Top Ten Tuesday was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a Thanksgiving freebie so I’m discussing some books & series I am the most thankful for today!
Books have been my refuge for as long as I can remember and, besides friends & family, they are what I am most grateful for in this world. I genuinely would not be the person I am today without reading, so this post is a dedication to all of those books that have shaped me, comforted me, and inspired me throughout life. ❤
Also, I just want to note that these aren’t necessarily my all time favorite books (although a few certainly are), but one’s that have impacted me the most or that I appreciate for various reasons!
Percy Jackson & The Olympians by Rick Riordan
Even though I’ve always been a reader, this was the series that truly cemented my love for books as a kid. And I could not be more grateful for that! These books mean the world to me and I’ll honestly never get over how good they are.
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Of course this post would not be complete without mentioning my all time favorite series. I’m forever thankful we live in a world where Harry Potter exists and it’s something that so many of us love dearly.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Along with Twilight, this series was my first introduction to YA fiction when I was in middle school! Discovering YA was one of the most monumental moments in my life and they’re still my favorites types of books to read to this day. 🙂 And The Hunger Games brings back so many memories!
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
I don’t necessarily consider these to be all time favorites, but I had to include this series on this list because it got me out of the longest reading slump of my LIFE! Honestly, I’m talking years. After I discovered these, it inspired me to start reading again and I’m so very thankful for that.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This was the first book I ever truly related to and it inspired me to be unashamedly myself in high school. I always tried to hide just how much I was in to books, but Cath taught me that there was no reason to do that! PLUS, this book introduced me to Simon & Baz, which then lead me to read Carry On – literally one of my favorite books in existence.
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
These books! Agh. I don’t have any idea how to express how thankful I am that The Mortal Instruments was what introduced me to the Shadowhunter Chronicles. Even though this series has it’s ups and downs, I still cherish it. I’m currently reading Lady Midnight and I keep getting emotional thinking about how I’ve grown up with Clary!
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
I always find myself returning to this book because of how comforting and beautiful and lovely it is. It’s simply one of the most peaceful and wholesome books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading, and I just love it with my whole heart. ❤
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesa Zappia
I have to preface this by saying I no longer think this book is 5 star worthy because of some poor handling of mental health issues (mostly because of Wallace – ugh). But this book did inspire me in one very important way: it was one of the reasons I was inspired to finally make a blog. 🙂
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
If this list were in order, this would be the number one book I’m thankful for. And that is because it encouraged me to seek therapy for the first time in my life after years of struggling with mental illness. I honestly might not have sought out help when I needed it the most if I hadn’t read it when I did. So much love for this!
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
I don’t think I will ever stop talking about how much I love this book, but you guys, I I just REALLY LOVE THIS BOOK. From the diversity, the mental health rep, the discussions of academic pressure – it’s perfect and I appreciate it more than words could ever say!
And that’s it! Honestly making this list was so difficult because I’m thankful for too many books, but these have been the one’s to make the greatest impact on me and I wanted to give them some love.
I hope you guys have been having a great week and, if you celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
And one more thing – if you missed my post from yesterday, I wanted to let you know that I have some changes coming to my blog soon. I’m doing some rebranding, including a name and design change! If you want to find out more about what this all entails, you can click here. 🙂 Have a happy Tuesday!