Top Ten Books/Authors I'm Thankful For

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is very appropriate for the Thanksgiving holiday coming up. The prompt is books and authors that I am thankful for. I could just make a huge blanket statement and say I am thankful for books and authors in general, because reading is definitely one of my favorite things to do. However, I'll try to narrow it down. 

1. Scriptures -- I know this is a broad one, but I am grateful for the word of God. It definitely helps me get through the day, every day. 
2. Markus Zusak -- Getting to meet this author was a great experience. He was incredibly giving and inspiring. If you need proof, read his books -- they are definitely a glimpse into the person he is. 
3. Kartography by Kamila Shamsie -- I read this book in high school in a state of extreme emotional turmoil due to confusing friendships and relationships. While I didn't live in a war-torn city with racial strife, I still found so many things to relate to in this amazing book that helped me to navigate and feel less alone through the dramas of high school. 
4. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault -- This is the first book I remember reading on my own. 
5. My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannet -- And with that, this was the first chapter book I ever read. 
6. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman -- This was my favorite book as a kid. I feel like every time I've read it, it has given me something new to think about, and it has never grown old for me, although it's been at least fifteen years since I read it the first time. Another fun fact -- when I read it, it was the very longest book I'd ever read (399 pages). 
7. L.M. Montgomery -- I have read every novel by this woman (at least every novel that I am aware of), and have fallen for every one of her heroines. Something about Montgomery's descriptions and the experiences her characters go through have always been really uplifting to me. 
8. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo -- Probably the most challenging book I have ever read, but also one of the most rewarding. And my husband gave it to me, so I'm grateful to have the literal copy as well.
9. East of Eden by John Steinbeck -- For giving us the idea for our son's name. :)
10. HUGE BLANKET SWEEP -- AND FOR ALL THE OTHER BOOKS OUT THERE. Because I really am thankful for them. 


  1. Oh, I just love Markcus Zusak and The Book Thief and will forever be grateful for that book.

    Also. I really need to meet LM Montgomery's other heroines. I've only meet Anne Shirley so far.

  2. Yay! Another person who loved and has read My Father's Dragon! My dad read that to me as a child. It's one of my favorites! :)

  3. These are some great choices! It's so nice to think about the books that have impacted you over a lifetime. The first book I adored as a child was Amanda's First Day of School. I read it now with my son. :)
    Have a happy Thanksgiving!


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