Top Ten Tuesday | Ten Books I’m Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!

Hey, loves! This Thursday in the US is Thanksgiving! And what better way to celebrate than for me to take this random Top Ten Tuesday topic to talk about the ten books I am most thankful for in my life, all of which have changed my life forever! ✨


Tithe (Modern Faerie Tales #1) by Holly Black

I’m thankful because this is the book that ignited my love for all things Fae.


Black Iris by Elliot Wake

I’m thankful because this is the book that made me understand that I am pansexual.


The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco

I’m thankful because Rin Chupeco and her stories makes my Filipino heart so warm.


Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

I’m thankful because it taught me that carving out your own corner of the internet, and filling it with love from fandoms and friends online is valid and worthy and real.


The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin

I’m thankful because I will never stop moving forward, and I will never stop fighting for a better world, against white supremacy, bigots, and people who will never recognize their internalized racism, because no one ever gets to decide who gets to be people.


The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers #1) by Becky Chambers

I’m thankful because this book proves that finding a found family that gives unconditional love is the most powerful force in the galaxy.


Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

I’m thankful because it taught me that it is okay to be different, and feel differently, and even if no one is looking for you, it doesn’t mean you are less deserving of being found.


The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

I’m thankful because it healed so many wounds that I constantly open up about my biraciality and my white-passingness.


Bloody Rose (The Band #2) by Nicholas Eames

I’m thankful because this is the first book I was ever in the acknowledgements for and I still can’t believe it. So thankful and so blessed.


Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

I’m thankful because this book proved that ownvoices queer, Asian stories can be New York Times Best Sellers!


Okay, friends, this was a little personal, and actually made me cry while writing up, but I hope you enjoyed! I also just want to mention that even though most people in the US celebrate Thanksgiving by just being grateful for everything they have and for the family they are able to celebrate with, I don’t want to ignore that this day also marks the genocide of America’s indigenous people. It is heartbreaking and not okay and I don’t want to make light of that whatsoever. November is also Native American Heritage Month in the US, and I’d much rather celebrate that with my loved ones. But I hope you’re all having a safe and happy day, that is filled with a good book or two. ✨

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49 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Ten Books I’m Thankful For

  1. Thank you for sharing all your reasons why these books mean so much to you! I’m so thankful we’ve become such good friends and forever grateful for all the amazing books you’ve recommended to me! And also thank you for bringing awareness to Native American Heritage Month ❤️ Love youu!

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    1. Awh, I love you so much, Amy! You and your friendship mean more to me than I have words for. I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings us together! (I mean, hopefully good books and buddy reads, but also maybe hugs and mediocre, but over priced, fried chicken!) 💖xx

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    1. Seanan brings it out in me! Lmao! I always feel like I do a way better job at reviewing their books, too! Hahaha! But I love you so so so much! And for the *things* I’m thankful for in 2018 – you and your friendship are at the top of the list! 💖xx

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  2. Okay, so this is a really beautiful post! Thank you for sharing your favorites and especially for sharing the reason as to Why they’re so special to you. Books and the people within the book community can be such blessings to our lives. You’re such a great person and I’m glad we’re able to ‘meet’ new people via internet nowadays because the world would be a lot less beautiful if people like you couldn’t share their thoughts and feelings like this. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Awh, Mel… Every day I feel so honored and blessed to call you my friend. And I am forever thankful the book community brought you into my life. You are so amazing and… you need to come to Vegas so I can hug you for real one day! Thank you for these words! 💖xx

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  3. Omg, I legitimately got teary reading this post (especially what you wrote about The Fifth Season)! I’m also thankful for Black Iris (which I NEED to reread) and Every Heart a Doorway. ❤ ugh, I'm so happy you've found pieces of yourself in all of these books and now I wanna read all of them because you love them!

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    1. MADALYN! I feel like this entire week, you have just been (SOMEHOW) making me love you more and more, to limits I didn’t even know were possible. And my heart and soul cannot take you reading Black Iris… oh my word. The dream. (The word *pan* is never used, but it is the book that made me realize I was something other than bi… and I went and found the word pan. AND IT GETS REALLY DARK AT TIMES, so use caution, but it is a masterpiece!)

      But seriously, I know I’ve said this before, but being friends with you really is the highlight of my 2018. I’ve made so many closer relationships with people this year. But finding out felt like clicking in a piece I didn’t know what missing from my heart. Truly. 💖xx

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  4. Love you so much! Thank you so much for mentioning Native American Heritage Month. It warmed my heart so much and I’m really hoping we get more and more books with Indigenous rep because it is still sorely underrepresented in most genres (probably all).

    I also have to love you for mentioning the Wayward Children series since I’m low-key obsessed and I really need to get more Holly Black in my life and finally read the Tithe series!

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    1. Okay, I just gushed about you in FB DM but *wipes away another tear* I love you so much, Mel. Thank you for your kind words. And for everything you do and all the voice you constantly are boosting and giving a platform to. The book community is so blessed to have you a part of it, but I am the really blessed one because I get to call you my friend. 💖xx

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  5. Seeing that Holly Black book is such a throwback for me! I love that this is where your list started. And I really need to get my hands on so many of these other books.

    I’m so thankful for your little blurb at the end about what Thanksgiving means to others and the horrors that came along with it. It’s always great to see someone acknowledging Native American Heritage Month because so little do.

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    1. Awh, thank you so much for this comment. It really means a lot to me, from noticing that I put Tithe first to acknowledging Thanksgiving isn’t the peaceful dinner everyone thinks it is! I hope you are having a wonderful week, and I hope it is filled with happy reading, love! 💖xx

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  6. Aww Girls of Paper and Fire! 💕I can’t wait to finally read Every Heart a Doorway, it’s high up on my backlist TBR! I’m so thankful for all your contributions to the bookish community! Have a lovely week, Mel! 💕

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