Hello and Happy Thanksgiving.
I had my first ever Thanksgiving dinner last week thanks to the dining hall at my college and … I’m sorry but I’m not a fan. It’s probably just how my college cooked it (cooking isn’t their strong suit) but it was super mushy! Why so mushy??
Anyways. It’s still a super cool experience being here for this holiday that I always see on TV and in the movies. I’m actually going to be in New York when this post goes live and we’re hoping to see the Macy’s day parade before going sight-seeing since everything’s going to be closed.
Let’s Talk Bookish is a bookish meme that was created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, where each Friday, bloggers write posts discussing the topic of the week! Since the beginning of April, I’ve been the host of LTB, and I post each month’s topics here on my blog! November Topics!
This weeks topic is … Books That Your Grateful For
Prompts: What are some books that you’re grateful for? What books have had the biggest impact on your life? How did you discover them?
What are some books that you’re grateful for?
Of course the ones that first come to mind are the books that really dragged me into the YA genre! Rick Riordan is the biggest culprit because I read Percy Jackson and then dripped all my pocket money on my first ever boxset, The Heroes of Olympus. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater really introduced me to this more surreal sort of magic and I’ve been wanting to read things with tarot/psychics ever since. And then there’s Cassandra Calre who also has me in a cholkhold!
Another that comes to mind is All For the Game by Nora Sakovic. Despite the heavy topics this is my go-to comfort series, don’t ask me why, that’s just the way it is. So that’s one reason, but another is because I was stranded in New Jersey with a girl from my uni I’d known for like 30 minutes after our connecting flight was cancelled. We trauma bonded over that whole crazy experience but we also bonded over our shared love of this series. I’ve never even met anyone in real life who read those books, let alone enjoyed them so that was cool and we’ve been joint at the hip the last four months while we’ve been studying abroad.
What books have had the biggest impact on your life?
Hmmm, this question is a deep one. Love that for me.
We’re going to start with the book that is literally staring at me right now because it’s sat on my desk, and that is As Many Nows As I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl. I had wanted to read this book for a long while simply because I was so obsessed with the cover, but the book itself blew me away. There’s a lot of things that this book explores but the the main thing that stuck with me was it’s focus on a girl moving out of her small town to go to college – going from being this star in her home town to just another fish in the sea when she get’s out into the real world.
I read this book the summer before I started university – before I moved out of my own small community town back to a whole different city in a country I left when I was 10. While my life is nothing like Scarletts, this aspect had such an impact on me that when we had to suggest books to add to my YA Lit class reading list I chose this book and it’s actually the novel we’re reading after Thanksgiving Break.
Another book that had an impact on me is Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given. I read this at the start of the year and it just made me reavaluate how I treat myself, how I treat and percieve others and how other people treat and percieve me which I really appreciated.
Finally, a book and an author I’m mentioning because it impacted my goals is These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong. Chloe Gong is seemingly living her best life right now and I want that for myself and it’s really kind of pushed me to continue writing, continue to think up stories, and continue to push myself ready for when I graduate university and can get out there working despite how terrifying the very thought of all that is.
How did you discover them?
Literally every single book I’ve mentioned over the course of this discussion I found through the internet. I have no real life friends who are as big into reading as I am, at least not as big into reading YA, so booktube and book blogs are where I turn to for recommendations.
This was especially true back when I first started reading, hence why Percy Jackson, The Raven Boys, and the Shadowhunter chronicles were among the first group of books to get me into reading. I suppose I should also mention that I watched the Percy Jackson and The Mortal Instruments movies before ever even realising they were based off books.
So there we have this week’s bookish discussion, the final November topic! I had a lot of fun with this and I’d love to know what books you’re thankful for.