Twenty Novels I’m Grateful For

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

photo-44. 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

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Thank you google images

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?



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  1. Alison

    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.

    • Susie Meserve

      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.

  2. Fay

    What a great list you have there. My favourites from your faves (!) are Room and P&P powerful and thought provoking reads 😀


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