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bookish thankfulness

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i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again. this is my favorite meme. and not just because Ginger is an elite book blogger with incredible design talent. mostly, i adore this meme because she poses a great question for us to discuss and share more about who we are as a reader and as a person behind the blog. she’s insightful, that way.

so, without further gushing, let us get to this week’s question!

Giving Thanks: Which books are you most thankful for from other bloggers, friends, family members, or publishers?

I think I am always thankful for anyone and everyone who shares a book - heck, even a recommendation - with me. But there are a few titles what have really hit home and remain special to me.

Family: My mother’s favorite book is The Hobbit. And while I haven’t read it yet, the entire Lord of the Rings experience will forever be special to me because of my mother’s love for it and the movies. I remember watching them with her and my brother for the first time and being totally captivated. She shared with us some of her initial reactions to reading the series and pointed out some differences between the books and movies. It is a fond memory of mine and makes my hobbit love that much more intense. One day, when I finally read the books, I know I can call my mom and geek out about them and it will be most rad.

Friends: I didn’t read a ton in high school, so I don’t have any specific memories about HS friends (that I still adore to this day) recommending books to me. Mostly I was busy secretly playing Final Fantasy until 3 am and acting like I was up late on AIM or whatever. But these days, I have a couple coworker friends that I can share book recommendations with and push YA on them like whoa. In fact, we are currently geeking out over The Hunger Games. I read the first one, but they both finished the series AND have purchased HG jewelry from Etsy. Plans to see the movie together have been made. So again, this series will forever be associated with my most lovely coworkers, Jaime and Julie. They hound me quite often to finish the series as well, as good bookish friends should!

Bloggers: This is where a vast majority of my TBR books come from. Reading their reviews and hearing them say “This book is SO you” keeps my spark for reading alive. I have many favorite books that came into my heart via bloggers. Such as, but certainly not limited to, The Knife of Never Letting Go and Graceling (from Bookshelves of Doom) and Shatter Me (from GReads!). Other favorites of mine that I heard about FIRST from fellow bloggers are Before I Fall, Divergent, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, and Please Ignore Vera Dietz.

Publishers: Publishers always show me love. For that, I am forever grateful. But if I have to pick one book that really stands out for me as the one I am most thankful for...I can’t. So instead, I will pick three. You should realize by now that I hardly play by the rules AND i can seldom narrow anything down to one.
1. Murder at Wayne Manor from Eric at Quirk Publishing. Eric is just the best, in case you didn’t know, and he gets that I’m a huge dorkasaurus and encourages it by sending me a murder mystery where I get to pretend to be Batman.
2. Anything and everything from Little, Brown Publishing. They were the first publishing house to send me advance review copies of anything, and for that they will always be special to me. Plus, I happen to think their titles are consistently amazing.
3. A signed copy of Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness from Candlewick publishing. I am a very public Patrick Ness fangirl, so this obviously was the best thing to happen in my blogging life - EVER. I still get giddy when I think about it.

What about you? What books did friends, fam, bloggers and publishers share with you that hold a dear place in your heart? Be sure to share with me AND link it up over at GReads!

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. Patrick Ness forever. And ever. The End.

    Random Asheley Fact #3: The Hobbit. I love The Hobbit so much (even though you know about some other books I haven't read...) and I can't wait to read The Hobbit again. I've already begun geeking out over the movie, which I'm sure will be EPIC. Anyway, in the younger grades we read the book and our awesome teacher showed us this super old animated version of The Hobbit after we finished reading it. I thought one of my best friends, Adam, looked like Bilbo and I quietly told him so...but one of the class meanyheads overheard me. So for YEARS until we graduated, and even to this day, people from my graduating class call poor Adam 'Hobbit' or 'Bilbo' and he can't shake the name. He didn't like it then, and he hates it now...so much so that he won't speak to me anymore. I have felt awful about this forever. But he seriously does remind me of the hobbit and as much as he may hate it, even HE can't deny it. :)

  2. A signed copy of Monsters of Men!!!!! So jealous :)

  3. Aww, I love the enthusiasm behind your post! And yes, do read The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. It took me a while to get through but it was totally worth it. :)

  4. I haven't read any of the lord of the rings. I have only seen the movies.. one of these days, I'll have to pick them up.

    yay for other bloggers! I have gotten some great book recs from them. :)

  5. My TBR pile grows bigger with each passing day because of bloggers! Such horrible influences ;) Way jealous of the signed book...very cool!

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  7. I also haven't read Lord of the Rings but I have heard so much about it that I really intend to. Some day...

    A new follower.

    artsy musings of a bibliophile


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