Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For

“I might go anywhere and do any magic I pleased if I were Peter, not Prunella.”

Zen Cho

  1. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien. I literally do not know what I would do without Tolkien’s beautiful and terrible hope, and the horns of Rohan blowing in the morning. And: “Day will come again!”
  2. The Discworld series – Terry Pratchett. These are just perfect little comfort blankets, all of them.
  3. The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant – Stephen Donaldson. “The First sounded like a woman who could stand upright under any doom.”
  4. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers. Sissix and Rosemary made me cry a little: just that their relationship was even a Thing that Could Happen. Oh gods, my post is going all mushy.
  5. Sorcerer to the Crown – Zen Cho. I just finished this, and Prunella is completely awesome: “You forget, ma’am, that I have myself.”
  6. Sabriel – Garth Nix. I’m very grateful, retrospectively, that I had these books when I was younger, because they sort of took it for granted that young women could be awesome and independent and didn’t really make a fuss about it, which, looking back, is practically revolutionary.
  7. The Mirror Empire – Kameron Hurley. I mean, I disliked this book pretty much all the way through, but polyamory.
  8. The Scar – China Mieville. “What I do now, I do for me.”
  9. Special Topics in Calamity Physics – Marisha Pessl. I very much feel that this is “my” book – the book that gets at what it’s like to be me. It feels like an old friend – and I’ve only read it twice.
  10. The Madwoman in the Attic – Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar. I am grateful for this book as a feminist and as an ex-student: it has saved my essays on many an occasion and it contains some really important, formative thinking for any feminist (even if it is a bit strident).

(The theme for this post was suggested by the Broke and the Bookish’s weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday.)

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