Monday, November 19, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday - Books & Authors We Are Thankful For






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Top Ten Books Authors We Are Thankful For


Jamie says:

1. I am thankful for RL Stine simply for writing books that made me want to read and eventually become a lifelong reader. And for scaring me shitless sometimes. 

2. I am thankful for Judy Blume for many reasons -- for writing books that teen girls wanted to read that tackled topics that some people deemed controversial but girls REALLY appreciated being able to talk about, for writing books that I devoured as a tween girl and making me feel a little bit more grown up compared to some of the other books in the YA section at the time (90's). In my opinion she's the pioneer for great contemporary YA lit!




Kimberly says:

3. I am thankful for J.K. Rowling. I know I'm not winning any points for originality here, but it's true. If someone asks me to tell them one or two things that to me mean childhood, I say Harry Potter. I was 10 when I read the first book, and 17 when the last book came out. I found friends in those books and some of the best literary characters to look up to.

4. I am thankful for Maria V. Snyder she was one of the first YA Fantasy authors I read, I was 18 and  had not been properly introduced to good YA, or any good literature at that point. After reading her first book, Poison Study, I dove headlong into the world of fantasy, YA and became even more bookish than I was to begin with.


Julia says:

5. I'm thankful for Eloisa James. Her books are always entertaining and make me think, which a lot of people do not realize happens in the romance world. But hers always have something more that would be hard to pin down. I like that she is a Ivy league professor and also a romance writer. I also love that she was able to take her family for a year in France and write an awesome memoir on it!

6. I'm thankful for The Hunger Games for introducing me to the new and improved young adult genre. I was able to overcome preconceptions to enjoy the heck out of that series and even look to picking up some more. A big feat considering it is written in a POV that I hate! (first person).

Jen says:

7. The Boxcar Children series: I devoured this series in elementary school! I'm thankful for this series because it definitely instilled a love of reading in me! 

 8. Between Shades of Gray: I'm thankful for this book because it made aware of a period in history you never hear about.



9. Audiobooks. Sort of a cop out, but I truly am grateful for these beautiful creations. I get so much reading done on my 40-minute commute to work, and the 40 minutes home! But of course my favorites are still those narrated by Mr. Bill Bryson. Who I think makes it onto every single one of my Top Ten Tuesdays.

10. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by emily m. danforth. I really really hope this one wins some kind of award; I nominated it for a Morris. I think it deserves some kind of recognition because it is so powerful. This is one of the few books I've read that is not only well written, but made me closely examine my own beliefs and stayed with me long after I finished it. It's a beautiful work and if you haven't read it yet, you should.

Bonus! Paula says:
11.  The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster- Alright I think this book is on just about every Top Ten Tuesday I participate in. But I cannot stress enough how much this book means to me. Even though I know I had read lots of books beforehand - this is the first book that I remember cherishing. It opened up my imagination. And even when I re-read it as an adult it is such a well written book. I credit all of my love of reading to it.

12. Not a book persay- But I am thankful for having a parent who instilled a love of reading in me. One of my favorite parts of childhood was climbing into bed with my mom and reading with her for 30 minutes to an hour before we went to sleep. Every night I can remember until middle school. And even if it usually ended up with her falling asleep while reading- I would steal the book and finish the chapter and fill her in on it later. Even now if we are on vacations together we will pick out a book together and read out loud to each other for the week. So Thanks Mommabear ^_^

47 comments :

  1. J.K. Rowling, Judy Blume, the Boxcar Children- all great picks I would put on my list too! Not to mention bonus number 11. I'm thankful for that every day. And I've been dying to read The Miseducation of Cameron Post. It sounds amazing.

    I hope all you lovely ladies have lovely Thanksgivings!

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  2. Judy Blume on my list as well. And I should have added thanks to my parents who I watched read, read, read as I was growing up.

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  3. I'm glad to see the oft-underappreciated Phantom Tollbooth getting some love on this list!

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  4. Yay JK Rowling! Who cares if it is not unique, woman is a genius! Can't leave her off the list :)

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  5. I am SOOOO thankful for audiobooks too! I'm a new convert to them and now I feel silly that I put them off for so long.

    Marissa
    here's my my TTT

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  6. Ha, I don't think JK Rowling will be left out of any of the posts today :D She was the first one I thought of, too!

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  7. I'm totally procrastinating right now but I so love this list. I am reminded yet again I have to read The Miseducation (it's sitting on my window sill right now) and also how amazing J. Blume is. YES. And parents who made me love books. So right.

    Hope all of you have wonderful Thanksgivings!

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  8. How can you not be grateful for J. K. Rowling?! Love this list :)

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  9. Wow, so much to agree with! R.L. Stine definitely played a role in me reading more (but I learned to stay away from his books, I'm a fraidy-cat). And Judy Blume was a life-saver in so many aspects.
    I don't listen to audiobooks myself, but my father is blind and it has been an absolute pleasure to be able to discuss books with him since we discovered audiobooks! Hunger Games definitely got me back into reading YA again as well.

