10 Books (and Bookish Things) I’m Thankful For

Thanksgiving is just 2 days away (say what?!) and I can’t even believe it. This week I’m focusing on things that I’m grateful for (well, I’m hoping to write at least one other post about things I’m grateful for/gratitude) and I wouldn’t be a very good book blogger if I didn’t share the top 10 books that I’m thankful for. But, even more than books that I’m grateful for, I’ll also be sharing some bookish things that I’m grateful for. This post is part of the Top Ten Tuesday series!

Top 10 Books I’m Thankful For

1. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Throwback to that time I made my mom come with me to meet Jeff Zentner when he came to Utah last march.

I know, I know. This book made my list last week for 10 books I want my kids to read. If you’re new around here you just need to know that I’m a huge fan of Jeff Zentner’s books (total fangirl over here) but I LOVE The Serpent King. Go read it. Please, I promise you won’t regret it. This book brought me so much joy (and tears if I’m being completely honest) Ah… I love the way Jeff writes and even though his second book, Goodbye Days isn’t on this list, it’s definitely one of my favorites.

2. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

One of my other favorite author’s is Gretchen Rubin. ((HUGE FAN)) and I probably read The Happiness Project once a year. I read it for the first time in 2015 and my life has been forever changed. I am so grateful for this book because it always helps me remember what matters most and what I can be focusing on in my own life! I’m actually planning to re-read this one (since I haven’t this year yet) in December as a prep for 2018. Do you have any books that you like to re-read?

3. The Book of Mormon + The Bible

As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormon church is our nickname), I love reading the scriptures. We read the Bible along with the Book of Mormon. I love both of these books. I have learned so much about God and Christ and Faith as I’ve read these books. I wouldn’t be me without them. If you would like a copy of The Book of Mormon or The Bible, let me know down below or send me an email at myhopefulstory@gmail.com I’d love to get you a copy.

4. My 3rd (and 5th) grade Teachers.

I actually had the same two teachers in 3rd and 5th grade. One taught in the morning, the other in the afternoon. They both had a love for books and reading, and I really am so grateful for them and for the love of reading that they instilled in me. I am still so grateful for them,  all these years later.

5. The Library

When Griffin and I first got married we lived half a block away from the library. I am so thankful that we did! (Even though I didn’t really use it much for the first year of marriage because of school.) But I love going to the library, and I still go often even though we don’t live right by it anymore. We’re poor college students, about to have our first baby and the library helps so much when it comes to reading all the books that I want to buy (but don’t have money for.) Do you use the library?

6. Bookstagram

ADORE the bookstagram community. There are so many wonderful people, and if I could find them all on Instagram, I’d probably follow them all! This is where I find out about so many of the great books that I’ve read in the past two years. (Just search #bookstagram to see so many beautiful photos + book suggestions.) I’m grateful for how supportive and awesome this community is. I recently combined all of my Instagram accounts into one for my blog + bookstagram. It’s been slow going, but it’s growing and I can’t wait to grow more in this community.

7. I’m thankful my husband loves to read.

While we don’t have the same taste in books (I’ll pretty much read anything you put in front of me, him not so much.) But I love that reading is a big deal for both of us. Even though I’m much more of a bookworm than he is (this could change once he’s not in school full time) we both love reading and we both make time for it. I’m really excited to share this love of reading with our children! Related: See what books we want our children to read.

8. Book blogging Review sites.

I love working with companies to review books. I work with Blogging for Books and NetGalley most often, but I have a goal to work directly with publishers in 2018 to read and review new novels. I love reading and I’m grateful that as a blogger I have the opportunity to share my opinions about books with all of you, as well as talk about new books to get other reader’s excited about them!

9. Late night reading

I don’t do this as often as I used to (I mean… in high school I would stay up until 1 or 2 every night reading, I don’t do that anymore) but I still love reading in bed and reading at night. Books have always been a major part of my world, and I love curling up in bed with a good book (especially at night)

10. Fictional Worlds

I am obsessed with books. I am so thankful for them. Books have become an escape, a release, a happy place. Reading brings me so much joy and I can’t even imagine what it would be like if I didn’t know how to read or if I wasn’t able to read books and talk about them. Sometimes it’s just really great to escape reality for awhile and read a good book (and lose yourself in a fictional world and struggle to come back to reality, but you know, it’s fine really.) Books are great. That’s all.

So, those are some books + bookish things that I’m feeling grateful for this year. Keep an eye out for another post (possibly on Thanksgiving) about other things (not book related… well mostly) that I’m also thankful for. What are you feeling grateful for this year? Do you have any books that have changed your life? Let me know down below!

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