Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Are Thankful For (Bloggers Edition)

Posted November 21, 2017 by meezcarrie in Christian, Top Ten Tuesday / 57 Comments

Happy Almost-Thanksgiving to my USA readers 🙂  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is about the books we are thankful for. Since I did that topic last year, I decided to ask some of my fellow bloggers which books they are thankful for, instead! I had such fun reading their responses and remembering how much I love many of the same books. I hope you do too ♥

Also… some have clearly been hanging around me too long because they couldn’t stop at just one book! 😉

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Rachel @ BookwormMama says she is thankful for:

The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson because that is what sparked my love of classics. Little House, because it sparked my love for historical.

Beth @ FaithfullyBookish says:

I’m thankful for Miriam by Mesu Andrews because it challenged me to look deeper when reading and rereading those old familiar Biblical stories and reading this novel caused me to seek out more high-quality Biblical fiction.

Kat @ Kat’s Corner Books is thankful for:

A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano. There are lots of reasons…. but…I think this is the book that really brought me back into the Christian Fiction fold. I had long held a preconceived notion that CF was all Amish and spiritual and boring, not a place I could escape into while subtly learning about how God loves me. It was a time of life when I really needed a place to laugh and Jen’s book did that for me. I learned about God’s provision in difficult circumstances through Eliza, and that it’s ok to laugh and enjoy life even when life’s not that enjoyable. Jen’s writing always has subtle faith threads that just weave into the everyday life of her characters, and to me, that speaks volumes more than in your face Bible verses and overt faith themes. It’s natural. That’s what I want my faith to be, so natural that it just exudes into my everyday life.

Melony Teague is thankful for a different Jen Turano book:

I am most grateful for “Out of the Ordinary” by Jen Turano. It provided much needed comic relief and pure entertainment during a particularly trying week. The laugh out loud moments were just what I needed.

Courtney @ The Green Mockingbird says:

I’m thankful for “Ruby” by Lauraine Snelling (And subsequently, the rest of the Dakotah Treasures series). It was the book that sparked my interest in Christian fiction as an adult.


Trisha @ Joy of Reading broke it down by genre:

There are many books I have been blessed by this year. I know you asked for only one book, but how about 1 book from 3 separate categories?

Non-fiction, Christian, Bible Study
31 Proverbs To Light Your Path by Liz Curtis Higgs
With every book I pick up from Liz Curtis Higgs, I gain a blessing. Her writing is straight from the heart and never fails to shine a light on the beautiful love of our Savior.

Fiction, Christian Historical
Many Sparrows by Lori Benton
My Heart ached with Claire and the trial she had to walk through. Her patience was tested and I was blessed by the telling of this wonderful story!

Fiction, Christian Contemporary
The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon
Stepping out in faith when the path isn’t clear, and knowing that no matter what happens God will use what happens to His glory. I appreciated the immersive experience into another culture as well as the strong elements of faith!

Beckie @ By The Book is thankful for Many Sparrows too:

Benton brought to life a time and place I knew little about. It made me evaluate my impatience with God’s timing as well as my reluctance to heed His prompting to wait, and it was beautifully written. I loved everything about the writing — characterization, descriptive prose, meticulous research, and elegant plotting.

Suzie @ Remembrancy says:

I’m going to go with the first one that came to mind: A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers. It was the first book that signaled a shift in Christian Fiction (for me) and it was different than anything I’d read to that point.

Rivers wrote about the persecution of Christians, about faith, about falling in love, and she did it all through the eyes of a Jewish slave girl who clung to her faith while surrounded by the opulence, darkness, and evil of the Roman Empire.

The entire Mark of the Lion series was a reminder of what early Christians suffered for their refusal to denounce their faith, but also that God is in the business of miracles, that He can change a hardened heart, and set captives free.

And there is a love story in there too ?

Amanda @ Christian Shelf Esteem is thankful for this book too:

I’d have to say A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers. The depth of her writing with its undercurrent of faith and perseverance is what won me to Christian fiction.

Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective is grateful for shared memories:

Okay. I’m going with the book that started it all. The Teeny Tiny Woman by Paul Galdone. Not only did it start my love for books and reading, it created a special bond between my grandmother and I. Later on when I had my daughter, I was able to share the very same book (yep I still have it!) with her and start her love of reading. This books means so very much to me.


Robin @ Robin’s Nest says:

of all the books i’ve read and all the books i’ve enjoyed and all the books i’ve benefited and learned from, I’mma say Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie. it was while reading that story that i had my first authorly thought – she has to know the crime before she can know the clues. in essence, she had to write it inside out! it was years before i started writing but methinks something in that realization triggered my own writer self

Iola Goulton is thankful for:

Christy by Catherine Marshall because it paved the way for the modern Christian fiction genre. I can’t imagine what I’d do without so many wonderful Christian novels to read!

Katie @ Fiction Aficionado squeezes a bunch of books into one 😉 :

One of my choices is Shakespeare’s complete works (so glad you can get them in one volume and have it count as one book ?) because the English language would be so much poorer without Shakespeare

Sydney @ Singing Librarian Books is touchingly thankful for:

Anne of Green Gables. Because she became my “friend” during a time in my life when I really struggled with friends.

