Top Ten Tuesday | Books I’m Thankful for

This weekly meme was created by the wonderful ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is a Thanksgiving freebie, and I’ve decided to do ten books I’m thankful for. These are books that really moved me and/or inspired me as a writer, and that I am incredibly thankful I spent the time to read.


1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”

The problem isn’t necessarily that I don’t know how to express my love for this book, but that I don’t know which words to use to describe it. This is my favorite novel ever written. Markus Zusak creates a beautiful story, beautiful characters, and all done in beautiful writing. I’ve never been as emotionally attached to a book as I have in The Book Thief. This is one of those novels that you can read over and over again, but it never ceases to amaze you.


2. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost.”

I read Tolkien’s Middle Earth back in the summer after 6th grade – wow, I was a child and I read a 1,000 + page book (it is one book, not three)! *pats self on back* The Lord of the Rings is the book that really defined the fantasy genre, and arguably one of the greatest novels ever written (you know…other than The Book Thief). Truly, it’s a magnificent book that everyone should read at least once in their life.

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Book Signing | Winter by Marissa Meyer

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Let me start by saying, that I love the Lunar Chronicles! Marissa Meyer’s writing is phenomenal, her characters astounding, execution spectacular…etc.  Naturally, when I heard that Meyer was having a signing for the last book in the Lunar Chronicles series, I squealed in the middle of school, and received several odd stares…I have no regrets.  This was my first book signing ever, so perhaps I’m being a little too enthusiastic, but I can’t deny that I was on cloud nine the entire evening – I got to meet the genius who created Thorne! Meyer was so sweet!  It was absolutely worth having to wait in the freezing Southern California night for an hour (fifty-five degrees is my definition of “numbing” cold). 

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Review | I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

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“The time for crying with your girlfriends about a broken heart is over chocolate ice cream and chick flicks—not stun guns and bulletproof vests.”

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Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.

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Review | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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“You haven’t got a letter on yours,” George observed. “I suppose she thinks you don’t forget your name. But we’re not stupid-we know we’re called Gred and Forge.” 

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Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard! The first book in the “Harry Potter” series makes the perfect introduction to the world of Hogwarts.

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