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November 2017, Part 1

Teen Board Monthly Question

November 2017, Part 1

The turkey is stuffed, the tofurkey is roasted, and Teenreads is feeling thankful for all of the great books and authors we’ve covered this past year. While we’re feeling festive, we asked our Teen Board members which book or author they are most thankful for this year. As a bonus, we also asked if there were any feast scenes or food items from books that they'd love to recreate this holiday.


The author I'm currently thankful for is Tim Floreen, particularly for his novel TATTOO ATLAS. This book is my favorite book of all time, and I just recently reread it and renewed my love for it (something I never usually do because there are so many books, so little time)! This novel really left its mark on me and Tim Floreen is an exceptional author. An honorable mention goes out to everyone's favorite, J.K. Rowling, as I just got around to reading FANTASTIC BEATS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM and am very excited to finally see the movie! Her novels are always such quick reads for me because I just can't put them down. I'm thankful for all the authors who put their work out there for us to read and enjoy! --- Maggie L.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I get to see my family and I get to eat a truly unhealthy amount of pie. If I had to choose just one author I'm thankful for this year, it would be Marie Lu. When I read LEGEND three years ago, I discovered that I really loved books, which has opened up so many doors for me (including becoming a Teen Board member). Being a reader has become such an important part of who I am and without Marie Lu and her books I would not have that part of myself. I'm also thankful for LORD OF SHADOWS by Cassandra Clare because that book was so amazing and reading it was an amazing part of this year. --- Ansley K.

It's difficult to single out a single author for me because different books were there for me at different stages or periods of my life. Narrowing it down, RULES OF CIVILITY by Amor Towles made the most drastic change in my life; it was pivotal to creating one of my most formative friendships last year. --- Rachel D.

I think I’m most thankful for Sarah J Maas and her A Court of Thorns and Roses series because they’ve helped me forget about all of my problems in real life when I was reading it. I fell in love with the characters because they are so easy to love. I’m so happy and thankful Sarah wrote this series because I do not know what I would do without it. A food from a book that I would love to recreate his holiday is butterbeer from the Harry Potter series. The drink is so iconic and I remember reading about it when I was younger. I have never had to opportunity to taste the real thing but hopefully I will try my best to recreate it this season. --- Abigail D.

I'm thankful for TOWER OF DAWN. I was in a reading slump, but TOWER OF DAWN was so good that it singlehandedly pulled me out of it! Thanks for reminding me why I love reading! Happy Thanksgiving! --- Rebecca D.

I am most thankful for Sarah J. Maas and her books this year. I love the books that she has released this past year and cannot wait for more to come! They were a wonderful treat to read and escape to this year! --- Emily F.

The book that I am most thankful for this year is STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor. I've reread it a couple of times in the past few months, and each time I read it, I get more and more excited about it. The writing is absolutely gorgeous --- the kind of writing where you want to take quotes and hang them up everywhere --- and plot, characters, setting and themes are all developed perfectly and have so much depth. This book is like my literary "comfort food" --- I read chapters when I'm stressed or when I'm in a book slump. Most importantly, it's a book that I want to hand out to everyone, so I always have a book recommendation at the ready now! --- Rachel R.

The author I’m most thankful for this year is Daisy Meadows, author of the Rainbow Magic books, which were my absolute favorite as a kid. I think those were the ones that encouraged my love for books the most, and wow, am I thankful for that. Those books definitely shaped me into the person I am today, and I don’t know where I would be without them. --- Becky N.

I am most thankful for Harper Lee this year, because her book TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is one of my favorites. She's on my mind especially because she died pretty recently, and her second book, GO SET A WATCHMAN, is still in the public eye. I'm thankful that she wrote one of the most well-known books in literature --- a book that I will always remember reading in my English class in high school. On another note, I would love to recreate the feast in THE GREAT GATSBY at the first party he hosts in the book. The platters are decadent and the food sounds delicious, so it would be great to recreate that meal this holiday season. --- Juliette G.

This year, I am most thankful for WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart. I was very skeptical going into this book as I did not think I would enjoy it, and it was not in my preferred reading genres. However, when I actually read this book it quickly became one of my favorites. I'm thankful for this book for showing me that I can/should step out of my comfort zone more when reading. Also, I'm thankful that this book got me excited to read more. If there was a food scene in any book that I would want to recreate, it would have to be baking the perfect chocolate chip cookies in ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN by Jenny Han. I love baking and chocolate chip cookies so it would be the best scene to recreate. Also, there is never a bad time to bake chocolate chip cookies. --- Mackenzie P.

