Saturday, November 19, 2011

Books I'm thankful for,

    Beth Revis is the amazing author of Across the Universe and A Million Suns. This year she's hosting an awesome giveaway for bloggers who share their posts on books they're thankful for. We'll have two editions of this, one from Rae and this one from myself. Please leave comments and links down below and share books you're thankful for; conversations and comments can go a long way. :)

     I must say that choosing any one book to write about is hard, so I want to share some of my favorite books with everyone today, although I'm only able to go really in depth with one.

  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire
    • This fantastic book is one of my favorites. I'm thankful for having books that can change your life in one read. Wicked was one of those books for me, affirming friendships in my life.
  • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling 
    • Rather, I'm thankful for the community Harry Potter has built. Up until recently, I'd never read the books, but even as a child all of my friends were complete and avid Harry nerds. I've been to a fair share of midnight releases and book braggings and I'm really glad I had the opportunity to be with a community of people who share a slight but awesome book obsession.

  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
    • This is a huge one. I'm thankful for nerdfighters, NaNoWriMo writers, and amazing blogs that inspire me to write and keep writing. I wish I would have read this book the moment I set eyes on it, but even reading it after the release of Lola, this book really reminded me that authors are real people and real people write real, amazing, inspirational books. 

     There are so many books I love and am thankful for that I can't mention here, but it stands to reason to highlight this book as one I'm thankful because it made such a difference in my life at the time.

      "Gracie, fifteen, looks just like her mother--and she worries that she's like her in other ways, for Mom has a history of depression. Practical Gracie has been the one to manage their lives. Then Mom remarries, suddenly, and they move to Salt Lake City, where Gracie has to share a room with her six-year-old stepbrother, Sinjian. In some ways the move is good for Gracie. She meets Tiimo, her first boyfriend, explores the city, and even begins to enjoy Sinjian's company. But for Mom, it's a disaster--and it's up to Gracie to hold the family together." (Delacorte 1991)

     Amazing Gracie was an inspirational book for me. While I didn't have the obstacles Gracie did, it was nice to read a novel with such a strong and real heroine. Life is hard and this book really captured that while showing that happy endings are possible. 

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