*note: as a grammar enthusiast I REALLY wanted to title this post “Books for which I’m Thankful” but it seemed pedantic so I didn’t*
Well, that time of year is upon us! Thanksgiving celebrates some of my favorite things: food, gratitude, and camaraderie. As we draw nearer to the marathon of holidays that are encroaching, it’s easy to become stressed or overworked, so I’ll kick off my holiday season with a moment of pressing pause, and sharing a few books that I’m so grateful to have in my life.
Frequent visitors will know that I am not much of a re-reader, barring the obvious Harry Potter exception, but I’ve read many of these at least two or three times, and I’ve gleaned more out of each of these titles with every visit.
Without further ado, here are five books for which I am thankful!
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
I think very frequently on this C.S. Lewis quote:
“When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”On Stories, and Other Essays on Literature
This describes exactly how I feel about the whole Narnia series, but specifically The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I saw the movie before ever reading the book and I was absolutely enchanted, and since reading and re-reading the book– and reading other Lewis masterpieces– I am so in love with the allegory and world building and the depiction of relationship, loyalty, and so many other fundamental moral and fantastic themes.
Jacob’s Ladder: Ten Steps to Truth, Peter Kreeft
This is a book I never expected to read but finally picked up upon a friend’s recommendation. This is a hugely logical and philosophical read told through the means of a fictional encounter between two individuals on a beach, and the casual nature of the encounter really enables the reader to examine the profound questions and steps toward answers that are being raised.
Jacob’s Ladder has inspired me to think larger, more introspective thoughts about my life, my goals, and what enlightenment really means and how to start trying to acquire it. I adore the mellowness with which the narrative is related, and I love the lingering questions and reflections I have when I put the book down.
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything in Between, Lauren Graham
As many frequent readers will know, I am an actor and singer, both by training and trade, and I’m also a HUGE Gilmore Girls fan. The latter trait was what inspired me to pick up Talking as Fast as I Can, but what really made this autobiography resonate with me was Graham’s explanation of her journey after college, and, specifically, her gap year. At the time I read Talking as Fast as I Can, I’d just finished my undergraduate performance degree and I knew what I wanted to do but I felt very stuck. Reading through Graham’s testimony was equal parts comforting and energizing, and it was the absolute perfect book for that part of my life.
A1 content aside, Talking as Fast as I Can is also infused from page to page with the insanely quick-witted joie de vivre that we humble TV-watchers of the world have long been able to associate with Lauren Graham. The pages all exude joyful personality and reading it this was a treat, a learning experience, a sneak peek into a world I’m aiming for, and so much more.
Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery
I’m very intrigued to know what my mother will say (hi, mom!) to see this on my list, and here’s why: when my sister and I were young, my mom *always* wanted to watch the Anne of Green Gables CBC mini-series, and it was like pulling teeth to get my sister or me to watch with her. Begrudgingly, we (or I) did (usually) and that was that. A million years later, as a young adult, I finally picked up the book and was so filled with nostalgia as I read, that I finally realized how cherished these stories and memories are to me.
The Castle, Franz Kafka
So, full disclosure, this is one I only read once, and I don’t actually remember a ton about it other than that I liked it. The reason I’m thankful for this is that this was pretty much the book that reignited my love of reading. I, not uncommonly, was far busier as a college student than I was as a high schooler, so reading for leisure was a thing of the past– until I graduated college. One of my first acts as a young professional was picking up The Castle, and the rest, as they say….!
I’d love to hear below if you have books you’re thankful for, or if you have thoughts on any of these listed here! One of my favorite things about reading is how one book can touch so many different people in so many different ways, so leave your thoughts below! What books (or bookish things) are you thankful for this year?
As always, thank you for stopping by, and happy reading!