I had this idea to choose twenty books I was thankful for as an homage to one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. But then I realized I couldn’t choose only twenty, or decide which to include. So welcome to my multi-part series, Books I’m Grateful For, with today’s installment: novels. (Still to come: poetry! And more.)
Happy Thanksgiving, readers. I’m thankful for so much this year, and I hope you are, too.
Twenty Novels I’m Grateful For:
1. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
2. The Longest Journey, E.M. Forster
3. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
4. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
5. The History of Love, Nicole Krauss
6. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
7. Room, Emma Donoghue
8. The White Bone, Barbara Gowdy
9. Spartina, John Casey
10. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
11. The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri
12. State of Wonder, Ann Patchett
13. Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson
14. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
15. Possession, A.S. Byatt
16. Disgrace, JM Coetzee
17. Another Country, James Baldwin
18. American Pastoral, Philip Roth
19. My Antonia, Willa Cather
20. The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Eugenides
I could go on, and on, and on…but I will stop there.
What novels are YOU grateful for?
Such a great list Suz! And some I haven’t read yet so adding then to my Christmas list too. History of Love is one if my favorites and not well known by my peers – I always love recommending it. I will have to think of my 20 as a good exercise but my list would have to include Sea of Poppies by Amitav Gosh, the Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell and Stones from a River By Ursula Hegi.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! How grateful I am for books.
Thanks! I love yours, too–actually haven’t read any of these, so I’ll add them to my list as well, especially the Ursula Hegi. Happy Thanksgiving, dear.
What a great list you have there. My favourites from your faves (!) are Room and P&P powerful and thought provoking reads 😀
Thank you, Fay! Thanks for reading.