Books I'm Thankful For
Both of the websites I follow for blog prompts have this for the topic this week. And I'm pretty sure I did the same post last year. But whatever. Any excuse to talk about books!
All of Jane Austen's books. After 20+ years, I still love her work. Some titles I love more than others, but I love her work as a whole.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - My first love. One of my dancers brought this in the other day to read during breaks. I may have gotten very excited. I'm sure she doesn't love it as much as I do, but she has to read it on assignment.
Anne Rice. Okay she's not a book, but she's another author I love. Her writing is very flowery and complicated, but when I read it I just fall in.
The Jane Austen Mysteries by Stephanie Barron - These books are just so much fun. I think Barron does an excellent job of portraying Jane Austen as she might have been.
You Suck and Bite Me by Christopher Moore - These are the second and third books in the series, but the first one doesn't have Abby Normal. She completely makes these books. That character is amazing. I have been her for Halloween at least twice. She is sassy and smart and tries not to let her inner cheerleader personality disrupt her goth persona.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - This book is just so amazing. It gives me all the feels every time I read it.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain - This is the book that helped me stop feeling guilty because I like to be alone.
Nerd Girl Rocks Paradise City: A True Story of Faking It in Hair Metal L.A. by Anne Thomas Soffee - This woman is a few years older than I am and she tried the live the life I thought I wanted to live. She graduated from college and went to L.A. to live and work with the rock stars I loved in high school. Unfortunately, she got there right as hair metal rock when down the tubes and grunge rock from Seattle became the new thing. I appreciate this book for making it ok that I didn't because the therapist to the stars like I wanted.
Book Lust by Nancy Pearl - Wow. Ok. I am thankful for this book because it came out right before my 30th birthday. My sister and I went to hear Nancy Pearl speak at Central Library and I got my copy signed. We stood in the signing line right in front of my old librarian from my neighborhood library. We chatted and I found out she was now the manager at the library near my house. Less than 2 years later, I looked her up because I needed to get out of the house and be with grownups. She had a shelving job open and I went for it. Now, here I am in library school. Life's weird.
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales From the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes - I am thankful for this book because I read it just after my dad died. It was the perfect distraction from what was happening and what I was feeling. I read a lot of distracting books for the next 9 months, but this one set the bar for all the rest.
What books are you thankful for?