Top Ten Books and Authors I Am Thankful For
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and the Bookish which I adore and therefore chose to adopt into my weekly blog posts!
L. Frank Baum and The Wizard of Oz series – To give me a fantasy land to escape to before Harry Potter, you will always be my first love.
J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series – Without a doubt this is the number one series I am thankful for in my life. Let me just say that I had a pretty…rough… childhood and Harry and I were alike in quite a few ways. I think I was 12 when Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets came out and it was at that point that I randomly happened upon book 1. My grandmother asked me if I was interested and I kind of shrugged. You see, I was a creature of habit and at that point I was obsessively re-reading both The Wizard of Oz series and The Enchanted Forest Chronicles. Fast forward a few days (or hours) to me curled up in my chair in my tiny room crying over Harry receiving his Hogwarts letter. Seriously. Years later I was lucky enough to work at Barnes & Noble and I was working the midnight release party for HP7. I remember getting home after 1am and reading until I fell asleep. I finished the book that day and though I was overjoyed at having another piece of Harry’s life in my hands, I cried and cried. I cried because it was over but I also cried because we both prevailed over the terrible circumstances in our lives, Harry and I. I cried because in fact, “happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
Patricia C. Wrede and The Enchanted Forest Chronicles – Ahh the first “no nonsense” princess I ever fell in love with and the first character I can remember relating to as a young reader.
Juliet Marillier – You all saw this coming, didn’t you? Marillier was the first “adult” author that I read as a “young adult” and it was the first time I can remember becoming so engrossed in a story that I could shut out anything and everything going on around me. There are a few books and a few series that I can re-read over and over but it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I realized just how much I love this author. Of course I knew that she was my favorite but I had forgotten just how strongly I react to her words. I am re-reading Daughter of the Forest (and the rest of the Sevenwaters series) to prepare for Flame of Sevenwaters and I am having all of these FEELINGS that are nearly impossible to describe. You’re all book people though, you get it, right?!
Neil Gaiman – I was lucky enough to read Neil Gaiman for the first time this year and I just love everything about him. The more I read the more I love. Mostly, I am thankful for his amazing storytelling skills because I LOVE the audio books that he narrates. You know what, just go read this post because really it is all about my adoration for the man.
Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games Trilogy – For getting so many “non-readers” to read! Also for being one of the first books my beau read before me and ADORED.
Christopher Healy and The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom – For reminding me how fun it is to read and for proving to me that MG novels are worth it.
Bram Stoker and Dracula – For being the first vampire I ever loved.
Gertrude Chandler Warner and The Boxcar Children – For making me feel like less of an orphan.
The Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen – Just because.
Awh, your JKR story is giving me the softie emotions… ^^ Great list 🙂
I just realized I only listed the ones I’ve read from recently. I could fill another list from those I loved as a kid.
I love Juliet Marillier, too! I stumbled onto her Daughter of the Forest about 5 years ago, & fell absolutely in love with her gorgeous writing. She also really turned me on to the whole idea of fairy tale retellings, which opened up a whole new genre of writing that has developed into a full blown obsession at this point. Few writers accomplish a fairy tale retelling with as much originality and beauty as her version of the Six Swans, though.
I might have teared up a little tiny bit over your description of Harry Potter and the quote you put in there and how emotional it was for you, because it reminds me of the emotions Harry Potter brings up in me.
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Interesting list! I’m only familiar with Suzanne Collins, Rowling & Gaiman, so I’ll have to check out some of the others you mentioned.
Wizard of Oz is such a great choice for this list! Now I’m mad at myself for not thinking of it!
Suzanne Collins & JK Rowling were on my list too. Great choices!
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Um, how did you get in my head and write my alternative list. This is fabulous! So many great choices! Love Oz and everything on this list.
I am pretty grateful for the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen too. I’ve been meaning to try The Wizard of Oz series for ages!
You always know how to twang my heart strings. I love how much you love books and how much that comes across in your posts. I never quite knew if I would find others who were so crazy about them as I was. They aren’t just paper; to me they live and breathe. Thank you. Your Harry Potter part is beautiful. ❤
I’m not sure if it’s harder to think of 10, or narrow it down to 10! (Either way I’m not sure my list would be as dignified!)
I’m sorry Harry had so much resonance for you, but I’m glad at least he was there when you needed him!
I’ve always been curious about Patricia Wrede. Will have to do more research into this. On an unrelated note, I’m really excited for that upcoming Oz movie. I hope they don’t mess it up.