*5 Fictional Books I am Thankful For*

Five Fictional BooksI Am Thankful For

I love that the approaching holidays provides a needed relief to my social media feeds as we are reminded to stop and reflect on that which we are thankful for. I relish in seeing the negative posts replaced with the daily “Today I am thankful for..” prompts. And while I may not be as public about it, I am certainly among those counting my blessings and feeling the gratitude. So keeping on the lighter side of matters but in spirit, today I want to share 5 fictional books that have made my life better and why I am thankful for them.

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The Hobbit (Or There and Back Again)
By JRR Tolkien

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“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” 

Why I am thankful for it:

Okay, so this one needs no introduction and is no stranger on my blog. The Hobbit entered my life at a very young age. To be honest, I am not sure most children my age at the time (7 or 8 I believe) got it. But things were hard and this introduction to fantasy came like a saving grace, transporting out of the turmoil I was forced to call life and into Middle Earth where I developed my own courage alongside Bilbo Baggins.  I attribute not only my love for fantasy but overall fondness of reading to Tolkien’s tale of one brave little hobbit that lived in a hole in the ground.

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A Wrinkle In Time 
By Madeleine L’engle

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“Believing takes practice.” 

Why I am thankful for it:

Much like The Hobbit, the adventures of Meg and Charles Wallace were a means of escapism during my childhood that only solidified my love for fantasy. The battle between good and evil captivated me while also assuring my young self that love can and does prevail. For that, I thank you Madeleine L’engle.

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The Alchemist 
By Paulo Coelho

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“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” 

Why I am thankful for it:

Recommended by a dear friend, I picked this small book up at a B&N one day not realizing that it would soon earn a permanent spot among my most cherished titles. While brief in pages there are no shortage of messages to be drawn from Coelho’s inspiring work. Packed among many, perhaps the most important lesson I drew from The Alchemist was the significance of my own dreams and journey. I cannot recommend this book enough, and always will.

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1984
By George Orwell

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“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

Why I am thankful for it:

Not all titles that impact our lives in a great way have to be pleasant ones. I feel Orwell’s 1984 is a prime example of this if ever there was. Being frank, this book bored me at times and was depressing at the best. But something more important began to happen as I proceeded with this ever relevant title; it challenged me. Still very applicable in today’s society, if forced me to take a strong look at totalitarian governments and our own state of affairs.

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Brave New World
By Aldous Huxley

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“But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.” 

Why I am thankful for it:

Following suit of 1984, Brave New World also manages to paint a grim picture that sheds light upon a very significant and also relevant problem. It paints a perfect tale of “ignorance is bliss” and the perils of a society that opts for the comforts of scientific advancements and technology over basic human nature. It serves as a terrifying warning to all.

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What books are you thankful for?

What titles have impacted your life? Do you have a favorite fictional (or maybe nonfictional) book that changed you as a reader or a person? Did any books challenge you to think more about difficult topics?

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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36 thoughts on “*5 Fictional Books I am Thankful For*

  1. I knew ‘The Hobbit’ would be at the top of your list ❤ It's a book that I've been meaning to read as an adult for years, but have yet to get around to. I remember the magic of having it read to me as child, though ❤
    I read 'Brave New World' when I was doing my undergraduate degree and I think that's another book that's due a reread. I think it's painfully relevant in today's modern society in which we gradually rely on technology more and more. I sometimes where our over reliance will lead us!
    I know it's not a well-know series or a series of literary importance, but I'm grateful for Nalini Singh's entire Guildhunter series. It's a paranormal romance series, but it's the first series I became properly emotionally invested in. The characters populating that fictional universe became characters I could believe in…characters I could laugh and cry with and share in all their heartaches and triumphs. It's a fictional universe that has offered me respite and escape in some of my most difficult times ❤

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    1. Guildhunter series has been noted for when I choose to explore paranormal romance! I think we all hold those books that we first found ourselves invested in in a special place. That is usually the beginning of a true reading habit ❤ Thank you so much Jazz. And yeah, I knew you would not be surprised to see The Hobbit 😉

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  2. Great choices Danielle! I was expecting The Hobbit to make an appearance of course ☺️1984 scared the bejesus out of me while also boring me if that makes any sense lol. Still need to read A Wrinkle in Time, it’s on my To-Do before the re-adaptation hits the big screen 😃

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  3. I’m actually happy to see that I’ve actually read 3 out of 5 of these books (the last 3)! So rare that I ever relate to lists!! 😛 I definitely need to read those first two, especially The Hobbit. Life will never feel complete till I have gone through those! Among others… 😀 Wonderful list, Danielle! Glad to see how much these have impacted you. 😉

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  4. I like negative posts but I do get your drift. Though I think that if you have a grievance or want to vent then that’s cool (it’s what I do) but negative just for the sake of being negative, nah, we don’t want that or hating posts on our feeds. But I do feel that their is a place for negative posts, both positive and negative together a bit like both types of reviews and give a complete picture.

    Yeah, I’m being meaningful and deep, I am like all zen, grasshopper.😂😂

    And, as I’m often negative I have to stick up for negativity by trying to explain the positivity of being negative, it’s confusion.😂😂

    We don’t celebrate thanksgiving in old blighty anyway, it’s just a plain old boring weekend for all your UK brethren.

    Not surprised that The Hobbit is on your list, I’d have bet good money on it being there, the first book as well, you should have placed it last then we’d have been thinking where’s The Hobbit?!😂😂😂

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  5. Hi, Danielle 🙂

    I read A Wrinkle in Time when I was 15, and I remember it being a nice book. The Hobbit, I read it at the age of 21 or 22. I’ve often thought that, in some or even many ways, it’s superior to Lord of the Rings; but of course LotR is a greater work as a whole.

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  6. Great list of great books!
    I was just talking with a workmate the other day about authors we would like to live in the same building with so we could go borrow some sugar and then strike up a convo and become friends… Huxley, Goethe, Orwell, Vonnegut… So glad to see you mentioned Huxley and Orwell in this list! ❤

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    1. Ah yes! I can relate to that thought. I didn;t have anyone read to me when I was little that I recall. To be honest, I am surprised I turned into the reader I am! No one pushed it. I definitely read to my kids and my son and I still read together at times.

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  7. I really love the way you’ve set up this post, Danielle. The quotes are perfect. Also– my mind is blown because *I’ve read all of these books*! That never happens with book lists! The Hobbit is definitely a book I read when I was 9 years old. So, a bit older, but not much. I love how each chapter feels like a short story telling a larger story arc. … I really need to re-read this book now.

    Great post!

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    1. Little Women is another that could have easily made my list! So many fond memories of my worn copy. I wish I still owned it. I think that is wonderful that your six yr old loves the Hobbit! My son has yet to explore it, but he really enjoyed our reading through the Chronicles of Narnia at that age.

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