Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Top 8 Books I'm Thankful For

This list would have been a lot better if it were for authors instead of books. Not only do I have to look through my favorite books but see what emotions or effects they had on me.
Because simply going for "I'm thankful someone wrote this book" isn't enough I have to go dive in deeper. For me it'd be more along the lines of: "I'm thankful this book shattered my heart into a million pieces because it helped remind me that I do in fact have a heart."

I won't be doing that either.

Books I'm thankful for:

1) Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
My "gateway book" this is the first book I absolutely fell in love with and reread so many times I don't think I could even guess. This book was my pre-teen years.

That being said I'm kind of surprised it's the only book by Gail Carson Levine that I've ever read.

2) The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
If Ella Enchanted is my gateway book and my preteen years. Then The Princess Diaries is the one that greeted me at the gate and into my teen years.
These two books mean so much to me that I wouldn't even know where to begin, and I know I've tried with Meg Cabot.

If it weren't for The Princess Diaries I never would have read any of Meg Cabot's other books, which then led me to read books by Michele Jaffe, Melissa de la Cruz, and Wendy Mass (she tried with John Green but it never worked out.)
I've said it before; if it weren't for this book I don't think I'd be a reader.

3) The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
The Goddess Test was there for me when I was having a hard time, (first of many to come) I love this series so much.

4) Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
It not only started my love of historical fiction but of historical women.

5) Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
And all of Libba Bray's work, this is why I'd have preferred listing authors. I listened to the audio version in class and it was one of the greatest experiences ever.

6) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
This was the trip back to high that I did not want (or even need really) but it was well worth it.

7) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
I'm pretty sure this was my first historical fiction and because of that it's also the first that hit me with the reality of what people have had to go through so long (though not that long) ago.
It also led to my interest in certain human behaviors, both why people treat others a certain way and the good people who fight back because they know it's the right thing to do even if it might mean losing so much.

8) Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Only because it got me out of my two month reading slump this summer.

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