Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday (7)

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which features a variety of bookish top ten lists!


This week's Top 10 theme is: Top Ten Books/Authors I'm Thankful For.  I've decided to go with authors to mix it up a bit this week & keep things fresh :)

1. J.K. Rowling - Obviously ;)  Words could never express how utterly grateful I am that Miss Rowling imagined my hero Harry Potter & the magical world that he and his friends exist in!  ♥  No other story has touched my life the way the Harry Potter series has done & I doubt another series will have this kind of impact for me.

2. J.R.R. Tolkien - Another clear choice for me - I mean he started it all didn't he?  Tolkien created a story & a world that enchanted generations...inspired so many other great tales!  His story is as relevant today as it was when it first came out in the 1930's.

3. L.M. Montgomery - Her beloved Anne of Green Gables series was THE definitive series of my childhood.  Anne was dreamy, innocent & oh-so whimsical.  Added bonus?  The series is set in P.E.I, Canada a mere hour and a half drive from where I grew up :)

4. C.S. Lewis - It's hard to argue the influence that The Chronicles of Narnia have had on readers & authors alike.  Even though I had some issues with some of the more...blatant themes of the series, especially in the last 2 books, Narnia will forever be an enchanting world that I am grateful to have experienced.

5. Frances Hodgson Burnett - This woman writes of the most endearing & heartwarming characters who have inherent magic in altogether magical  surroundings.  It's historical fiction that highlights how enchanting real life can be - if you choose to see it.  While I grew up with The Secret Garden, I only discovered A Little Princess in my adulthood but both have a special place in my heart.

6.  Brandon Sanderson - I'm sort of cheating with this one, since I've only read one book of his - Mistborn: The Final Empire but before I had finished it, I'd already ordered the other 2 books of the trilogy & added pretty much everything the man has ever written to my reading list.  If you haven't read any of his books yet, I ask you: what are you waiting for?!  You won't regret it!

7.  Suzanne Collins  - The sheer kick-assness (yes I'm making up a word lol) that is Katniss Everdeen in and of itself warrants Miss Collins' place on this list...but the fact that The Hunger Games Trilogy was such an addictive adrenaline rush makes her doubly worthy.

8.  Stephenie Meyer - How could I not be for ever grateful for the mind that imagined Mr. Edward Cullen?!  How about a world where vampires & werewolves both exist?  I never inhaled a series so fast in my life - like it or not, it's clear The Twilight Saga has influenced many other well loved series in YA since then. PS: who else is excited to check out The Host movie next year?  If you haven't seen the trailer yet, check it out:


9. Erin Hunter - Erin Hunter is a pseudonym for 4 women who together have written over 30 books that make up the Warriors series. I honestly loved and favorited pretty much ever single book I've read by them...which is mainly the Warriors books. I haven't read their other series, though I've heard their not as good.  Often mistaken for a children's only books, this ya series captured my imagination and my heart.

10. Karen Marie Moning - I admit, I was something of a holdout for the first 2 books.  Oh I knew I was addicted...I just wasn't fully in love with every single aspect of it.  Books 4 & 5 completely blew my mind though and The Fever Series has become one of my favorites of all time!  I can't believe I  haven't read Iced yet!

*Honorable mentions to both  Laini Taylor & Jennifer L. Armentrout.  Once I've read all the volumes in their respective series, I'll have to officially add them to the list as well.*

So what made your list this week?
Link me :)

20 comments:

  1. Ooh, I'm going to have to go and watch the host trailer now!

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    1. haha awesome! Thanks for stopping by Sophie.

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  2. Awesome list - I've read books by Rowling and Collins and loved them as well. There are a few others you mentioned that I also definitely plan on reading books by them as well.

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    1. That's great! Thanks Tanya & thanks for dropping by :)

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  3. Yes to all except 6, 9 and 10 because I have never read them. If I did a list those spots would have gone to Rachel Vincent, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Cassandra Clare I think. :)

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    1. Awesome! I had to add JLA in the honorable mentions ;) Thanks for stopping by Amy ♥

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  4. I love JK Rowling and Suzanne Collins (of course!) Tolkien is a good inclusion, although I've never actually read any of his works properly! Great list and thanks for stopping by my post! :)

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    1. My pleasure Hollie & thanks for visiting!!

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  5. I love your list. I actually can't believe I forgot to put JK Rowling on my list. I am still kicking myself in the but over that one. I thought about putting many of those on mine! Nice list!!

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    1. LOL I pretty much always forget someone important every single week so I can definitely relate :) Thanks for stopping by!!

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  6. Yup to Rowling and Tolkien! C.S. Lewis... yeah... looking back I sort of have a problem with all the allegoric stuff but I definitely liked the books when I first read them. And I'm definitely grateful for Katniss! I should finally read the Fever series... a friend just rushed through those books in like 2 weeks and has been bugging me to read them ;)
    Thanks for sharing and stopping by earlier!

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    1. I feel the same way about Lewis...but since he clearly influenced so many current day fantasy-fiction writers I had to include him. Allegories aside he did create a pretty awesome world...even though the last two books were tragic at best o_O And I hope you read the Fever series soon :D

      Thanks for stopping by Carmen ♥

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  7. 1, 3, 4, 7, & 8 made my list as well. Great choices!

    My Top Ten:
    http://booksojourner.blogspot.com/2012/11/top-ten-tuesday-3-authors-im-thankful.html

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    1. Awesome! Thanks for dropping in Jenny :)

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  8. The Mistborn series recently came up as a Goodreads recommendation, and I'll definitely be checking it out now. I've been looking for another good epic fantasy series to help pass the time until the next George R. R. Martin book comes out, and Mistborn sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing Micheline! :)

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    1. Oh, I hope you check out Mistborn Lee - it is AMAZING! I can't wait to start the 2nd book in the series :D And I really need to get started on A Song of Fire & Ice ;) Thanks for stopping by ♥

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  9. Yay Sanderson! The first book I checked out of his was Elantris and to be honest I liked it a teeny bit more than Mistborn. He definitely deserves some gratitude.

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    1. Oh wow, thanks for the feedback Emma! Elantris is on my reading list and now I'm even more excited to check it out :D Thanks for dropping by!

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  10. I love The Secret Garden, one of my favourite books of all time!

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    1. Same here ♥ Thanks for visiting Julianne!

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