Books We’re Thankful for……

Books We R Thankful For

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and it is a great reminder for us all to be thankful for everything that we have. Black Heart Reviews is lucky to have made so many great friends in this book community. Without you all, we wouldn’t be here.

We have all read some great books this year, but today we wanted to share with you the books that we are thankful for. Of course, it would be impossible to list every single book that has made an impact on our lives, so here’s a short list of some of our favorites.


“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.”
― Annie Dillard


Ali is thankful for……

Interview with a Vampire - Anne Rice

Interview With A Vampire by Anne Rice – This book is one I’m thankful for due to a couple of reasons. One, it started my love affair with Anne Rice who has entertained me through her writing for so many years. She’s the first author that left a huge impression on me and showed me how books could be written. How they can consume you. Also, it’s the book that started my fascination with all thing paranormal. Vampires will always have a special place in my life and that’s because of this woman and this book.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling – I was very much an adult when this series stared, my daughter was about a year old. I wasn’t reading Young Adult at the time but my sister insisted I needed to read this. I think I actually started when the third book was being released. There are so many wonderful things that I absolutely LOVE about the entire Harry Potter series, but most of all I love that it renewed my interest in YA. As my daughter began reading, it was great to be able to read the same books as her and her friends and chat about them. I loved that and that led to me bloggging which eventually led me to the Black Heart girls!

The Complete Stories and Poems by Edgar Allen Poe – I don’t know that any author has ever resinated with me the way Poe has. Maybe one never will. This man was a master at words, weather it be about dark subjects that horrify or about all consuming love, he perfected words. If ever an author’s quote gets inked on my skin, it will be this man’s. I could read him all day every day and no matter how many times I’ve read the same words…they never fail to touch something in me.


Debbie is thankful for……

Hearts Aflame by Johanna Lindsey

Hearts Aflame by Johanna Lindsey This. THIS BOOK was the very first romance novel that I ever read, and the book that started my love affair with the genre. I was 13 years old when I first read it and I remember ripping the covers off the book because I didn’t want my parent to know what the hell I was reading. I was HOOKED to Kristen and Royce’s passionate romance, and not just the boddice-ripper parts, but the times where the emotions were high and the tension was so thick. Talk about a great first lesson on sexual tension! It’s been over 10 years since my last re-read and I think I need to mend that real soon.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell – I’m thankful for this book because it was the first book that I read all on my own (I was only in second grade when I read it), and it was the book that really got me into reading. I can still remember being totally engrossed in Karana’s story and amazed how brave she was and how I wanted to be strong willed and brave as she was. I even begged my Dad to take me to San Nicolas Island. Of course, he couldn’t, so I had to settle with going to Catalina Island instead. 

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – There was a period in my life, around senior year of high school grade to sophomore year of college, where I was not doing a lot of reading for pleasure. Most of the books I was reading at that time was for literature classes and I had to write all these freaking book reports or papers on them. Hated it. Prior to that, I always had my nose stuck in a book. But then some kids (ones that I was babysitting for the summer) introduced me to Harry Potter and I instantly fell in love. I started the series right before the fourth book in the series was released and I have been a fan ever since.


Tiffany is thankful for……

A Wrinke In Time by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinke In Time by Madeleine L’Engle – This book has to be what really began my obsession with reading starting in the 6th grade. I remember reading the word “spectacle” and at the time I thought how amazing that word was, instead of simply saying glasses she made something as simple as glasses beautiful with that word. I remember falling in this world of events like a vortex and it was amazing! I could not love this book more and I THANK my 6th grade teacher for making this book part of our lessons.

Unsaid by Neil Abramson – I read this when I was super round and pregnant with my son and I took this book with me EVERYWHERE, while having lunch at Islands the lady at the next table had leaned over and told me she read it and absolutely loved it,I started crying because we briefly discussed it and that was my very FIRST experience discussing a book with someone and I then learned the power words have to connect perfect strangers. Unsaid is so beautifully tragic and completely unconventional from the norm and I still fawn over it, I will forever hold this book close to my heart.

Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyers – I know, I know maybe her writing isn’t spectacular but I will always be fully immersed in a ageless world of vampires and werevolves. I didn’t even touch this scene until the third movie came out and my only regret is that I didn’t start them sooner, I caught up with all the movies and read all the books in just a few short days. EDWARD CULLEN will always be my ULTIMATE, there are no others above him. This is the series that turned me into a fangirl and then years later I learned there were millions more like me. But Edward is my first real obsession, I know nothing without him. I will forever LOVE him in a way I could never love anyone else.


Leah is thankful for……

A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice

A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice – This was one of the first books I ever checked out on my own at the library, and the librarian almost wouldn’t let me (I was like 12.) It was the first book I ever read that had taboo subjects (sex, eating disorders, murder, secrets, lies… you name it.) It was eye opening to me, and I still have the library copy 15 years later. Shhh. Don’t tell.

The Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Dominigue – Gah. Such a story. Its about empowering women in a time where women had no power. It’s also one of the most beautiful but broken love stories I’ve ever read, and the first book I ever highlighted passages because they spoke to me so deeply (with a real highlighter to boot!)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – This book is the epitome of love stories to me, and Jamie was my first book boyfriend I ever felt irrationally possessive of. It’s my favorite love story, ever, and no book has ever touched the feels that this series has given me. And yes, I’ve read each book SIX about an epic obsession.


What books are you thankful for? Tell us about it in the comments. 


  • The Vampire Academy series, Harry Potter series, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, The Twilight Saga. Thanks for sharing <3

  • Ha, Ha. I couldn’t describe the Twilight series any better. Stephay Meyer’s writing isn’t spectacular but it does draw you in. Very much. Have a good Thanksgiving Day!

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