Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books I'm very thankful for

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Splintered - A.G. Howard 

This book came to me in my 20s, but it was everything my inner teen self needed--a punky, alternative Wonderland that made me feel magical again. Plus, A.G. Howard is super sweet and lovely to chat with, so really I'm just thankful for her and all her books. 

The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater 

I read this quartet at a time when I was under intense amounts of stress and really needed an escape. I got that, and I also got Gansey and Ronan and new friends I'll never forget.  Also Maggie is a sheer delight. 
Heartless - Marissa Meyer 

I was having a really bad week recently, we're talking full on homesickness and anxiety overload.  Heartless was my escape, and I'll always feel warmth towards it for that.  Also it was lovely and I have three copies now soooo....  

Truthwitch - Susan Dennard 

Not only is it a fabulous book, but Truthwitch has also given me a community of Voidsisters and Witchlanders and Susan herself.  I wouldn't trade any of them for anything. 

Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones 

I read this about once a year because it's so magical and pretty and it taught me that heroines can be smart and strong without having to be gorgeous bombshells.  

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling 

No list can be complete without HP. Obviously these aren't in order, or it'd be first. HP got me through my childhood, my awkward and lonely teen years, my slightly less awkward and stressed college years, my hellish grad school years, and they're still getting me through. I owe them so much. 
Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien 

LotR kindled my love of high fantasy and inspired some of my earliest (terribly childish and lovingly plagiarized) writings. It was a point of commonality between me and friends. It still has a special place in my heart. 
Wild Magic - Tamora Pierce 

I love all the Tortall books, but Wild Magic was my first. It was my first introduction to high fantasy, even before Tolkien, and it's the reason I started to write fantasy. Daine will always be my hero. 
All the Bright Places - Jennifer Niven 

Grad school sucked. It had bright points (including some great friends), but it sucked. Violet and Finch were there when I was at my lowest. I started re-reading as soon as I finished, and I still re-read the dog-eared parts when I'm feeling down. They kept me going. 
Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll 

Whenever life gets too messy and complicated, there's always Alice. Full of whimsy, strangeness, wonder. It's a story that has become a movement, and I'll never, ever let it go. 

Your turn!  What books are you thankful for? 


  1. Haven't seem me in a long while. I need to get Howl's Moving Castle novel. Loved the movie so much. Plan to get Heartless soon. This is a really nice list.

    1. Yay, good to see you! The book is very different than the movie, but I read it first so I think it's better. I hope you enjoy both! I also saw your first novella is coming out next year! So exciting!