Top Ten Tuesday: Books/Authors I Am Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week I get to choose the top ten books/authors I am most thankful for :)

  • Usborne Books (too many to name) - my children were fortunate to grow up surrounded by these incredible books...Peter Usborne is a TRUE GENIUS in my opinion :)
  • Les Miserables  - reading this in high school (not by was assigned specifically to me by my teacher) opened my eyes to what losing myself in a story REALLY felt like :)
  • Sweet Valley High series - I spent SO many countless hours in bed with my flashlight reading these books "after lights out"
  • Twilight series - I am thankful to Stephenie Meyer for creating books that captured the attention of readers across many genres and breathed new life into the YA market for many, many people.
  • The Bible - of course
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid series - again, hats off to Jeff Kinney for creating a series that had many reluctant readers running to their libraries!
  • James Patterson - I can always count on him to release a new criminal drama just when I need one!  And I'm falling in love with him all over again for his YA books!
  • Charlie Brown's 'Cyclopedia Set: Questions & Answers - I devoured these books as a child...and my own kids love reading them, too :)
  • Danielle Steel - Her books were easy "go to's" in my twenties.  And she can whip 'em out!
  • John Green - I can't get enough of his students can't get enough of his books...he's amazing :)
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!  ~Mrs. Beamer


  1. Excellent list! And I 2nd The Bible ... and Sweet Valley High :-)

    Tanya Patrice

    1. Amen :) Though I guess I'm showing my age with SVH!

  2. James Patterson--ugh! I mean, it's great that he gets people reading...but it's just so darn formulaic and predictable...and the not even a page long chapters!
    I do, though, really enjoy his YA books--Maximum Ride was *excellent*. I think it's because his forumla is more suited for YA than it is for adult reading.

    Les Mis is on my TBR list--I picked it for a report for one of my English classes, but I was *so* darn busy that I didn't have the time or the energy to read the whole thing so I Cliff noted it instead, and I really want to read the whole thing, especially with the movie coming out!

  3. Ha! had me laughing :) I totally agree with your description of Patterson...but the man has been there with a new book when I've needed a mindless escape. You *must* read Les Mis before the movie release!! I had to skip all the history/French part of it (because I was 15-16 when I read it first and didn't care about that stuff!)...and STILL loved it :) Thanks for commenting!!

  4. Twilight made my list too. And John Green is just fantastic! I really want to read Les Mis, but I'm so intimidated by it at the same time! I need to just get over my 'fear' and read it haha!

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  5. Great choices! I have a few of those authors as well.

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  6. Great choices! John Green is one of my favorite authors. I didn't add Twilight to my list, even though I really enjoyed them when I read them, but I love your reason for adding it. :)
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