Top Ten Books/Author I'm Thankful For

Based on a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Top Ten Books/Author I'm Thankful For

I'm going to cheat with this one - shhhhh! - since I was too busy this week to check out and participate on the theme Tuesday. It looks so fun though I really would hate to miss it. I'm taking the plunge to do my Top Ten List on Saturday night....Errr, since it's technically 1 a.m. I guess it's now Sunday morning.

There's a ton of books and authors I could thank for so many reasons, but here's a few of them that came mind first:

1. The Monster At The End of This Book - A childhood classic that addicted me to reading pre-five. I STILL remember the impact this book had on me with it's fun pages, exciting pace, and funny ending rich with irony and humor. If it weren't for books such as this, perhaps I wouldn't have evolved into such a lifelong reader.

2. ESV Study Bible - Nathan bought this for me as a gift and I love this bible. Its dedication to staying as an accurate enough interpretation without losing style, the excellent commentary and indepth articles lining the pages, makes it worth the price tag and the wait.

3. Mere Christianity by CS Lewis - A simplistic way of explaining the more confusing aspects, an inspiring book that strengthens faith and common sense in a down to earth but sublime way at the same time.

4. Blood Price by Tanya Huff - HUGE Kudos to this one as it introduced me long ago to a genre not then known to me, Urban Fantasy. From  here I went to a group and discovered Anita Blake, Sookie Stackhouse, and the rest is history.

5. Christopher Pike and RL Stine - These authors kept me riveted with their fun and sometimes bizarre stories growing up. The unique stories kept me reading and faithful to books.

6. Judy Blume - Her powerful themes touched me a lot growing up as I read about overweight children being bullied, a girl trying to come to terms with her father's untimely death, a beautiful girl pressured by her mother to be perfect when her body decided to be anything but. Her voice rings true and non-judgmentally as it tells very real issues that affected teenagers.

7. VC Andrews - I started reading this author in the fourth grade. While I'm not necessarily a fan now, back then the soap opera laden tales hooked me into books like no other.

8. The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer - My first seriously, seriously controversial book. I almost got into massive trouble passing this around in the sixth grade. Way above my reading age at the time, but this leaves good memories behind.

9. Death on The Nile by Agatha Christie - A good book to choose why I love mysteries so much. The ending leaves a powerful finale. It also made me a Hercule Poirot fan.

10. Minion by LA Banks - I chose this one because I was honored to receive a signed card from the author and my review, one of the first noticed by an author at the time, was received well on her birthday of all days. Sadly she has now passed away from cancer. This will always be close to my heart.