Friday, 3 November 2017

Books I'm Grateful I Read Giveaway Hop!



Happy November book lovers!

Over the years there has been so many books I've been so happy that I have read... So many books that have touched me, made me laugh, made me cry, made me angry and made me think.
 I am grateful that I've read every one of them but some sucker punch you in the gut more than others. 

It's too hard to remember and list every single book that has touched me but the books that have hit the hardest, the books I'm grateful I read but haven't ever been brave enough to re-read, are:

The Boudica Series by Manda Scott


Oh my god!
These books! 
These books...
They destroyed me.
Absolutely friggin' destroyed me.
I don't think I've ever felt such wonder, pain and pleasure as I did reading this series.
Beautifully written chronicling the life of Boudica from the age of 11 or 12 through to the end. The mystical retelling shows the Celts of Britain, pre Roman invasion, through to their veritable destruction.
I know that they're (mostly) fictitious but the characters are so well written that every twist and turn, every defeat, every triumph is your defeat and your triumph. 
They burned themselves onto my psyche and here I am 10/11 years later (from the final book in the series) still awestruck by them but unable to re-read them because I just don't know if I can put myself through that emotional wringer again and I'm also a little afraid that re-reading them would destroy the beauty of them in my memory.

A little bit of blurb from Goodreads that gives a better overview than I can...

"Full of brilliantly realised, luminous scenes as the narrative sweeps effortlessly from the epic--where battle scenes are huge, bloody, and action-packed--to the intimate. Manda Scott plunges us into the unforgettable world of tribal Britain in the years before the Roman invasion: a world of druids and dreamers and the magic of the gods where the natural world is as much a character as any of the people who live within it, a world of warriors who fight for honour as much as victory, a world of passion, courage and spectacular heroism pitched against overwhelming odds. 
Dreaming the Eagle stunningly recreates the roots of a story so powerful its impact has lasted through the ages."

If you're curious, be sure to check them out on Goodreads:

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So, what about you? 
What book(s) are you grateful for having read? 


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47 comments:

  1. Hmmm, Un Trou Dans le Grillage and Through the Looking Glass, because they were the first books I remember loving; Mists of Avalon, for the female perspective (finally); and many many others

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  2. To Kill A Mockingbird, because it started my joy of reading.

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    1. I wasn't a fan when I had to read it for English back in high school but I loved it the second time around. :)

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  3. This year I'm grateful I read The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich. This introduced me to a new author and the book was as close to what does happen in real life, it was amazing. :)

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  4. All of Judith McNaught's books!

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    1. Paradise is the only book for hers I've read and I LOVED it.

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway; I like Patricia Briggs books. :)

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    1. I love her Alpha and Omega series! I have Mercy on my TBR but haven't gotten to them yet. :)

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  6. The Harry Potter encouraged my love of books.

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  7. I'm grateful for Notions Unlimited by Robert Sheckley.

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  8. The Sneaker Tree by Phil Taylor was such a good book to me.

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  9. I used to only love reading Tagalog romance (local books) but when I tried Loves Music Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark, I become addicted to english books and I can't seem to stop hoarding.

    Thanks for this giveaway :)

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  10. The book that I am grateful for is the Delaware/English Dictionary by John O'Meara.

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  11. Omg destroyed you! That sounds intense!

    I am grateful for reading David Eddings because it made me find and read more fantasy

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  12. I haven't read any of those but I love it when I hear that a book or series pulled that much emotion from readers. Acheron and Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon did that to me.

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  13. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Not only does this novel make us extremely thankful for feminism and all that the movement has achieved – a magnificent feat in and of itself. It also makes us thankful for our human ability to see and feel things strongly, and be willing to strive for change when it’s needed.

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  14. I'm grateful for A Wrinkle in Time by L'Engle. It made me into a reader.
    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com

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  15. I loved Yesterday's Promise by Michele Paige Holmes!

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  16. Pride and Prejudice because reading it in high school made me fall in love with reading

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  17. Harry Potter!

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  18. Black Beauty, it started my passion for reading.

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  19. I'm grateful for reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

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  20. The bible! :)

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  21. I'm grateful to have read the Anne of Green Gables series and Harry Pottery, both sets make me LOL and cry, my favorites!

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  22. I am grateful that I have read Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins!

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  23. A book that i am grateful for having to read is "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

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  24. One book that really got me thinking is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.

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  25. I loved reading any book by Stephen King, because he helped me to realize that the world is very complex.

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  26. Tuesday's With Morrie is one of my all time favorite books!

    Mallory Bailey
    mallorybailey1@gmail.com

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  27. I am grateful for having read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

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  28. The book that made me an avid reader, To Kill A Mockingbird. My favorite book of all time.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  29. I'm grateful for having read Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates.

    Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  30. "What book are you grateful for having read?" "Brave New World."

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  31. Kurt Vonnegut books really made me a fan of long reading sessions.

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  32. I am grateful to have read To Kill A Mockingbird.

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  33. I am glad I found Gillian Flynn her books are amazing, so is 13 reasons why?

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