Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For


This weekly meme is brought to you courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish.

This was a topic that I kind of dreaded at first, simply because I didn’t want to rehash my favorite books, but I couldn’t think of a unique spin on things. Luckily, though, I came up with something that I think works quite well..

Books that emphasize the normality of characters with disability for children and young adults such as:

  1. On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis whose main character is autistic.
  2. Sam’s Top Secret Journal – Memorial Day by Dr. Sean Adelman whose main character has Down Syndrome
  3. Chewy Noh and the Phantasm of Winter by Tim Learn whose main character’s best friend has leg braces.

Books that inspire people to read more (even if I may not personally like  some of them.) Literacy is too important to ixnay any book, as long as it gets people (young or old) reading.

  1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – I think everyone knows the impact of this series.
  2. Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer – It…well, people read it. Then people read more books. Books are good.
  3. Junie B. Jones series by Barbar Park – Oh for the love of Circe, I hate the….*breathes* Books that get kids or adults to read are good things. As long as Miss L continues to take delight in the Junie B. books, I will continue to read them to her.

Books from Independent Authors that are exceptionally good, and I was privileged enough to be asked to read and review.  These books make putting up with the error-laden, unexceptional stuff I get worth it.

  1. Beneath Claire’s House by Corey J. Popp – Best Indie YA Horror
  2. Glyphbinder by T. Eric Batukis – Best Indie Fantasy
  3. I Came to Find a Girl by Jaq Hazell – Best Indie Thriller

and finally…

I’m thankful for this book just because its freakin’ awesome and I love it and..and..and..if you don’t like, you’re a (insert first grade level insult here) haha.


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32 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

  1. I’ve been hearing so many wonderful things about The Martian and I’m sad to say I’ve not gotten round to reading it yet.
    I agree with what you said about the books that inspire people to read. I may not like Twilight but I definitely appreciate the role it’s played in encouraging young people to read.

  2. I’m not a big fan of Twilight, but you’re definitely right in that it’s why many people who weren’t readers started reading more and more. Literacy is important. 🙂

    And I haven’t yet read The Martian! Did you feel like the book or the movie was better?

  3. Great list – I also love the Martian. The film was good, I thought, not as good as the book, but still good. I don’t think I felt the same suspense for some reason which is odd really. Maybe because I already knew the ending!
    Lynn 😀

  4. I like your categories, especially “Books that inspire people to read more.” I’ve long felt as you have about Harry Potter, for example; very good though not superb books — but man oh man, did they do a great job of getting a lot of youngsters reading!

  5. I adored The Martian! Great list. I agree, so long as people are reading, it doesn’t matter so much what it is, especially when it’s a “gateway” book like Harry Potter or Twilight that gets kids to feel excited about getting a book.

  6. Great choices! Even if Harry Potter or Twilight didn’t inspire me to read much more -because I read the Harry Potter series way after I started reading, unlike a lot of people for example-, I really love the fact that it’s what makes people read more. I love that some stories have this power, it’s just amazing! 😀

      1. Sounds like a wonderful book! I actually have known some classmates who had autism – back in my high school they mingle with us and so I’ve always been interested to read more about them. Can’t wait for the review!

    1. Yeah. I’m working on a Top 5 Mass Market / Top 5 Indie Scifi List of 2015, and when I realized it wasn’t published in 2015 I was, uhm, flustered. lol. “Who is gonna get number one nowwwwww?”

  7. I love how you went about Twilight! I agree, if it gets people to read it’s not awful even though I think it’s awful literature.
    The Martian is still on my list to read but I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about it!

      1. Okay okay, I’ll get it for my kindle and read it pronto!! I just need to finish the book I’m reading now lol although my sister might disown me if I don’t finish the series I’m currently reading first….

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