Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving/Thankful Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Thanksgiving/Thankful Freebie.

This week, I’m listing 10 books that I am thankful for. Each of these books was memorable in some way, and impacted my reading life. Basically, these are the books that helped me get more interested in certain authors and genres.

The Westing Game by Ellen RaskinsTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Firm by John GrishamSense and Sensibility by Jane AustenThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan PoeAnna Karenina by Leo TolstoyThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsIn Cold Blood by Truman CapoteGone Girl by Gillian Flynn

1. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Other than the Nancy Drew series, this was my favorite mystery as a kid. It stood out because it was a standalone story, and so many kid’s books are series.

2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The first classic I ever read for fun, and the book that taught me classics can be enjoyable reads.

3. The Firm by John Grisham
The first legal thriller I ever read. It was my intro to adult thrillers, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

4. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
The first Jane Austen book I read. I have since read, and loved, her other five novels.

5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
One of my favorites, and also one of the few books I have reread.

6. Complete Tales and Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
The first collection of short stories I read. I’m a big fan of short stories, especially ones in the mystery and horror genres.

7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
My introduction to a Russian author. I have since read other Russian authors, and am constantly surprised by how much I enjoy them.

8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This one got me hooked on YA dystopians.

9. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The true crime novel that got me interested in the genre.

10. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
A psychological thriller that helped make the genre a hit. Currently my favorite genre to read.

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Thanksgiving/Thankful Freebie

  1. Tolstoy was my introduction to Russian authors as well.

    And In Cold Blood–I just got reacquainted with it this year after starting my own true crime novel–is pure literary brilliance.

    Actually, come to think of it, all of these books changed my reading habits or life as well. So many great reads–love it.

    On a different note, as a nod back to In Cold Blood, I don’t know if you are into documentaries on this case (or if you’ve already seen it), or in general, but Cold Blooded: The Clutter Family Murders (aired on Sundance but I watched it online) was a very fascinating (and devastating) watch that added a bit more about the family. I highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it already.

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