This Thanksgiving season I am especially thankful for Sarah J. Maas and all her books, although I’m thankful for them pretty much all times of the year. I am in the middle of rereading her Throne of Glass series so I can get to the most recent release, TOWER OF DAWN. But this time of year has also had me especially thankful for wonderful food. My dream has always been to have the Hogwarts feast. It would be a dream come true! --- Caitlyn K.

I think the author I'm most thankful for this year would have to be Rick Riordan. I fell in love with the Percy Jackson series in the fourth grade, and earlier this year I decided to take a trip down memory lane and revisit them. Even now as a senior in high school, I found that I still can't get enough of Riordan's hilarious, fun, and often times borderline juvenile storytelling. I will forever be thankful for Riordan and the memories he helped me to create --- ones that I know will always be there for me to relive. --- Katie T.

The book I am most thankful for this year would have to be UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES by Louise Gornall. I am thankful for this book because its main character deals with mental health issues. Sure, a ton of books have mentally ill protagonists, but UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES is different. It has probably the most realistic representation of what it's like to deal with mental illness that I've ever read. Seeing mental illnesses represented is important. But seeing them represented well is what really matters; that's something that I think a lot of novels fall short on. I am thankful that Louise Gornall has shown mental health problems in such a raw and real way, and it has made me hopeful that more books like hers are not too far away. --- Olivia W.

The author I am most thankful for this year is Donna Tartt. I have read two of her books in the last year and both of them have changed the way I look at the world. Her books are insightful and even though they are long they are the most rewarding books that I have ever read. Every sentence is masterfully crafted and every character is multilayered. Her books paint the most realistic and raw look at humans I have encountered throughout literature and they command the reader to delve into themselves to search for morality and reason in hard situations. Her books have made me think of other people in a completely different way, and for that I am so very thankful. --- Anna Kate L.

I have so many authors I am thankful for, but most of all I am thankful for J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. I love Rowling's writing style --- she has a way of allowing me as a reader to trust her, even as there is mystery and danger. She writes with honesty and humor, dropping wise jewels of quotes here and there (*cough* #Dumbledore). Reading some of my favorite scenes leave me either laughing, pondering or just crying. Most of all, thank you, J. K. Rowling, for reminding me to "turn on the light." (By the way, if Hogwarts had a Thanksgiving feast, everyone would be fuller than a Niffler in a jewelry store!) --- Lauren C.

This year, I am very thankful for Sarah Dessen’s books. Her writing has been able to fill me up when I need hope or a great romantic story that I can hold in the back of my mind. Her characters are very realistic and I love listening to their stories. I am also thankful for The Selection series this year. Even though most books are not necessarily “new," each one had a great story and I enjoyed every word. 2017 was filled with many things to be thankful for, especially the novels we hold in our hearts. --- Lillian B.

I’m thankful for Sarah J. Maas. Her series keep me motivated during a challenging school year. I don’t know how she does it, but I’m grateful that she’s able to come out with new books so quickly. Her books are a joy to read because they have just enough detail and rich dialogue to make the characters come to life. I particularly appreciate her Throne of Glass series. Aelin, the main character, is one of the most empowering female characters. Terrible things repeatedly happen to her and yet she never breaks down and never hesitates to put herself before others. Thank you, Sarah, for inspiring me to stay strong and keep working hard. --- Alice D.

I am thankful for so many authors and books, it's hard to choose just one. I think instead, I'm going to be thankful for the romance genre. I feel like I've been in a book slump all year, and romance has allowed me to escape that at points. I don't know why I've been in a slump, but it's always nice to just fall into a book that I know will have a happy ending. --- Isabel C.

This year, I am most thankful for TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green. In October, I had the opportunity to go listen to John and Hank Green speak in Cincinnati, Ohio and I received a signed copy of TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN. After hearing John's passion and personal experience with the subject matter presented in his new book, I was even more excited to start reading it than I already was. I was not disappointed. Though I have not read many books this year, TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN is definitely my favorite book of the year. While reading the book, I laughed, cried and was presented new perspectives on a well-known disease. I have always loved John Green and his novels, and TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN shows him at his peak. For that I am grateful. --- Bryn D.

