First off, Happy Early Thanksgiving! I’m not a huge celebrator of the holiday, but you can’t deny food… that’s a crime. This top five is a bit important to me. I don’t know, when a book becomes special to you, I think that’s nice, considering it doesn’t happen often.
Disclaimer: I just realized this topics going to be kind of a debby downer. There’s some light-hearted books in my list, but be warned… a lot of emotional stuff…
The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
This was the book that made me into an avid reader. I read when I was younger, but this opened the flood gates into the bookish community. It took me two times to finish it, as it was an 8th grade required reading, but after my whole mindset changed on so many things.
The Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
This book is my childhood. I actually have two of these and their banged up since they’ve been re-read and toted around everywhere. I remember having this read to me as a child and the transition to reading it myself. This book has great memories behind it.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I was so nervous to read this book. I thought I’d be too ignorant towards the topics being discussed. But reading this… it rattled me how much I related to this whole book. The character conflicts, family dynamics, where she lived, just…everything. I never really comprehended how important being represented in books are until I saw myself in one.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Going into this book, I knew I was going to cry. It was inevitable. I wasn’t expecting the aftermath; me sitting on my bed thinking about the future. It’s a very reflective book that over time you start to appreciate more.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Again, this is one of those book I was scared to read in case my ignorance got in the way of me seeing the topics brought up. And most of the problems the main character deals with I can’t relate to. But then I realized I’ve seen this happen to other I know. And the way it’s written, it feels like your there. I relate to Kiko’s need for independence and fear of depending on someone to fix her.
What are some books you’re grateful for? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments below!