TOP TEN TUESDAY
Books I’m Thankful For
Happy Thanksgiving book friends!! Over at The Broke and the Bookish you can find Top Ten Tuesday and in this special holiday edition, we’re listing the books we’re most thankful for! As I was writing this post, it somehow turned into books that have touched me the most as a person, so proceed into the feels with caution. To help lighten the mood, I’m giving you a turkey pug. YOU’RE WELCOME.
1. The Harry Potter Series
By J.K. Rowling
Okay, let’s get this out of the way because this is what everyone is going to be saying. These books completely helped shape my adolescence and me as a person. Harry Potter is an amazing series. You know it. I know it. Do I really need to elaborate??
2. Where the Sidewalk Ends,
A Light in the Attic, & Falling Up
By Shel Silverstein
These books are so near and dear to me. For the longest time, I was OBSESSED with these books as a kid. Not only have they helped inspire me as an artist, but these were the first real books that exposed me to poetry. I’m admittedly not a poetry person—it’s just never been a format I’ve really connected with, but these are the exception. Shel Silverstein showed me that you don’t have to fit inside the box of writer or an artist, you can pave your own path in life and do what you love.
3. The Princess Diaries (Books 1-4)
By Meg Cabot
Oh my god, this series!!! *Hugs books* *Hugs Meg Cabot* *Sobs*
Sorry Harry Potter, but this is the first real young-adult series that I was obsessed with. I didn’t read the Harry Potter books until after this one (blasphemy, I know) and I was completely taken with the first four books. Mia was so relatable to me at the time and watching her romance with Michael gave me ALL THE FEELS! I never read anything beyond book four and I’ve always been a little scared to. If Mia ended up with anyone besides Michael, I don’t know if my heart could take it. Completely the OTP of my heart.
4. The Mediator Series
By Meg Cabot
I vividly remember when the fifth book of this series Haunted came out and I saw a little blurb review of it in something akin to Teen Vogue. It sounded interesting—a contemporary fantasy filled with teen angst and drama. I was all over it. After picking up a copy and reading it, I was so flipping confused I had no clue what was happening. Of course THAT’S when I discovered that this was actually a series and not a standalone novel. Duh @ me. I was curious enough to pick up the others though, and I LOVED THEM. I still love them. I’ve probably reread them all a billion times. It’s one of those nostalgic loves that you never really get tired of.
5. Jane Eyre
By Charlotte Bronte
Even though choosing a favorite book is agonizing (THEY’RE ALL MY CHILDREN, DON’T MAKE ME CHOOSE), this one is probably my all time favorite. Something about this novel struck a chord in me when I read it. Jane is so fierce—in her mind and her heart. She’s smart and makes rational decisions while still somehow following her passions. I love that!
6. The Lovely Bones
By Alice Sebold
This was the first real “adult” fiction book I ever read. When I was in high school (Like my sophomore-ish year circa 2006) my mother listened to the audiobook of this and loved it. You don’t know my mother, but she spends most of her time watching Dateline, reading non-fiction biographies, and despising fantasy. Her liking The Lovely Bones IMMEDIATELY captured my attention and I just had to read it. Now it’s one of my all-time favorite books.
AND LET’S NOT TALK ABOUT THE MOVIE BECAUSE I’M PRETENDING IT NEVER HAPPENED. UGH.
7. Northanger Abbey
By Jane Austen
I am completely and totally alone on this (I always am), but this is my favorite Jane Austen novel. I’m a weirdo, I know. Of course, I love ALL of her books, but I have special place in my heart for Northanger Abbey. For whatever reason, this was the very first Austen novel I ever read it completely hooked me. I’ve always been able to relate to Catherine and I’ve formed a kind of nostalgic attachment to this book.
8. The Tempest
By William Shakespeare
Like any other teen forced to read Shakespeare, my youngest memories of his work are filled with bitter resentment and confusion. I can just hear younger Loretta now— “GOD why do I even NEED TO KNOW THIS ANYWAY???” and “What does that EVEN MEAN?” In my high school freshmen English class, however, I had a breakthrough with the help of my teacher and learned how to actually understand his style. Once I knew how to read his work, I couldn’t seem to stop. Now I LOVE Shakespeare and even took a Shakespeare class in college. This one is by far my favorite (followed closely by Hamlet and Julius Caesar) because I love Prospero and Miranda.
9. The Mortal Instrument Series
By Cassandra Clare
Ten years after the release of City of Bones and I still love this series like a crazed fangirl. HOW UNLIKE ME *Sarcasm alert* I mean, I’ve only dedicated my last six Sundays celebrating the anniversary! But I love this entire universe and I manage to get something new out of it with every reread. I’M NOT CRYING YOU ARE!
10. The Raven Cycle Series
By Maggie Stiefvater
I feel like I haven’t shut up about this series for a solid three months, but I don’t even care. Roll your eyes at me as much as you like. This series is my new favorite thing and I seriously don’t know how it went under my radar for so long. RONAN LYNCH IS JUST THE BEST AND I’M SO THANKFUL FOR HIS FICTIONAL EXISTENCE.
TALK TO ME
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?!
What are some books that you’re thankful for??
Holler at me in the comments!!