Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
In honor of the holiday, I was thinking about books that remind me to be thankful. Here are the few I picked out.
Pollyanna, by Eleanor M. Porter
This book is a classic! It might be silly, but I think it teaches us an important lesson… there’s always a reason to be glad (and grateful).
Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
This is such an important book that I absolutely think every person should read. It’s about Viktor Frankl’s time in a concentration camp, and also how he survived. It’s bleak at times, but it’s also inspiring, encouraging, and reminds me to be grateful for all the wonderful possibilities in my life.
The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank
This was my first time reading this book, and it was moving. Anne was in a horrible situation, but she tried to keep her spirits up and constantly reminded herself to be grateful for what she had. If she can do it, any of us can.
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
The idea of living in a world without books terrifies me. Zombies and ghosts and the bird flu make me shrug. But no books? Shudder. We live in a world where we can get just about any book we might want and that’s a beautiful thing. I’m so grateful.
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
We live in a world of lots of freedoms. Sure, freedom is always a moving target, and there’s always going to be some inequality and some injustice, but overall, it could be far worse. For some women, in some parts of the world, The Handmaid’s Tale has more fact than fiction. I’m grateful for the freedoms I’m privileged to enjoy.
My friend Ramona over at While I Was Reading did a similar post, about books to inspire your gratitude practice. If you’re interested in that kind of thing, it’s worth a read.