Top Ten Books We Are Thankful For


This weeks topic is:

Top Ten Books We Are Thankful For


HUGE thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for this meme.



Thanksgiving is the time of the year we are thankful for the things in our life that are important to us. This weeks TTT is all about the books we are thankful for. Here are our picks…


Corina's Top Picks

Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews


This series is my most favorite of all and I have loved and read it now 7+ times. Each year, I read the entire series in preparation for the new book.
Next year will be the LAST year I’ll ever get a Kate Daniels book and honestly I’m distraught, deeply saddened and don’t really know how I’ll feel when the series is over.

I have NEVER felt about a series as deeply as I do about Kate Daniels. I still remember that the very first time I read the first three books, I didn’t really appreciate the intricacies nor the witty writing. I just wanted Kate and Curran to get on with whatever they were doing – aka jump in bed. Nowadays I cherish and savor every word. That’s how wrong I was with my first assessment.

It’s the BEST UF series – PERIOD!!! It’s a MUST READ and it gets better with each book and each reread.



In Death Series by J.D. Robb


The In Death books are my second favorite series, and the next book will be  #46. Honestly right there, that’s what makes this series so amazing, even after 45 books I’m still as involved as ever.

Every single time, and that’s actually twice a year, I feel like I’m visiting friends and family. After so many books every single character is dear to me. I know them all, their fears, quirks, and personalities. I worry about them, cheer and celebrate every milestone, and holiday with them. I feel like I’m part of a group of people that mean more to me than 99% of all other characters I read about.

Same with Kate Daniels, I don’t even want to think about  a time when there won’t be a new book about Eve and Roarke. Their happily ever after has brought me pleasure and happiness twice a year.



Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling


I still remember when I read my first Harry Potter. It must have been 2000, because I was able to read 2 or three books at once. That’s 17 years ago. I read the first 4 books in German, and the last 3 books in english.

This series changed the book world fundamentally. I still remember that Amazon send out the books a day early so that they would arrive on the same day as they would be availalbe in the stores, that was unheard of at that time. The sleepovers and costume parties organized by bookstores happened all over the world, and suddenly adults read Young Adult fantasy out in the open. In trains, busses and lines, Harry Potter was everywhere.

And now, years after the last book was published, readers all over the world are still picking up this series to read it for the very first time. I might not be a Potter devotee but I loved the series when I read it and it will ALWAYS remind me of a time when a boy with a scar ruled my world once a year.



Twilight by Stephenie Meyer &

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James


These two series were as influential as Harry Potter was in their own way.

I adored Twilight the very first time I read it. The FIRST time!!! When I reread it I was wondering what the heck I was thinking, but that’s beside the point. Twilight started a new area of all things vampire and werewolf. Suddenly teenagers started reading books. And the same way that Twilight spoke to teenagers, Fifty Shades spoke to women all over the world.

I was not able to finish Fifty Shades, I don’t think I got further than the first couple chapters, but that’s also not why I’m thankful for this series. How often do I read posts on FB about grown women that stopped reading as teenagers and started again because of Fifty. The power of such a series needs to be acknowledged. Not only did women start reading again, authors suddenly realized that writing about something else than mainstream can be lucrative as well as acceptable. BDSM (which Fifty Shades barely touches) was suddenly a new hot genre. Everywhere I looked new BDSM books were published.

Both series gave authors a new direction and women young and old a reason to sit down and pick up a book.

Also, many of my favorite authors started out writing fanfiction, and I’m wondering where those authors would be today if EL James didn’t have such a huge success with Fifty.



The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


Born and raised in Europe. White and a woman. The Hate U Give chilled me to the bone. I had no idea how afraid African Americans had to be when they came into contact with police. I grew up respecting police officers but never had to fear them. Reading this book made me want to cry for every single African American in this country.

The anguish I felt between those pages was heartbreaking. Especially since the book recounted the feelings and fear that is being felt all over the United States every single minute of every day. And it’s happening NOW!!!

This is a fear that I will never know. Never experience. Because of that this book is a MUST READ for everyone. It’s eye opening, and deeply and emotionally touching. I can’t say it enough – please read it!!!



