Top 10 Thankful Books

We asked our group members to tell us about books that were sincerely life changing.

This is our list of special reads that led us to experience true thankfulness!

  1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  2. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  3. Matilda
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird
  6. When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
  7. The Boxcar Children
  8. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
  9. Life of Pi
  10. The Hobbit

You are welcome to also read the personal stories behind these choices here.

Each week, The Broke and Bookish inspires a Top 10 Tuesday list. 
Our responses are group member generated.

Our December Group Reads

Each month, Casual Readers group members choose our primary group read via a poll. This month, it was a tie! We couldn't choose one over the other so decided to give everyone the chance to read them BOTH.

The December primary group reads are...


We will also still be reading a secondary series selection in December. 

We are currently reading the first book for November and will be reading the third book of the series in January.

April's Approbation

One of our group members and beloved moderators, April, recommends Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk for this week's Throwback Thursday.

She gave it FOUR STARS but labels it as a book worthy of a re-read, especially if you enjoy the weird.

She's a catwalk model who has everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But when a sudden motor 'accident' leaves her disfigured and incapable of speech, she goes from being the beautiful center of attention to being an invisible monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge she exists.

Enter Brandy Alexander, Queen Supreme, one operation away from being a real woman, who will teach her that reinventing yourself means erasing your past and making up something better, and that salvation hides in the last place you'll ever want to look.

The narrator must exact revenge upon Evie, her best friend and fellow model; kidnap Manus, her two-timing ex-boyfriend; and hit the road with Brandy in search of a brand-new past, present and future.

Goodreads Choice Awards: Best Books of 2013

Choose the best books of the year in the Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by the readers. Support your favorites by voting in all three rounds!


Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Horror, Memoir & Autobiography, History & Biography, Non-fiction, Food & Cookbooks, Humor, Graphic Novels & Comics, Poetry, Debut Goodreads Author, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction, Middle Grade & Children's, Picture Books

Opening Round: