Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Grateful For

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. This week, it’s a Thanksgiving freebie! So I’m talking about certain books I’m thankful for. 

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling // This one is obvious. It was one of my first true novels, and the first series I was in love with. I can still remember waiting for the release of the last one, and then reading it in about 2 or 3 hours. 

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle #1) by Christopher Paolini // After I read Harry Potter, Eragon became my next fantasy love. I think these are the first books I read in English because I couldn’t wait for the Dutch translation of the last one. So thank you, for teaching me to read more in English. 

One for the Money (Stephanie Plum #1) by Janet Evanovich // I went through some years in high school I didn’t really read. But then I discovered this series by random. And I started collecting them all. They were fun mysteries, made me laugh and started my big collection of books mostly. 

Twilight (Twilight #1) by Stephenie Meyer // Yes, yes, yes. I can hear you all: this is not a good representation of a healthy relationship. I know that now. Like I said, in high school I lost sight of my love for reading. I barely read. But then my friend introduced me to Twilight and lent me her copy. And I loved it. I immediately read what I could of the series and then waited for the last one. So it got me back into reading for a while! 

Inferno (Robert Langdon #4) by Dan Brown // I know this may seem like the most random book to be thankful for. But like I said, I stopped reading in high school (mostly). By the time this book came out, I was in my first year of university though. I recognized Dan Brown, picked it up -and that’s when it all started. I discovered Goodreads. I discovered BookTube. I discovered book blogs. All thanks to this book. This is the book that started my reading habit again more than 3 years ago, and I haven’t stopped reading since. 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen // I only read this last week or so. I know. Is it weird to already be thankful for it? But this is the first English (as a language) classic I’ve read and actually enjoyed. I am now actually excited to read other classics, which I never thought I’d say.

Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan // Another obvious choice, I know. I only discovered this series by the last few years of high school though. And I still adored them. I still remember reading them on the train, then recommending them to my friend. 

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider #1) by Anthony Horowitz // Anthony Horowitz is one of my favorite authors from childhood. I read the Alex Rider series in Dutch though, and I also remember reading another series called The Gatekeeper too? He’s amazing. 

Het Engelenhuis by Dirk Bracke // I arbitrarily chose one of Dirk Bracke’s books, because I have loved every single one I’ve read. I loved these books when I was young. Dirk Bracke is a Belgian author, and he writes realistic contemporary YA about the hardships some teenagers may go through. This one is about Bo, a 15-year-old girl, whose family is quite poor. She starts earning extra money by becoming an escort, and then slowly gets involved in prostitution and juvie. It’s an amazing book. He has also written about teenage motherhood, a lesbian relationship, a Muslim girl who falls in love with a non-Muslim boy, a black girl and boy in Brussels form rival gangs, etc. He’s really good and I still own his books.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien // Thank you, Tolkien, for creating The Lord of the Rings. And the Hobbit. And everything you’ve written. Thank you, for creating the Elvish language, and the intricate maps and an entire universe. I have gotten lost in your universe for many hours.


So those are 10 books I’m grateful for! Have you read any of these books? Which books are you thankful for? 

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38 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Grateful For

  1. I’ll be grateful for a lot of these books as well! Eragon, Stormbreaker and The Lighting Thief made up a lot of my childhood for me. And then, well, Twilight was the book that got me into YA really. Great list!

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  2. Oh yes, yes, yes, thank you Tolkien. And, hey, if Meyer brought your reading vibe back it’s all good. I loved that series at the time and lets face it I don’t think we were the only two.
    Lynn 😀

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  3. As much as everyone hates on Twilight it really did bring a lot of readers back into the fold. I’m right with you, without Twilight I may never have got back into reading. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Rachel @ Paein-and-Ms4Tune

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  4. I tried posting this once and not sure if it went through, so I am trying it again. I love the Percy Jackson series. I loved Greek mythology as a kid and this was a good way to pick some of that fun back up. Harry Potter is on a lot of lists today, including mine. I am hoping to get to read Eragon eventually too. It’s been on my TBR for awhile. Great post and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. YES to so many of these!! I’m so glad you included Eragon because I think it gets an undeserved bad rep sometimes. It’s such a fantastic fantasy story! Great list! 🙂

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  6. Harry Potter would make my list too! And I’m also thankful for Twilight – I think it really shot the YA genre into the mainstream audience and that has resulted in many, many of my favourite books being published, I think. 😛

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  7. A lot of people liked Twilight in the day so there is nothing wrong with being thankful for the book that got you back into reading. I read them all too. 🙂

    The Lunar Chronicles got me back into reading a few years ago. 😀

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  8. Great picks, I especially agree with Tolkien. I love that he created Elvish! How amazing is that? And it’s such an elegant language, I love looking at it. Such an amazing world.

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  9. I’m so with you on Twilight! Even though I probably wouldn’t like it if I read it now, I did love it when it came out and I do believe that it did do so much for the YA community so I will always be thankful for that. And of course Harry Potter! I’ll always be thankful to J.K. Rowling for sharing that amazing world with us ❤

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  10. I read a lot of these, but I remember religiously reading all of the Alex Rider books. My sister has them on her shelves, and she hates them so much. I bullied her into keeping them, though.
    Love,
    ‘Sabina 😛

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