Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books & Authors I'm Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday was created and is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. This week's topic is in honor of Thanksgiving this week - books and authors I'm most thankful for!

1. Beverly Cleary - I can remember her books as some of the first I ever picked up on my own. I read every single story about Beezus and Ramona and Henry Huggins that my elementary school's library had. I give her a bit of the credit for why I've turned out such an avid reader as an adult.

2. R.L. Stine - For all of those OMG I'M SO EXCITED moments whenever I'd find a new Goosebumps/Fear Street novel. Also, for traumatizing me quite a bit as a kid. My mother had to rip the cover off this book just so I could read it without crapping my pants every time I picked it up -->

3. Stephenie Meyer/Twilight - I'm not sure I would have gotten into the YA community if I hadn't randomly decided to buy Twilight back in 2005. I definitely became a frequent at my local bookstore after devouring that series. I'm one of the people who actually continued loving it through the release of the movies so I'm thankful for a lot more than just the book being written. I've been so emotionally invested in the characters and reading/watching Edward and Bella fall in love and find their family has been such an experience for me. ♥

4. Daniel Waters/Generation Dead - One of the characters in this book has a blog and Daniel did this cool thing where he made it come to life on the actual internet. Through that site, I discovered tons of YA book blogs. Had I never typed that URL in my browser, I wonder if I would have ever joined this awesome community.

5. Diana Wynne Jones - For introducing me to my favorite genre - fantasy. I hope that when I publish my first fantasy novel it'll be at least a fraction as good as magical and fun and imaginative as hers are.

6. Shel Silverstein - My mom has a video of me unwrapping Falling Up on Christmas day 1997 where I completely lose my marbles and start screaming like an excited banshee. I think I had read his poem compilations so many times that I had some of them memorized. One of my favorites is Gardener, which made my warped, perverted little-kid brain so amused.

7. Alexandra Bracken/Brightly Woven - Considering the fact that I co-host a fansite dedicated to her, this is a pretty obvious choice. Brightly Woven remains to be one of my favorite fantasy novels ever. Alex's world and characters have inspired me to try my own hand at the genre. I doubt it'll come anywhere close to Brightly Woven but I'm just having a blast writing it.

8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor - This book. GAH. I just want to hug Laini for writing it. My imagination has never been as sated as it was when I was diving into the world of chimera and fantasy and angels. I'm thankful for ANY book that can get that kind of reaction from me.

9. Cassandra Clare - I bonded with one of my best friends (who was only an acquaintance at the time) over The Mortal Instruments series. I'm not sure we would have started speaking and connecting as much had I not commented about the copy of City of Glass she was reading at the time.

10. Kendare Blake - Thanks for proving that mixing terrifying, gross, hilarious, romantic and emotional elements in one book can be successful. Anna Dressed In Blood was a reading experience that I'll never forget. I've never had so much fun being so horrified.

Are you thankful for any of these books? If not, let me know which ones you would gave thanks to!


  1. Interesting list! I've loved the books I've read from Taylor, Blake & Clare. I'll have to check out some of the other authors & books you mentioned.

  2. YAY for Stephenie Meyer. Can't wait to read Days of Blood and Starlight. And love Cassandra Clare too even though she didn't make my list.

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  3. I had a long phase of reading only Goosebumps books as a child, so I appreciate R. L. Stine too. I really need to read more Diana Wynne Jones.

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