This Top Ten Tuesday topic is a Thanksgiving freebie — all about the things you’re thankful for. Obviously, I’m going to do books. Books have gotten me through more rough times in my life than anything else has. Being a book reviewer and learning to look at them in a different way just means I recognize how valuable they are to other people as well.
See my last year’s post here.
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10 Books I’m Thankful For
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet helps to normalize non-heterosexual relationships. Whether it’s girl/girl or boy/AI, love is love is love. Becky Chambers didn’t just give us a story. She gave us a family.
I, Robot illustrates how much of an impact words have. Who can imagine AI without the three laws of robotics being installed in them now? Isaac Asimov’s no frills writing also reminds writers how much they don’t need word bloat.
Just One Damned Thing After Another shows us that small ginger sacks who’ve been completely broken inside can be sassy, beautiful, loving people and lead normal lives. Well, normal for St. Mary’s anyways. And that it’s also okay to never really grow up. Jodi Taylor gives you fun and frisk, but equal parts heartache and pain.
House of Robots introduces kids to science fiction in a fun, easy to understand way. It even gives ground to talk about things like artificial intelligence with your kids. James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein also get props for the way they handle the sister’s illness.
Magonia because. Just because. Magonia sings a song that resonates with everyone who has a child with a terminal illness. Maria Devanah Headly does a fantastic job of giving words to a song no one even wants to acknowledge most of the time.
For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story because it shows that with proper writing and thought, kids can be given versions of biographies they can read too – and in the process learn what being a hero can mean.
Animal Planet: Wild Animals is part of a series, targeted at beginning readers, that will help to cement a love of animals and nature early on. The kids who fall in love with these books will be the ones helping to save the planet down the road.
Fahrenheit 451 gives us a glimpse into a possible future that seems ever more likely given America’s overgrown Oompa Loompa situation. But it also shows us that there is hope. And those of us who have read this book – truly read it – are never going to sit back and watch it get to this point.
The Johnson Project by Maggie Spence makes you think, and books that truly make you think aren’t common enough. It’s a love or hate book, but I loved it. Is being a parent really a right? Why should it be? It should be a privilege.
Wonder finishes off my list, though it’s very much a case of ‘last but not least’. Wonder is a fantastic book for starting conversations over disability, physical appearance, and what it means to be normal. This is definitely a book all libraries should own, and all parents should have on hand to help their children understand that appearances don’t matter.
What about you? What books are you thankful for? Do you agree with any of my choices? Disagree?
Non-book oriented list:
1.) My daughter’s health. 2 months getting over a cold that she caught just after she got over pneumonia meant even though we never spoke about it, we were scared. Having her finally back to normal is immensely relieving.
2.) My cats. Even though they’re buttholes, they keep us laughing. Cursing them quite frequently, but mostly laughing.
3.) Twitter. I know, sounds weird, but there are so many people I love to talk with on Twitter. I’m not that person who goes out of my way to talk to people outside of the particular area I know them from, so I haven’t added them on Facebook or anything like that. But I’m still thankful for them.
4.) Coffee. Always coffee.