Books I Am Grateful I Read #Giveaway Hop

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Welcome to my stop on the hop!

November always make me sentimental and reflective. Especially now with recent tragic events in my life. There are so many books I am grateful I found because it seemed the right time, the right theme, and/or the right characters. Life is tough but books are always there when I need them.

These books aren’t just my favorites, they filled me with gratitude.

This was my very first bedtime fantasy story. It may have helped that I had some experience with the author. I didn’t know authors could write so diverse. This book spoke to my inner child and I read this more than once. I am so grateful for this introduction to fantasy.

This was my first fantasy book about gender fluidity. It was also another fantasy book that helped fuel my love for distant worlds that live in the imagination. This was so fantastical it made me realize a book could take me anywhere.

This story is about a lone wolf type character that found me at the perfect time. It was one of the first books I ever reviewed for this blog and I still think about the character. This book is mainly about courage and I am still striving to be more like the heroine in this book. I was changed after reading this book.

I wish I had a Pops in my life for a coming of age like this. This story is written so well and contained such a riveting adventure. I wept for days after reading this. It didn’t just touch me, it tore my heart out of chest and made me feel.

This might have been my first real science fiction out in space. After reading all the Star Wars novels I could find I needed more. None of them had a character like Ender in them, or the same high stakes that Ender faced. I loved this book. I read the whole trilogy and it whet my appetite for other science fiction that I would never have considered if not for Ender.

I recently published a review for this book and tried to explain why it was so important to me as a reader. The character made me a true fan-girl. I understand people loosing their mind over a book because I did that for this series and this character. I bonded with strangers who I saw reading this and claimed an immediate connection with those strangers.

This list would not be complete without my first YA read as an adult. I didn’t think I could enjoy the YA genre and completely dismissed it from my reading until a co-worker convinced me to pick up this series. The rest is history.


I am giving away any book of your choosing of $19 or less. Some books need to live on your shelf and I understand that. This giveaway is hosted by me and ends on November 15th, 2017 at 11:59 EST. This contest is open international as long as Book Depository ships to you. If you are in the US I will probably use Amazon for faster shipping.

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Mother, Lover, Writer, Reviewer, Social Media Princess. Karen has been a blogger since 2010. She is a US Army veteran, a medical professional, and the mother of four. Karen is the owner of That Book Store llc. She reviews books and shares mind vomit for this blog in her 'spare' time. Karen lives in New England.


  1. GabyN November 4, 2017 at 2:22 am - Reply

    I think I’d like to get The Falconer by Elizabeth May.

  2. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight November 4, 2017 at 3:06 am - Reply

    I’ve only read Lestat and HP from this list, but The Vampire Chronicles are definitely one of those series I’m grateful for as well because those books were there for me throughout high school. And I totally understand what you’re saying about how some books just come into your life at the right time, and they’re there for you, and you never forget those <3 Not sure what book I want… I'll worry about that if I actually win lol.

  3. Solange November 4, 2017 at 3:16 am - Reply

    Origin by Dan Brown

  4. Megan S. November 4, 2017 at 6:09 am - Reply

    I think I’d get The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas. Thank you for the giveaway! <3

  5. Sherri November 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    I have been wanting to read Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda, so I would probably choose that one.

  6. _Sandra_ November 4, 2017 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Thank you for a generous giveaway!! 🙂 I would most likely pick A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab.

  7. Reese November 4, 2017 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    I think I’d go for In Other Lands, because I’ve been waiting for it for years now, since I started reading it by installments on livejournal!

    Thank you so, so much for this opportunity. just being able to participate is a treat!

  8. annie November 4, 2017 at 1:19 pm - Reply


  9. Jan Lee November 4, 2017 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    I’d like to read Stingrays: BookShots by James Patterson. I love mysteries and James Patterson is a great writer so I’m excited to read this book 🙂

  10. John Smith November 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    I still haven’t read “The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue,” so I would probably choose that!

  11. H.Sandrine November 4, 2017 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    I don’t know what to choose if I’m lucky enough to win but thanks so much for this chance ! (and.. Harry Potter =O ! I just rewatched the last movie again XD)

  12. Cali W. November 4, 2017 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the giveaway; I hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

  13. Stephanie November 4, 2017 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure which book I’d want. Thanks for the chance.

  14. Darcus Murray November 4, 2017 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Butterfly by Cambria Hebert

  15. Richard Brandt November 4, 2017 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    I’d like to get Growing Up With Manos: The Hands of Fate by Jackey Neyman Jones.

  16. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance November 4, 2017 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Oh, Harry Potter would totally be on my list too! I’m not sure what I’d choose – but thank you so much for the giveaway. 🙂

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  17. Kristen Patton November 4, 2017 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    I would probably get a YA book but not sure what yet!

  18. Uhunoma Aguebor November 4, 2017 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    I think I would get Because You Love to Hate Me but I’m not sure yet though. Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

  19. Febie November 4, 2017 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    I’d choose any SJM book. Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  20. Fee Roberts November 4, 2017 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure what book I would get, but it would be for my grandchildren.

