Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving! (Nov. 24, 2015)

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Tuesday! Tuesday! Tuesday! That’s right ladies and gents it’s Tuesday again and that means it’s time for another segment of  Top Ten Tuesday brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish. Since it’s so close to my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, that is the theme given to us this week! Yay! And the twist I’d like to put on my TTT this week is: Books I’m Thankful For! Here we go!

Books I’m Thankful For

1) Delirium by Lauren Oliver
I am thankful for ‘Delirium’ because it reminds us of the power of love. In this world love is considered evil. There’s an operation that people undergo at a certain age so that they no longer are plagued by the experience and feelings of love. Thus making the world more peaceful and cooperative. However, this book reminds us of the wonders that love is, the joys, and the heartache. It reminds us that it is better to love and lose than to never love at all.

2) The 100 by Kass Morgan
The 100 is a post-apocalyptic book that takes place on Earth hundreds of years after humans destroyed it. This story reminds us of the destruction of humans. It reminds us that we need to be careful of our planet lest we make it uninhabitable and are forced to live in a space station that can’t support life. More importantly, it shows us the wonder that is Earth. The nature, the peacefulness, the beauty that is all around us. We need to take better care of it. We need to appreciate it rather than just use it to serve our wants and needs.

3) Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
I understand that this book is a work of fiction and yet I love the culture that is behind the story. It’s not your typical heroine story. It’s not an adventure. It’s the story of a young girl learning to survive in a world that has a prearranged image of her and what she should be. It’s one of the most beautifully written stories, in my opinion. Additionally, I don’t care if it is just fiction and there may not be historical accuracy behind it because it creates a world that I imagine as real. That’s the true art of story-telling.

4) A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
I am thankful for this book because of the beautiful world building and the intricate voices of each of the characters. This book creates a brand new world, multiple worlds, multiple creatures, multiple plots and coups. It’s such a treat. It really draws the reader in and, most importantly, allows them to dream, to believe in fantasies and fictional worlds. That’s what’s so great about it.

5) Divergent by Veronica Roth
I am thankful for this book because it reminds us that not everyone fits into a specific type, a class, an image. People are each unique. They can have multiple attributes, multiple interests. People are not required to fit perfectly into a stereotype, nor be extricated should they step out of that stereotype box. People can be athletes and geeks, princesses and warriors, villains and heroes. This book reminds us of that. Allow people to be who they want to be, even if you don’t truly agree with it.

6) Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
I am thankful for this book because, while the love may seem artificial, especially given the age of the characters, this story is important. It reminds us the impact that holding a grudge can have. It reminds us that our choices can affect others. Romeo and Juliet would rather die than be a part from each other and the only thing keeping them apart is the age-old hatred between their families. If their parents had simply pushed it away, the two might’ve lived. For that reason we are reminded that forgiveness and letting the past go is one of the most important lessons we can ever learn.

7) Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
I am oh so thankful for this book because it’s by Dr. Seuss, duh! :p But really I love this book. It’s a children books. It rhymes. It’s catchy and easy to read, and it has a message. It tells us that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, a person by their looks, or how eggs and ham will taste just because they’re green. This is one of the easiest messages to understand and yet people still struggle. It’s for this reason that I love this book and why I think everyone should read it at least once.

8) Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I am thankful for this book for a different, possibly odd, reason when compared with the others. I like this book because of the reality it faces. It fully confronts the darkness of human nature and shows what lengths people, even the nicest of people, will go to in order to stay alive. It shows what hardships do to people. It shows what people are truly made of and just how strong the will to survive is. That’s why I’m thankful for this book.

9) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
This book. *sigh* This book was written decades ago and yet it spoke of a world where people had no idea what was going on in the world, cared only about how much fun they could have, and were addicted to technology in a way that the people around them didn’t matter. I am thankful for this book because it scares me. It scares me just how close reality is to this ‘imagined’ future we are at this present time and I hope that we don’t ever truly reach the mindless state the people in this novel live in. (P.s. I haven’t finished it yet. I don’t know the ending. :p)

10) Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
I am thankful for this book because not only because it takes a fairy tale and puts a twist on it, but it shows how easily people can become corrupt. The nicest, sweetest person can turn dark. They can find a way to justify any means necessary to get what they want. Their moral compass can break and spin frantically. That’s so refreshing. People are not inherently good or bad, but are molded by their wants and desires. This book reminds us just how easy it is to lean one way or the other and that’s why I’m thankful for it. (P.s. Haven’t finished yet!)

I’m actually thankful for all books, for all their stories, their inspirations, their hardships, and everything they teach us. However, I was only allowed ten. :p So, those are the ten I am thankful for. Are you thankful for any of these books above? If so, why? More importantly, what other books are you thankful for? I’d love to hear about them!

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