Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week they suggest a new theme for bloggers to write about. This week’s topic was a thanksgiving freebie, so I decided to talk about some of the books that I’m thankful to have read. There’s a mix of sentimental reads, books that had a positive impact on my life, and some that were just so amazing that I can’t help but feel lucky to have read them. Here they are:
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games was my first fandom. I remember being 15 and never leaving the house without my mockingjay necklace on. I was so obsessed! The Hunger Games trilogy introduced me to YA, and fast became some of my favourite books.
The Poppy War
I just finished reading this trilogy over the weekend, and it left me completely speechless. It’s one of the best (if not THE best) trilogies I have ever read, and it also introduced me to some devastating moments in Chinese history. I just know that I will be recommending this trilogy constantly.
The Five is another recent read for me, and is one that I’ve been talking about a lot since I finished it. It tells the stories of the women killed by Jack the Ripper in the most respectful of ways, giving them their stories back with no speculation on who killed them, and I loved that.
Caraval is my comfort book. I’ve reread it at least three times since it came out — the whimsy, the magic and the characters bring me so much joy.
Three Dark Crowns
Three Dark Crowns was my first ARC sent to me from a publisher. I remember being so incredibly excited to read it, and so proud that I’d grown by blog to a level where a publisher was willing to send me a book to review, and those are the feelings I now associate with it. I still need to read the sequels, but I’m hoping that I’ll love them.
Under Rose-Tainted Skies
I have so much appreciation for this book. It was the first novel I ever read in which a character had OCD, which was something I didn’t know I needed until I read this. It made me feel so seen, so normal, and it lead to a positive turning-point for me.
I’m not sure how I’d feel about Fangirl if I were to read it today, but I remember absolutely adoring this book, for reasons very similar to why I loved Under-Rose Tainted Skies. It was the first book that I read which had a socially anxious character, and I found it very comforting.
At the Sign of the Sugared Plum
This was the book that got me back into reading after a I-don’t-know-how-many-years-long hiatus. I got it for free from school in year 7, and only picked it up for my summer reading homework. And then I couldn’t put it down. For a while after reading this, I almost exclusively read historical fiction (until The Hunger Games came along!).
I only finished Raybearer the other week, but it’s already a firm favourite. This book and it’s main circle of characters were so heartwarming. I found myself both wanting to rush through and savour this book at the same time, because I just loved it so much.
Girls of Paper and Fire
Girls of Paper and Fire was a book that snuck up on me. I received it in a book subscription box, and didn’t really know much about it. And then I read it, and I fell in love with the characters. I was so invested in Lei and Wren’s happiness (and though I still need to read book 2, I am praying that they do end up happy).
What books are you thankful to have read? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!