Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – This book rekindled my love for reading. I’ll always be thankful for that. ALWAYS. And it introduced me into the Young Adult genre overall. AND TO BLOGGERS! So many thanks, Stephenie Meyer.
Dark Lover by J.R. Ward – I liked Paranormal YA books, so I picked this up because I was HEAVILY into Paranormal, and man, I never knew I’d enjoy a smexy book as much as I did. I was hooked! I made Paranormal Romance and Adult Urban Fantasy books my bitches. Thank you, JR Ward!
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – I remember seeing the simple blue cover on Amazon and thinking, “Sure, why not!” I don’t even think I knew what it was about, lol. Oh, my GAH! I loved it so much. Thank you for taking me on this grand adventure, Diana Gabaldon.
The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen – I already loved YA, but nothing would prepare me for how much in love I’d fall with Contemporary YA, all thanks to this book. And Wes. hehe I wasn’t prepared for how much my heart would feel. THIS is why people really read YA. So, thank you, Sarah Dessen.
Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery – Contemporary YA would eventually lead me to one of my true loves: Contemporary ROMANCE. This book was romantic and sweet and fun and I ATE IT UP. Thanks for that, Susan Mallery.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling – Harry Potter, the series of my heart. The funniest thing is when I first saw Sorcerer’s Stone in 7th grade, I thought it looked goofy. But I gave it a chance and it honestly changed my life. I got every book after that on release day and fell deep into the Potter fandom. I’m so thankful for every amazing character, the feelings of comfort the books gave me when I reread them, and the friends I’ve made because of them. JK Rowling’s quote sums it up perfectly: “The stories we love best live in us forever. Whether you come back by the big screen or by page, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – This was my favorite book in the world before I read Harry Potter. I grew up loving Disney movies (still do) and Ever After and fairy tales in any incarnation. Ella was such a wonderful character- strong, brave, believable- and Char’s letters still make me swoon. It’s such a great book and holds up really well. I reread it this year and fell even more in love; books like that will always make me thankful.
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill – I’m SO thankful for MTB because this book got me into YA contemporary! I had always stayed away before, thinking it was all trauma and drama, but then I read Christina’s review and it sounded so cute, like a romantic comedy I would love to watch! I also couldn’t resist that London cover. Needless to say I read it in a day and found out how much I loved fluffy, bantery, feelsy YA. And I’ve never looked back :)
Redwall by Brian Jacques – I read a ton of Nancy Drew books as a young kid but this was the first series that I really binge read, without knowing what binge reading was! I read the first 13 books back to back, racing to get the next one as soon as I was finished. I’m thankful for Redwall because it showed me that I could read and enjoy really long books (300-400 pages as a 7th grader is a lot!). They also showed me how much I could enjoy fantasy novels with rich detail, world building, and characters. Plus the series gave me an entire summer of enjoyment!
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton – I’m so thankful I finally gave in and picked up this book because The Forgotten Garden introduced me to my favorite author and my favorite historical subgenre, the dual timeline novel. I fell in love with Kate Morton’s prose and storytelling abilities, the way she weaves mystery, love, and tragedy so beautifully. I’ve read all her published novels and immediately went in search of read-a-likes. I can’t resist a pitch with old houses, secrets, and a troubled past that somehow ties in with the modern day heroine. I’m ALSO thankful for Kate Morton books because it’s how I met Lindsey on twitter in 2012, who has become one of my best friends :)