Kav @ Best Reads can’t resist a little fussing first 😉 :

Book as in just one? Seriously?! Sigh. Grumble. The Promise of Breeze Hill by Pam Hillman because of Connor O’Shea. Hero of my heart. Warrior of my spirit — so does not belong with Isabella…okay, he really does but I like to pretend I caught his eye first. And I am mightily glad that he has brothers who will have their own stories though doubt the author is going to let me have one of them either. Sigh. The perils of falling in love with a fictional hero.

Rel @ Relz Reviewz continues the (goodnatured) grumbling:

You’re killing me here, Carrie! I’m going to go with Dead Reckoning by Ronie Kendig. Not only did it introduce me to the exceptional talent Ronie has penning layered, intriguing characters, perfect male POV, and action scenes that read like a thrilling movie, it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship that I treasure beyond measure ? And did I say she writes the BEST heroes ever?! Do yourself a favour and invest in her books ~ I’ve loved every single one.

Carole @ The Power of Words is torn, too:

Carrie, it was a tossup between In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon and Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala because both of these had a huge impact on my Christian walk. But for the purpose of your thankfulness question, I’m going to pick In His Steps because it made me look at daily life and decisions in a way I had never before thought of. 


Denise @ 100 Pages per Hour did a little negotiating 😉 :

Okay so if we are talking all time most thankful for I think I would have to pick Roses for Mama by Janette Oke because it is the first Christian Fiction book I remember reading off my mom’s shelf in elementary school. Even then I was an avid reader and was getting bored with kid’s books. I fell in love and continued reading all my mom’s Janette Oke books – including the ones she hadn’t had time to read!

Most recently though I’d have to say it is Taken by Dee Henderson. I really was moved by the main character and her ability to persevere and endure such hardships and still remain faithful to God. I really appreciated the spiritual depth in that book (and in all of Henderson’s books) and I have read it probably 5 times already! Henderson is my all time favorite author ?

THANK YOU to all my blogging friends who participated today! I’m honored to call you ‘friends’ ♥

What about you? What books are you thankful for?


57 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Are Thankful For (Bloggers Edition)

  1. Love it!!! I love many of the books on this list! I almost mentioned Little House but decided to stick with “adult” fiction. I could do a whole post on favorite YA chapter book favorites from my childhood ;).

    Thanks for including me! So glad to be book loving friends. You are wonderful!

    • Carrie

      ooo you should totally do that post! I’d love to read it 😀 Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me, my friend! 🙂

  2. What a wonderful bunch of book-loving friends! <3 I love seeing all the different ways we responded to that questions! (But I win the points for how to get the most books in! ?)

  3. Wow, that’s a lot of book bloggers! Love all your lists! I thought I knew everyone but nope, haha, looks like I need to make some new friends. We love our book blogging buddies, and this author is thankful for YOU, Carrie, and for how much you and all the other bloggers out there do to spread the word about great fiction!
    Happy Thanksgiving my friend!

  4. Hey Carrie *waving*
    This is such a fantastic collection of bloggers & books! Thanks for including me. I had fun chatting with you yesterday! Happy Thanksgiving ❤️

    • Carrie

      Thank you again so much for your thoughts, Trisha! It’s so fun to see what books are meaningful to you too <3

  5. I so agree with several of these choices! I’m also grateful for Karen Witemeyer’s Short Straw Bride. I hadn’t read Christian fiction in years and had been giving a few authors a try, but Short Straw Bride was the one that got me hooked on a blend of faith, romance and humor.

  6. I am thankful for so many of the same books! Adding to the list: The Zion Covenant series by Brock and Bodie Thoene, and The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers. Oh no, now I have TONS of titles at my fingertips just begging to be named. But I’ll stop there, otherwise I’d be writing my own blog post and…I actually should be writing a novel instead. heehee!

  7. Caryl Kane

    CARRIE, thank you for this awesome post! I’m grateful for many of these incredible authors and their books.

    Blessings and ((((HUGS))))

  8. emilee

    I am thankful for Denise Hunter’s love stories. I just finished Blue Ridge Sunrise, sweet, clean romance at it’s finest!

  9. Winnie Thomas

    I’m thankful for my book-blogging BFFF who keeps me supplied with so many great book suggestions! Fun post, Carrie! There are a lot of great bloggers and books here!

  10. I had to read Ingalls in elementary school – and the teacher made it one of the most miserable reading experiences ever. In fact, I’ve never felt the urge to go back to them… unfortunately…

  11. This was so fun! Thank you for asking me to be a part of it, even if it did mean wracking my brain for an entire afternoon! How cool to see what the others thought too. You my friend, are brilliant. Can you imagine all of us at a party talking about these books? That would be pretty fun!

  12. Wow, this list is magnificent! It was great seeing all the books these amazing bloggers are thankful for. Bringing people together is part of what the holiday season is about and I love that you brought that feeling to your blog. Fantastic! Happy reading!

  13. Aw, this is so much fun! <3
    Soooo many titles I'm thankful for… but I'll just say the first that came to mind: An Enchanted Noel, by Melissa Tagg. And, yes, I know it just came out yesterday 😡

  14. Carrie, this post is insanely (in the best way) FUN!! Loved seeing some amazing bloggers on your list along with the books their thankful for. Such a creative post. 🙂

    Thank *you* for all you do in this blogging/book community. 🙂

    Hope you and yours enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving – and thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

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