Updated: Dec 9, 2019
It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another Friday Favorites post! This awesome idea comes from the blog Something of the Book. There’s a different prompt each week, and I pick my favorites for that topic. This week’s topic is favorite books that make me thankful to be a reader. It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and I’ve been reflecting on the things I’m grateful for. There are a lot of things I am thankful for, and books are high on that list.
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My mom taught me how to read when I was 3 (because I asked too many questions), and my parents always encouraged me to read, learn, and use my imagination. I’ve read a lot of books, and there are so many great ones out there. Reading has taken me to new places, and if you’re a reader too, you’ll know that going back and rereading a favorite book is like visiting with old friends that you haven’t seen in a while. This list was a tough one to make, since there are so many great books, but here are some of my top choices:
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
This series will always be iconic for me. When I read it, I’m brought back to a world where literally anything is possible. Magic, friendship, romance, action, and fighting against villains are a huge part of what I love about this book. These books always make me feel like anything is possible, and that even in the ordinary world, there are miraculous things that can happen.
A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin
I know this series has gotten a lot of attention after it was made into an HBO show, but I remember the day my college roommate came in and told me that I had to read A Game of Thrones. This was way before the show, when there were only 3 books in the series (there are 5 now). The characters and the incredible world-building abilities of the author immediately intrigued me. It’s been quite some time since the 5th book was published, and I’m really hoping that the series gets finished sooner rather than later.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
I’ve read my fair share of Arthurian literature, and even took a college class on this topic. However, none of them ever came close to capturing my interest as much as The Mists of Avalon. It’s not your classic retelling of the same old story – this one is told from the point of view of the females in the legend. Instead of having the women portrayed as a) weak and utterly dependent on their husbands or b) independent and evil, this book took on a more feminist tone. Bradley depicted nearly all of the women as having more power, independence, and belonging to a more matriarchal society of priestesses. It’s a book that I’ve read over and over, and probably will always read from time to time.
The Clan of the Cave Bear Series by Jean M. Auel
I got my first copy of this book probably during my early teen years, and the series is another one that I read every few years. The story takes place in prehistoric times. Ayla is a strong and courageous woman who bucks all traditions of the people who raised her, and pays a heavy price for it. At a time when living in communal groups was basically essential for survival, Ayla was cast out and forced to find her own way. In doing so, she realizes that she is freer than she ever was to follow her heart and implement new ideas, and manages to thrive. However, she still longs to fit in somewhere, with people like herself. One of my favorite things about this story is the immense amount of knowledge that I gained from reading it; from learning about flora and fauna, healing, food preparation, and hunting techniques.
What are some of your favorite books that make you thankful to be a reader?