This Thanksgiving I am most thankful for the author Jennifer E. Smith. She never fails to create novels that are engaging, relatable, heartwarming and always with a sense of humor. Her novels provide a welcome respite from the busy day to day of homework and other commitments. And her books like THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE and THE COMEBACK SEASON have inspired me to become a better writer. Thank you, Jennifer E. Smith! --- Ryan H.

I am most thankful for all of the new and amazing authors I discovered this year! Whether they published their debut or I just read their book for the first time in 2017, I am truly appreciative of their work and insight. I loved Brandy Colbert's LITTLE & LION, Mackenzi Lee's THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE, Sandhya Menon's WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI and Angie Thomas's THE HATE U GIVE. Each of these novels either offered me new insights into our world or thrilled me with the experience of another time period. --- Grace P.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for the historical fiction genre. I read many great books this year that took place in history and had elements of fantasy, humor, romance and fact, but the book I am most thankful for is MY LADY JANE by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows. I loved every single moment of this book because it included aspects of so many different genres. I cannot wait for these wonderful authors to co-write another book in the upcoming year. And this might sound typical, but I would love to try the chocolate cake that Four and Tris eat as Dauntless in DIVERGENT. It sounds simply scrumptious, and who doesn’t love chocolate! --- Ellie T.

I am most thankful for Sarah J. Maas this year. I know it may be unoriginal since Sarah J. Maas is a very popular YA author, but the anticipation leading up to her book releases made the stress of school melt away. I love Maas's characters and her stories are all so intense and gasp-worthy that having a SJM book coming out soon would make me feel so happy. When I would get one of her books I would instantly cradle it and basically it would be my baby for the week while I read it. In terms of feast scenes or food my first thought is always Harry Potter because I would honestly love to go to Hogwarts just for the food alone. Ron always stuffing his face would definitely be me! Another feast scene I love is from THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass. When America eats those strawberry tarts and revels in the food at dinner I, too was hungry for whatever she was eating, and that scene ended up being iconic throughout the rest of the series. --- Ilona K.

I have been reading much more this year than I have been in the past, which means there are many authors that I have to thank! As always, I am incredibly indebted to Cassandra Clare for creating a world that has grown so close to my heart over the past few years of my life. The Shadowhunter Chronicles have allowed me to grow into myself as a reader. I would not be where I am today without Cassie's tremendous work and effort in creating this series. Of course, I cannot forget to thank Adam Silvera. His novels have broken me time and time again, while Adam himself has put me back together. Within the past year, I have met Adam three times, and every single time was better than the last. I am so appreciative that I have had the opportunity to attend his events because they have given me reason to smile in the darkest of times. As for my reading experience in 2017, I am grateful to Kara Thomas for THE DARKEST CORNERS and Caleb Roehrig for LAST SEEN LEAVING. Their work in creating such amazing thriller suspense novels allowed me to find a love for a new genre that I would have traditionally avoided. The list could go on, but these four wonderful authors have given my experience as a reader a new meaning. I cannot imagine a world where I have not been touched by their work. --- Gabby B.

I’m most thankful for THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins and I honestly will be forever. THE HUNGER GAMES, as well as the entire series, started my love for reading and brought me where I am today. Picking up the first book when I was eleven was honestly one of the best decisions I ever made! I’d also love to recreate any Harry Potter feast scene ever. The found sounds amazing and the room/decor is totally epic. Hope everyone has a great start to their holiday season! --- Danielle F.

One book and one author I am most thankful for is John Green, who just recently published TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN. I am most thankful for him and that novel because it aspires to show the world the difficulties of living with a mental illness such as OCD or anxiety. It is a very touching story.  --- Jeremy H.

Thanks to the release of ONCE AND FOR ALL, I discovered Sarah Dessen and her wonderful books during this year. I've pretty much read all the ones I could find at my local library, and I absolutely cannot get enough! I'm also thankful for the fact that my mom enjoys reading them as well, which is great because I always enjoy discussing what I've just read with her. This Thanksgiving, I'd love to recreate any feast scene from the Harry Potter series. While my family Thanksgiving celebration is pretty big, it's not quite as extravagant as the feasts at Hogwarts! J.K. Rowling always describes their feasts in a lot of detail, which usually ends up making me hungry while I'm reading. --- Breck G.