  21. LIza Vladyka November 4, 2017 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    i think a cooking book for my daughter but not sure

  22. Marissa M November 4, 2017 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the giveaway! I love your blog!!

  23. Heidi Robbins November 4, 2017 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    I’d pick Ruth or Esther by H.B. Moore!

  24. Tanya Guthrie November 4, 2017 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    I would pick A Court of Wings and Ruin.

  25. Janie McGaugh November 4, 2017 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    I’d love to have a copy of Silver Silence by Nalini Singh.

  26. Esperanza Gailliard November 5, 2017 at 12:29 am - Reply

    I think I would like to have The Secret Wisdom of The Earth!

  27. Michelle J. November 5, 2017 at 1:35 am - Reply

    I think I would choose Courting Miss Lancaster.

  28. joy f November 5, 2017 at 1:35 am - Reply

    I’d love Mind Games by Jana Oliver

  29. Rebecca November 5, 2017 at 4:26 am - Reply

    Grateful for so many books, so I love this hop. I’d love The Dear Martin, which recently released.

  30. Betul E. November 5, 2017 at 6:50 am - Reply

    A Bloody Kingdom by J.J. McAvoy. Thank you.

  31. Maryam November 5, 2017 at 7:18 am - Reply

    I’d love to have a copy of The Obelisk Gate 🙂

  32. Gina November 5, 2017 at 7:19 am - Reply

    First, thanks for the giveaway! Second… my pick would be HELLWALKERS by Alexander Gordan Smith…. the series is dark YA but so so good and somehow I missed this latest release in it so it now resides at the top of my wish list! 😊

  33. Fay November 5, 2017 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the chance!

  34. Anne C November 6, 2017 at 2:16 am - Reply

    Grateful for books and book bloggers! I’m looking forward to getting a copy of Godsgrave.

  35. Linda November 6, 2017 at 2:31 am - Reply

    I might want to get The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman.

  36. Sarah L November 6, 2017 at 3:09 am - Reply

    I’m grateful for A Wrinkle in Time by L’Engle. It made me into a reader.
    Thanks for the contest.

  37. Vicki Wurgler November 6, 2017 at 8:20 am - Reply

    the book Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra sounds good

  38. danielle hammelef November 6, 2017 at 10:53 am - Reply

    I think I would choose either Dear Martin, Renegades, or Turtles All the Way Down. So many great books out this year!

  39. Michelle Willms November 6, 2017 at 11:01 am - Reply

    I have no idea what I’d like and I know if I start looking at books, I’ll fall into a black hole and be there for hours. I love love love books. I love the books you’ve shown above. As a huuuuggggeeeee Stephen King fan, as well as a fan of The Eyes of the Dragon, I’m very pleased you mentioned this book. Most people just classify King as a horror writer, never realizing that horror is only a small portion of what he writes. I love this work of fantasy.

    I looked at your Instagram pics and love your furbabies. I’m a Yorkie lover; I have a Yorkie now (as well as three other small dogs of various other breeds), and have had at least one Yorkie for many, many years. Thank you for sharing photos of your furbabies with us.

  40. Red November 6, 2017 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    I think I’d choose Darken the Stars or SecondBorn by Amy Bartol. She’s one of my favorite authors and I need to own those books. Thank you so much.

  41. Dawn Webb November 6, 2017 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    I would love Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie! I love to re-read a book before a movie comes out! Thanks!!!

  42. Joann B Downie November 6, 2017 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    I would love the Harry Potter. Thank you!

  43. beth November 7, 2017 at 11:23 am - Reply

    There are so many to choose from. Maybe Daughter of Eden by Chris Beckett, but don’t hold me to that!

  44. Cynthia R November 7, 2017 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    I might get Beartown or My name is Ove book.

  45. Randi November 8, 2017 at 9:27 am - Reply

    My son has several on his wishlist, I believe I’d go with the newest from the Jedi Academy Series.

  46. Saba November 8, 2017 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    First off, thank you so much for the opportunity!
    I think I’d want “if there’s no tomorrow” by J.L armentrout, or “An enchantment of ravens” by Margaret Rogerson. Oh! And maybe even “devils and thieves” by Jennifer Rush.

  47. Kim Pinch November 8, 2017 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    I would like something by Jill Shalvis

  48. Ashfa November 9, 2017 at 3:23 am - Reply

    I’d get Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova

  49. Amanda November 9, 2017 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    Right now I’d love Renegades by Marissa Meyer.

  50. Lily M. November 9, 2017 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh this is hard, there are so many books I’m looking forward to, I think i’ll like Lord of Shadows or A Court of Wings and Ruin, I’ve been wanting those books for a long time now, thank you so much for this opportunity :):)

  51. Anto Tilio November 9, 2017 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    I wanted Speak or Fairest for so long, I’d probably pick any of them.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  52. Jana Leah November 10, 2017 at 12:52 am - Reply

    I think I might choose one of Kathi Daley’s books. She has a lot that I haven’t read yet.

