Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
It’s almost Thanksgiving here in the US and in honor of this holiday, I would like to say thank you for the following books that made a difference in my life.
I may not be able to list down all the books that I am thankful for, but these are way up top!
The first books of my childhood
I grew up with Nancy Drew and the Wakefield twins and I love how I grew up with these books. I first read Sweet Valley Kids (including the specials), then Twins (including the Unicorn Club), then High and then University. I also read the more modern Nancy Drew books but the older ones were my favorites.
I also discovered Jules Verne during this time and I love his books so much! Thank you for introducing me to science fiction and adventure.
The series of my teens
I read the Harry Potter series when I was in high school when in came out and I fell in love. I didn’t know how I could be so immersed in the fandom and the world.
Thank you so much, J.K. Rowling, for writing this world.
The Fairy Tale Retellings that are Out of This World
A few years ago, fairy tale retellings were a thing and I fell in love with the highly immersive fairy tale retelling that happens in a dystopian future and in space! Also, there is THORNE <3
Thank you, Marissa Meyer, for writing this series.
Young Adult Sci-Fi novels that blew me away
These Broken Stars was the book that reintroduced me to the Young Adult genre. Illuminae is the first book that I read in a different format/style. Ten Thousand Skies Above You is so freaking amazing that I was time traveling to another dimension.
Thank you so much, Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner, Jay Kristoff, and Claudia Gray.
The books that made me fall in love with historical romance
Secret Ways is the first modern historical romance that I read and I was IN LOVE. Apparently, I have been in love for over 20 years now. Again the Magic was the first Lisa Kleypas book that I read. The end result of this is that Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite historical romance authors. To Pleasure a Prince made me fall in love with angsty, broody heroes.
Thank you, Kat Martin, Lisa Kleypas, and Sabrina Jeffries.
Historicals that made me ugly cry
When a book gets me bawling for 95% of the book means that these books will be in my heart forever and EVER. The Hunter had me bawling in the prologue alone! An Offer from a Gentleman made me fell in love with Julia Quinn. The Day of the Duchess is one book that screams girl power so much and of course, all the FEELS.
Thank you so much, Kerrigan Byrne, Julia Quinn, and Sarah MacLean.
Contemporary Romances that Wrecked Me
Thank you, Sophie Jordan, Jennifer Probst, and Christina Lauren.
Steampunk Romances that surprised me – they are so good
Who would have thought that I would fall in love with steampunk? Evernight was eye-opening. The Falconer was such a wonderful and AMAZING surprise and Clockwork Princess was the first steampunk book that I ever read.
Thank you, Kristen Callihan, Elizabeth May and Cassandra Clare.
Books that go bump in the night
I was not a fan of paranormal romance until I read Halfway to the Grave because – BONES. Also, Once Burned introduced me to another version of Vlad the Impaler’s story. And The Madman’s Daughter was so mad it was soooo good.
Thank you, Jeaniene Frost and Megan Shepherd.
Books that take me to fantastical worlds
Fantasy wasn’t really on my list. But man did Graceling transport me to a different world with unique characters. Queen of Shadows was so EPIC I can’t EVEN! The Winter King was one romance that I didn’t think I would like, but it blew me away.
Thank you Kristin Cashore, Sarah J. Maas and C.L. Wilson.
Which books are you thankful for? Any authors?
Have you read any of the books that I mentioned above?