Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up from The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is books that I’m most thankful for. Be sure to check out all the other blogs in the link up! :)

The Little House Books by Laura Ingalls

It was the first series I remember reading as a kid. It made me want to live on the prairie, wear long dresses, and ride in a wagon.

Nancy Drew Mysteries

I will always have fond memories of those old yellow-backed books. Nancy was my hero, and she taught me that girls could be smart, brave, and adventurous.

Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

Anne was a dreamer just like me. We both lived in our heads, and sometimes that got us in a lot of trouble. :)

Emily of New Moon by LM Montgomery

These books made me believe that I could be a writer someday. I believe that they are also the reason I’m so fond of dark stories.

By the Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz

This book was my introduction to Dean Koontz, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

I had always been too afraid to read Stephen King’s books. The movie It had scared the crap out of me as a kid. But then a friend lent me a copy of The Gunslinger and I’ve been a fan ever since. Yes, his books do scare me, but they also make me laugh, cry, and care about his characters.

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

The reason that I love Epic Fantasy.

The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

Harry Potter isn’t just a books series, it’s a way of life! I had never wanted to be part of a world, more than I wanted to be a part of Harry’s. Still do.

The Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny

The second reason I love Epic Fantasy. And I’m still in love with Corwin.

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

This is my favorite book. Ever!

What books are you most thankful for? Let me know in the comments!

Katniss Everdeen. My New Hero.


There is just so much to love about Katniss Everdeen as a hero. I love that she is smart, resourceful and willing to do whatever it takes to survive, and protect her family. I love that in spite of the circumstances she finds herself in she never loses her humanity. I love that she allied with Rue in The Hunger Games. I love that she wanted misfits like Mags, Nuts and Volts on her team in Catching Fire. But most of all I love that in the end she chooses hope.

I couldn’t help but compare Katniss to another popular YA heroine, Bella Swan. I enjoyed the Twilight books, I truly did, but there were so many things about Bella that just made me want to strangle her! I mean she was willing to give up everything for a boy! Katniss would never have left her family behind, by choice, for some guy. Katniss may be seriously flawed, but for the most part her priorities are right.

Yes, there is a love triangle in The Hunger Games, but romance isn’t the most important part of these books. These books are about war, and what people are willing to sacrifice for freedom. And it’s told from the viewpoint of a 17 year old girl, who has to face hardships and make decisions that no kid should ever have to make.

I’m not a parent, but I always thought that if I ever have children, that there are certain books that I want to share with them, especially if I have a daughter. I want her to read Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, Emily of New Moon, Harry Potter, and now The Hunger Games.

I want my daughter to read about characters that are strong, that stand up for what they believe in, that are fiercely loyal to their family and friends, and that have confidence in themselves. These are the things I love best about the characters I mentioned above, and I want my children, if I ever have any, to know and love these characters as well.

And if my future kid is anything like me, Katniss Everdeen will definitely be a favorite.

So, have you read The Hunger Games Trilogy? What did you think? Any favorite characters? If you are a parent, do you have any books that you want to share with your kids?

This post originally ran in 2012, and has been updated.

Saturday Sharing – packing tips, bravery, and more


Saturday Sharing is a weekly feature where I share my favorite posts from around the web. And I’m linking up at The Ultimate Rabbit Hole, so be sure to check it out!

“On the whole, it seems, people don’t believe writers exist. Perhaps they used to exist, back when Mark Twain was still kicking, but now they’re relatively extinct. And if they do exist, they only write novels. And if they don’t write novels, then maybe they write commercial jingles or advice columns for O Magazine, or, you know — something…famous.”

Some cool packing advice from Briana.

And Audrey shares her fall packing capsule. So many cute outfit ideas!

I enjoyed Francine’s thoughts on fast fashion and how she would like to see a slow fashion movement.

The great thing about bravery is that it’s not some one-size-fits-all situation.” Truth!

Anne says that good things take time.

“I regularly used the mantra, “I am a speck of sand” when I would feel the fears welling up, worrying about what people thought of me, assuming the worst. Even as my blog grew, I still knew I was a speck of sand. There are millions of blogs out there, millions who are bigger, more famous than mine. I am only a speck of sand and all that matters is that little bit of beach (or corner of someone’s shoe) where I reside.”

10 simple habits that will help you stay organized.

Sarah gives us 29 ways to actually enjoy winter. I know I’ll be needing these!

“Most of all, I remember that the actions of the few do not reflect the views of the many, and that there is still love and light and hope and good in this world.