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Monday, November 20, 2017

TTT: Books I am Thankful for

Top Ten Tuesday: My gratefulness extends to books this week. Here is a list of books I am thankful for:

1. The Bible. I thought I'd get that out of the way "in the beginning" (yes, that is a pun!) This book is a life-changer.

2. Pride and Prejudice. I know. Everyone loves this book (and movie) but honestly this book and all of Austen's novels have really helped me as a reader...to not be afraid of reading classics; to ;understand that there is a good feeling of accomplishment when one finishes a challenging book; and recognizing that it is OK to love a book and reread it when I need  it.

3. Ten Poems to Change Your Life by Roger Housden. When I discovered the Ten Poems series by Housden suddenly poetry was revealed to me. In his books Housden highlights ten poems and explains aspects in each against modern life. I read and reread these books for inspiration and I am no longer afraid to read poetry, in fact I crave it.

4. To Kill a Mockingbird. No book speaks to me more about being ethical as a person as TKAM. Atticus Finch is not only a good lawyer but an excellent parent, someone I try to emulate in my life. Plus, I love Scout and Jem.

5. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds, Western Edition. Bet you weren't expecting this, huh? I consult my bird book often as I sit and look out at the backyard when birds visit it. I love identifying a bird I haven't seen before.

6. The Chronicles of Narnia. I loved this series as a child. I read them to my children when they were little. We read them together after they grew up. I am grateful for all the positive moments spent with these books.

7. The Worst Best Christmas Pageant Ever. My mother read this book to us when my sibs and I were kids (actually the book was just a short story from a magazine at that time) and I have read it aloud for my family every Christmas since I had a family. I am grateful for special moments spent with family and special books.

8. Looking for Alaska. Before I became a teen librarian I hadn't been reading YA lit as a practice. I remember my first year of torturous book talks since I basically had no books to talk about. Then I read LFA by John Green. I was blown away by it and realized that YA lit had a lot to offer. The book also won the Printz Award that year, so I became aware of other fantastic books through that gateway.

9.  Cold Sassy Tree. If you have read my blog for years, you will notice that I list this book often because it is the book which brought me back to reading. I read a lot as a child and a young teen then basically abandoned reading (except books for classes) until I was around 30. Then I read this book. It blew me away and whet my appetite for reading good books.

10. The Book of Dust: La Belle of Sauvage, or my current read. This book represents my gratefulness for the book I am currently reading. There are so many great books and when I start a new one, I am always grateful for authors who think up the stories and write them down,  for publishers who make them available for readers, and for libraries where I can get them for free.

What books are you grateful for?


  1. I'm thankful for To Kill A Mockingbird as well. Such an incredible book.

  2. I read the 'Narnia' (first book) novel when I was teen (when the first box office film released), but oh my! Was I ever transported to a world I so wanted to be a part of. Needless to say, at some point I need to read the rest - I read three in coloration with the films. :)

    Happy Thanksgiving, Anne - and thanks for the visit.

    1. I hope you do read on the Narnia series. Read them in the "correct order": 1. Lion, Witch, Wardrobe 2. Prince Caspian 3. Voyage of the Dawn Treader 4. The Silver Chair 5. The Horse and His Boy 6. The Magician's Nephew 7. The Last Battle

  3. Hooray for Cold Sassy Tree! The book I've enjoyed that was most similar was The Homecoming of Samuel Lake.

  4. This is a great list Anne and I'm particularly happy to see the Bible on your list, first because its brave and second because its a book to def be thankful for!!

    I love top 10 Tuesday... Here is my post if you're interested in my choices <3 https://perspectiveofawriter.wordpress.com/2017/11/21/top-10-tuesday-bookish-things-to-be-thankful-for/

  5. Yes! I'm so glad to see Pride and Prejudice on your list too! I totally understand what you mean when you said it helped you to not be afraid of the classics. I'm the same way. You have a great list here!

    Thanks for stopping by The Novelistics,
    Elena @ The Novelistics

  6. I'm thankful for The Chronicles of Narnia as well. What a wonderful series.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks!

  7. Pride and Prejudice and To Kill A Mockingbird should be read by everyone, in my opinion - the latter is because of its relevance to this day, P&P because I feel like it can should people who dislike classics that classics can be fun and even light. Great list!

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

  8. Cold Sassy Tree. We read that for my book club so long ago that I don't remember the details, but I remember that I loved it at the time.

  9. Great addition with The Chronicles of Narnia! I almost put that on my list, too. It was one of my favorite series as a kid.

  10. Pride and Prejudice was one of those classics I had wanted to read for a while but never picked up because classic. But it was actually so easy to read for me. So it is great that the book did something similar to you.

  11. Great list! Definitely agree with Pride and Prejudice, Chronicles of Narnia and To Kill A Mockingbird.

  12. I just read La Belle Sauvage a few weeks ago and hope you love it as much as I did! And I love that you included your Audubon guide :)

  13. You've got some great books on your list! I'm super grateful for The Bible, too! :)

  14. I think the Bible is perfect.

  15. I'm thankful for all books. I never know when I'll fall in love with another one. There are so many possibilities.

  16. Shame on me! I failed to mention the bible, and it is the most important book I own, although I haven't read all of it. I plan on getting the chronological bible and a journaling bible (both on amazon) for the new year! Happy holidays and have a great week!

  17. I'm definitely going to have to try Pullman - I don't know where I've been...

  18. Is it horrible that I was so focused on books I have read this year that I am thankful for that I didn't even think to include the Bible? Shame on me.;)
    I didn't include classics like P&P or To Kill a Mockingbird, both of which would be on my extended list.


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