by other bloggers and have had a great time discovering all the great blogs out there. I’ve also discovered so many great books!
What books (and bookish things) are you thankful for?