Top Ten Tuesday: Thankful.

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

November 20: Thanksgiving/Thankful Freebie


This week’s list isn’t going to be book-centric.  I’m going to simply list ten things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Ten things I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving.

  1. My Husband: After 23 years of marriage I continue to be grateful for my husband.  He has expanded my world, supported our family, and loved me at my best and worst.  I am an extremely lucky woman to share my life with him.
  2. My Cats: I spend most of my time with my cats they are my family and friends.  They make me laugh, bring me comfort, and give me unconditional love.
  3. My Birds: Like my cats, my birds bring me such joy.  I love spending time with them and watching their antics.
  4. My Home: Husband and I are very fortunate to own our home and it is something for which I am eternally grateful.  We love the peace and solitude that living in the country brings.  Along with the opportunity to have a big garden and livestock.
  5. My Friends: Thought I wish I had more who I was closer to relationship and distance wise I am extremely grateful for the friends that I do have.  There isn’t anyone that I call a friend that I do not trust or feel comfortable being myself with.
  6. Star Trek: This franchise has brought me much joy over my life and been a way to connect with the memory of my mother.
  7. Surviving Cancer: Like any person diagnosed with cancer I am eternally grateful that I survived cancer.  I am very fortunate that my cancer was found early and was easily cured.
  8. Books: Despite my lack of reading these past few months I continue to be grateful for books.  They are my favorite form of escape.
  9. Libraries: Not only does a library employ me it also provides me free access to technology and books.  Libraries will always be an asset to every community in which they belong.
  10. The Internet: While it can be a huge time suck the internet has become an invaluable asset in my life.  It allows us to remain connected to friends and family, near and far and stay informed.  It also allows us to seek out the truth and learn new things every day.  The internet is a tool for which I am grateful.

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?


Top Ten Tuesday: Thankful for…

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

 November 21: Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For


First off, Happy Thanksgiving to all of my followers in the United States.  I hope you have a good holiday.  This week I’m going to pick books that have had a profound influence on either my personal life or reading taste over my life.  So I’m not going to limit myself to reads from just this year.  Many of these titles you will have seen before on my TTT lists.

Ten books that I’m thankful for.

  1. Twilight (Twilight, #1)  Going to start off with this title and while I know it isn’t a masterpiece of literary fiction I was a huge fan of the Twilight series.  While I have moved on from this author I am grateful for its opening me up to the world of genre fiction and vampires especially.  I might never read it again but it shall forever hold a special place in my heart.
  2. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)  This is the book I credit with helping me move on from the world of Twilight.  After falling for this series I have never picked up the Twilight series again, I’ve read it three times.  This series taught me that paranormal books can be so much more.
  3. The Shining I have long since broken up with this author but I’m grateful for The Shining because it was a way for a 13-year-old to connect with a mother she had just lost.  I read this book because it was one of her books and it was a way to keep a piece of her in my life.  It no longer has its cover but it will always have a place on my shelves.
  4.   A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) This book I credit for showing me that high fantasy doesn’t have to be as awful as The Lord of The Rings… That was just painful to read.
  5. The Martian This is one of my all-time favorite books and I am so thankful for the Blogging for Books program that introduced me to Andy Weir.
  6. Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives I’m sure this isn’t the first book on reincarnation that I read as a teen but I’m going to use it as an example.  I’m eternally grateful for the books I’ve read over the years on this subject.  They have helped me to form a personal ideology that feels true to my soul and cope with the passing of loved ones in my life.  These books have brought me much comfort and enlightenment over the years.
  7.   Fantasy Lover (Dark-Hunterverse #1) Can’t have a list of books I’m thankful for without the first book I read by my favorite author.  This is the one that started it all for me.
  8. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) I’m grateful for this series!  It has brought me so much delight since I found it.  I also credit it with helping me move into other areas of paranormal fiction beyond just vampires.
  9. Redshirts This was the first book I read by Mr. Scalzi and what inspired me to take an evening out of my Chicago trip and go meet him in person.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have a copy of Redshirts for him to sign but it was so cool to meet him even if it wasn’t until I read two or three more books for me to realize how cool it was.  I now have my own copy of Redshirts and a first edition of Old Man’s War that I hope to have him sign someday in the future.
  10. The Diary of Adam and Eve  This was the first book by Twain that I ever read and I credit it with showing me that not all classics are going to suck.  I’ve not read anything else by him but I hope to someday.


There is my list for the week and once again I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Thanks

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday.  This week they ask us to share lists on:

November 24: Thanksgiving themed Freebie — ten books I’m thankful for, authors I’m thankful for, Ten fictional families I’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with, a personal non-bookish thankful list, etc. etc.

Since this is kind of freebie I am going to write my list on ten bookish things of which I am thankful.  They can be individual books, devises, authors, anything book related that I am grateful for as a reader.


Ten bookish things I am thankful for in my life. 

  1. Libraries: As a reader, citizen and employee the public library system benefits my life greatly.  I have access to free books, wi-fi, movies, audio books and so many more services that they provide free or almost free to all citizens.  We do pay for these services through our tax dollars, but the access they provide are so worth it.
  2. My Nook: Hardly a day goes by that I do not use this device.  I love my Nook and it has become a valuable tool that I use not only to read but to access the internet and entertain myself.
  3. Sherrilyn Kenyon: I wanted to pick one author for this list.  While there are so many that I love to read I would have to say Ms. Kenyon is by far my favorite and I am eternally grateful that she shares these wonderful stories and characters with us.
  4. ARC Books: As a reader and reviewer I am thankful that publisher provide free advance copies of books for bloggers to review.  It is always a thrill to be approved for any book and to get the opportunity to read the book before the general public is just the icing on the cake.  Thank you publishes!  You Rock!!! (especially all the ones that approve me regularly)
  5. Goodreads: This is a valuable tool for any reader or librarian.  Through this site we can share our feedback with the reading community, keep track of our read and to-reads, search out new books, and keep up with series and authors.  I use this site as often as I do Facebook!
  6. Book Bloggers: The book blogging community is awesome!  There are some great bloggers and sites out there and I am thankful to be a part of this online community!
  7. Facebook: I am thankful for Facebook for more than bookish reasons, but this site lets me interact with not only fellow readers but authors as well.  I can find posts about upcoming books, sales and just fun bookish memes that I enjoy reading and sharing with my fellow book nerds.
  8. Audio Books: This is a new reading format that I have begun utilizing this year.  I am grateful that it allows me to stay entertained and active at the same time.  I need to continue to use audio books when I don’t have time to sit down and just read.  It is a great way to stay caught up on reading goals and get something done at the same time.
  9. Indie Authors: I am thankful for all the indie authors that work so hard and put themselves out there while following their dream.  I may not be able to accept every book I am offered, but I do read the description of all the books that I am inquired about reviewing.  Thank you for the offers and stories that I have enjoyed.
  10. Used and Indie Book Stores:  Thank you.  Thank your for giving us an option for buying books besides through the evil corporate machine.  Thank you for giving used books a way to delight more people.


What bookish things are you thankful for in your life?