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.
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.