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Thankful Thursday

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This week’s question: It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S.A. today, so I know at least some of you are going to be as busy with turkey and family as I will be, so this week’s question is a simple one: What books and authors are you particularly thankful for this year?

I don’t want to give away my Top 10 Books of the Year so I would highlight some books based on the fact that I am glad I have read them. I will break them down into “grateful categories”:

Grateful for New Author Discovered:
The Clothes on Their Backs Linda Grant
Chess Game Stefan Zweig
Exiles in America Christopher Bram (total 4 read this year)
The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbery
Fixer Chao Han Ong

Grateful for Re-discovered Author
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
Tender is the Night F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter Carson McCullers
Howards End E.M. Forster
Disgrace J.M. Coetzee

Grateful for Just Great Reads:
The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
Rebecca Daphane du Maurier
Shanghai Girls Lisa See
The Writing on My Forehead Nafisa Haji
The Remains of the Day Kazuo Ishiguro

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the company of friends and family; enjoy the feast! Don’t forget to be grateful.

20 Responses

  1. Hi!
    Great list of books. I have a couple of them of my TBR list. Have a great Thanksgiving!

    Just Books

  2. Happy Thanksgiving! I am so excited to see some of the authors/books I suggested to you are on your list. I will be working on reading some of the authors you have introduced me to over this weekend and over Christmas. Thanks for enriching my life in so many ways! D

    • Hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving with your family and enjoy the brief stopover in Palm Springs (how I miss it already). It’s been a great pleasure exchanging books and talking about discussing literature. Thanks for being in my life. 🙂

  3. I agree with you on several authors–I, too, just discovered Stefan Zweig this year and think he’s wonderful. I also love Wilkie Collins and Daphne du Maurier–you have lots of good choices there! Have a great holiday, Matt!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving!

    I bought a copy of the Chess Game 1-2 years ago, but am yet to read it. I really should read it already, I know! 🙂


  5. Hope you enjoyed your thanksgiving.

    The Elegance of the Hedgehog is on my TBR list.

    Here is mine

  6. I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving, Matt! I can think of several books I’ve read this year that would fit into your categories. I’ve been fortunate to read so many books I’ve enjoyed this year.

    Tender is the Night is my husband’s favorite Fitzgerald book. He loves Fitzgerald, but he is really reluctant to read The Great Gatsby, which is still the only book by the author I’ve read.

    • Wendy:
      I had a wonderful Thanksgiving at friends’ house, since my family lives overseas. I’m very grateful I’ve got to re-discover authors like Fitzgerald, because I sometimes feel I want to read authors outside of the school reading list. I’ve got This Side of Paradise waiting on my night-stand. 🙂

  7. Howard’s End, Rebecca, The Remains of the Day. So many hours of pleasure for me in these books, too. And of course, gratitude that extends over several years for the Master and Margarita and The Go Between. Many thanks.

    • Greg, my next project would be to catch up on all the video productions of these great titles. I watched Maurice with David when I was in LA. The Remains of the Day sound very appealing to me.

  8. I think we should all be grateful for Wilkie Collins and DuMaurier 🙂

  9. I agree with Novel Insights we should definately all be grateful for Du Maurier and Collins (they are two of my very favourites) indeed.

    I also love how you have gone and done this post, what a wonderful idea!

  10. In 2009 I rediscovered Turgenev (Fathers and Sons, First Love, On the Eve). After reading her amazing book The Plague of Doves I made a point of delving further into the writing of Louise Erdrich (Beet Queen, Love Medicine, The Blue Jay’s Dance). But the author for which I am most thankful is William Trevor — his Collected Stories, the lovely Two Lives (which led to my rediscovery of Turgenev), and my favorite book of the year, Love and Summer.

    • Molly this is wonderful! I have to make the year 2010 to discover Trevor, Erdrich, and Turgenev! These are authors that I have been recommended to read. I’m so grateful that you hit the right note at the right time! 🙂

  11. It’s great to reread old favorite or to find new wonderful authors.

    • I totally agree with you there. Every few books I read I feel the need to return to the classics. Classics fuels me because of the beautiful forms and style.

  12. Great list!
    I really need to read The Woman in White and Rebecca. They are on my TBR pile like for ages! 😉

  13. You can’t go wrong with these two if you’re looking for great reads. 🙂

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