With Thanksgiving Day drawing near, it is the time to be thankful for the blessings we received this year, and for all the people who make our lives special. It is also the time to be thankful for good books and the time to read them.
And with Thanksgiving Day you will truly have the time to not only spend quality time with family and friends, you will also have ample time to just sit down, relax and enjoy a good book.
Here are some much loved books that you should enjoy during Thanksgiving Day:
- Oliver Twist
By: Charles Dickens
An age old classic written by the great Charles Dickens. The book is set in the bleak backdrop of Industrial era London. The story follows the life of Oliver Twist, a young orphan living a hard knock life.
The book is a highly detailed portrayal of the hardscrabble life of the people and the especially harsh living conditions of the children of the time. Although this may not have the brightest settings and the light hearted appeal that some Thanksgiving reads have, Oliver Twist is still keeping with the theme.
This is because the book’s lead character the eponymous Oliver Twist, is a character who always looks for the best in people and has a truly optimistic outlook on life despite the hardships life has dealt him. Oliver Twist is a beautifully written book that shows the strength of the human spirit.
- Little Women
By: Louisa May Alcott
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is yet another classic that you should take the time to enjoy during Thanksgiving Day. The book is set in America during the American Civil War. It follows the lives of the four March Sisters. Meg, Joe, Beth and Amy.
Meg is the eldest and is responsible. Joe is adventurous and intelligent, Beth is gentle and motherly and Amy the youngest is bratty and vain. The book is a highly detailed account of their lives during the civil war and their long wait for their father who is fighting in the war.
All in all, Little Women is a masterfully written novel and a perfect read during Thanksgiving Day.
- Redwall Book series
By: Brian Jacques
The Redwall Book series is a collection of children’s books written by the beloved author Brian Jacques. The book series follows the lives of woodland creatures who inhabit the legendary Redwall Abbey.
The abbey is a place of peace and plenty, but its safety is perpetually threatened by evil woodland creatures who want the abbey and all its treasure for themselves. The book series chronicles the adventures of the valiant Redwall creatures, as they fight for freedom and their way of life.
Brian Jacques was a natural storyteller who captivated his readers with great characters and of course his wonderful descriptions of the Redwall feasts.
All in all, the Redwall book series is a great read, and is a perfect book series to read during Thanksgiving Day.
- The Giver
By: Lois Lowry
The Giver by Lois Lowry is a dystopian young adult’s novel. Ever since its release on 1993, it has gained quite a following and has even been adapted into a feature length film. The story is set in the future, wherein society has been reorganized into a series of communities.
The communities enjoy an almost utopian sense of order, and everyone is assigned a role in the communities. The 12 year old Jonas lives in one of these communities and he will soon be assigned a role.
He is nervous and excited of what his calling will be. Little does he know, that on the day he receives his role, his life will never be the same again. The Giver is a truly introspective read that makes readers think on the state of our society and how humanity has progressed as a whole.
All in all the Giver is a great read and is perfect for those lazy Thanksgiving afternoons.
- The Giving Tree
By: Shel Silverstein
If you are looking for an easy but poignant Thanksgiving read, then The Giving Tree is the book for you. It is a short children’s book that follows the friendship of a young boy and a female apple tree. The story shows their unique relationship, wherein the boy throughout the course of his life takes aspects of the apple tree, and the apple tree generously provides.
The book is simple but beautifully poignant, and covers various concepts such as melancholy, selflessness, and growing old. It’s a perfect thanksgiving read for adults and kids alike, because it makes us thankful for all the things that we are given throughout the course of our lives.