This time of year, the interwebs are flooded with gushy “what we’re most thankful for” lists that talk about family and health and friendship and all that jazz. Blah, blah, blah. Sure, we’re thankful for that stuff, but after family, health, friendship, doughnuts and Game of Thrones, here at Knockin’ Books what we’re most thankful for are books. So, for your reading pleasure, Jennifer from our editorial staff and The Design Dude have put together this little list of the books they’re most thankful for this year:
Jennifer’s top 10:
Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones
This series is a must read for anyone who enjoys their paranormal romance with a side of snark and snappy one-liners. St. Martin’s Press was kind enough to send me an ARC of this little gem, which is set to release in January 2017. I haven’t opened it yet. Instead, I’ve set it aside like a fine wine to age and be savored at a later date. But who am I kidding? Come December, I’ll tear through this book in one sitting like a bag of Hostess Donettes. What can I say? Self-control isn’t my strong suit. I make no apologies.
FYI: Charley Davidson also made our list of the Top 10 heroines who could kick your ass list.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
This year, my 10-year-old son became completely obsessed with this series. He’s read books 1-10 so many times he can quote lines from them, and tell you on what page of each book the lines can be found on. If I move his collection of these books around while cleaning his room, he gets so irritated with me that he stops talking to me until he gets everything back in it’s original position. His copy of book 11 has been on preorder for months (it’s arrival date is marked on his calendar). The author is his hero. I’m so thankful that these books can pull my son’s attention away from video games that the author is pretty much my hero, too. Thank you, Mr. Kinney!
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
My grandson has been blessed with many gifts. He’s athletic, smart and absolutely adorable (based on my completely unbiased opinion). And although he’s a member of the high ability classroom in his grade level, the only reason he would read was to complete his school assignments. Other than that, he was much more interested in Nerf guns, baseball and Minecraft. That all changed when he discovered Big Nate. Lincoln Peirce’s series of books about 11-year old Nate and his many misadventures has absolutely enthralled my grandson. Big Nate has opened the door to a love of reading for my favorite 7-year-old in the world and for that, I'm eternally grateful.