Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday on The Hermit Librarian. 🙂 This week’s topic is a good one to return on because it is a somewhat free topic linked to thankfulness. At the time I’m writing this post, I’ve read about 129 books in 2019, so there are plenty to choose from.
Let’s dive in!
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1. Finishing my Goodreads goal.
The first entry on this list isn’t actually a title, but rather something reading related that I’m thankful for. My original Goodreads goal was 100 books and I’m thankful that I set it relatively low for me because that meant I was able to meet the goal so I’m not super stressed now in the last couple months of the year. If I hit a higher number, that’s great. If not, that’s also totally fine.
I reread The Night Circus this year to prepare for Erin’s new book and it reminded me how much I love her writing. She embraces aesthetic so well and makes me want to inhabit her world. While this is much more of a setting based book than a character based one, I do still love the people within: Herr Thiesen, Bailey, Poppet & Widget, the Burgess sisters, and more. I’m thankful not only for the story, but also for the fact that I get to enjoy it as a novel and hear Jim Dale narrate it should I so choose. He is perfect for such a magical tale.
If I loved The Night Circus, that’s nothing to how much I’m loving The Starless Sea. As of this writing I’ve not finished it, but regardless I am enormously thankful for its existence. It feels like a love letter to readers, to those of us that live within stories as much as possible, that would go to the Starless Sea if at all possible. This book is, quite probably, going to be in my top ten for the year. 🥰💖
I read this again recently as the group book for the Gilmoreathon. I 100% recommend reading it as an audiobook because Lauren narrates it herself and you really get the spirit of the title. 😂
I’m thankful for this title because I love the series Gilmore Girls. For all it’s faults, it’s a comfort show for me that I’ve watched a couple dozen times by now. Lauren’s autobiography is something of a revisit to Stars Hollow because she wrote it around the time that the reunion special of Gilmore Girls was being filmed, so there’ are miniscencesces from the old show as well as some “advance” content from the new. Reading it is like visiting an old friend who is both a person and a place.
This collection was bonkers in the best way. It embraced terror and desperation and justice and brought all these elements of the classic Poe stories into modern retellings. I was so thankful to find this collection because anthologies are sometimes hit or miss and this one would have left me heartbroken because I am such a sucker for Poe type tales. Happily, I can report that it was near perfection for me.
Dahlia Adler, Kendare Blake, Rin Chupeco, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Stephanie Kuehn, Amanda Lovelace, Marieke Nijkamp, Emily Lloyd-Jones, Hillary Monaha, Caleb Roehrig, and Fran Wilde were AH-mazing. 🤝
Emoni is such a wonderful person to read about and learn from. I am so thankful to have been able to read her story. Her cooking style, while not one I’m sure I could embrace, was still oddly calming. She’s not restricted by measurements or recipes, but follows feelings and tastes. It vibrates with sensation and feeling. It’s truly a wonderful book.
Thank you so much that there was a fourth book in the Wayward Children series in 2019. It’s one of the things I look forward to every year, a new entry in the continuing saga of children who go through doors and what happens when they return (willing or not).
Revisiting Victor, Sydney, Mitch, and Dol was one thing, but also being getting to revisit Marcella and June, two relatively new favorite characters was another. There’s so much to love about all of these men and women (and dog), even considering the admittedly not so great things they do sometimes. I’m thankful I got to do that again this year.
9. I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
There aren’t enough words for how thankful I am for Mason Deaver and the novel they wrote. I Wish You All the Best is about Ben, a non-binary teen who is forced out of their home by unaccepting parents and who is figuring things out about their identity while finishing high school as they live with their estranged sister and her husband. I identified so heavily with Ben’s story line, with a lot of the feelings that came out on the page, that it was like this book was written for me. It hurt, I won’t lie, but being seen like this? Was also such a revelation. 😭
I’ve been a fan of Seanan McGuire for years, but this was the year that I finally settled into her Mira Grant work and for that I am so thankful, mostly because of Rolling in the Deep. This book, this right here? It’s why we DON’T F*** WITH OCEAN!! Or why we shouldn’t. 🙄 The mermaids are freaking awesome in a scary as sh*t sort of way. I’m looking forward to the main book. 🖤