Tijuana's Top Picks

The Bible


Yea, I’m a blogger who primarily focuses on Romance, but it’s still the most important book I own. The one book that’s had the most impact on how I live my life.



A Separate Peace by John Knowles


I remember reading this book for the first time very clearly.  I was in the 4th grade and picked up my older sister’s book just to see what it was it all about and quickly became engrossed.  I recall the day very vividly.  I sat in our back yard and read for hours. Obviously my 10 year self didn’t comprehend all the nuances of the book, but it made an impression and began a tradition.  Soon after, I began reading all her assigned books and spending more and more time at the library.  Thus, a young devoted reader was born. My tastes and favorite genres have shifted and morphed over the years, but my love of reading and libraries has never waned.





Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley


Whenever I’m a book funk, I know I can listen to an oldie but goodie from Kristen Ashley to get my mojo back  Indy and Lee never fail to make me laugh and fall in love. I should probably be ashamed of the number of times I’ve listened to this audiobook, but I’m not.  It’s a true favorite! #RockOn







Sabriel by Garth Nix


This is one of my all-time favorite audiobooks.  Tim Curry is a MASTER!  His portrayal of Mogget is the best I’ve ever heard.  This a series I’ll forever cherish and love listening to it with my kids.  They even love the narration.  It’s absolutely fantastic.  Plus!  Girl power!!  Sabriel and Lirael are two of the greatest portrayals of #girlpower in YA lit.  The story is a bit dark at times, but is amazing.  This trilogy started my love affair with audiobooks.  Once I started listening, I couldn’t get enough and now own well over 500 audiobooks.






Fixed Series by Laurelin Paige


Laurelin Paige’s romance trilogy was my crossover into the romance genre.  I loved it immediately and couldn’t wait to devour more.  Hudson Pierce is my #1 book boyfriend.  He has been since the very start and will likely never be topped.  My foray into reading romance is still going strong.  Now I’m thoroughly engrossed in the romance book world and loving every minute of it.  I’ve met so many amazing friends in the universe of readers and adore them all.








About corina

I’m a blogger, photographer, and unapologetic book addict. I love strong female characters, major jerks, and Happily Ever Afters.

17 thoughts on “Top Ten Books We Are Thankful For

  1. You both have such a amazing list here and some I definitely agree with and others I haven’t read yet.

    The bible is great, and definitely the most influential book out there. I also have loved C.S. Lewis’ books, they are very inspiring. As well as William Shakespeare.

    I do adore Kristen Ashley, she is my comfort read author, but for some reason I haven’t had a chance to grab up the Rock Kiss books, but do plan on it for sure. I have seen the Fixed Series by Paige around and definitely want to grab those books up.

    I agree with what you said about Twilight and Fifty Shades. Even though now I can’t read them anymore, I do think they did a great job of inspiring reading in others.

    1. I struggled mightily with this topic. For me books are not something I would say I’m thankful for. I love them dearly and have favorites and keepers but that feeling of being thankful made me really think. So I tried to find books that changed our book world instead. TJ had a much easier time and i never would have thought to mention the Bible, 🤦🏻‍♀️, it is such an important book for people all over the planet. I’ve really enjoyed checking out all the other lists today.

  2. Wow! A Separate Peace in 4th grade. I think I was in 9th or 10th grade when I read it, and I don’t think I was mature enough to fully appreciate it (like most of the books I read for school in high school). I remember liking it though.

  3. Wow this was a great post! I had the same feelings about Harry Potter; I can’t say I’ve read all the books but I’m floored at that series ability to bring people together. Same for Fifty and Twilight to a lesser extent – although I’m terrified to ever read Twilight again because I might doubt my judgement in books 😉

    Loved seeing the Fixed series on your list as well! I had it as one of my favorite stress relief books.

    Happy Thanksgiving to both of you!

    1. Thank you so much Mallory!!! HP was HUGE during that time, and it was an amazing feeling to read the book at the same time as million others were reading it too.

      I feel the same about Twilight as you do. 😀 I have no idea what I was thinking but at that time at least the first book made my heart flatter. I have no apology for that at all. lol

      It’s amazing how one amazing book series can change an entire genre – more like jump start. I’m waiting for the next phenomenon. We are in need of something new. 😀

      Happy Thanksgiving!!

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