Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Thankful For

Posted November 22, 2016 by Madalyn || 12 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a Thanksgiving freebie, so today, I’ll be sharing ten of the books I’m most thankful for with all of you!

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A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray // This book has had such a profound impact on my life as a reader, a feminist, and a person. I am endlessly thankful to Libba Bray for writing this story of my heart.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson // Um, of course I’m thankful for my all-time favorite book series!

The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling // I mean, no explanation needed here, right? This series pretty much defined my childhood. I’m so thankful for the magic of the Wizarding World that I can return to time and time again.

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord // This book found its way to me at a very important, turbulent time in my life.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates // I’m thankful for Coates’s prose, and for the deeper understanding this book lent me towards systemic racism and my role in helping dismantle it.

Black Iris by Elliot Wake (published as Leah Raeder) // Honestly? I’m thankful that dark sh*t like this book exists. I’m also thankful for its discussion of sexuality and mental health. I especially appreciate this book’s portrayal of bisexuality.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck // I’m thankful that I had to read this book for my 10th grade Honors English class! It sparked so many wonderful discussions and thoughts on humanity.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo // One of my new all-time favorite series! I’m most thankful for the lovable, wonderful, flawed, HUMAN cast of characters, but I’m also thankful for the sheer amount of fun I had reading this series.

The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare // If Harry Potter was the formative series of my elementary school years, and the Gemma Doyle Trilogy was the series of middle-school-Madalyn’s heart, this trilogy was the defining book series for high-school Madalyn. I’m thankful for this reading experience!

Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks // bell hooks’s writing has informed so much of my intersectional feminist thought, and this book in particular had such a profound impact on my pedagogy as a teacher and as a feminist. For that, I’m endlessly grateful.


Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans! What books are you most thankful for? Did any of these make your list? Let’s discuss below!

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12 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Thankful For

  1. Harry Potter and TID definitely. While HP definfe my childhood like yours, it is not my favorite series. Infernal Devices is. It makes me feel complete, like THIS is the book I should read. It also shows me that friendship that is deeper than love does exists. I just really love this series.

    • I know! I reread it recently (given, well, current events) and enjoyed it just as much the second time. Such a powerful book. OMG, you absolutely need to read both of them! Probably my top two books I’ve read in 2016. Thank you– Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! 🙂

  2. MC @ Blame It On The Books

    I haven’t read a bunch of books on this list, but obviously Harry Potter would make my top 10 🙂 I also really loved A Great and Terrible Beauty! I don’t hear a lot of people mention it very often.

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