This week on Top Ten Tuesdays we’re naming ten books we’re thankful for! This will be an interesting list because it will have some books that I will not claim as favorites, but that impacted me as a person or as a reader.
1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
You’ve probably heard me say this before, but I’ve read the Hobbit more than any book. Ever. I used to listen to the audiobook before bed, every day. For years. I love this story.
2. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Twilight was the book that really renewed my interest in reading like a maniac in high school. It started me in the paranormal genre. I don’t have any hate for this series (though I don’t claim to like it much anymore). I’m definitely thankful for how it impacted me as a reader in high school.
3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter was such a huge part of my childhood. I went to BOOK RELEASES dressed up. I went to midnight movie premiers. I read the new books all night on the day they came out. I still tear up a little bit whenever I see those memes about “Hogwarts will always welcome you home”. It was just such a big influence on our generation.
4. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
A really beautiful look at the love of Christ. I’m always recommending this to everyone. It’s such a meaningful and though provoking read. Plus, it’s just a great story!
5. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Another that I read as a child, and helped expand my imagination and curiosity.
6. Sabriel by Garth Nix
A female protagonist that can take care of herself and works to hold back the darkness threatening her world? I’ve loved this book for forever.
7. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Reminds us that being educated and curious can be wildly entertaining.
8. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My first JLA book! This sparked quite a love affair with her books, and while that’s cooled off a little, I still really enjoy her writing.
9. Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out and Lonely by Lysa TerKeurst
Lysa TerKeurst is a wizard. I love her books. Another good one is Made to Crave, which talks about struggling with weight and body image, and finding your identity in Christ.
10. Virtual Arcana by Karen Amanda Hooper
Aside from being a really awesome Sci-Fi/Romance book, Virtual Arcana is the first book one of my reviews has been quoted on! I’m quoted on the back cover of the hard copy. I squealed when I received it.
What are some books you’re thankful for?