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  10. I would have totally listed J.K. Rowling, The Hunger Games and Maria V. Snyder as well!! Like Kimberly said, J.K. Rowling = my teen years. The Hunger Games actually brought me back to reading and made me go crazy all over YA books, which I hadn't really discovered before (Dutch bookstores suck in that department) and made me join Goodreads. Poison Study is one of the first YA fantasy books I read after that and I was just HOOKED!
    And Paula: I can totally second you on being thankful for your mom reading to you!!

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  11. This is my first time doing this meme, and I think it's such a great one! Nice theme this time, I listed J.K too, of course! No one can fault you for it :]

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  12. Yey, my first time to join this meme! Been refreshing like mad to add my link. Haha! :D

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  13. This is my first time joining in this meme. It was fun. I remember reading Judy Blume as a kid, loved her books.

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  14. Kimberly: J. K. Rowling was on my list too!

    Jen: The Boxcar Children hold a dear spot in my heart too!

    Paula: I am grateful to my parents as well! I wouldn't love reading as much as I do if not for them!

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  15. I didn't add audiobooks to my list but I am soooo thankful for them! With them I too can read while driving and even when on my long distance runs! They're fabulous!

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  16. The Boxcar Children are definitely hugely responsible for my love of reading, too. (:

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  17. Those books from childhood sold on reading. I'm thankful for them.

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  18. The Phantom Tollbooth and The Boxcar Children FOR SURE! Oh goodness I loved both those SO MUCH. JK Rowling also changed my life. And I love Maria V. Snyder and Poison Study.

    My TTT

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  19. I feel unexpectedly sentimental about this TTT. Aborable, and well played.

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  20. I just finished Between Shades of Gray!! What a great book to include. I think everyone should read it.

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  21. I may have cheated this week. But I'm thankful for the opportunity to break rules! :)

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  22. An excellent way to remember why we all love reading :) Happy Early Thanksgiving to all the Americans, and Happy Belated Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians!

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  23. That's so sweet! My dad read to me when I was sick to help me sleep :3 Great list! Here's mine TTT

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  24. So many authors I am thankful for! It is so hard to choose! Great list!

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  25. I am glad to see Maria V. Snyder on the list. I rarely see anything about her, and she's such a great author.

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  26. Beautiful list guys!! Even the authors I haven't read from your choices I can still see the value in :) JKR & Suzanne Collins made my TTT as well. Thanks for sharing & for hosting!

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  27. Perfect choices from all of you! I totally agree on the parent one, as well as Between Shades of Gray (what a fabulous novel!).

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  28. Oh The Phantom Tollbooth, I loved that story as a child and I bought it to own as an adult. Haven't re-read it yet. And I can't believe I forgot Judy Blume. I am so thankful for her!

    What a great list of books and authors. Loved the topic this week.

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  29. This is my first time joining in with TTT and I loved this topic so much! Obviously JKR made my list, as did The Hunger Games for introducing me to so many new books that are similar. Great selection - it was so lovely reading what everyone is thankful for! Made my day a lot better :)

    Sarah @ TotalTeenFiction

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  30. This, too is my first time joining in with Top Ten Tuesday. This topic was a great one to start with and I love seeing what authors and books others are thankful for.
    Thanks so much!

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  31. R.L. Stine topped my list too! For pretty much the same reason! I don't hear too much about him anymore and it makes me a little sad.

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  32. Jamie . R.L. Stine is on my list too! love those books and Julia.. the box car children.. what a great pick. should have done that one!! Our TTT ~ Katie @ Inkk

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  33. Awesome list. But this was a hard one - limiting to just ten was almost impossible.

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  34. I love your list and am really excited to participate this week as it is my first time! Thanks for hosting.

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  35. Great list. JK Rowling and Suzanne Collins were on mine too. And I LOVE audiobooks!

    Jenny @ Book Sojourner

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  36. Great list! I need more than 10 I totally should have had J.K. Rowling on mine too! I'm a first time list maker so this was hard!!

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  37. So much to be thankful for! :) Love RL Stine and JK Rowling! Thankful for them too! Great list!

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  38. I am just thankful for being able to read wonderful books!

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  39. Judy Blume was on my list too! And RL Stine is awesome. I considered putting him on my list too.

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  40. Nice :> Check out my list :D It's not top ten, but top 8 :))

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  41. Love this idea! I really have more than 10 authors I am thankful for, I could go on forever!

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  42. I loved this topic and really appreciate you guys for choosing it as the topic for this week! Thank you!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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  43. I totally forgot about the Boxcar Children series! I read those books over and over when I was in elementary school.

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  44. This is the first time I've made one of these lists. It was so hard to pick just ten!

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  45. My list wound up more traditional than I had anticipated. I like the variety of yours.

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  46. This is such a sweet list. Good call on childhood authors and parents who encourage reading. I'd probably add the Scholastic book club people, who instilled an early obsession with buying books. ;)

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