I have much to be thankful for at Thanksgiving. Family, friends, a roof over my head, blah, blah, blah. One of the things I am most thankful for? My books, of course. Because when you are hiding in the bathroom from Aunt Marge, you can’t exactly take your TV with you.
Books are an escape, stress relief, entertainment and education. Here are 5 books I hold especially dear to my heart. Maybe they weren’t life changing, but in one way or another, they’ve had a significant impact:
The Stand, by Stephen King. One of my first favorite adult fiction novels, I’m sure the first really long book I read and one I could easily re-read every year. Ah, the classic battle of good versus evil. Voldemort’s got nothing on Randall Flagg. Why I am thankful? While I liked to read before this book came along, I loved to read after—it sparked my passion for great stories.
A Mind at a Time, by Dr. Mel Levine. One of the best books I’ve ever read about parenting, and parenting kids with different needs, in particular. It helped me begin to understand the challenges, strengths and weaknesses faced by kids that live and learn differently, without the meds guilt trip so many ADHD books try to lay on you.
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle. Probably my favorite book from my elementary school years. I couldn’t wait to share it with my kids. My boys? I read it to them, and it was OK, but to be honest, the night my daughter came into my bedroom, teary-eyed, having finished the book, to tell me she thought it was the best book ever? A parenting touchdown. Game over, spike the ball. I raised a reader.
Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris. I am thankful for humor. I am thankful for those moments where you read something and laugh so hard you tinkle in your pants. Sedaris’ wit is once-in-a-generation stuff. And his sister Amy is pretty awesome sauce, herself.
The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brené Brown, Ph.D. This book is amazeballs, as is just about anything she writes. I was privileged to hear her speak in person and am grateful for this book—a reminder to stop being so damn hard on ourselves and embrace every part of what makes us human.
Go forth, be thankful this season and think about an author or two that’s made a difference in your life. Me? Stephen King, David Sedaris, Neil Gaiman, Judy Blume, Chris Bohjalian … I can’t even begin to name them all. Leave me a comment about your favorite author. Tell me, what’s the book that changed your life?
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