A ‘Thank You’ Letter to Sarah J. Maas For Her Birthday

To celebrate Sarah J. Maas’ birthday, I’m taking a moment to thank her for getting me out of my reading slump and back to being obsessed about fantasy books.

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Happy birthday, Sarah J. Maas! Your fantasy series A Court of Thorns and Roses got me out of a reading slump I didn’t even know I was in.

Every bookworm knows the struggle: you used to read all the time, but then life, school, a job, or all three get in the way. Eventually you get to the point where even if you have the time to read, you just can’t. I get it, because I’d been in that predicament for the longest time.

But then quarantine happened. Though the world seemed to be going crazy, I had loads of time on my hands to recharge, so to speak. I got into reading again, and suddenly I was back to reading at least one book each week, and sometimes bingeing one in a day. Despite that though, I still felt like I was missing something. I was enjoying the books I was reading, but I nothing had really hooked me or had me obsessing over it once I finished the last page.

A friend recommended I try A Court of Thorns and Roses. She’s read it the summer before, and then again a few months later. My friend and I have the same taste in books, so I trusted her opinion and went straight to Barnes & Noble.

A week later I went back for the second book. By my third trip to the store I just bought the rest of the books in the series because I felt like the employees were like, “Oh boy, she’s back,” every time I walked in. Plus, I wanted them on hand so I could immediately jump into them when I finished each one.

Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

I was so invested in the world you built in your books, and still am. I never thought I’d be so into books about the fae, but here I am scouring the internet for fanart and taking quizzes to see which Court I would be a part of if I lived in Prythian, or which character is my mate (it’s Azriel, by the way).

Getting into your books has opened up a whole new subgenre for me to explore within the fantasy realm. While I wait for another book in the ACOTAR series, Crescent City keeps me company. To be honest, I haven’t read Throne of Glass yet, specifically because I know I’ll be obsessed with it and probably won’t do anything else other than read. But don’t worry, I’ll get there and then probably write another “Thank You” letter for that too.

To end this I just want to again say thank you, Sarah J. Maas. Thanks for creating a series that got me into devouring books again. Thanks for all of the characters that I now obsess over. Thanks for giving us all a world to get lost in while our world goes a little nuts.

A quite simply, thanks for writing. I can’t wait to see where your books take me next.