Top Five Wednesday: Books For Which I’m Thankful

turkeybookYes, I restructured the original wording of the challenge to avoid ending the sentence with a preposition. I’m thankful for grammar, okay?

  1. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. As discussed in last week’s T5W post, this book reignited my love of YA fiction and got me writing again. (Hopefully none of you have to play real “hunger games” this Thanksgiving; put down the knife, there’s enough pie for everyone.)
  2. The Harry Potter series, by JK. Rowling. This series, beloved of my youth, is the literary equivalent of a favorite cozy sweater. Every thread is familiar. It’s comforting to curl up inside it. The marvelously immersive world never fails to whisk me away from the ordinary.
  3. Cosmos, by Carl Sagan. I discovered the uplifting side of science in this book. Sagan writes of the universe—and humanity’s place in it—with stunning, evocative lyricism. It makes me thankful to be hurtling through space on this beautiful blue marble.
  4. The Aubrey-Maturin Novels, by Patrick O’Brian. Admittedly, I didn’t read most of these, but listened to them on audiobook. Jack and Stephen are the best road trip companions EVER. Their meandering voyages made mine so much more enjoyable. I can’t imagine driving all those miles without them.
  5. Random House Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. The most expansive dictionary available in a single volume, it’s one of my prized possessions. Being someone with a formidable vocabulary, I seldom encounter new words in the wild. But this book is a language safari, a treasure hunt bound in red leather. I never get tired of browsing its gossamer onionskin pages!


Happy Thanksgiving to all of you celebrating it tomorrow. For the rest, I wish you a wonderful November Thursday full of reasons to be cheerful.

Top 5 Wednesday is the creation of Lainey over at Goodreads. Check out the group and join the other “Wednesday-ers“!

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