During this week of thankfulnosity, the current Top Ten meme from The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Books/Authors I’m Thankful For. There are so many books that I love, so I thought I would narrow it down a little to books I read this year. Imagine my dismay when I looked at my books on Goodreads (where, yes, braggy braggy, it tells me that I have read 168 books so far this year) and it shows that I only gave a Five-Star rating to a very few. Here’s my list:
- The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis. Translated from German, this book, not to sound overly dramatic, basically ripped my heart out. It is equal parts beautiful, wrenching, hopeful and tragic. You can read my review here.
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. A truly lovely story of a baby who grows up in a graveyard amongst the undead. It’s a sort of a Jungle Book with ghosts, a half-dead guardian and the killer who has a job to finish. It was so wonderful when I read it in the summer, but I waited too long to write the review. My daughter and I are reading it together, so I will post a review this time.
- The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. I saw the beautiful cover of Clockwork Prince, the second in the series, at Barnes & Noble last Christmas. It was so pretty that I had to find out more about it STAT. It takes place in Victorian London, a place and time period that I love (Dickens! Wilkie Collins! Squalor and filth!). It’s related to Ms. Clare’s present-day series, The Mortal Instruments, with maybe a crossover character or two…
- The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I read this series after getting blown away by TID series (see #3 in case you forgot). Modern-day, taking place in NYC and beyond. Shadowhunters, demons, vampires, faeries, werewolves. Jace, Clary, Simon, Alec, Isabelle and the rest will be at your local cineplex August 23, 2013. Trailer for The Mortal Instruments City of Bones
So, in order to pad my list out to 10, here are six of my all-time favs for which I am truly thankful:
- The Harry Potter series. Period.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. You can have your selfish Catherine, your moaning Heathcliff, your plain Jane Eyre and tormented Mr. Rochester. I’ll always take Lizzy and Darcy, the perfect marriage of wit, intelligence, attraction and forgiveness.
- Charles Dickens, especially Great Expectations. You may love Pip and loathe Estella, but you will never, ever feel sorry for or forget Miss Havisham. Pay special attention to the awesome names that Mr. Dickens creates for the characters in his books: everything from Mr. Bumble to Martin Chuzzlewit to Volumnia Dedlock. They usually have something to say about the character of that person.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Who cares that she never wrote another book and stopped giving interviews. Wasn’t this masterpiece enough?
- The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. One of my friends had this, and recommended it highly. If you are not only a reader of fine books but are also a rememberer of characters, plot, grammar, punctuation, spelling and obscurity, this is the book for you. History is not as you remember (exactly); there is a real world as well as a literary one; book characters really do exist and show up in novels just as the reader needs them; and the Goliath Corporation may not be as nice as they *ahem* seem. I love the silliness of it all. And, after you read Great Expectations, you will fully understand why you shouldn’t underestimate Miss Havisham. And you will be ecstatic that this is series.
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I used to carry a paperback of this around to look smart, but I really love the excess, the whole Lost Generation, etc. Daisy Buchanan was always my fake name.
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Everyone, have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! See you next week. Better get the turkey before he does: