Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

Although I’m not going to do my usual top ten format, I’m still going to list this post as a Top Ten Tuesday post and link it up to the Broke and the Bookish that created this meme!! This is technically the “Giving Thanks Book Tag” which I first saw Bekka do at Pretty Deadly Reviews.

1. Name a book that made you thankful you live in your world and not the book’s world.

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Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

This question made me realize I don’t really a lot of books set in other worlds, at least not bad worlds. Every fantasy book I passed on my Goodreads read list had an awesome world where I wanted to live! This is one of the few sci-fi books I have read and it was cool that people could travel light years through space but not cool because a lot of the planets were oppressed by the capital planet.

2. Give thanks to a book that changed your perspective.

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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Although I’m not unfamiliar with the struggles of women, I just felt this did a lot to show the normal, every day strife that is special for women. Olive was not “motherly” and oftentimes she wasn’t exactly pleasant but she had a reason for it. Yet she didn’t get much sympathy from people, many felt like she owed more effort towards them. All the stories in the book are about the endurance that you have to have every day– for women and men of all ages–but there was something that just rang true about any story Olive was in.

3. What character would you be thankful for if they were your best friend?

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Any of the characters in Fangirl I would happily take as my best friend. They’re all funny and nice with each other. They protect each other and make each other smile. Plus, Cath wants to be a writer so we would totally just get together, go to a coffee shop and write our little hearts out!

4. What character would you say “thanks, but no thanks”?

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The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

This book was such a let down for me, especially since the main character’s name is Lia which I pronounced the same as mine in my head! I just didn’t see the draw in either of the boys and I got more than half way through before putting it down.

5. Name a book that made you laugh out loud, just like your drunk Uncle Earl at Thanksgiving.

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell again! I swear, all of her books have made me laugh out loud at some point but the two on this list especially. Their witty banter kind of reminds me of Gilmore Girls because there’s a lot of pop culture references.

6. Name a book that made you incredibly angry….just like your drunk Uncle Earl at Thanksgiving.

(someone needs to have a talk with Earl and tell him alcohol is no excuse to treat your family like this.)

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I know a lot of people love this book forever but I just don’t see the appeal. This girl spends the whole book talking about how tough she is and how skilled she is but then almost always needs saving by someone else. It was like the author wanted this stereotypical strong girl for her protagonist but then just couldn’t give up the romance of the damsel in distress.

7. Finally, name one thing you are thankful for about the book community.

I’m so thankful I’ve gotten to see so many opinions with the bookish community. It’s great having people share the same opinions you do about a book. You can geek out together or get together and share in the utter ridiculousness of the book you are reading. It has also really been interesting to me to see new perspectives on books I had never given a second thought. I like to see that someone enjoyed a book I didn’t because it makes me realize that there never will be a book everyone loves or everyone hates. It fosters an openness of mind that I think is missing from a lot of other internet communities.

This was really fun! I like the question and answer format a lot for a change. It does get tiring finding books that all fit under the same category. Did you guys have any answers to these questions. AND MORE IMPORTANTLY what do you think happens to Earl? Does he need help? Can he find love again? YOU DECIDE!

 

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About Leah

Hi! I'm Leah. I like books, TV, and plants. I love writing about it all. Earnest Hemmingway said "Write hard and clear about what hurts," and I aspire to do just that. Thanks for reading!

3 Responses

  1. Thank you.

    I think this is the first time I come across someone who also did not like ‘The Kiss of Deception’ and ‘Throne of Glass’. I was disappointed in both books. The first was a shallow insta-love triangle and the second was about a boring Mary Sue I couldn’t take seriously. No thanks 😀

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