Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Top 10 Books/Authors I'm Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday
Top 10 Books/Authors I'm Thankful For
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

This is kind of a weird list.  Am I thankful for a particular book or author?  I don't know.  I'm more thankful for parents who instilled in me a love of reading of all types, recreational, educational.  And I'm thankful for a job that allows the inner geek in me to drool over books day in and day out.  No worries though, I'm sure I can come up with some kind of a list...

1) Lemony Snicket (A Series of Unfortunate Events) I thought college might have ruined me be for life.  I truly, deeply enjoyed studying history, but being assigned ten (+) books to read a semester almost put me off the written word forever.  Enter Lemony Snicket my last year.  Stolen minutes with the Baudelaire children made me remember why I love to get caught up in a book.  Thank you Mr. Snicket.

2) J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter series) There is something to be said about an author that can get you completely invested in a story.  I laughed; I cried; I gasped in horror; and I dreamed of a world where magic existed and boarding schools were enjoyable and inviting.  As much as I hate series, I'm still hurting a little over the loss of that world, those dreams.  Thank you Ms. Rowling.

3) Libba Bray (Going Bovine, Beauty Queens) Jennifer over at Reading Rants said it best, "Sometimes you read a book and you say, “That’s my book.” It seems like the author wrote it just for you, that everything in it was created for your amusement and suspense and pleasure. It is intimate and wonderful and you want to tell everyone you know about it and keep it all to yourself at the same time."  That's Libba Bray for me.  No one particular book, but them all wrapped up in a nice, hilarious, insightful little package.  She has such a strong voice that kicks me in my core, and I genuinely enjoy reading every sing word she writes.  Thank you Ms. Bray.

4)  John Green (The Fault in Our Stars, An Abundance of Katherines) Thank goodness for John Green and those like him.  Thank goodness for authors who believe that teens are intelligent and thoughtful young adults who are capable of understanding and appreciating intelligent and thoughtful literature.  Thank you Mr. Green.

5) C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia) I don't know what to say about Narnia.  I dream for two things.  1) To finally receive my letter to Hogwarts.  And 2) That somewhere there is a wardrobe just waiting to take me to Narnia.

6) A Wrinkle In Time (by Madeleine L'Engle) So many years ago, my father put this book in my hands and told me to read it.  I have read it at least once every year since then.  I probably relate more to Meg than any author literary character I have been introduced to through all my reading.  She's shy, awkward, uncertain, and deems herself unworthy, so many of the same feelings I feel everyday.  Just a beautiful book about love, courage, and friendship.

7) Alice in Wonerland (by Lewis Carroll) Surprise, surprise.  I love the possibility of Wonderland.  I love imagination and chaos.  Every time I get lost in a book I find myself in some sort of Wonderland, an unknown world full of mystery and curiosity.

8) Code Name Verity (by Elizabeth Wein) One of my recent reads that has stayed with me for days and days.  There were several moments when I truly thought my heart was being ripped out of my chest.  I love books that make you think, make you wonder, make you hope, and this book did all of that so beautifully that I've recommended it to strangers I've passed on the street.  Okay...not the street, but definitely people minding their own business in book stores.

9) The Hollow Kingdom (by Clare B. Dunkle) Another book I stumbled upon in college that helped me escape my senior thesis.  Goblin kings, fairies, unexpected love, everything I absolutely adore, and one I return to from time to time.
10) America (by George Brown Tindall) Probably not a conventional choice, but the last on my list all the same.  Accessible, enjoyable history.  Not my favorite of the 10 (+) books a semester, but the only one I kept and return to from time to time.

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