30 Books I’m Thankful For, Part 2 (11-20)

I’m thankful for a lot of books, but I’m narrowing it down to thirty titles for the month of November. There are things other than books I’m thankful for as well, but books are my friends when the rest of the world wishes to shut me out and kick me when I’m down.  Cheers!  Ooooh, and feel free to share titles of books you’re thankful for as well.

11.  My Better Homes & Gardens Cook Book– There are a million editions of this book and I’m not sure how often they reissue with a new edition, but mine has been by my side in the kitchen since I became a housewife and mother.  If I need something quick, there are a lot of quick recipes in there. If I want something spectacular, there are plenty of those, too.
12.  The Silver Kiss– Annette Curtis Klaus — Before there were teen angst ridden sparkler vampires like Edward, there was a very realistic young (sort of) vampire named Simon.  Unlike Edward, Simon had fangs and bit people.  Like Edward, he was young.  Unlike Edward, he didn’t fall in love and marry a mortal.  Wikipedia is right–This book has no Hollywood ending, but I will not disclose.  Read it for yourself. It changed me in ways I can not describe.

13. The Giver–Lois Lowry — This book made me think. HARD.  I read it as a kid in school and it’s stuck with me for so many reasons.

14.  Companions of the Night– Vivian Vande Velde — Vande Velde has written numerous noteworthy books, with this one being the one that stands out for me.

15. A Summer To Die– Lois Lowry– This book is one I want both of my daughters to read one day. I also suggest it for adults.

16.  The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe– Okay, I own everything with his name on it lol. The twisted and the macabre have always held a special place with me and Mr. Poe is the exact person who taught me that a tortured soul is not a ruined one and that you can find beauty in some of the weirdest, creepiest, darkest places. Oh, and believe it or not, he taught me a thing or two about love and romance.  See–you can learn important life lessons through the oddest of books!

17.  The Secret Life of Bees–Sue Monk Kidd — Whether you’ve watched the movie or not, the book is fantastic and I want you to read it. The author captures life in a time when most of us weren’t even thought of yet or were too young to remember. LOTS of life lessons are learned through the course of the story and, one day, I want my children to read this, too.

18. The Scarlet Letter–Nathaniel Hawthorne — I don’t know why, but I was never forced to read this book in high school. I thought it was a classic and everybody had to read it? Anyhow, it’s one of my favorite stories.

19. The Picture of Dorian Gray–Oscar Wilde — Let me tell you why I like Oscar Wilde… That man was a genius! He captured characters and rolled them into a gigantic ball of win.
20. The Witch of Blackbird Pond–Elizabeth George Speare — I read this when I was ten and I think my copy of the book may still be lost among the piles and piles and boxes and boxes of books at my mother’s house.  You see, I have a lot of books, but she has even more than I do. Anyhooo–This book is one I’ll never forget because I see a lot of myself in the main character, which rarely happens in books I didn’t write myself!

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30 Books I’m Thankful For, Part 1 (1-10)

I’m thankful for a lot of books, but I’m narrowing it down to thirty titles for the month of November. There are things other than books I’m thankful for as well, but books are my friends when the rest of the world wishes to shut me out and kick me when I’m down.  Cheers!  Ooooh, and feel free to share titles of books you’re thankful for as well.

1. Alice In Wonderland–Lewis Carroll

I read this book rather young, but the story and the way Carroll told it stuck with me all these years. It’s one of those that will never leave you, even if you try to make it go away.

2. Wuthering Height– Emily Bronte

One of my favorite things to do while my husband and kids are sleeping is read this.  When I’m finished, I may watch one of the many film adaptations. And I cry each time I read the story and each time I watch it on television.

3. The Dark Tower (series)– Stephen King

Yup. Need I say more?

4. Bedazzled–Bertrice Small

Bertrice Small has a way of telling stories! Each book she’s written is sizzling from one end of the story to the other. For a romantic read, she’s my go-to gal.

5. Interview With A Vampire–Anne Rice

I watched the movie well before I read the book.  The film came out when I was 9, so I’m excused for this one. However, once I realized it was a book first, I read it. Again and again…

6. Guenevere, Queen of the Summer Country (part of a series and I have all of them)– Rosalind Miles

This author introduced all of my favorite Arthurian characters in a new light for me. The books are fantastic!

7. Memoirs of a Geisha–Arthur Golden

I read this in high school (the first time lol) and the story sucked me in.  It could have been written as though a ten year old was writing it and it still would have been good because of the story.  Um, it wasn’t written horribly, though. Quite the opposite.

8. The Help–Kathryn Stockett (also a beautiful movie)

Again, this one is a book I recommend solely for the story telling.

9. The Hobbit–J.R.R. Tolkien

My dad suggested this book to me when I was a kid.  I’ll never not read something he suggests–the man has great taste in books! The Hobbit is one of the best stories ever told. Let’s just hope the movie lives up to the book.

10. Dracula–Bram Stoker (Probably should be in my top three lol)

It’s no secret I love vampires, but this book is probably the reason why.  This book is also why I prefer non-sparklers with fangs as opposed to melodramatic teenagers hopping around in trees giving each other piggy back rides. Not to mention any sparkly works specifically…