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This week’s topic is: Thanksgiving freebie. Which is a bit weird since I’m British and therefore don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s always nice to think about what you’re thankful for though so this week I’m doing Five Books I’m Thankful For
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1. 1984 by George Orwell
This is the book that I carried around with me everywhere between the ages of 14 and 16. I used to read it at school during class, especially music class, I read it on public transport, I even read it when I was at the hairdressers. I just adore this book and it’s one of the reasons that I now have a degree in English Literature. It’s definitely the reason that I love dystopian fiction so much.
2. Dracula by Bram Stoker
This is another novel that I read several times while I was at high school. It got me interested in Gothic fiction and it sort of taught me how to read 19th century novels because it’s so long and the language is somewhat complicated. It’s still one of the best vampire stories I’ve read to date but I am looking forward to reading Carmilla in the future.
3. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Without Midsummer I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t have discovered my love of Shakespeare, I wouldn’t have taken English Literature at A Level, I wouldn’t have done a BA in English Lit and I certainly wouldn’t have done a masters in Medieval and Early Modern Literature. Reading this play at the tender age of 14 during my English lessons at high school made me into the person I am today. I owe a lot to William Shakespeare.
4. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
The Wee Free Men is the first Discworld novel I ever read but it’s also the first book I ever borrowed from my Granddad. After that we shared other Terry Pratchett books and we talked about them when we saw each other. When my Granddad passed on in 2012 I was given all of his Terry Pratchett books and reading his books makes me feel like my Granddad is still with me.
5. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
I despise this book now but it fueled my love of reading. When I was about 13 I stopped reading because I didn’t find anything interesting any more but then the Twilight film came along and I just had to read the book after watching the film at the cinema with my friends. My friends and I decided to read all of the books together, like a mini book club, so that we could talk about them and whatnot. By the time the second film came out we hated the books but we still saw the film to make fun of it. It brought us closer together as friends back then and it also got me interested in reading again.
Which books are you thankful for?