“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
We would like to believe that some of the “good things” that Mr. Emerson was thinking about when he wrote these words were his favorite books. At this time of year, all readers should reflect on the authors who have improved their lives with their work.
Take a look at who we are thankful for:
The heart of Jodi Picoult’s work lies in activism. She is involved in numerous charities and advocacy groups that give aid to those who need and is a voice to those who are not often heard. Her heart for these causes comes through loud and clear in her novels.
We are thankful for Picoult’s stint as the writer of DC Comics’ Wonder Woman. Her ability to write about contemporary and often controversial topics in a profound way keeps fans eager for her next release.
Hosseini has written three novels and all three have become best sellers. The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, as well as And The Mountains Echoed were immediate hits and made Hosseini’s name known to readers throughout the world. He has stated that his novels, at their heart, are about family. His works are intensely personal but they also paint the picture of Afghanistan’s tumultuous history.
We are most thankful for Khaled Hosseini’s writing because his work gives readers a way to connect with people who live a world away.
Ayn Rand’s work was clearly influenced by her youth in Communist Russia. Her work praises the individual and condemns any organization or government that threatens individual rights.
Rand may be the most controversial name on this list, but her impressive catalog of fiction cannot be denied. We are particularly thankful for her debut novel, “We the Living”. This novel gives a unique insight into Soviet Russia and the havoc the state wreaked on the people. Like her or hate her, Rand’s work is an important representation of an entire class of intellectuals who may not agree with mainstream social mores.
George Orwell’s background is almost exactly what you would expect for a famous author, unique and enriching. Serving in the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, he wrote about many of his experiences, including the expertly crafted short story Shooting an Elephant.
Of all of Orwell’s work we are most thankful for the novel Animal Farm. The story is a lesson in global economics. The novel uses few words to tell a very descriptive story which is analogous to the rise of communism in Europe.
Rowling is perhaps the most successful modern author. With Harry Potter, she created an immersive world that has spawned some of the most beloved stories of our generation.
We are most thankful for JK Rowling because she instilled a love of reading for kids of multiple generations. Without her, we are certain that many young adults would never have become the readers and writers that they are today.
Of course we are thankful for Hemmingway’s work, including the classic For Whom the Bell Tolls. Hemmingway’s unique style makes his novels, essays, and short stories rewarding as well as entertaining. But the reason that we are most thankful for him is a list of books and short stories that he feels that every writer should read. Reading the list’s works changed the way that many people read and write forever.
You would have to search very hard for a writer with a gift for prose that is superior to Toni Morrison’s. Her works are full of life and heart that was born partly out of her life experience and partly from her superb imagination.
There are many reasons that we are thankful for Toni Morrison. She was a trailblazer, the first black female editor in fiction at Random House New York. She also received the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama. These accomplishments notwithstanding, the main reason that we are thankful for Toni Morrison is how her work made us feel, how it brought us into her world and didn’t let go until we read the last word. There is not much more that we can ask for from an author.
We are Thankful
In this season of giving thanks, we must express my appreciation for these artists who have enriched our lives with their words. We are also thankful for the authors who have yet to discover. If you are looking for your next life-changing read, discover your next favorite author on BookBoro! Discover how we can help feed your creativity and take your reading and writing to the next level.