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Teen Board Question - November 2016, Part 2

Teen Board Monthly Question

Teen Board Question - November 2016, Part 2

With Thanksgiving (and turkey, stuffing and that post-meal nap) on the brain, we at Teenreads are feeling particularly thankful for our favorite books. Throughout the year, tons of authors have given us incredible gifts in the form of realistic fiction, laugh out loud rom-coms, dramatic fantasies and way more! Now we're inviting our Teen Board members to join us at the figurative Thanksgiving table and tell us which book(s), series, author, or genre they’re most thankful for this holiday season.


I am most thankful for THE VESPERTINE by Saundra Mitchell. I read this book when I was in 6th grade, and it has been a driving influence for my love of the romance genre. THE VESPERTINE is a novel meant for younger audiences and when I read it over now, I realize that there isn't the critical character balance and depth in relationships that I look for in romance novels now. However, if it wasn't for THE VESPERTINE, I wouldn't have found my true passion for romance novels. --- Vaishnavi S.

The author I'm most thankful for would have to be my favorite author, Jane Austen. I'm most thankful for The Selection series by Kiera Cass and The Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer for staving off the dull days.  I am also thankful that there are so many different genres to choose from.  Some of my favorites include: clean fiction, light and fluffy (not cheesy) contemporaries, romance, dystopian, fairy tale retellings, historical fiction, young adult and middle grade. There are few more but we'll stop there. Happy Thanksgiving! --- Rachel A.

I am most thankful for a book titled THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON by Caroline B. Cooney. It was the first book that actually got me hooked on reading. I could not put it down. I do not understand why I enjoyed it so much, but I've read it at least 6 times. The first time I read it, I couldn't put it down. It's the first book in The Janie Johnson series, however it is the only book that I really enjoyed. It opened my eyes to the joy of reading and was the gateway to my addition to literature. So thank you Caroline B. Cooney for my first favorite book. --- McKenzie S.

The book series that I am most thankful for would definitely be the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. The first book of this phenomenal series was recommended to me by a friend this past fall, because I needed to pick out a book to read for English class. I ended up loving this book and quickly read the rest of the trilogy within a week. After finishing the three books, I started to appreciate the beauty of reading and began to immerse myself into the bookish community. Ever since then, I have been actively reading great works of literature on a daily basis. I am so thankful that this trilogy helped me transition into the wonderful world of reading, and I hope that my love for books will never fade. --- Kaleigh L.

This year I'm thankful for Alpha Girl series by Aileen Erin because it was an amazing series that made me laugh and feel happy. I discovered this series while going through my subscription to a book reading site and was tentative when I first started reading but quickly fell into its light comedic banter and stronger plot. The joy that reading and falling in love with characters in this novel is why I'm so thankful for it this holiday season. --- Carolyn C.

There are so many books I’m grateful for, and honestly I’m grateful for books in general. But there are definitely some I appreciate above the others. For example, the Throne Of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. I know it’s a pretty popular series that a lot of people have read, but I really love it. I don’t know if these next two count but they’re books that I’m very thankful for so I think they fit. They are called THE SICK ROSE: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration, and its partner book CRUCIAL INVESTIGATIONS: an Illustrated Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery, and they’re exactly what the titles imply. I received both of them as gifts from my sister and have gained a lot of knowledge from them, as well as finding them extraordinarily interesting. --- Alanna B.

A book series that I am most thankful for this year would be The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. The entire series taught me that being different should be rewarded --- not oppressed --- and that girl power is real. I found comfort in knowing that I can relate to almost all the female characters in the series and it made me feel better and stronger about myself as I kept reading the books. Marissa Meyer definitely knows how to create substantial characters who not only inspire readers --- like myself --- but to remind us all that women aren’t just there to look pretty. We’re also found on the battlefield. --- Taylor F.

For this holiday season I am most thankful for satirical and philosophical pieces, in particular, Henry David Thoreau's WALDEN. I am also thankful for Sylvia Plath's poems. --- Alyssa L.

Over the past two years, I have come to grown a massive appreciation for Andrew Smith. The first book I ever read by him was WINGER, which opened my mind and my heart, and is still a story I am really emotionally attached too. Since then, I have read every one of his books, and have taken away essential lessons from them that I apply to my everyday life. This year, my library surprised me and arranged for Andrew Smith to come to my library, which was one of the best experiences of my life. I got to pick him up from the airport, and have some really cool conversation with him. Now, I own the majority of his books, which I have signed. I am definitely thankful for his books, and look forward to his next one. --- Reanna H.

As a diehard Young Adult literature fan, it’s hard to pinpoint only one book or author I’m thankful for. I’m often overwhelmed by the variety and excellence of the entire category, but that being said, I definitely have a few go-to picks. When it comes to realistic fiction, I always circle back to Sarah Dessen --- her books are fantastically written with incredible characters, and there are so many to choose from that I'm always guaranteed to find just the one I'm in the mood for, whether on the funnier or more serious side of things. As for the fantasy end of the YA genre, my tried-and-true favorites would have to be the Graceling Realm trilogy by Kristin Cashore, the His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers, and of course, when everything else fails, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is always there for me. Besides some trusty fallbacks, my favorite part of the YA literature world and, perhaps, what is most gratitude-inspiring for me is that I know that I will always be able to find just what I need --- an escape, a friend, a new perspective --- within the pages of a YA book. --- Laura T.

The series I'm most thankful this November is The Lunar Chronicles series but, more specifically, STARS ABOVE.  Marissa Meyer released this collection of short stories earlier this year.  Through these stories I was given a final glimpse, at some of my all-time favorite characters, as well as some backstory to their lives.  Being emotionally attached to characters is something that any book reader can relate to.  So, many people know how hard it is to read that final sentence of the series (Harry Potter anyone?).  To close that book. It's hard.  I will forever be grateful to Marissa Meyer for giving me those few extra pages. It was my fourth stage in the five stages of grief.  The last bargaining before finally reaching acceptance. --- Sabina Z.

I am really thankful for so many authors and books, but here are just a few. I am thankful for RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard which I finally read earlier this year. I am thankful for Suzanne Collins and JK Rowling for providing me with the two first book series I have ever finished because I loved those worlds so much and still do. They really amplified my love for reading which I really appreciate. I am also thankful for the Young Adult genre as a whole. Not only does it have such a wide range of types of books and unique stories, but the community is such a loving and supportive community that I am so glad to be a part of. --- Shannon C.

This holiday season I am most thankful for SUCH A PRETTY FACE by Cathy Lamb, HATE LIST by Jennifer Brown, and all of John Green's books. This past year has been pretty rough on me and books have been there for me the whole time. SUCH A PRETTY FACE made me feel powerful and I was able to find more confidence in myself. HATE LIST made me realize that I don't need to care what people think about me anymore. John Green writes amazing stories that give me feelings of hope, happiness, sadness (the good kind) and adventure. If you haven't read any of the books I mentioned, I highly recommend doing so. If you're anything like me, they will really help you out. --- Ashley D.