This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted at my other blog The Broke and the Bookish) topic is all about books and authors that we are thankful for. As someone who has been so impacted by books and this community and is constantly learning and growing from reading and interacting with readers, I definitely want to take pause and let you know the things I’m thankful for. I have to say honestly though? As thankful as I am for all these authors and books, I am thankful to have a place here where I can be myself and interact with all of you amazing people ABOUT these books in a very personal way. So just now that I’m thankful FOR YOU ALL! And I mean that sincerely.
1. Laurie Halse Anderson — for not only writing really amazing and powerful books but for being such an advocate for literature and for ALWAYS Speaking Loudly! Also, I saw how she interacted with her young fans at a signing I went to for Chains and I just loved how she made these young kids SO excited about reading! She is a wonderful woman who I admire and am so thankful to have met!
2. John Green — UM for writing freaking amazing books that I love so much and make me feel so many things and THINK THINK THINK. Also, I am so thankful for the things that he does for his fans and beyond to help decrease world suck! Seriously, this man is inspiring to me.
3. Maureen Johnson — For entertaining me to no end with her wit on the Twitter machine but also for being so passionate about YA lit & calling bullshit when bullshit needs to be called. And also for writing great books!!
4. William Shakespeare — Let’s be real — the man paved the way for all the types of stories I enjoy today! He knew how to write great characters, engaging plots and hellooo– ROMANCE? Romeo & Juliet is the epitome of a love story that makes you feel all the feelings!
5. All of my favorite childhood authors (Laura Ingalls Wilder, RL Stine, Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, Carolyn Keene) — All of these authors wrote incredible books that turned me into the reader that I am today.
6. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: I know I mentioned Laurie above but I am extra thankful for her being so brave to write this book. Reading all the Speak Loudly posts during that whole debacle made me realize just how much this book has helped so many teen girls who’ve experienced what this main character has. I’m so glad they can not feel alone and know that it’s ok to tell someone!
7. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer: Don’t write me off if you hate this book! I’m just going to tell you that THIS SERIES made me open to YA in a way that I never had been before! Like seriously, I didn’t read YA. It opened me up to all sorts of new books that I would have never read before. I also am thankful for the fact that, alone with Harry Potter, it got A LOT of people reading. My sister was a non-reader and then read this series and now is always begging me for recommendations!
8. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer: I am extremely thankful for this book because it got me into reading again after not reading for a looong time. It made me remember how much books could make me feeling ALL OF THE FEELINGS. I cried, I laughed and I had heavy boots, too.
9. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepytus: Firstly, it got me into YA historical fiction BUT it is an amazing book but it made me aware to something I didn’t even know about that had gone on in the world. I realized just how little I knew and made me want to learn more about it. It was so powerful and just made me want to save all the people in the world. It was eye opening and I appreciated that. I just didn’t know how bad it was elsewhere during WWII.
10. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson: So in the midst of wedding planning this year I was in a HUGELY AWFUL reading slump. Like the worst. I was so stressed out and I just was getting upset because I couldn’t read anything. I picked this up on a whim because UM Peter Pan is my fave and I thought it would be this sweet little story. What I got was a whole lot more than that. It was one of those books that are TRULY a gem and moved me despite a little bit of a slow start (which almost made me put it down). I sat there and bawled as I finished it. Totally broke my reading slump and become my NORMAL SELF again in the midst of all that stress. Just needed a good story like that to get all the feelies out.
What books or authors are you thankful for? Maybe that book really spoke to you? Introduced you to a new genre? Maybe an author inspires you or stands up for a cause you believe in?