The Broke & The Bookish is all about being thankful...for books and authors and maybe even people who got you reading? I know I'm definitely thankful for my parents, who both pushed me to read and lots of different books too. My sister and I were just talking about this last night, how our parents never pushed her (as the 2nd child) to read much. So I told her I was going to push her into reading Harry Potter lol. If it wasn't for my parents, I wouldn't have discovered Nora Roberts, Piers Anthony, Neil Gaiman, Linda Howard, John Grisham, VC Andrews, and more. Not to mention fantasy, romance, graphic novels. :) So here's my top 10 authors and books that I am most thankful for and what they have taught me, in no particular order.
2. Terry Moore's Strangers in Paradise taught me that it doesn't matter who you love, as long as you do it fiercely and with all your heart.
3. John Steinbeck's Cannery Row taught me that even the simplest story can move you to laughter and tears. Also, how to pronounce "cannery".
4. Anne of Green Gables has taught me, even though I've only read about 75 pages so far, that joy and pleasure can be found even in the smallest things. It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will. Also, why oh why did I take so long to read this magnificent book?!
5. Christopher Pike taught me how fun it is to be deliciously scared sometimes. And how awesome the 80s neon popped covers can be.
6. The Baby-Sitters Club taught me how to put together dibbly fresh outfits, what to do when a kid has a fever, how to come up with super awesome IDEAS, that combined families can be great as long as everyone has their own space, that if you think you're adopted you are probably just suffering from "2nd child syndrome", that it's totally okay for 13 year old girls to take a 4 year old on a sailboat alone as long as he keeps his windbreaker on, how to control your diabetes even when your BFF is a total junk-food fanatic, where to hide all your junk-food and Nancy Drew books, that if you are helping a child with a science project/talent show/beauty pageant/etc you should NOT take over and do everything for them and think you are the one winning the big prize. And finally...sisters before misters, ho's over bro's. ;)
7. Where the Wild Things Are and Maurice Sendak taught me that it's okay to scare a child as long as you cuddle with them afterwards. And that even if you go to your room in a major tantrum and go on an extended wild rumpus, when you get back, your dinner will be waiting there for you. And it will still be warm.
8. Anna & The French Kiss taught me that I could love YA contemporary romances again. And a new book can delight you just as much as an old.
9. The Book Thief taught me how powerful words can be. And that sometimes, you just have to write in your books.
10.Duncan's Bride by Linda Howard was the first romance book I read (forced by my mom) and taught me the joy of a happily ever after. And also the slightly dirty parts. ;)