Top Ten Book For Which I’m Thankful
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10. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
This book was the inspiration for one of my all-time favourite musicals. (Honestly, I could throw Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables up here too, but Wicked is the only one of the group I’ve actually read.) The music is wonderful and always hits me square in the emotions. “Defying Gravity” has got me through some rough times, so I’m thankful for it.
9. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
In a similar vein, thanks to this book we now have the gorgeous animated movie by the incomparable Hayao Miyazaki. The book is great, but the movie brings the story to life. I cannot begin to explain my love for Howl.
8. The Baby-Sitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin
I don’t know which book did it, but this is the series that I first remember reading. I am thankful I had this series to encourage me to enjoy reading. Imagine if my first experience with books had been bad! My life would be so different…
7. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
This was the first “Canadian fiction” I remember reading and really loving. As much as I feel I’m just as influenced by American culture, it’s nice to have something that I can look to as part of my own culture. It’s nice to have a Canadian role model.
6. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
I truly feel like Woolf did a lot for women writers. Reading this book, I feel like it’s barely dated, which is actually really scary. More people should read it.
5. Looking for Alaska by John Green
If John had not published this book, I wonder if nerdfighteria would be as it is today. I feel as if his writing and nerdfighteria are very much linked, and I am so thankful for the nerdfighter community. As much as I’m not involved in it as much as I could be, it is an awesome group.
4. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
I had to cut so much out of my review of this book simply because it meant SO MUCH to me. I got teary eyed while filming the review because it made me feel understood and that can be a rare feeling. I will never be able to express how much it means to me.
3. The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks by E. Lockhart
This was the first feminist book I read, and it made me realize that I’m not alone in my feelings. It showed me that it’s okay to want different things than what is expected of you. It showed me that sometimes that means giving up other things, but that in the end its worth it.
2. Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon, Vol 1 by Naoko Takeuchi
I could write an entire post on what Sailor Moon has done for me, but in short it is thanks to it that I have my onee-chans, and they mean the world to me.
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling