Top 5 Wednesday is currently being hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to learn more about the group or are considering joining in, check out the Goodreads group. Each week has a different topic, and you just post five books that fit that topic.
This week’s topic, as it is the week of Thanksgiving in the US, is Books I am thankful for.
And Away We Go
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.
This is my favorite book. It was handed to me when I was 17 and it was the exact book I needed at that exact time. Other than a series of books about a Boy Wizard, no other book has ever meant or will ever mean as much as this book does. I never would have found it if I wasn’t in that classroom. This book means everything to me.
The aforementioned series of 7 books about a boy wizard. Harry Potter, I mean, what can anyone say about Harry Potter. I am me because of Harry Potter. Sometimes I think about what I would be like if there was no Harry Potter, and frankly, Harry Potter is so much of what my life is that I think it would be impossible to separate Deanna from Harry.
So when I was in 6th grade, I got the flu. And I had a fever, and during that fever, I was assigned to read Johnny Tremain. I remember exactly one thing about this book, the title character gets his hand melted while making a silver tea set for John Handcock because of Paul Revere’s poor workplace safety standards. This book is basically about a boy who is part of the Son’s of Liberty during the American Revolution.
I’m about 80% sure that this book is the reason I a. hate Paul Revere and b. am super into the Revolutionary War. Don’t quote me because I read this book, like 20 years ago when I had a fever, but I think Johnny does the “midnight ride” instead of Paul Revere. I mean, what else can a boy with a melted hand do? Nothing.
Back in the day, there was a vlogbrothers bookclub thing. The first book “assigned” was 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson. This was the first of Maureen Johnson’s books that I read, and because of this, I followed her on Twitter. Maureen Johnson is a special kind of person and writer. I love her and writing, and I’m very thankful that I stumbled my way into reading 13 Little Blue Envelopes.
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s novels, starting with Little House in the Big Woods. This was my first favorite book. I don’t remember how I got my hands on it, but I think my aunt was involved, and I think she gave me the rest of the series, but I’m not sure, I was 8 years old. Before Harry Potter, these books were the books that taught me to love reading. They are great coming of age stories that grow up with the reader. I love with my whole heart.
What books are you thankful for?
Until next time Internet,