Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post curated by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Thanksgiving related. Officially, the topic is Ten Books that I’m Thankful For. So I took a break from daydreaming about all the food I’ll be shoving in my face on Thursday to brainstorm which books I’m grateful for. Here goes:
- Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
This goes without saying. I wouldn’t be a reader without this series. I wouldn’t be the person I am, and I certainly wouldn’t have the same goals in life. I have major, major things to thank J.K. Rowling for.
- The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
There was a too-long period of time after high school during which I read almost nothing. Only the discovery of The Hunger Games resolved this issue, and without this series, I never would have discovered many of the other stories on this list. Also, the romance is what attracts so many young readers to this series, but it delves into serious issues that apply to society today. It’s good to see a massively hyped book that addresses social issues – that means it’s arguments are reaching a lot of people.
- Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
This book introduced me to high fantasy, but even more importantly, it introduced me to female characters that were authentic, possessing genuine ambitions and flaws. Up until I read this series, I thought I knew what powerful female characters were. But George R.R. Martin took that to an entirely new level, and I couldn’t be more grateful for that.
- Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Every so often, I find a series that immediately settles itself in my heart as an all time favorite. That’s exactly what happened with Mistborn. Add in the fact that it addresses tyranny and classism, and you can see why I adore this trilogy.
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I just absolutely adore this book, and the diversity of the cast gives me hope for the future of fantasy characters.
- Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
This book’s unflinching honesty in regards to mental illness is exactly why it’s on this list. We need more accounts from people suffering from depression and anxiety – it would certainly help wash away the stigma.
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Considering the state of the world we live in today, I’m thankful that stories like The Handmaid’s Tale exist. Atwood isn’t afraid to tackle the political problems surrounding women’s bodies head on, and I wish more authors had the gall to do so.
- Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Bradbury’s dystopia unravels the very real problems of a society that places no value on learning, free thought, or free speech. It’s a warning as much as it is a story, and I’m grateful that it’s required reading in so many classrooms.
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Is it strange to have a book I haven’t read on here? Probably. But I’m still grateful this book exists, and even more so that it has paved the way for other books like it. We need more authors willing to speak out against racism, and it’s nice to see a book aimed at young people that explores the Black Lives Matter movement and the horrid events surrounding it.
- Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness
From privacy rights to whether resistance can transform into terrorism, Ness covers a number of topics that other YA dystopian novels brush right over. And he does it well.
What books are you guys thankful for? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!