Books I’m Thankful For – Thanksgiving #TopTenTuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly tag hosted by The Broke And Bookish. The theme for this week was things or books you are thankful for.

Books amuse us, lift our spirits, ease our boredom, inform us and help us plumb the depths of human experience. It was pretty easy for me to pick out titles that I’ve treasured in the past and still think of as friendly pages I can return to. I decided to put together a post on books I’m thankful for in two different categories.

Childhood books I’m thankful for were ones which took me outside the significantly sheltered world I lived in, into unfamiliar historical and natural settings like the American wilderness, enchanted woods where animals came to life or Ancient Egypt. Among my All Time books I’m thankful for are classic novels with strong female characters and the two nonfiction books that really got me into reading more nonfiction.

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving weekend and make sure to check out the Top Ten Tuesday linkup at The Broke And Bookish to see everyone else’s posts for the week.


Childhood

Little House In The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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The Little House series is one of the most comforting memories of my childhood. I loved reading about Laura and her family, and I was especially riveted by the scenes describing the mundane details of their lives, like churning butter or picking fabrics for dresses at the general store.

Island Of The Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

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There was so much that was completely unfamiliar to me as a child in this novel, from the wild island setting to the abalone that Karana harvested and dried in the sun. I loved her courageous spirit though and her ability to subsist on her own for that many years in such an inhospitable environment.

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

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I read and re-read the entire Borrowers series as a child, but the first book is still the one that I treasure because it introduced me to the miniature and enchanting world of The Borrowers. I couldn’t help but think growing up that my apartment building in Milan must be inhabited by its own Italian Borrowers, stealing our safety pins and pencils at night.

The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

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Believe it or not I used to want to be an egyptologist growing up – I studied Ancient Egyptian mythology and hieroglyphics in my spare time. The descriptions in the Golden Goblet of Ranofer learning the trade of goldsmith  by pulling golden goblets through progressively narrower iron molds to create gold wire still stay with me today when I think about this story.

Mattimeo by Brian Jacques

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In my tweens I lived for the Redwall series, and I have to be honest that I had a very inappropriate inter-species crush on Mattimeo, the hero of his eponymous novel. I also remember I loved the scenes of feasting included in the series’ novels, which typically included roasted fruits and vegetables, jams and baked goods that made my mouth water.

Mrs. Frisby And The Rats Of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien

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This is the book that officially made rats cool again. I loved the technological and scientific aptitude of the rats and their underground lair beneath the rose-bush. I also loved the story of their escape from the clutches of the scientists who were experimenting on them. But most of all I loved the tenacious character of Mrs. Frisby trying to protect her children.


All-Time

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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I would put The Idiot at #1 among my favorite books of all time – Dostoevsky really digs into the nature of human experience in the novel and the protagonist, Prince Myshkin, is such an inspiring and at the same time frustrating character. There’s so much depth and humanity to the book – if you haven’t read it yet, please do.

Middlemarch by George Eliot

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As a young woman who is often idealistic in love, I see myself in part in the character of radical and utopian Dorothea. She seeks to sublime lust and romance into sacrificial love by marrying the much older Casaubon, but ultimately realizes that both she and Casaubon are just flesh and blood, and like all humans, deeply flawed.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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This book has made many women through the years feel understood for their maturity like Meg’s, their spunk like Jo’s, their gravity like Beth’s or their impishness like Amy’s. As others, I found different sides of my personality reflect in each of the March girls and love them all the more for what they revealed to me about myself.

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

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I came to love Gone With The Wind as a movie first, through the immortal performance of Vivien Leigh. When I decided to read the book over a year ago I realized very quickly that it held up to the movie and more. There is just as much drama, passion and fire to Scarlet as well as some additional aspects of the story which were left out of the movie but which add to her characterization.

The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich by William L. Shirer

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I read this book several years ago and it cemented why I love amazing narrative nonfiction – it turns years of intricate European and world history, battles, the horror of the Holocaust and the cult of Hitler into a spellbinding and disturbing thriller that has stayed with me for its power all this time.

A Short History Of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

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This is by far my favorite book by Bill Bryson. I actually don’t enjoy his travel memoirs, as they are much more frivolous in tone. In a A Short History Of Nearly Everything, Bryson pulls back on some of his outrageous humor while losing none of his conversational charm, even as he details the riveting history of human scientific inquiry, from geology to astronomy and beyond.


I’m also participating in a Thanksgiving Read-A-Thon this weekend (Wednesday through Sunday) along with Jackie from Death By Tsundoku, so look out for my post tomorrow about what books I hope to be able to get through this weekend. Join us on your blog, Twitter and Instagram by posting your reading intentions and using the hashtag #ThanksgivingReadathon. You are also welcome to use the following image I created and tweeted for the Read-A-Thon.

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What are the books you’re thankful for? Are any of your favorite reads included in my selections? Let me know in the comments!

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  7 comments for “Books I’m Thankful For – Thanksgiving #TopTenTuesday

  1. November 22, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Little House is my favorite series from childhood. I still love reading them! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. November 22, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    What a great list of books!! I loved The Borrowers and The Rats of NIMH when I was a kid, and Gone With the Wind is an all time favorite. I read the book in high school after spending a week out of school due to a snowstorm and the only movie I had checked out from the video store at the time was Gone With the Wind. I watched it about a dozen times that week, but the book is so much better!

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    • November 22, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      It’s hard to pick a favorite between the book and the movie for me Kate… but I probably lean towards the book like you do 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

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  3. November 22, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I was a shy, anxious child, and books were such a comfort to me. I will forever be thankful, both for my literacy and for my freedom to read when and what I want!

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