Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Ten Books I'm Grateful For

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is a Thanksgiving freebie!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It has the best balance of being important without being overwhelming, it's at the perfect time of year, and, of course, it has the best food. And I love the idea of the holiday: taking time to check back in with yourself and the world around you, looking for the things that help you be the best you can be and recognizing them.

I'm not usually all that vocal about what I'm grateful for, at least not all at once like at Thanksgiving. I generally opt for more of a quiet reflection. But sometimes, like now, I want to share. These are some books (and series) that have really changed my life for the better, and I owe so much to them. I'm so grateful for them, and I want to share that.

I'm grateful for DISCWORLD for showing me new ways to look at old problems, and for showing me that a bit of humor doesn't make a book any less serious.

I'm grateful for HAWKEYE: MY LIFE AS A WEAPON for introducing me to the world of comic books (and getting me absolutely hooked).

I'm grateful to CALVIN AND HOBBES for managing to be both fantastically new and wonderfully familiar every time I go back to it.

I'm grateful for CODE NAME VERITY for making me feel things that, before I read it, I didn't know books could make me feel. 

I'm grateful for RICK RIORDAN'S MYTHOLOGY BOOKS (especially Percy Jackson) for getting me interested in mythology in such a fun way. 

I'm grateful for SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA for never failing to make me happy. I reread this after the election and I was happier than I'd been for a week. It's magical.

I'm grateful for ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND for inspiring me to do impossible things.

I'm grateful to WHERE SHE WENT for giving me the kind of deep, instant connection to a book that I never knew I wanted. 

I'm grateful for AMERICAN GIRL for starting my love of history, inspiring me to always try to learn more, and making me want to be the best person I can be.

And finally, I'm grateful for HARRY POTTER for being one of the biggest influences on my life. I could write a whole blog post about my gratefulness for this series, but I think I'll leave it at that.

What books are you grateful for? What's your favorite part of Thanksgiving? Tell me in the comments!


  1. These are wonderful books. I'm glad they were positive influences on your reading life!