10 Books I am thankful to have read

  In in spirit of Thanksgiving I am making a list of all the books that I am thankful were written. Ones that I've read at least, who knows what other wonder will get written in the future.

These are not in any specific order of preference. Well except for the first one, Outlander you win. And not all of these books had a great impact on my life, they didn't change the world or won any awards. Some I'm just thankful to have read because they were good entertainment.


I only have reviews for some of these, the ones I read before I started this blog are not reviewed, maybe someday.

1. Outlander (the whole series really)

I love these books, I read Outlander because I bought book 4 not knowing it was part of a series, once I found out, I had to read the first one. And that's how my obsession started.

2. Frankenstein

Oh Mary Shelly, you have quite the imagination. I love this book, even though I was forced to read it a couple time through out school. It has a deeper meaning to it, it's not just about the monster. It's about acceptance, differences and love.

3. Something Borrowed

I read this book back in college, and at that time my life, or at least part of it, was very similar to the book. You know, a boyfriend cheats on his girl with the girls best friend. yea, that's all I have to say.

4. The Shining

This is Stephen King at his best, I am reading IT right now and it's so disturbing and gross in some parts. The Shining was just spooky and scary.

5. The Bronze Horseman

Every girls dream is to fall in love with her prince, but when there's war there are challenges. The characters in this book are so beautiful, so passionate. They are only teenagers but they understand life more than most adults do. I highly recommend this book, especially to Outlander fans.

6. House of Tribes

This one was just fun, who thinks about the mice, the little critters that destroy our home, eat our food. But they don't eat our food for fun, they eat it to survive. This is just a fun story about a mouse, from the perspective of the mouse. We get a glimpse into the world of little animals and what it is that they do exactly. It's fiction, mostly for a younger audience.

7. A Child Called It

Everyone who has a child should read this, or maybe before you have a child, this is a book written based on the authors personal life. A memoir? He was abused and neglected when he was a child, by his mother, who would put his hand on a burning stove top when she felt like it. It's grouse and disturbing, but it's important to know that bad people like that do exist and we need to be more aware so we can stop them.

8. The Velveteen Rabbit

Just magical, I wish I was a kid, really, this book would be the best bed time story ever. It's loving and sad and happy at the same time, because to a kid his/hers toys really are alive. It's like Toy Story but so so sweet.

9. The Giver

I read this for school a couple of times, and then just had to buy a copy for myself. I love this concept, that somewhere in the future, in a utopia people will not remember all the hurt and pain that their ancestors have gone thought. All the wars and death. But little Jonah is responsible to remember for everyone. Read it. I now need to see the movie.

10. The Great Gatsby

What would you do for love, this guy does everything. It's a beautiful story or love and money. Money can't buy you happiness or love, but for some people money is more important than love and happiness. This is a great book, I read it a couple times and will read it again. The movie was great too. DiCaprio does and excellent job playing Gatsby.


What books are you thankful for?

Too many books?


Why do I obsessively buy books?

Is there something wrong with me, or does everyone do this. And by everyone I mean people who love to read. I have a kindle (even though I swore for years i wouldn't get one, but I kind of like it, it reads to me), and books are so much cheeper on it. Also, I have a library card and the library is only blocks from my house. I can get books for free, so why do I NEED to have them on my shelves? Maybe because they are super pretty, I love the way they feel and smell, and it's decorative too. I like to be able to just look into the living room and see all the books I read, and will read. To connect with the characters, be able to say hi. Yea right, like they can hear me. I think I'm just crazy.

But I'm spending A LOT of money on books, and I need to stop. I have enough to read for about 5-7 years, at the rate I'm going now. My main reason to buy is because if I don't I will forget about it and never read it. So when I see a good book I snatch it up, as if a couple years it will cease to exist. Oh what is wrong with me. Someone make me stop buying books. Or at least tell me you do the same so I don't feel like a freak. Should I check into to a recovery center, this is a problem.

Do you live vicariously through books?


Do any of you ever read a book just so you can escape reality? To live vicariously thought the characters, a life different from your own? Do you wish to be swept up into this imaginary world full of wonder, and not have to focus on dirty dishes or laundry. Well, I do, and I'm pretty sure lot's of people do too, what would be the point of reading otherwise. I guess unless you only read non-fiction to try and better your knowledge, than no you don't want to escape reality. And why do we want an escape, are our lives that crappy that we have to imagine some other life?

Sometimes your life just sucks a little, and all you want to do is read a feel good book, pretend you're the main character, have all these awesome things happen to you, kiss a boy, dance, smile, be happy, travel to another planet and meet aliens. But why? Is it because we're unhappy, that we would want to escape, or is it out of curiosity. I sometimes do it just out of boredom, but other times I'm just curious what world the author created, and yes, when I felt sad I would read a sad book. But why, I guess to know that somewhere out there are people just as sad as me. (Usually I was sad because of my then boyfriend now ex, he would piss me off quite often, hence the ex.)

So why do you read? For pleasure, escape to to learn?