Happy Friday, fellow readers! And for my US friends, I hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving!
I know it’s a little cliche, but since it was Thanksgiving yesterday, I was thinking about all the things I was grateful for, and there are a lot of books that make that list. So, I wanted to give you guys just a small portion of that list!
So, without any further ado, here are 5 books or series that I’m thankful for!
These two are in the group I call my “gateway books,” or books that really helped push me into the reading life. For me, these two books were among the ones that made me think, “Wow, I really like this fantasy stuff!” And now, fantasy is one of my two main genres!
#4- No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay
I don’t rave about this book as much as I should, but it’s my absolute favorite poetry collection; it’s currently the only poetry book on my physical Favorites shelf! Any time someone asks for a poetry recommendation, this is always the first one out of my mouth. It’s well-written, open, and just… it’s just all around awesome! This was my gateway poetry book; after reading it, I realised how much I could love poetry!
#3- Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
This is the most recent read in this list; I read both these books within the last last six months. But, holy cannoli, are they good! These two books pulled me out of a major
life reading slump earlier this year when things weren’t going as well as they could have been for me. With an incredible group of characters I love despite their flaws *cough Kaz cough*, a perfectly-paced story, and a setting I could jump right into, these two books (and Language of Thorns) were on my Favorites shelf the instant I finished them.
#2- The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
If you asked anyone who knows me in real life, “What does Ryann geek out over the most?” the answer will almost always be Lord of the Rings. And guess what? It’s another gateway book! LoTR got me into epic/high fantasy, and I love all the lore and how in-depth and well-thought out Middle Earth is. It was one of the first non-YA books I ever read, so it opened up my view of fantasy quite a bit. Plus, it was the first book that ever got me thinking, “Yeah, I love reading, but maybe I should give that whole WRITING thing a try!” And now I’m a poet, so thanks LoTR!
#1- The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
I know I talk about Narnia a lot, but this was THE gateway series for me. The one that took me from someone who read the books my teachers gave me, to someone who went out of my way to find new books for myself. Plus, it was the first time my dad and I had really in-depth
for a third grader conversations about stories and characters and allegory, and now we have a shared bookshelf where we each leave books we’ll think the other might like. AND it was the first time I had ever finished a series by myself, and I knew right then that fantasy series were about to become my favorite. JUST LOOK AT ALL THE FIRSTS NARNIA HAS!!! On top of all that, it’s my comfort series, the one I reread when I’m down, the one that always makes me feel better and more at ease. Narnia is for me what Harry Potter is for a lot of people; it’s my literary home base.
Thanks for reading!
Did you do anything awesome for Thanksgiving? What do you think about some of my favorite books? What are some books or series you’re grateful for? Let me know in the comments below!