Saturday, November 28, 2015

Giving Thanks for Books

First of all, I apologize for my long absence. It has been a while! It's been a pretty busy fall--school, college apps, plus a lot of extra drama going on this year...I am so ready for the end of this semester.

This Thanksgiving (weekend), I'm thankful for a lot of things. The traditional things, like family, friends, etc. And, as usual, I'm thankful for books. Here are a few books I'm thankful I read this year:

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
If you've read any of my other posts, you know I'm a huge fan of this series. I've gotten really into it and got very emotional during the most recent book, Queen of Shadows. In fact, I'm so invested in this series that it's hard to believe I only read the first one in March. I'm thankful for this one because it started my newfound interest in (and possibly love of, although I don't know that I'd go that far yet) high fantasy novels.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Ok, ok. Full disclosure: I'm not sure how I feel about this series. I've only read the first two so far (but that's about 1,400 pages, so it counts for more than two books, right?), and I'm pretty sure I'll continue with it, but I just don't know. Does the objectification become okay if it's aimed at both genders? Are the violent scenes (and I'm not talking about battles, although it has its fair share of those) justified in a historical context? I still haven't made up my mind about that. But I'm still glad I read this book. It's an interesting story, and I'm thankful I read it--at the very least--so that I can understand what all the hype is about.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
These books were so cute. I'm thankful for these because they were warm and fuzzy and I already want to re-read them. Also, Lara Jean, the main character, bakes constantly, and these books inspired me to do some baking (Try the chai sugar cookies--they're fantastic).

Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin
Have I written about this one yet? It's wonderful. It's about a boy named Max who's intersex, and how he has to handle all the consequences that come with that. I'm thankful for this one because it made me laugh and cry (my favorite kind of book), and because it was the first book about an intersex character that I've read, and I think representation is extremely important.

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
I'm thankful for this book because I will always, always be thankful for Rebecca Stead. She's on my all-time favorites list. I used to be a casual reader, but her book, When You Reach Me, is what really started my love of reading. This one was almost as good. I love that Rebecca Stead writes about different issues for young readers while being thoughtful, not condescending.

Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare's Plays by Tina Packer
This book is so cool. It goes over the different kinds of female characters that Shakespeare used (from the ones on pedestals, like Juliet, to the ones in disguises, like Viola in Twelfth Night.) I'm thankful I read this because it made me feel like I was in my favorite parts of English class--the teacher (author) makes jokes, references, and all kinds of interesting connections.

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
So, over the summer, I read The Picture of Dorian Gray. And I loved it. The writing was so great, and the only thing that I wasn't sure about was how dark it was (I mean, obviously. But I'm not always in the mood for darker reads). This play has all the fantastic writing plus all the humor you could want. I laughed out loud several times--and I was reading it on an airplane, next to a stranger. Later, when I tried to tell someone about a part that made me laugh, I laughed again (That's my test for humor; if it makes you laugh over and over). I was on the airplane on my way back home from a funeral, and this play made me laugh. So I'm thankful for this play, because I got to escape being sad for a while.

I have read some wonderful books this year, and I'll be making at least one end-of-year list this December, but I wanted to get things started by talking about the books I am most thankful I read this year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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