Happy Thanksgiving week, book people! If you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, HAPPY WEEK IN GENERAL! It’s time for stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Oh, and being thankful! The theme for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a freebie so I went with Top Ten Authors I Want to Say Thank You To. One thing I’m intensely thankful for is books and the people that create them. Giving words to the world is a terrifying thing and whenever I think about meeting authors of my favorite books the only thing I want to say to them is “Thank you for giving me these words and these worlds.”
Patrick Rothfuss – I need to thank that man for The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. From the first time I read these books, so many years ago, all I’ve wanted to do is thank him for creating these characters and writing these stories. They have brought me such pain and joy and I loved every moment of them.
Tamora Pierce – She gave the world some serious kick ass female characters in YA before kick ass females were the norm. And for that she should be thanked.
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – For serious snark and reviving my love of sci-fi stories.
Brandon Sanderson – This man builds the most wonderous and dangerous worlds and I have loved every moment exploring them.
Clarie Luana – The Confectioner’s Guild is one of my favorite reads of the year. I spent the whole time reading it with a smile on my face and that is what reading should be.
Holly Black – For writing deliciously dark faerie tales that helped me escape some truly terrible times in my 20s.
LJ Smith – Every one of Smith’s books was a friend to me in high school.
Leigh Bardugo – For giving me such good character studies and wonderfully dark worlds to traverse.
Pierce Brown – The Red Rising saga is equal parts ridiculous, amazing, intense, unique, and wonderful. Reading them has taken me on such a wild ride and my reading life would be much duller without them.
JK Rowling – For everything.
Who are some author’s you want to say thank you to?
Oh my, if there was ever a Top Ten Tuesday prompt for me, this is IT! As the ashamed owner of 350+ unread books, one could say I have one hell of a backlist. Since I’ve started working overtime I’ve been losing even more reading time, so I’m sure the backlist will haunt me long into 2019. But, I am DETERMINED to defeat my TBR one day…one glorious day.
So here are the top ten books (or series) from my backlist that I’d like to get to sooner rather than later:
The Raven Boys (and the whole Raven Cycle series) by Maggie Stiefvater (Goodreads)
Cinder (and the whole Lunar Chronicles series) by Melissa Meyer (Goodreads)
Steelheart (and the whole Reckoners series) by Brandon Sanderson (Goodreads)
The Lies of Locke Lamora (and the whole Gentleman Bastard series) by Scott Lynch (Goodreads)
The Thief (and the whole Queen’s Thief series) by Megan Whalen Turner (Goodreads)
The Demon King (and the whole Seven Realms series) by Cinda Williams Chima (Goodreads)
The Knife of Never Letting Go (and the whole Chaos Walking series) by Patrick Ness (Goodreads)
Rivers of London (and the whole Peter Grant series) by Ben Aaronovitch (Goodreads)
The Falconer (and the whole Falconer series) by Elizabeth May (Goodreads)
The Emperor’s Blades (and the whole Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series) by Brian Staveley (Goodreads)
Well, I guess I have a lot of books to read soon considering these are ALL SERIES OMG! Anyone want to fund my life so I can have the time to read these all? Anyone?
Do you see any on my list that I should read immediately?
I’d like to start this blog post by saying that it is Tuesday night and I am watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Just like the good old days (yes, I am so old that I watched Buffy back when it was originally airing on THE UPN!) But being that old means that I get to drink wine whenever the heck I want so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Patrick Rothfuss – I honestly just want to thank him for writing The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed reading a book quite as much as I’ve enjoyed his books. I’ll try to restrain myself from begging for book three of the Kingkiller Chronicles. Y’all, I need to know what the heck is with Bast!
Brandon Sanderson – Also, would love the thank him personally for bringing Wax and Wayne into the world. Sure, he’s written some other good stuff, but Mistborn Era 2 is the best.
Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – I legit feel like they’d just be super fun to chill with. A few drinks with them definitely wouldn’t end in a bloody space adventure.
Leigh Bardugo – I need to question this amazing lady on how to write AMAZING characters and witchy goth fashion tips.
Ernest Cline – I kinda want to watch Stranger Things with this guy. Or listen to A LOT of 80s music with him.
LJ Smith – First, I need to talk to her about the Stranger Fate debacle. And then I need to nerd out with her about my deep and unending love for her amazing 90s paranormal books.
Holly Black – I’ve been reading Black’s books for damn near a decade. I’d love to thank her for giving me books to escape into during my 20s.
Pierce Brown – It’d be fun to get my hipster on with Pierce “I write emotionally traumatizing Sci Fi epics” Brown.
VE Schwab – Okay, technically, I just met her last week. But I want a do over. My words were dumb and I cannot have that be my only interaction with the wonderful Queen Schwab. Next time, I’m bringing a small bottle of whisky.
Kiersten White – BECAUSE SHE IS WRITING SLAYER AND I HAVE TO THANK HER FOR IT!
Well that’s it for this week! I’m hoping to get a review out tomorrow. If not, I shall return on Thursday for a cheater’s edition of Top 3 Thursday!