Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I'm Thankful For

It's a wonderful time of the year to be grateful.  I like to share some silly updates about what I'm grateful for.  For example, I'm glad my dog's treats come clearly labeled, because they look like brownie bites.  I have to say, though, when I'm talking about books I love, I begin to border on sappy.  I even included 11 because narrowing it down was too hard.  Anywhoodle, onto the books!

1.) Matilda by Roald Dahl 

As many of you have heard me discuss, this was one of the first books that I remember falling head over heels in love with.  When I read about Matilda visiting the library, checking out huge stacks of classics, and then taking them home to read them with a hot drink, eight-year-old Liz totally wanted to be Matilda.  Eight-year-old Liz also found this book hilarious.  I just freaking love it. 

2.) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

If you love epic fantasy, you know that this is the cream of the crop when it comes to that genre. I recently acquired two beautiful new editions of this one.  I'll be rereading it before the movie is out and I cannot wait.

3.) The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

 I don't know if you've read The Fault In Our Stars, but it deals with real teen issues, is funny, gorgeously written, and heartbreaking.  Teens deserve literature of this quality, and I highly recommend picking up your own copy of this if you haven't already.

4.) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

 Any incredibly moving book set during World War II, The Book Thief is especially well known for having Death as its narrator.  I'm not sure if words can really express how good this book is.

5.) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

How was this not going to be included on my list?  I adore Darcy and Elizabeth, and Lady Catherine is a character I love to hate. The dialogue is witty and the romance makes me cry every time.  Pride and Prejudice is just one of those books that makes me absurdly happy.

6.) The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente

Some sequels just completely faceplant. Let's not deny it.  The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, though, was even better than the first book, which hardly seemed possible.  Valente perfectly captures the fact that as growing up gets harder as one does it.  I once again found whimsy and magic in this book, but I also found heartache and sadness in a brilliant and beautiful way.

7.) The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

Schwab's debut is a fairy-tale like story about a girl who lives in a village where people keep going missing.  This story has a very enchanted, ghostly, macabre feel that I've yet to find in any other books.

8.) Something Like Normal by Trish Doller

Something Like Normal is by far the grittiest book on this list.  The story is told from the perspective of Travis, a young marine returning home from Afghanistan to find that his life is a hot mess and he's uncertain of how to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.  Even if they haven't been to Afgahnistan, I think a lot of teen boys will connect with Travis.  Some parents will probably try to ban this book because it contains drinking and sex and generally mature content, but every teen deserves to have his or her life experiences reflected in a library collection.  Plus, everything about Doller's writing is excellent.

 9.) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

In addition to being ridiculously adorable and heart-warming, Anna and the French Kiss made me want to go to Paris and nom on a baguette.  I just love how many things I felt after reading this.

10.) Alanna by Tamora Pierce

 he summer before I started sixth grade, my family moved to a new state.  I learned that one of our neighbors had a daughter our age, and one day when I was playing outside, the two came over and introduced themselves.  The girl asked if I liked reading and I said that yes, I did.  A few days later we went to the library and she told me I should read this book.  Now, this friend was in eighth grade, so I didn't spend much time with her.  A few weeks into the beginning of the school a girl in my math class noticed me with a copy of Lioness Rampant.  It wasn't long before we had a sleepover at her house, during which she sent me home with three canvas bags full of books to borrow.  Thanks to Facebook, I still keep in touch with both of these girls.  Books really can bring people together.

Also, this blog post is totally revealing what a nerdy child I was. Internet, you are welcome.

11.) For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Yeah, I did it. I snuck an eleventh book in here. Watcha gonna do about it, huh?


Peterfreund's books intrigue me so much. I'm so curious as to what happens in her brain all day long.  Rampant was a really enjoyable read, and the angle she took with Ascendant fascinated me. However, For Darkness Shows the Stars has been my favorite thus far.  Between the romance and the world-building, this book felt magical the entire time I was reading it.  I finished this book craving an adventure in a magical land wishing Peterfreund would write lots of short stories about these characters and their adventures.  I love it when a book leaves me so enchanted and longing for more.

What books are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?


  1. Wow! You have a lot of books listed here that are on my TBR list! I did love For Darkness Shows the Stars, The Near Witch, and Anna and the French Kiss!

  2. I love Matilda too, she is great! :D

  3. Oh, goodness I love every single book listed here deeply. I'm kind of surprised that I've read every single one, usually with these lists there are one or two I have not gotten to yet.

    Also. I like the reasons you used for each book. :-)

  4. I loved Matilda and The Hobbit, great books and the list as well :)

    My TTT

  5. Good list, I love The Book Thief as well.

  6. Your list makes me wish it was Top Twenty Tuesday so that I could have included Matilda too!

    1. There are so many times when ten just doesn't feel like a big enough number!



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