Good Friends, Good Books, and a Sleepy Conscience...
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience:
this is the ideal life.” ~Mark Twain
|Source: Chris O'Leary Illustration|
Many Saucy Readers and Wenches in the United States are preparing to celebrate the annual Thanksgiving holiday. Traditionally, we take time away from our jobs and busy schedules to gather with family and friends, prepare and consume large quantities of delicious foods in appreciation of a bountiful harvest, and contemplate the many things for which we are grateful.
Numerous Americans seem to be extremely thankful for football games, which they spend the entire weekend watching. Or shopping, which they sometimes begin as early as 12:01 A.M. on the day after Thanksgiving. Predictably, no matter what country they live in, the Wenches are thankful for the endless supply of books we have to choose from.
As we look back over the past year, we’re kind of amazed at the volume and variety of books we have discovered, dissected, drooled over, and obsessively discussed together. And for the fabulous friendships that have formed from our fretting and fangirling.
So we asked each Wench to share with us the book or series she is most thankful for. It probably comes as no surprise that some Wenches refused to be limited to a single selection. But if we love so many books so much that we can’t choose just one favorite, then that is a problem we are thankful to have!
Keep reading to see the books that topped our lists and share your favorites with us!
I am thankful for The Hobbit by Tolkien as well. My dad read that to me as a very small child, and that is what started me on my love of reading. Without that book, I might not have grown to love reading as I do, which means, I wouldn’t have met all of these amazing Wenches.
I have so many books to be thankful for this year, but I am going to go with the Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane. This dark, gritty, disturbing, yet beautiful series forced me to look at the world differently while allowing me to truly appreciate the beauty within the hideousness. I know that this series has forever changed what I value in a book, in a series, and I am so thankful.
I’m going with the Harry Potter series. I picked up The Chamber of Secrets in a children’s toy store back in 1998. I had a seven-year-old son who had zero interest in reading, and I was pulling my hair out. I saw this book on a table near the cash register and thought I’d give it a try. I hadn’t even heard of it before then. We read to him every night at bedtime, and it wasn’t long before he was the one reading to us. Harry Potter has made a huge, positive impact on both of my children, and for that I am so thankful.
I’m most grateful for the Harry Potter series because my kids are finally getting to an age where they can enjoy a series that I love as well. Watching them discover a new world as I read to them brings me such joy, and I’m thankful for the books, but most of all for the experience!
The Fever series! It’s the only book series I continue to think about and reread, and I'm happy to have discovered it, thanks to some Wenches.
Right now, I am thankful for the Fever series and Karen Marie Moning. She really opened my mind to the UF/PNR world, and I KNOW I will always be into the Fever world. And now I have Dani’s story to look forward to! This series also brought me closer to a few of the AMAZING Saucy Fever Wenches.
I know you will laugh at me but I have to thank Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. It’s fluffy and silly and YA, but Twilight re-awakened my desire to read. Only after Twilight have I become a reading machine. I also love the Fever series and Karen Marie Moning; this woman spoiled me rotten with her amazing writing. There will be no other book series as good as Fever. Not in this lifetime.
I am thankful for the Southern Vampire Mysteries that brought us together and the many books we have discovered together since, most notably the Fever and Outlander series. Shadowfever is the one book I am most thankful for. Outlander is the series I am most thankful for. It brightens my long, gray winter days with wit and wisdom. It lets me share the remarkable journey of two amazing characters and some colorful sidekicks who truly feel like members of my own family. I would miss them terribly if they were no longer part of my life. Outlander also serves as an inspiration and practical how-to guide for creating and nurturing a good marriage, with passion, patience, laughter, kindness, respect, open and honest communication, tenderness, spontaneity, fierceness, dare I say sauciness, and a love that never wavers throughout decades of turmoil and adventure.
I guess I’m most thankful for the Southern Vampire Mysteries series. I got to meet all of the Wenches because of it!
I am thankful for the Southern Vampire Mysteries series because it introduced me to the Sookieverse Blog, where I met a bunch of wonderful ladies who introduced me Barrons and Bones and Cat and Mac and Dani and Ty and Zane and Vishous and Zsadist and... and... and who brought me along on a journey that includes the Saucy Wenches Book Club.
There’s our list, Saucy Readers! Do you have a book or series, new or old, that you’re thankful for this week?