Hi! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads. This week’s theme is: Books you’re thankful for. I’m thankful for a lot of books for a lot of different reasons. Every time I read a book I love I feel thankful to the author for creating an amazing story for me to escape into and every time I look at my shelves I’m feel thankful I’m fortunate enough to be able to buy whatever books I want. It’s hard to pick just five when there are hundreds of books I’m thankful to have read, but these five all have a special place in my heart.
5. Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel
Back in 2001 when I picked this book up in a thriftstore I’d never heard the word depression. So reading this book and learning that not only had someone else felt exactly what I was feeling, but that what I was feeling actually had a name was honestly life-changing. This book explained me to me, and I’m very thankful I found it at just the right time.
4. The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride
Eimear McBride is an Irish author who writes very dark, literary books in a very distinct stream of consciousness style. This is her second novel and it follows a girl who moves to London to become an actress and begins a intense, turbulent relationship with an older man. Despite dealing with some dark subject matter, this book allows for light and hope as well – and I’m very grateful I got to read about a relationship that resembles my own, without feeling like I was reading a cautionary tale – for once.
3. Heaven and Hell by Jón Kalman Stefánsson
There are two reasons why I’m thankful for this book and they’re both very simple:
1. It got me out of the worst reading slump.
2. It’s the most beautiful book I’ve ever read.
If you like historical fiction, lyrical writing and/or Iceland – you need this book on your shelf!
2. Nina is not Okay by Shappi Khorsandi
This books deals with a lot of important themes like: sexual assault, rape-culture, slut-shaming, grief, feminism etc. But the reason I’ve put it on this list is it’s fearless, honest portrayal of a teenage addict. There are so many stereotypes about what it means to be an alcoholic and not fitting into any of those can make it difficult for young people to realize when they’re in trouble. This book does a great job of showing that alcoholism can affect anyone at any time and that it doesn’t look the same on everyone. I wish I’d had a book like this as a teen and I’m super thankful it exists now.
1. A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
If you’re one of those people who’d never crack a spine or write in your books, you’d cry if you saw my beat-up, worn-out, but well-loved copy of A Field Guide to Getting Lost. This book has taken up permanent residence in my bag and has been to 7 countries, 3 continents and on approximately one million bus/train/plain rides with me. I’ve read it so many times I know whole pages by heart, underlined passages on every page, lent it out to everyone I know and had deep, intense up-all-night conversations inspired by it. I’m so thankful Rebecca Solnit wrote it.
What book are you the most thankful for and why?