Welcome to the YA Indie Carnival,
ladies & gents!
This week’s topic is…
Books I’m Thankful For
There are a lot of books that I’m incredibly thankful for. But the two that always come to mind immediately are The Hobbit and City of Bones.
I’m incredibly thankful for The Hobbit because it signifies great bonding time with my old man, as he read them aloud to my younger siblings and I during our childhood. It was also my first exposure to Tolkien and to how comprehensive a story could and should be with the history, the creatures, the languages, the lore, the adventure, the huge cast of characters, the quest, the battles, the unlikely hero, the dragon… the beauty of the language. As I’ve stated before, probably ad nauseam, it’s really the book that was the catalyst for my love of fantasy stories and all things “other.”
The other book I’m thankful for is City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. After college, I for some reason picked up novels very, very rarely. I was newly married, trying to get a business off the ground, working a ton at my day job, and after a while pregnant with my daughter. I never lost my love of reading, I just never made the time for it. Then for my birthday three years ago, my husband bought me a book. One he randomly picked up at Barnes & Noble, and it just happened to be City of Bones. He’s got to be a pretty awesome husband, I think, to gift me the gorgeousness of Jace’s abs right? I read that book in one sitting, and then made a trip to Barnes & Noble the same day to get City of Ashes. In The Mortal Instruments, I found everything I love in stories. I love the characters, the history, the world, the emotions I feel when I read them, the fact that I want to immediately reread them every time I finish them. I’ve never really considered myself a writer, but these books in particular inspire me and make me wish I could write a story all my own that’s just as moving, just as exciting. Anyway, I’m most thankful for it because it’s ultimately the book that catapulted me back into reading regularly and more specifically reading YA. The Hubs did good.
So there you have it. My books that I’m thankful for.
What about you?
What books have made you fall in love, made you reconsider what you think and why, made you feel like anything’s possible? What books have opened the door to your imagination, entranced and bewitched you? Which books in your life have left marks that will stay with you for a lifetime?
Click here to read the
Check out my fellow carnies…