  53. barbg November 10, 2017 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    I would like to get a Cookbook if possible because that is my favorite form of reading a book. I collect cookbooks of all kinds and types.

  54. elizabeth miller November 10, 2017 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    I am thinking The Wall but honestly, my 12 year old has a mile high list of books she wants for Christmas so I would probably get one she wants.

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  56. Antonela November 10, 2017 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    There is nothing I can say right now, there are no words. Just… Stay strong. And I’m really sorry for this loss 🙁

    PS: I don’t know which book I’d pick, but any title will be great ^^

  57. Sue @ Crushingcinders
    November 11, 2017 at 2:00 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for opening your giveaway internationally. From sunny South Africa
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  58. Edye November 11, 2017 at 9:26 am - Reply

    I would like a YA book 🙂
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  59. Jeanna Massman November 11, 2017 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    I would love to buy the latest book by Mary Balogh.

  60. Ellen Stafford November 12, 2017 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    I am currently collecting the Philippa Gregory books – I have two left to get so would probably get one of those x

  61. Serena Powell November 12, 2017 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    I would love the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Ravenclaw Edition.

  62. Rose Santuci-Sofranko November 12, 2017 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Gosh, I don’t know specifically what I want….maybe an artsy craftsy book. Thanks and God Bless!

  63. Morgane Gilson November 13, 2017 at 5:55 am - Reply

    I’ve been dying to read Final Girls so probably that one! Thanks for this!

  64. Debbi Wellenstein November 13, 2017 at 9:22 am - Reply

    At this point I have no idea what I’d pick! I will be sure to come up with something, though!

  65. Fredrick Pauly November 13, 2017 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    My son loves Ender’s Game.

  66. Brandy Schwartz November 13, 2017 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    I’m probably one of the few people who haven’t read any of the Harry Potter books. So, I would love to read them!

  67. Mallory Bailey November 13, 2017 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    I would choose the Eye of the Dragon by Stephen King. I have never been disappointed by a Stephen King book! Thanks for the chance!

  68. susan smoaks November 13, 2017 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    i want to get the book wonder. i can’t wait to read it.

  69. Isa November 14, 2017 at 6:57 am - Reply

    I’m not exactly sure what I’d choose, there are so many nooks on my wishlist. I think Ender’s Game was my first true science fiction book that I read too. Thank you for the giveaway!

  70. Judith R. November 14, 2017 at 9:27 am - Reply

    If I won, I think I’d choose THE SECRET WISDOM OF THE EARTH by Christopher Scotton.

  71. BookLady November 14, 2017 at 10:23 am - Reply

    I would choose a book of paranormal romance or urban fantasy. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

  72. ahmed amine November 14, 2017 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    I read the harry potter’s ebbok, but I’d love a hard copy !!

  73. Angela November 14, 2017 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    I would pick The City of Brass, probably….I’m not sure yet :3

  74. Tara Woods November 14, 2017 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    I would probably pick The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I love fantasy and my wishlist is really long.

  75. Carol Luciano November 14, 2017 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure which one yet but Someone To Wed by Mary Balogh or Book 1 in Anna Belfrage’s Graham Saga series. Happy Thanksgiving Karen.

  76. Renee Rousseau November 14, 2017 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    I would choose: Beyond Rain Man: What One Psychologist Learned Raising a Son on the Autism Spectrum by Anne K Ross

  77. Lisa November 15, 2017 at 1:00 am - Reply

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  78. April Harvey November 15, 2017 at 8:22 am - Reply

    I’m not sure what book I would pick as there are a few I really want but thanks for the chance to win. Your definitely making whoever wins so very happy.

  79. Christian Alejandro November 15, 2017 at 11:15 am - Reply

    I lent out and lost my copy of The Four Feathers. I might get it

  80. buttmuffin November 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    The Secret Wisdom of the Earth looks good to me!

  81. Mary Gardner November 15, 2017 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    I would pick a book for my grandson and would probably choose Ender’s Game if he hasn’t read it yet.

  82. Tracy Shafer November 15, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    To Be Where You Are (A Mitford Novel) by Jan Karon!

  83. Linda Kish November 15, 2017 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    I don’t know what I would choose. I’d have to think about that. In the mean time, I hope you have a terrific Thanksgiving.

  84. Ann S November 15, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    I don’t know! Maybe Nemesis? Or United?
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  85. Susanti November 15, 2017 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    I’d love to choose Everything, Everything 😍😍

  86. Donna Jacoby November 15, 2017 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure which book I would like–my choice changes daily. Thank you for the giveaway!

  87. Marianna November 15, 2017 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    I would probably choose Stiff by Mary Roach

  88. AEKZ2 November 15, 2017 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    I think that I’d choose a book for my daughter. Maybe Divergent.

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