Another week, another Tuesday, another Top 5 Tuesday!
For those of you that are unaware, Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by The Broke & The Bookish, where book bloggers get to highlight their top 10 choices for the topic that the lovely people at B&B choose for the week. Yes, the meme is supposed to be Top 10, and yes, I only do 5. (#sorrynotsorry)
Anyways, today is all about books we are thankful for, since Thanksgiving is only two days away now. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to feature books from the past year that I am thankful for, or go all out and do my all time top 5 thankful for books. After much deliberation and staring at my bookshelf, I went with the latter, so let’s get to it!
- The Book Thief
This book could quite possibly be my favorite book of all time. It is a book that I wish I could shrink down and carry around in my pocket for the rest of time. I laughed, I cried, and I was utterly mesmerized by the words written by Death. If you haven’t read this book – change that. There is nothing else to say, this is a brilliant, beautiful, masterpiece.
- The Harry Potter Series
You can’t make me choose just one, you heathen. Mostly, I am thankful for all of the memories that I have reading these books. Memories on top of memories. Midnight parties, the insanely long paper chains that I would make to count down to the next release, the hours of talk and speculation that I had with my family on what would happen next. I make an effort to reread all 7 books at least once every two years, and by now I have lost track of how many times I have finished them. But. I love them all just as much as I did when I was wearing a cloak, standing in a line waiting for Deathly Hallows to be released.
- I’ll Give You the Sun
This was one of the first books that I read in the YA genre, when I became aware of the YA genre’s existence, and I loved every second of it. I’ll Give You the Sun is such a beautiful reading experience, and I really take any opportunity I have to recommend this book to others. My little sister has reread it so many times, her copy is in tatters. I am so thankful for books that inspire that much passion and love, so thank you Jandy Nelson! I cannot wait for her next work…
- Red Rising
Okay, I know this book may seem like a strange one to have on my list, but bear with me here. If you have read my review on Red Rising (here if you haven’t), you will know that my dad was really involved in my reading experience of this trilogy. I will never not look at these books on my shelf and think of him. I will never not think about how contagious his enthusiasm for this series was (and still is), and for that I am so, so thankful.
- Stuart Little
Now, I know I am going down the road of sappiness, but isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about: family and friends and love? Stuart Little was the first chapter book I ever read, my mom thought she was teaching me how to read, but I somehow already knew. So, instead of her reading to me, I read to her. I still have my copy from 19 years ago, with XOXO written in it by my mom. It sits on my nightstand, and reminds me to be thankful I have such a wonderful family that has supported my reading from day 1.
And now, with all of the feels out in the open, I am going to go hug my books and patiently wait to see my parents and sisters on Thursday, when they fly in to spend Thanksgiving with the boyfriend and me. I hope everyone has just as wonderful a week as I intend to!