Top Ten Tuesdays: Books I’m Thankful For

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, mainly because of the food but also due to remembering every blessing in my life. And books are definitely one of the biggest blessings in my life. There are tons of books I’ve thankful for, but here are ten I want to highlight. (Apologies if you’ve heard me gush about these titles before, there is a reason they are my favorite.)

(This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is: Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For [Happy Thanksgiving week in the USA!])

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: You knew this was coming, right? Lord of the Rings is the reason I love fantasy and want to write fantasy. It has given me so much hope, teaching me that even the smallest person can change the course of the future and there is light when all other lights go out.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: Like Lord of the Rings, the Narnia books shaped me into who I am and taught me a lot of lessons over the years. From holding on to my beliefs, being happy with who I am, and accepting change, these lessons have stuck with me through all of life’s moments.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle: It was only recently that I realized how amazing this book is. I am thankful that it exists to show kids (and adults) that having flaws is okay, that parents aren’t perfect, and that life isn’t easy but it can be worth living.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: I read this book right before the movie came out, and I still think it’s too soon to talk about it. I’m grateful for the story that was told, and everything that came with it: the hardness and loss, the joy and the friendship, the devastation and the beauty of life.

Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder: I grew up with the Little House books and they taught me a lot about family, life, and relationships. I’m forever grateful to have Laura as a friend and to learn a little about my country’s history along the way.

The Circle series by Ted Dekker: Sometimes I get irritated by books labeled “Christian fiction,” but The Circle series is an exception for me. The story that is told in these four books is powerful and helped me dive deep with my own faith. I think Ted Dekker introduced a new way to see faith and the relationship we can all have with Jesus.

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo: Although this book is long and includes several passages that seem unnecessary, I am thankful I read this book. There is so much packed into this story about life and faith and treating others. I think it also gave me a deeper appreciation for classics.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan: Honestly, I think I’m grateful for everything Uncle Rick writes. He has a way to teaching mythology and legends without making it boring, and he never fails to make me laugh. In addition, he does well providing diversity and including stories that any kid can relate to. He did good.

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy: I read this book earlier this year, and I can’t quite explain why it captured me so much. But I am so, so thankful this book exists and that it spoke to my soul. The magic, the relationships, the whole story unfolded in a way that I feel as if I was given a sweet secret to share with the world.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: I read this book for the first time last year and I decided to re-read it this year, and I have to say this book really opened my eyes to the art of story-telling and character. It made me know that sometimes a story doesn’t have to be a big, extravagant thing. It can be a slow unfolding, a soft story that just kind of reaches into your soul and whispers to it. The Scorpio Races did this for me, and I’m still not over it.

What books are you thankful for? Don’t forget to join the link-up!

 

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesdays: Books I’m Thankful For

  1. I’m thankful to LOTR, too! (And I love your Second Breakfast Club mug. So cool!) It also was what really got me into fantasy. It wasn’t the first fantasy book I read, but it was the first with such epic scope.

    I had forgotten about the Little House books; thanks for the reminder. 🙂

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  2. I love reading.

    Les Misérables- my favorite classic, largely due to the musical. I was able to actually pick it up and finish it was because of my knowledge of the musical. I was able to use that knowledge to understand that story and could write in songs and mark up major characters. A beautiful story of misery, heartbreak, pain, forgiveness, compassion, love, sacrifice, humanity, and redemption. Les Mis led me to reading other classics- my dad convinced me to read Tale of Two Cities due to Les Mis. So Les Mis played a huge role in my love for musicals and for my love of the classics in literature.

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    • I definitely agree! I saw the musical (both a stage production and the movie version) before I read the book, which I think helped me understand what I was reading. I also read the Manga Classics version as well.

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      • My journey with Les Mis started with the musical movie and then eventually saw the stage show five times. Yesterday’s post shows a collection of all the Les Mis stuff I own, which is crazy since I have only been a fan for four years

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    • I know other people who tried to read it and couldn’t and/or didn’t enjoy reading it at all. Don’t feel bad! Not every book is for everybody.

      Maybe try a different way of reading it? Like an audiobook version or maybe watch the movie first? That will let you know if you want to try to read it.

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