5 Books I’m Thankful For

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving 😄!

Every book I read is a unique experience. Some of these experiences are memorable for being enlightening and many simply from the joy and comfort they brought to me. There are so many books I’m thankful for, but I managed to pick out only five for this week’s *Top 5 Wednesday: 

*Top 5 Wednesday (#T5W) is a bookish meme created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey) in 2013. You can learn more about it by visiting the group’s goodreads page.

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The Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osbourne

Magic Tree House is the children book series that I give credit to sparking my love for reading. The magic tree house in these books allows two siblings, Jack and Annie, to adventure through time and learn about historical moments by living through them. This series was so much fun to read as a child. I had a collection of the books at home and constantly checked out the ones I didn’t have. I wouldn’t be the same bookworm (and Doctor Who trash) without this series.

(See this series on Goodreads.)

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The Fear Street Series by R.L. Stine

In sixth grade, I binge-read tons of R.L. Stine books, specifically the Fear Street series. This series is about the horrifying events that afflict the residents or visitors of Fear Street.

As someone who didn’t (and still doesn’t) like horror movies, I found great entertainment in horror books. I’m particularly thankful for R.L. Stine books because they allowed me to bond with my sister. At a time when our age gap limited the amount of time we spent together and things could relate with each other, I felt that the horror stories I shared with her made sure we didn’t drift too far from each other and become strangers. 

(See this series on Goodreads.)

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

(Ok, this story is a bit embarrassing and cringe, but please bear with me.)

Middle school was a strange time (which I’m sure many of you can relate to) as I got really, really awkward all of sudden. Eighth grade in particular was odd because while my primary school friends started hanging out with new friends, I was too shy and socially inept to make friends with them too. As a result, I wandered around school a lot and often ended up in the library. I remember picking The Graveyard Book on a whim at the school library and falling in love with it when I read my now-favorite quote:

“Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.” 

It’s such a simple line, but at that time when I hated myself for being so weird with people and wished I could be more care-free like my friends, it grounded me and compelled me to be easier on myself. I was still really awkward 😂, but at least I didn’t hate myself as much.

(See this book on Goodreads.)

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A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

If you couldn’t tell by now, I’ve listed my top five books in chronological order according to when I read them. And look, we’ve finally caught up to 2017!

I read A Quiet Kind of Thunder at the beginning of this year when it was getting more light in the book community. It follows the romance between Steffi, a selective mute with a general anxiety disorder, and a deaf boy named Rhys. I wanted to include it in this post because I’m so thankful for it’s honest depiction of first-love (as I mentioned in my review) and how it emphasized that being in a relationship won’t solve all your problems—something I want to see more in YA.

(See this book on Goodreads.)

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

This is one book that I wish I read in high school when everyone seems to read it.

To put simply, this book is about an angsty, prep boy named Holden who leaves to school for a few days and wanders around New York City (I know, so ~drama~)The Catcher in the Rye definitely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. It can get repetitive listening to Holden’s internal monologue, but it might bring those of you who feel like they’re wandering sometimes some comfort like it did me.

(See this book on Goodreads.)


Thanks for reading 😊. What do you think of my picks? What are some books you’re thankful for?
Also, let me know your plans for Thanksgiving or whatever you have planned for the weekend if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving!

7 thoughts on “5 Books I’m Thankful For

  1. Aww this was such a lovely and cozy post to read!! I hope to bookish community helped you feel more welcome (hey we can all be awkward and insecure together here)!
    I own The Graveyard Book but I had little to no motivation to read it until now. Your story made me fall in love with the book already.
    And my country doesn’t celebrate it but happy Thanksgiving to all you who do ❤!

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  2. This is such a great list! I totally agree about the Magic Treehouse books! I used to read them with my parents and my brother when we were younger, and then with my sister when she was born. And also the Graveyard Book! I only read it a couple years, but I love it

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    1. Thank you!
      You’re the first person I’ve come across in a while that has actually the Magic Tree House books too. Don’t you ever feel like rereading them (cause I know I do all the time)? I’m happy to know that you love The Graveyard Book too 😄.

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  3. My brothers LOVED the Magic Tree House and Fear Street books so I read many of them too, lol. I can totally see how they sparked a book worm in you Belle! ❤ I recently heard about The Graveyard book from a friend who also raved about it… I'll need to check it out. 😉 And I have been wanting to read A Quiet Kind of Thunder but totally forgot about it after being denied an ARC, lol. It sounds magnificent! Such a great little list here!

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    1. Yay, I feel like Magic Tree House and Fear Street books are so underrated. The Graveyard book is fantastic 👌🏽. Haha, I hope you enjoy it when you finally pick it up. Thank you 😄

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