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While it’s still the season of giving thanks, I’d like to post a list of some books I’m thankful for. There are as many reasons to be thankful for a book as there are books, so I’ll explain a little bit about why each of these will always hold a special place in my heart. Whether they’re one of my favorite books of all time or one that I’m happy exists, here’s a list of books I’m thankful for this season.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Like tons of other people in the book community, I completely fell in love with Casey McQuiston’s debut novel. I loved it so much that I’ve already read it twice this year (It released in May), and I’m considering buying the Spanish edition so I have an excuse to read it again.
Someone stop me. Although part of the reason that I love is because of its diversity, I certainly hold the heart of the story and the characters that feel like real people most highly. There’s just so much to love about Red, White & Royal Blue, and I’m thankful for that.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I sincerely hope this becomes one of the books that we teach in English classes years from now. Heck, I hope it’s being taught in English classes today, but I also hope it stays on people’s tongues for many, many years to come. The conversations on race, class, and privilege that The Hate U Give can open up are super important and hearing it from someone who’s lived through those experiences rather than some white academic with a dissertation under their belt is absolutely crucial. This book deserves the 143 weeks it’s spent on the NYT Best-seller list and so much more, and I’m thankful it exists.
The Disasters by M.K. England
I promise I don’t have any hidden agenda for adding this book to just about every list post I ever make. I just *clenches fist* really hecking love The Disasters. Being able to see someone like me
(an anxious dumbass bi dude) at the heart of a super fun, well-written story makes me so happy. I love this book for all the joy it’s given me reading it twice and am thankful it fell into my hands at the end of last year. I’ll probably never ever stop talking about it.
Guts by Raina Telgemeier
I’ve read quite a few books with characters who have anxiety, and I’ve been able to relate to all of them in different ways. But Guts really hit close to home. I don’t know if it’s because it’s an autobiographical story or what, but there was just so much of it that I could relate to. The doctor visits, being told nothing’s really wrong and “you just need to stop stressing”, figuring out how to fit in with my peers. Everything Raina Telgemeier talks about in this book hurt because I’ve felt it before. Having a book like this out in the world, especially for kids is something I’m super thankful for.
TRANS/gressive by Riki Wilchins
It’s not often that I stumble across a book completely by chance (in this case, on NetGalley), read it and fall in love with it. Especially before I’ve heard anyone else talk about it. Especially a non-fiction book. To have a book like this that goes through (relatively recent) history of the transgender rights movement in the United States, written by someone who has been there for a lot of what she’s writing about is something I don’t really have words for. I’m thankful that a whole book on this subject exists. I hope to see more books about queer history in the future. I know some are out there now, but I want to have hundreds of options to read from like we do for so many other parts of history. But TRANS/gressive is part of a pretty good start.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan
I don’t really like to say any specific book “got me into reading” because reading was a hobby I picked up so young that I can’t remember for certain which book it actually was. But the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series is one that remains important to my personal reading timeline. I’ll admit I never got into Harry Potter, so I didn’t spend my middle school years obsessing over Hogwarts and Quidditch, but instead with Greek myths and Camp Half-Blood. I’m not here to say which is better, but I’m definitely thankful for the years of joy and the friends I made because of these books about some darn kid that I could see a lot of myself in.
On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
I have to thank Tillie Walden and this book for really getting me back into reading science fiction and fantasy. Reading On A Sunbeam this summer reminded me why I read so many stories like this as a kid. I am so thankful for this book, also, because I read it during a really numb period and this book made me feel something. Not to mention the art style is gorgeous and Tillie Walden is an absolutely amazing storyteller.