Top Ten Tuesday (52)

20 Nov

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books/Authors I’m Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely folks over at The Broke and the Bookish post a top ten list topic so that book lovers like you and me can pour over our shelves and make our own lists. You can check out all the other Top Ten Tuesday‘s on their site!


It’s just about that time of year when I take a few minutes to realize something really important: My life is pretty great. WAY not perfect, but still great. Thanksgiving, to me, is a great time for a little extra perspective. Also, of course, THE time to recognize what you’re thankful for, the things that are just SO AWESOME that they need a shout out. For a big time reader like me, it goes without saying that books and authors would be some of the things I am most thankful for not only at Thanksgiving, but all the time. Every day.

Lord of the Rings/J.R.R. Tolkien

Because seriously. I was in college the first time I read these books (SUCH a cliche, no?) and I remember being completely absorbed. This was really the first taste I had of how excellent fantasy can be. The world-building, the characterization, the atmosphere: they were all so detailed and natural and gripping. These books and Harry Potter probably shaped my reading as an adult more than almost anything else.

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

THESE kids! Just thinking about these lovable, awesome sisters gives me the warm fuzzies. Seriously. I sometimes think that this is one of those series that strikes a chord with me that other people just wouldn’t get, but I still adore them and the way they make crazy, quirky families seem so real and wonderful.

George R.R. Martin

I am beyond thankful for George R.R. Martin, friends, because he knows how to make my heart do all of the following, sometimes together: clench with fear, pound with anticipation, melt with swoons, stop with shock, break with epic sadness, and even occasionally grow. How can I not be thankful for all those feelings? For FAKE people in a FAKE place that doesn’t exist?! Amazing.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Friends, I remember being a humungous fan of these books when I was young. I still have all my copies. They either instilled in me my affinity for open spaces and prairies and tales about the pioneers heading west, or nurtured a natural love of these things that already existed in me. I know that there are perhaps some cultural ideologies and prejudices that might not stand the test of time, but the Ingalls family was one of my first bookish loves.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

AH! So, this book. I often feel like the memories we have of the books we read and loved to bits when we were young don’t always stand up. Something about being older dims some of the magic, I think. But CHARLOTTE’S WEB for me is always pretty special.

This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers

Ok, so the reason I am thankful for this zombie book is because, well, it’s a zombie book. I’m not terribly down with the zombies, friends, as you perhaps might notice from the LACK of them on this blog. But I’m so glad that this book exists because it got me to read outside my comfort zone AND enjoy myself to boot. That’s thanks-worthy for sure.

Harry Potter

DUH. I don’t feel like I need to explain this. Life-changer, right here. BIG TIME.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This is another book that I have to be thankful for because it isn’t a genre that I always gravitate towards: science fiction. Granted, this book is also a fairy tale retelling and I ALWAYS gravitate towards those. But still. And I can always be thankful for a book that’s totally fresh and clever and gripping. CINDER is all of that.

Diana Gabaldon

You know why I’m thankful for Diana Gabaldon and her Outlander series, friends? Jamie. Freaking. Fraser. Before I read this book, I didn’t understand the appeal of Scottish men, or gingers. But Jamie Fraser is a lesson in surprise hotties, and you know what else? He basically doesn’t get any LESS hot as he ages. I mean, this series is also awesome because of the history and the drama of course, but really Jamie is a great character. He’s a huge part of why I love this series.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

I just reread this book for I think the fourth time. (I know. I have the rereading bug really badly.) It is literally always AMAZING. I’ve never once read it and thought that parts, now that I knew what was going to happen, dragged or were boring. I’ve never reread this book and skimmed a single word. NEVER. I wish Thisby was a real place because I would go there and live forever.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

SIGH. I really can’t think of a picture book that I love quite like this one. Because even as an adult, it doesn’t make me feel like a doofus for still getting a little misty around Christmas time because, yo: I feel the magic, friends. I am a huge sap for the holidays, and THE POLAR EXPRESS makes me glad I can still be a kid at heart.

16 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday (52)”

  1. emziixgx November 20, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    I forgot about Charlotte’s Web! It’s a lovely story from my childhood, great list

  2. readerbuzz November 20, 2012 at 6:47 am #

    It’s the picture books that make me feel goofy this time of year.

    Here’s my Ten Ten Books I’m Thankful For. Stop by and sign up to win a $25 Amazon gift card in my Gratitude Giveaway.

  3. Sam @ The Little Munchkin Reader November 20, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    Totally agree with Harry Potter. Who isn’t thankful!?
    Here’s my Top Ten

  4. Lauren @ Love is not a triangle November 20, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    YES to all of these! I thanked Diana Gabaldon and Maggie Stiefvater too. And I love Laura Ingalls Wilder and EB White as well, such stables from childhood.

    My TTT

  5. Renae @ Respiring Thoughts November 20, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    Oh yay, love your picks! Laura Ingalls Wilder made my list as well, as did The Silmarillion by Tolkien.

  6. picturemereading November 20, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    This is a a great list! Totally agree on Stiefvater, Martin, Tolkien, Gabaldon and Meyer!

  7. Katie November 20, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    I forgot about Laura Ingalls Wilder! Little House in the Big Woods was my FAVORITE book for years! Awesome list!
    Check out my TTT:
    I’d love to hear what you think!

  8. Helene Ouwehand November 20, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    Definitely agree with Harry Potter and The Lord of The Rings. Two of the most amazing series I’ve ever read!

    My TTT / 200 Followers Giveaway

  9. April Books & Wine November 20, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Oh, I need to read The Scorpio Races.

    I used to love the Little House books, and while yes some of the ideologies are horribly outdated, there is no denying the impact those books have had on countless children.

  10. Rory O'Connor November 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    Jamie Fraser started my fascination with Scottish men. I love most of the Outlander series and we’re huge Van Allsburg fans in my house, Jumanji, Zathura, The Polar Express, etc. We’re almost to the season where I don’t feel silly reading The Polar Express everyday to my boys.

  11. TrishaDM November 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    I love Laura Ingalls Wilder. She wasn’t on my list (too many people to choose from), but I am thrilled to see she made so many others! I just finished re-reading the series and they are still great even years later!
    Funny story… I haven’t read The Polar Express yet. It seems crazy, especially given my husband is a teacher and has had a Polar Express themed day with his kids for the last couple of years.

  12. Quinn November 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    The Penderwicks! Such a great book. It made me wish I had sisters so much. I have only read the first one, though. Should I read the other two?

    • trippingbooks November 22, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

      OMG YES. I love them so much. I mean, they are a little bit predictable, but I can’t even hold that against them too much because they’re so freaking heartwarming. I hope you get a chance to read them!!

  13. Julianne November 20, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    I loved Charlotte’s Web. Interesting list!

  14. Amanda @ Reading For a Living November 20, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    I love seeing Harry Potter everywhere! Those books brought so many people together! Great list this week!

    Here’s my Top Ten

  15. Lisa November 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    All the feels.

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