Welcome to my first annual ThanksAuthors. This will be a yearly feature where I give a bit of thanks to the authors / bloggers who’ve provided my favorite reading materials (books or blogs) throughout the year. This year I’ve not read as much as I may have liked, however, the value of what I had opportunity to read will stick with me forever. Reading is a life-changing experience — a mode of travel, if you will. Take one on adventure to enjoy!
Quinn Loftis: Grey Wolves Series — Young adult romance meets werewolves, magic and mayhem. I can’t put them down…
I love your stories. You’ve gifted me with much entertainment reading — I constantly revisit your work. Thank you.
Josh Wagner: Shapes the Sunlight Takes — Well developed imagination and refreshing personalities written into a romance. It’s quite possibly my favorite among the books I read this year. Lexi’s insight into life whether imagined or real, is truly mesmerizing.
Smashing Laptops — An exploration of relationships, culminating in moments of clarity… I found this to be a thought provoking read, one I cannot wait to revisit.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. Sometimes, I go looking for poetry as it satiates my quest for hidden meanings. Your work, be it stories or otherwise, renewed my appreciation for poetry. For that, I thank you.
Lucy Dillon: A Hundred Pieces of Me — Life is no walk in the park. But simplifying life alongside a companion dog; it really doesn’t get much better than that.
I must confess, I’m not overly familiar with your work, however, I love that you find ways to bring animals and humans together in the telling of their stories. Thank you for caring so much for dogs in particular. I especially loved the flashbacks as I explored Gina’s history, affecting her in the present as well.
Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus: The Minimalists — …and speaking of simplifying, here’s an awesome resource on the subject! And no, you don’t have to live radically or walk out of an honest job to achieve your goals. That’s what I love about this site. It’s not some listography blog on how to acquire happiness. Just two guys who recognize that life, minimal or maximized, is what we make it.
I was introduced to the minimalist movement in 2012 and continue to be impressed and enthralled by your words on the subject. Thank you both for taking the time to share so much of yourselves with your audience. Value definitely added.
Robert M. Drake: Beautiful Chaos — A book of poems, described by the author as unfinished stories.
It would seem you’ve seen many beautiful and terrible things. Thank you for baring your soul.
Gretchen Rubin: The Happiness Project — A beautifully written memoir of self-discovery within the joy of living. Quite well-researched, I might add.
Thank you for being so frank and open while offering your thoughts on such a meaningful subject. I was truly impressed by the detail – it’s answered some questions I had, as well as clarifying other musings.
Kelly Williams Brown: Adulting – How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps — A humorously posed guide to newfound adulthood. I may have come across it at 29, but found the information valuable nonetheless.
Thank you for saving so many of us from ourselves. The only regret I’ve tied to this book is that I didn’t read it earlier in life.
What have you read this year? I’d love to see your lists!