Happy Thanksgiving, readers! Today, in honor of this festival of gratitude, I’m sharing ten books I’m thankful to have read this year. This list differs a bit from “favorite” or “best” books of the year, although there may be some overlap. Some of the books I’m thankful for were difficult for me to read, but terribly important for my own learning. Others are the silly, fluffy reads that gave me a break from the heaviness of literature and life. What every book on this list has in common is that it came to me at just the right moment and offered me exactly what I needed.
Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister
For helping me feel like I’m not alone when I rage at this world’s injustices.
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
For giving me one of my best cries of the year.
There, There by Tommy Orange
For showing me my blindspots and inviting me into a perspective I’d never before experienced.
Nevermoor: the Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
For reminding me that there’s still untapped magic in storytelling.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
For offering me something new, unexpected, and brilliant with every reread.
Bunny by Mona Awad
For taking me in a direction I never in a million years would have expected to go.
Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino
For being the feminist millenial critique of the world, and myself, that I didn’t know I needed.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
For reminding me what it feels like to fall recklessly and irrevocably in love with a story.
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
For making me laugh out loud and for teaching me that it’s (more than) okay to read romance novels.
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
For giving me the insights and language to challenge my own thinking and be better for my students.