November 22: Top Ten Books I Am Thankful For
As it’s Thanksgiving in the USA this week, today’s list compiles ten books/series that I am thankful that exist. Some shaped my childhood, whilst others I enjoyed reading more recently and have stayed with me since.
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Given how big of an influence Harry has been on my life, it had to be number one. I have quite literally met some of my best friends through Potter, and for that I will be forever grateful.
2. Milly-Molly-Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley
I loved these stories when I was four or five. They were some of the first short stories I can remember reading and enjoying on my own.
3. The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
Ditto Milly-Molly-Mandy: I loved these stories, they were so magical and probably sparked my love of fantasy.
4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Interestingly, I enjoyed reading this book more as an adult than as a child. When I was a kid I remember it being magical, but now it possesses much more important life lessons.
5. The Lottie Project by Jacqueline Wilson
I read many, many Jacqueline Wilson books as a kid, but The Lottie Project might have been my favourite. Really, I’m just thankful for both the quality and the quanity of books JW managed to write – it meant I got more amazing books to read.
6. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
This is one of my favourite books and series of all time; it is so incredibly powerful and thought-provoking, and it has had a huge impact on my outlook on life.
7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
As the big series throughout my teenage years, I adored (and still adore) these novels. Katniss is the perfect feminist protagonist and the plot is truly facinating.
8. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I love books that challenge perceptions or focus on minority groups in some way: this LGBT novel deals with bullying in high school and is absolutely marvellous.
9. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
This book renewed my faith in finding love in unexpected places. It’s so beautiful, funny and remarkably charming.
10. George by Alex Gino
This middle-grade is one of my favourite novels of all time: starring a transgender child on her journey to acceptance, it is so incredibly important.
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