‘Tis the season for gratitude, and here at Three Houses Press we are usually grateful for books. It’s kind of our thing.
Now, it’s been a weird year. We all probably need a book to either distract us from the hells of our daily life or to hold in front of our faces like a shield when a family member approaches with a political tweet they’d like to discuss. So, if you are looking for some Thanksgiving reads to get you through this holiday, consider these books that we are thankful for this year…
Brit’s Thankful for The Duke and I by Julia Quinn.
It’s hard after 8 months (!) of pandemic times not to feel burned out. My go-to self-care these days is to read romance and Julia Quinn is one of my all-time favorite romance writers. The Duke and I holds a special place in my heart, because it was the first JQ book I ever read way back in 2004 when I was too young to be reading romance.
Charming and Austen-esque, The Duke and I features the classic fake-relationship-turned-real trope, which is a personal favorite of mine. It’s the perfect book to curl up with on a cold November night. The Duke and I is the first book in an eight-book series and served as the inspiration for Shonda Rhimes’ new Netflix series, Bridgerton. Bridgerton drops on Netflix on Christmas Day, so get reading!
Rigney’s Thankful for Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot.
Like many people these days, I’m finding comfort in old favorites because I know they won’t let me down in these trying times. I first read Size 12 is Not Fat in middle school (don’t let this put you off, I was reading far above my age bracket) and have always found this book and the series that follows it to be utter perfection. We follow Heather Wells, who despite being a teenage pop star is now running a dorm at what is essentially a fictional NYU. One of the students staying in said dorm dies, and then we’re off and running. It’s funny, smart, charming, and a murder mystery. What’s not to love? There are five books in the Heather Wells series, each of them following a new mystery and developing more about Heather’s life with her crazy family, ex-boyfriend, and of course each interesting case she gets herself entangled in. Brit and I were talking about this series not too long ago, and we firmly believe this is a series destined for a TV show based off of it. I suggest reading the series now so you’re ready when that finally happens and you can be one of those people who says “I read the books before it was a T.V. show.”
Sarah’s Thankful for The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab.
V.E. Schwab, or Victoria Schwab if you find one of her YA titles, has done it again. Addie LaRue was released this October and has managed to hover on the bestseller list since. If you have been sleeping on this book, now is the time to wake the hell up.
Schwab knows how to write. I think that even those who are not typically a fan of her works can agree with that. Well, Addie LaRue is essentially Schwab flexing on the literary world. Abandoning some of her usual tropes and story, I believe she has written something completely unique to both her catalog and the market.
If you require a strong plot as opposed to powerful prose to carry you through a novel, I will say that it will take until roughly halfway through the book for you to really be fully, 100% committed to this piece. But, in my opinion, all is worth it. The story follows a girl who will live forever but never be remembered. The story opens with detailing what hundreds of years of this life looks like in all of its wonderful, painful glory. But then one day Addie comes across someone who actually remembers her, and that is when you should be prepared for one hell of a story. And maybe, just maybe, some tears.
Here at Three Houses Press, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving or a merry random Thursday.
Also, do us a solid and comment what books you are thankful for down below. Maybe it’s a bestseller, maybe it’s a little-known gem, maybe it’s a book you wrote and submitted to us… Whatever it is, we want to know!