This week’s theme is Top Ten Things We’re Thankful For
Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
For me, I’m always thankful for things; the ability to read, the fact that I’m doing well enough in life that I can get enough books to have the problem of not having enough book space. But this year I’m so thankful for other things.
- The blogging Community.
- The amazing friends I have made through this.
- The fact that people accept me and love me for who I am.
- The knowledge that there are people out there who care for me.
- This amazing blog that has brought me so much joy.
- YOU, the person reading this post right now.
- The fact that I can sometimes take ARCs for granted instead of remembering how amazing they are.
- And, yes, the fact that I can read.
- And the fact that I’m doing well enough in life that I can afford to buy enough books to have the problem of not having enough book space..
Top FIFTEEN Books I’m thankful For This Year
- Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling, because I don’t know what my childhood would even be without it.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, for teaching me that when things go wrong, the best place to go is a library.
- The Tortall books by Tamora Pierce, for changing the way I look at high fantasy and showing me that girls of all different kinds can be heroes.
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, for making thirteen-year-old me feel very smart for reading a 1462-page book, teaching me about love and hope and climbing towards the light, and generally ruining my life.
- The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, for basically taking over my life in middle school, opening my eyes to Tolkien’s beautiful worldbuilding, making me cry countless tears about Frodo and Sam’s friendship, and being responsible for my first experience with an Internet community of book lovers.
- The Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale, for being a happy place when fifteen-year-old me desperately needed one.
- Huntress by Malindo Lo, Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey, and the Engelsfors trilogy by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg for showing me that “books with exciting adventures” and “books with girls kissing” do not have to be mutually exclusive categories.
- Paper Towns by John Green, for influencing the way I think about those around me and for bringing me into the Nerdfighter community that changed me still more.
- The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, because I grew up with Percy and Co., and because I know Riordan’s books will be making me smile on bad days for years to come.
- The Animorphs series by K. A. Applegate, because I will never think “it’s just a middle grade series with weird covers. how badly can it REALLY hurt?” ever again.
- The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan, for introducing me to my favorite author and to the YA blogging community, and for changing the way I look at YA books.
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, for giving me a fellow fangirl with social anxiety to relate to as I was starting my first year at Berkeley
- Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, because that’s where Celaena is at her absolute lowest point, and she gets through and gets up and keeps fighting, and if she can do that, I can too.
- The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, for contextualizing so much of what has been going through my head for years and making me feel understood.
- I’m more comfortable with multiples of five, so let’s have number 15 be a stand-in for the many books that will make me smile and cry and scream throughout the rest of my life.