Top Ten Tuesday: Books We’re Thankful For

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books We're Thankful For


Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – This book rekindled my love for reading. I’ll always be thankful for that. ALWAYS. And it introduced me into the Young Adult genre overall. AND TO BLOGGERS! So many thanks, Stephenie Meyer.

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward – I liked Paranormal YA books, so I picked this up because I was HEAVILY into Paranormal, and man, I never knew I’d enjoy a smexy book as much as I did. I was hooked! I made Paranormal Romance and Adult Urban Fantasy books my bitches. Thank you, JR Ward!

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – I remember seeing the simple blue cover on Amazon and thinking, “Sure, why not!” I don’t even think I knew what it was about, lol. Oh, my GAH! I loved it so much. Thank you for taking me on this grand adventure, Diana Gabaldon.

The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen – I already loved YA, but nothing would prepare me for how much in love I’d fall with Contemporary YA, all thanks to this book. And Wes. hehe I wasn’t prepared for how much my heart would feel. THIS is why people really read YA. So, thank you, Sarah Dessen.

Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery – Contemporary YA would eventually lead me to one of my true loves: Contemporary ROMANCE. This book was romantic and sweet and fun and I ATE IT UP. Thanks for that, Susan Mallery.



Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling – Harry Potter, the series of my heart. The funniest thing is when I first saw Sorcerer’s Stone in 7th grade, I thought it looked goofy. But I gave it a chance and it honestly changed my life. I got every book after that on release day and fell deep into the Potter fandom. I’m so thankful for every amazing character, the feelings of comfort the books gave me when I reread them, and the friends I’ve made because of them. JK Rowling’s quote sums it up perfectly: “The stories we love best live in us forever. Whether you come back by the big screen or by page, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – This was my favorite book in the world before I read Harry Potter. I grew up loving Disney movies (still do) and Ever After and fairy tales in any incarnation. Ella was such a wonderful character- strong, brave, believable- and Char’s letters still make me swoon. It’s such a great book and holds up really well. I reread it this year and fell even more in love; books like that will always make me thankful.

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill – I’m SO thankful for MTB because this book got me into YA contemporary! I had always stayed away before, thinking it was all trauma and drama, but then I read Christina’s review and it sounded so cute, like a romantic comedy I would love to watch! I also couldn’t resist that London cover. Needless to say I read it in a day and found out how much I loved fluffy, bantery, feelsy YA. And I’ve never looked back :)

Redwall by Brian Jacques – I read a ton of Nancy Drew books as a young kid but this was the first series that I really binge read, without knowing what binge reading was! I read the first 13 books back to back, racing to get the next one as soon as I was finished. I’m thankful for Redwall because it showed me that I could read and enjoy really long books (300-400 pages as a 7th grader is a lot!). They also showed me how much I could enjoy fantasy novels with rich detail, world building, and characters. Plus the series gave me an entire summer of enjoyment!

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton – I’m so thankful I finally gave in and picked up this book because The Forgotten Garden introduced me to my favorite author and my favorite historical subgenre, the dual timeline novel. I fell in love with Kate Morton’s prose and storytelling abilities, the way she weaves mystery, love, and tragedy so beautifully. I’ve read all her published novels and immediately went in search of read-a-likes. I can’t resist a pitch with old houses, secrets, and a troubled past that somehow ties in with the modern day heroine. I’m ALSO thankful for Kate Morton books because it’s how I met Lindsey on twitter in 2012, who has become one of my best friends :)


Jess @ Gone with the Words

13 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books We’re Thankful For”

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    Wendy @ Book Scents

    Jess – I love BDB! I just need to continue and read more! I think I’m on book 4! And yess, Outlander! My college roomie turned me onto those! I still need to read more in that series because I stopped after voyager and they’re soo longg but I do want to continue!

    Morgan – I love how you put it, “the series of my heart”. It truly is! <3 I'm incredibly thankful that I read it growing up and grew up with Harry Potter! I'm so glad I reread them recently (which totally spurred me to write a whole post about how it shaped my life, haha). YAY ella enchanted! So happy I just reread that a week or so ago. It's seriously my favorite Cinderella retelling! Char is just so sweet and swoony and kind and Ella is such a strong heroine. Love!! Omg, I'd totalyl forgotten about Redwall!! I loved that series! I never wound up reading all of them, but definitely read a good number! They were the best!

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    Jessica @ a GREAT read

    More Harry Potter love!!! I love seeing everyone else include Harry too! I feel like it was such a large part of my youth. I was in middle school-high school when I read these books! …Just hoping my sister remembers the books belong to me, and aren’t to be taken with her and her daughter whenever she moves out! LOL! I’ll buy her a paperback set if I need to!

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    I feel the same way about Twilight! I’ll always love it for that. I’m also thankful so lots of your other picks (HP!). I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

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    Lefty @ The Left-Handed Book Lover

    This is a list full of awesome books! Sarah Dessen also made my list. I’d say she is probably the first contemporary writer I ever loved. And I think The Truth About Forever was actually one of the first books I read by her!

    I also really need to read Ella Enchanted. I only found out like last year that there is a book and that it is apparently fantastic!

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    Laura @ Scribbles & Wanderlust

    Jess — While I’m not too keen on Twilight now, there’s no doubt it really brought attention to Teen Fiction, and the YA market boomed from there. You can’t help but be thankful for a book like that! YES OUTLANDER YES. It’s funny how really plain covers like that can pack a powerful punch inside. I tend to like those covers more because of it. I’m all “WHAT ARE YOU HIDING IN THERE?!” when I see them. As for Dessen — yes. Without a doubt. She is Queen of Contemporary YA, always has been and always will be. She’s a classic already, and The Truth About Forever is my favorite! (Hiiiiiii Wes.)

    Morgan — HARRY!!!! You know, 15 years ago on Thanksgiving, Nana threatened to take away my mashed potatoes if I didn’t read a chapter of HP and give it a chance. I ended up not eating mashed potatoes because I was too busy trying to get to Hogwarts in the book! KATE MORTONNNNNNN <3 <3 (I really need to read Redwall, it looks like such a fun series.)

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