Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For
Happy Thanksgiving week to my readers in the USA!
The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
Finally, a magical princess novel by one of my very favourite authors!
Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
A non fantasy non historical story about a scientific young queen solving the mystery of how she got to the throne. While I love magical princess stories (see above) this hit all my buttons and I’m still thinking about it. I’m so thankful that I got to read it.
Ruined by Amy Tintera
A heroine who lies and murders and is kick ass and awesome!
A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
I’m really thankful for a whole gang of sexy barbarians.
Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
I’m so thankful that this series was written because it has really improved the view on reading as a whole. Reading used to be seen as a waste of time, or a nerdy pursuit, but now if you don’t know who Harry Potter is, are you living under a rock? I think I know of one book blogger who hasn’t read Harry Potter and at least she’s still seen the films. This book series took over the world and I love it for that.
Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer
Yes, I’m thankful for it. I recently came across a memory on Facebook of me getting excited to see Twilight on the big screen just before New Moon was released (because I didn’t love Twilight from the start, in fact my best friend threatened to disown me if I read the books so I bought them in secret and read them). Everyone in this long thread was commenting on how great the books were. I’m thankful for this series because it boosted the popularity of YA to a point where I see the YA publishing scene as Pre-Twilight (before 2005) and Post-Twilight (2005 onwards). I know there were still a lot of good books published before Twilight burst across the world, but it really made a big difference in terms of what was then published and who was ‘allowed’ to read YA. I was a teenager when it was published, but I’m an adult now (duh) and I still love YA, and I think Twilight really helped bring YA into popularity and keep it popular.
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
I’m really grateful for the anti-Bella, a non Mary Sue, non author insertion. Remember, a Mary Sue is already perfect, and Katniss is closed off emotionally, rude, and needs coaching on how to be likeable.
The Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix
This is one of those pre-Twilight YAs that has enjoyed a recent resurgence in popularity. I’m thankful for it because it hows how great Aussie YA literature has always been and also, it’s just an amazing series.
Tomorrow when the War Began by John Marsden
Another Pre-Twilight Aussie YA I adore because it shows Aussie teens being all capable and amazing during times of war. Also, the movie was pretty awesome. The TV show, less so.
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
I will always be thankful for this book because it was the first chapter book I ever read all by myself.