Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. They’d love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Happy Tuesday y’all! It’s been a while since I’ve participated (like at least a month I think!) so I’m excited to be back 😀 This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For,” which fits the theme of the week here in the USA as we celebrate a time to be thankful and remember what’s important in life. There are many books I’m thankful for and for varying reasons. Here are my top ten, in no particular order. As always, covers/titles link to Amazon/Goodreads/Blog review.
Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: I fell in love with the March sisters when I was in high school, and it’s a book I’ve read over and over again. Each time I read it I find something new to relate too. I may relate to Jo and her heartache over Laurie, or Beth and her perpetual shyness, or even Amy and her newfound love. It never gets old and I’m so thankful for that!
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: I’ve always loved the classics and this was the first one I ever read in 4th grade. To be honest, looking back at it as an adult I understood the story more as a child than I do now. When I read it now, it’s like the author was on a bad acid trip or something….not that it isn’t still a classic or a must read 😉 it’s just odd. I love the fantastical Wonderland and all its many creatures. Alice is a fun, inquisitive child who isn’t afraid, but curious and I love how Wonderland fosters her curiosity.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: I read this series for the first time as a middle schooler and when I reached the end was heartbroken. I read them again as an adult, reading them at the time to my infant son. As a child, Narnia was a magical realm, full of talking animals and set kind of in the middle ages (at least that’s how I pictured it as a child). As an adult, I’m still hung up on the ending of the series. Y’all know what I’m talking about 😉
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum: I’ve always loved this story! Like the previous two books on this list, I love the fantastical world that Dorothy slips into. I love the Scarecrow, Lion, and especially the Tin Man. As a little girl, I dreamed of visiting Oz and rescuing these three from the Wicked Witch. Recently my son and I read the series and he loved them as well. Oz is timeless!
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: Another classic and one of my all-time favorites. Without this book and it’s many, MANY retellings, life would be dull 😀 I love how the author, in a time where this was considered a contemporary romance (wrap your head around that!) took the two things that hinder us the most – pride and prejudice – and made them stand out. This story could easily have been set today with the same standards and still be a classic.
The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer: Epic poem and play about the Trojan war and one hero’s journey home. I have always loved both of these stories. I like the blend of Greek mythology into the war and Odysseus’s travels home. And because I desperately want to believe the story, I DO believe that the truth is there somewhere, hiding behind the fantasy.
The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer: I believe that one day this series will be considered a classic. Why? Because like the classics already on my list, it’s timeless. It’s a story that can be told at anytime with the same results. Why is it on my list today? I will always credit this series as bringing me out of the “dark years” (aka college). You see during the dark years I didn’t read for fun, I didn’t have time too. And then once they were over I forgot how much I enjoyed reading…until someone let me borrow their copy and told me I HAD to read it. I devoured all four books in a week. And now I reread them every October.
Matched by Ally Condie: If Twilight brought me out of the dark years, Matched introduced me to my favorite genre…YA dystopia. This series was the gateway for me to find The Hunger Games, Selection, Under the Never Sky, etc. Without it, there’s a good chance I would never have picked up these books.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: The only series I read during the dark years, Harry Potter sustained me 😉 The last book came out my senior year of college and my husband and I waited at midnight to buy our copy and then took turns reading it. This is the only series I can say that I’ve enjoyed both the books and movies equally. And now with the illustrated versions, I’m enjoying them a new way, rereading them with my son who LOVES them.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: As you can tell from some of my choices as a child, I’ve always loved sweeping, epic fantasies. As an adult, I’ve had a hard time finding a fantasy I enjoy…that is until I read Throne of Glass. I love this series. I fell into it and read the first three books over a week and then anxiously awaited the release of the rest. I like the cast of characters, the multiple POV, the world, and the magic. It is everything I love about fantasy rolled into one series.
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