Another Tuesday and another top 10! The topic this week is books that I’m thankful for. I thought this was a bit of a difficult one, but I managed to whittle it down to ten:
1. A Song of Ice and Fire – George R. R. Martin
George R. R. Martin is my favourite author and I love pretty much all his books, but A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings are amongst my favourite books of all time. I’m so thankful for this series that has spanned a TV show that I’m beyond obsessed with, and so much merchandise my house in inundated with it. I’ll always be thankful for such a wonderful set of books.
2. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
There are so many classics that I adore – Tess of the D’ubervilles, Wuthering Heights and Turn of the Screw to name but a few but The Picture of Dorian Gray has got to be my ultimate choice. Reading Oscar Wilde got me into reading so many other classic authors and no matter how many times I read it, I always find The Picture of Dorian Gray a stunning book. I now currently own four editions but I’m always on the lookout for more!
3. The Lord of the Rings – J. R. R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings series is probably what got me into the fantasy books I love so much today. It was also a big bonding moment for me and my mum – we went to the cinema to see the films and we read the books at the same time so I definitely feel thankful that Tolkien wrote these magnificent books.
4. Sabriel – Garth Nix
I was OBSESSED with Gath Nix books as a child. (Who am I kidding, I still am.) I loved Shade’s Children so much, but Sabriel will always have a special place in my heart. I have a signed and very dog-eared copy that I will always treasure.
5. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Somehow I had never read a Margaret Atwood book until I went to University. I was assigned two of her books to read – The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace – and was completely swept away by them both. I’m so thankful that my lecturer introduced me to such a wonderful writer.
6. The Northern Lights – Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials were the first children’s books I read that I felt were really grown up and I was proud of myself for reading them. I still think they’re magnificent books, and they gave me the encouragement to read bigger and more complex books.
7. Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice
Let’s be honest, Anne Rice is the Queen of vampire books. Twilight might be immensely popular, but for me nothing will ever beat Lestat. I love The Vampire Chronicles (hence this blog name) and I love that the series is still going on today.
8. Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
I’ll never forget picking up Shadow and Bone in my local Blackwell’s because I thought the cover was pretty and it sounded like an interesting read. I was completely hooked and it is definitely one of my favourite books. Getting to meet Leigh at LonCon was also a massive bonus and I’ve loved every one of her books so far (Wonder Woman: Warbringer, I am still not over you oh my goodness).
9. Half a King – Joe Abercrombie
It was difficult to pick which Joe Abercrombie book to put on this list, but Yarvi is one of my favourite characters of all time. It was because of this series that I got into book blogging in the first place, so I’m immensely thankful for this amazing series and to the folks at HarperVoyager that gave me a proof at LonCon.
10. The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden
This is the most recent book that I’m thankful for. I read this book right at the start of the year and I still think about how bloody good it was. I now have book two at the top of my TBR shelf, and I absolutely cannot wait to dive in. Full of magic and mystery, this book took my breath away.
Special Mentions: (I just couldn’t limit myself to 10!) Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence, Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling, Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, everything written by Cate Tiernan, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and anything by Neil Gaiman.
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