TTT: Books I'm Thankful For
This is my second time joining Top Ten Tuesday! TTT is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. Each week there's a prompt about which you can make a top ten, or just ten, or spin the prompt around like I did last time.
This week is Top Ten Books I'm Thankful For, which is such an awesome thing to talk about! I got pretty emotional when thinking about which books to pick and why they meant so much to me. In no particular order:
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Female characters who are strong no matter what they look like or where they come from, in all different ways, all with different flaws and strengths. Diverse kids saving the world and each other, what more do you want in a book? Honestly though, I'm so glad with how Barduga portrayed Nim, Diana and Alia, the feminism and empowerment.
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
I'm sure these books will end up on many lists, and they mean a lot to many people, including me, and will, until the very end (😉). Thank you for creating and sustaining my deep love for reading, for making it burn this bright. Thank you for McGonagall, Hermione, Neville, Luna, Ginny, Remus and so many others.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
This is one of my problematic faves, so I don't talk about it often, but I will always be grateful for how it talked about depression and trauma, and treated pstd. Those aspects were handled great, in my opinion, and it was the first book in which I could see a part of my mental illness, not have it diminished and still get a hopeful feeling.
I'm grateful for this book as the first one about polyamory I read. Before that, however, I'm grateful for The Seafarer's Kiss for mentioning "partners" in the acknowledgements or author's note. It was the first time I saw something about non-monogamous relationships in media.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
This book is one I needed as a teenager. With both bi and anxiety rep, thank you for giving so much more readers the happy story they can (and deserve to) see themselves in. I love this book so much and plan to reread (and review, finally) it soon.
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Another book I needed as a teenager, and I'm so glad and happy it's here now. It's important to note this was hurtful to some people, and I encourage you to look into that if you want to read it. For me, a story about a girl questioning her orientation which she thought she was sure of already was exactly what I needed, and I'm so grateful. Thank you.
A Hundred Thousand Words by Nyrae Dawn
Basically Queens of Geek, but with guys? Bi and anxiety rep in a contemporary story, I mean, and why it's on the list. A bit heavier but ultimately good and hopeful. Representation matters, and getting to see it (or pieces of you) in different settings and types of stories too.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Such an impressive book with so many things to fall in love with. Ownvoices disability (thank you!), a band of misfits, strong female characters and friendships, strong friendships in general and so much different, healthy relationships. Leigh Bardugo is my queen.
Out of Frame by Megan Erickson
A black, bisexual guy as main character, yes! I loved the story, the bi rep, and the comments and conversation about having "too many marginalisations." That really resonated with me, but it's important to note that I'm white and thus have a lot of extra privilege and the mix and difficulty of having multiple marginalisations with me doesn't come close to what it's like for people who are also black.
Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann
This book is not even out yet, it releases in January, 2018. But it's about a girl whose romantic and sexual orientations are different. I have never, NEVER seen this in YA before, and know not even a handful other books that talk about it. Anyway, I wonder if my romantic and sexual orientations are also different, and I'm so, so grateful I get to read a book in which I see that.
Hi - in case you missed the point: representation matters. Some days we literally live for (or because of) it. I got so happy and emotional thinking about these books and I'm grateful for the fact I have so many I can talk about. But there are still a lot I wish I had but don't exist yet. Support diverse books and diverse authors. Please.