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Top 10 Tuesday 20th November

on November 20, 2018

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday! Originally created and hosted by The Broke & the Bookish, Top 10 Tuesday now has a new home with Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Featuring a different bookish related theme each week, this week is a Thanksgiving/thankful freebie. I am not American (or Canadian) and we don’t have anything like Thanksgiving so I’m going to take a bit of a stab at the other part of the suggestion.

Top 10 Books I’m Thankful To Have Read

  1. Enid Blyton Books. I honestly think that if I look back on it, my love of reading started with several series’ of Enid Blyton books – the Magic Faraway Tree, Magic Wishing Chair and Cherry Tree Farm. I probably started reading these when I was around six and they’re the books I have the earliest memories of reading. I had this big hardback, illustrated version of The Enchanted Forest and I honestly wish I’d kept these but eventually they were donated to make way for other books on my one childhood bookshelf. Fun fact: my son is now reading the Magic Faraway Tree books with his class and it’s been fun reliving them with him (and I’m slightly amused at the PC changes that have been made).
  2. The Babysitters Club Series by Ann M. Martin. I think these kickstarted my love of a long series – following the same characters on new adventures and it’s something I still enjoy to this day. I started reading these when I was around 7 and I was seriously obsessed with them for a few years. I quickly caught up with all the books that had been released and then it was a matter of waiting for each new one. I was living in the country at the time, no bookstore nearby and my grandmother used to buy these and either send them to me (she lived 6hrs away) or keep them until we visited her for Christmas holidays. My nan has always been a big reader and she has always fostered my own love of reading, buying me many books in my childhood.
  3. Sweet Valley High/University by Francine Pascal (and probably numerous ghost writers). I think these books kept me anchored in reading throughout my early and mid teens, when I could’ve probably quite easily dropped off. I didn’t really have any friends who enjoyed reading, so having something that I really liked definitely kept me enthusiastic and tied to that love of books.
  4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. My year 10 text for study. This is important in so many ways because it was the first book that I ever read for school that I feel like I truly loved. I often found texts set for study lacklustre, boring and overanalysed but TKAM turned everything upside down for me. It opened me up to a whole new type of reading and studying books became something else entirely.
  5. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. This is a bit of a weird one. I am grateful to Twilight not because I loved it or it spoke to me but it did kickstart my foray back into YA books, which I hadn’t dipped into since probably the days of SVH/SVU, which would’ve been some 10+ years before I read Twilight. In my mid-late teens I abandoned any sort of teen/YA books for adult books and it wasn’t until reading this series that I went back to investigating YA and realised how far it had come since I was a teen myself. I’ll always be grateful that Twilight was my gateway back because it led into my next couple of choices for this list……
  6. Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar. I picked up a copy of this at a Penguin AUS event way back in 2011, knowing nothing about it except that two other people had assured me it was amazing and I would love it. They were right, because it is and I did. It became one of my favourite books – it sort of straddles that YA/NA line and deals with trauma and love and pain and isolation and it’s just so wonderful.
  7. Speak by Laurie Halse. Probably one of the most important books I’ve read and I wish I could give it to everyone I know.
  8. Melina Marchetta Books. Blogging definitely led me to these. I’d read Looking For Alibrandi years before but it wasn’t until meeting some fellow bloggers that I got around to reading Marchetta’s other releases, particularly Saving Francesca and On The Jellicoe Road, both of which probably have a place in my favourite books of all time. It doesn’t matter what Marchetta writes, I love it. Fantasy, contemporary YA, adult crime/mystery. Bring it on.
  9. The People Smuggler by Robin De Crispigny. This book opened my eyes so much in terms of asylum seekers and ‘boat people’. I’ve never been against them, but before reading this, I don’t think I understood the motivation of the people that bring them here, in boats that often can’t withstand the journey. This gave me so much more to the story, the situations that lead to this desperation. Everyone should read this book.
  10. Illuminae and Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. I had heard so many good things about these but I put off reading them because I just didn’t think they were my thing. I’m not really into sci-fi and space stuff but then I undertook a challenge that for me, was basically a way to step right out of my comfort zone and the day after I signed up, Illuminae was sitting on a stand at my local library when I walked in. On a whim I grabbed it on my way past because I knew it’d fit in with the challenge I’d just signed up for. I ended up loving it so much that I bought Gemina like the next day – just another reminder to take a chance sometimes, because it might just lead you into something you never knew you would love!

To be honest, I’m grateful for most books in my life but these ones are kind of a journey of my reading life from childhood to now! If you’re American, have an awesome Thanksgiving celebration and thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave a comment with a book you’re grateful for.

6 responses to “Top 10 Tuesday 20th November

  1. ChrissiReads says:

    So many books to be thankful for. I adored Sweet Valley High and The Babysitter’s Club!

  2. Greg says:

    So many people seem to have really found a love of reading with the Enid Blyton books. I’ve never read them but they sound great! For me it was the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books, I think, plus Narnia and stuff like that.

    I absolutely love Gemina- my favorite of that series. 🙂

  3. Lin says:

    Great list! I loved Enid Blytons’ books when I was a smol child! I ADORED The Illuminae Files!!!! It was beyond amazing!! (Though specifically Gemina was my fave!!) I can’t wait to see what their next collaborative book will be like (bet it’s going to be just as amazing)!!!!

    Happy Reading! ❤

  4. Excellent topic! I think we should all give thanks to the books that shaped us more often.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  5. Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High–oh man, this is TAKING ME BACK. I always forget how big of a deal they were to me when I was a lot younger. Great post!

  6. I read so many of the Sweet Valley High/University books! I’m sure I still have most of them in the garage.

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