Books that readers were thankful to have read this year

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The Book I’m Thankful for This Year: 17 Readers Share

By BookBub•November 18, 2021•5 min read

In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked our readers to share the books they were most thankful for this year — and they gave us some excellent responses! Check out the list below for their recommendations, from heartwarming historical fiction to thought-provoking contemporary reads and more.

Note: Reviews have been edited for length and clarity.

Book cover for The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

The Book of Lost NamesKristin Harmel

Jamie says: “Cannot describe the emotions — I have lent it to all my friends who have loved it as well.”Save to WishlistBuy From…

Book cover for Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon

Go Tell the Bees That I Am GoneDiana Gabaldon

Jennifer says: “I love the Outlander series, and knowing the book will be in my hands in a few short weeks is giving me so much joy and something to look forward to! The last few years have been rough, and this book is coming at the perfect time for me.”Save to WishlistBuy From…

Book cover for The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

The Thursday Murder ClubRichard Osman

Andy says: “The characters are well-written and totally believable. I actually felt like they were my friends and that we could go for afternoon tea and a pint together. The stories are fun and the mental images the characters create are priceless. If you’re looking for something to read that’ll give you that cozy Sunday evening feel you won’t be disappointed in these books.” Save to WishlistBuy From…

Book cover for The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The Midnight LibraryMatt Haig

Shayne says: “With a simple question — what if? — the book takes us on a journey of possibilities and ends with a great solution. It is entertaining; it is thought-provoking.”Save to WishlistBuy From…

Book cover for The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of AchillesMadeline Miller

Elaine says: “I loved the retelling in ‘modern’ terms of the old myth. I couldn’t put it down.”Save to WishlistBuy From…

Book cover for The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

The Paper PalaceMiranda Cowley Heller

Allyson says: “An epic summer read that transports you to the beautiful setting while sharing the poignant story of a family through the decades.”Save to WishlistBuy From…

Book cover for Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Cloud Cuckoo LandAnthony Doerr

Donna says: “A great story with great characters and lots of life lessons too!”Save to WishlistBuy From…

Book cover for The Gown by Jennifer Robson

The GownJennifer Robson

Cathy says: “A story of royalty and the making of Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown in times of economic stress following the war. Lovely stories of friendships and connections to the past. Thoroughly enjoyed it for its hope and promise that we could relate to our experiences now.”Save to WishlistBuy From…

Book cover for The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

The Other EinsteinMarie Benedict

Dottie says: “An encouragement to all to follow your dreams.”Save to WishlistBuy From…

Book cover for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own MakingCatherynne M. Valente

Diana says: “A kids’ book which was so delightfully written and utterly charming that I smiled the whole way through!”Save to WishlistBuy From…

Book cover for True Evil by Greg Iles

True EvilGreg Iles

Cheryl says: “The characters and storyline are perfect for those of us who love a good psychological thriller. I’ve listened to the audiobook several times and the narrator is amazing!”Save to WishlistBuy From…

Book cover for Hell of a Book by Jason Mott

Hell of a BookJason Mott

Ellen says: “Not my usual genre, picked up at a whim from the library. Haven’t even finished it yet, but on a par with other favorites like Dreams of My Russian Summers.” Save to WishlistBuy From…

Book cover for Why Fish Don’t Exist by Lulu Miller

Why Fish Don’t ExistLulu Miller

David says: “No book that I’ve read in recent years has had me thinking so hard and for so long afterwards. It’s brilliant.”Save to WishlistBuy From…

Book cover for Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Being MortalAtul Gawande

Mari says: “Being Mortal by Atul Gawande turns virtually everything we’ve passively accepted about aging and dying on its ear. It’s a perfect balance of compassionate anecdotes and scrupulous research in a comfortable narrative.”Save to WishlistBuy From…

Book cover for A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

A Walk in the WoodsBill Bryson

Ann says: “Lighthearted and funny. I can imagine being on the Appalachian Trail. It’s like a little vacation.”Save to WishlistBuy From…

Book cover for The Passage by Justin Cronin

The PassageJustin Cronin

Kathy says: “Went on an epic adventure, covering all genres, without leaving the house.”Save to WishlistBuy From…

Book cover for Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Shuggie BainDouglas Stuart

Diane says: “One of the best books I’ve ever read — so evocative of its time but still timeless. The characterization is phenomenal! Simply amazing.”Save to WishlistBuy From…

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