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Top Ten Tuesday | Grateful and Thankful, Top Shelf Authors

Though next to impossible to believe, we have arrived at Thanksgiving. With the holiday season upon us, reasons to be grateful and thankful flood our minds. Or it does me.

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I have many such reasons to be Thankful for. Reasons that should remind me to be grateful every single day. Not the least of which is my family, a home and this country. I could, and will, also mention you, the people in this blogging community, without whom I wouldn’t still be blogging. So allow me to take this moment to say thank you for caring about Finding Wonderland. Of course, I’d be remiss if I also didn’t mention, books! Today our topic is open-ended, but sticking with bookish things seemed easiest, something I will never bemoan the opportunity to talk about.


I decided to list ten authors whose talented pen and subsequent stories make me grateful. Without authors, this world wouldn’t exist. Without their keen insight and pain-staking patience to craft these stories, we wouldn’t be swept into exotic or familiar worlds. Their talents are what these fictional world propel from. It's because of their stories, this book blogging community has as voice.

In no way is this list a complete picture of the authors who I’m grateful to have discovered. Here are some of the authors I’m thankful for.

1. Joanne Bischof | Joanne is the kind of author whose skill with a pen astounds every time. Her latest novel, The Lady and the Lionheart (a kind of Beauty and the Beast retelling) is told in the kind of prose I wish I could write with. #IndieBooksBeSeen 

2. Kristy Cambron | Kristy’s latest novel, The Ringmaster’s Wife was one of the most beautiful books of 2016, so adding her rich writing style to this list wasn’t a difficult placement.


3. Elizabeth Camden | Elizabeth’s books were probably the first that taught me the joy of historical fiction, and in every way helped me rediscover it. Up until then, much to my puzzlement, I had been in a kind of sabbatical from its brand of old fashioned charm.

4. Katie Ganshert | Katie’s novels are stunning. In particular, I was thinking of her most recent novels A Broken Kind of Beautiful and TheArt of Losing Yourself. Both step out in faith to tell “messy” stories with some of the most beautiful themes.

5. Jenny B. Jones | The talent of this author is among the best of the best. Her latest novel I’ll Be Yours found the right balance of humor and emotional depth, which showed us yet another layer of her writing.

BOOK REVIEW | I'll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones - A Five-Star Stunner for the Keeper Shelf

6. Ronie Kendig | Ronie write’s military fiction that, to me, shines a light on the importance of our military and the sacrifices they make. Plus, it’s darn good storytelling to boot.


7. Hillary Manton Lodge | These are the perfect reads to be thankful for not just for the talents of Hillary’s pen, but also because the series focus is on family (and plenty of good food).

8. Emery Lord | Emery’s book The Start of Me and You is, without question, one of my favorite YA contemporary reads. The bookish references are a book nerds dream and the characters are still memorable. Needless to say, I’m anticipating reading more from Emery.

9. Stephanie Perkins | Like Emery, I discovered a gem in Stephanie Perkins Anna and the French Kiss.

10. Katherine Reay | Katherine’s novels are top shelf quality. Each of her novels are better and better. The character depth is astonishing. Five star recommendation.

11. Sarah Sundin | WWII novels come no greater than Sarah Sundin. She has a wonderful voice and each of her characters sparkle and all seem to come alive off the page.

12. Melissa Tagg | No one writes witty romcom better than Melissa Tagg. Her Gilmore Girls-esque humor combinedg with the classic black and white movies is unmistakable. #IndieBooksBeSeen (Also, have I mentioned her talent at adorable - and spark fueled - meet cutes?!)

BOOK REVIEW | Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg - Wit, Wisdom and Winsome Charm

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Though woefully incomplete, these are a few of the authors who I am thankful write stories for the world for us to experience, enjoy and be entertained by.

How did you spin your list this week? What authors are you thankful for? Comment down below with your bookish thoughts, and all that jazz. I’d love to visit your lists too.

Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving, friends.

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.  

24 comments

  1. I like your take on this week's Top Ten Tuesday! I have been meandering through other blogs as well and love how everyone has their own spin on it. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. I do too, Sarah! It's so much fun to see how everyone spins these topics - especially when there are SO many ways to interpret them. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  2. I'm super thankful for Emery Lord as well. She's a great writer. Lovely list <3

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    1. She is indeed, Chrissi. One of my favorites! Cannot wait to discover more of her books. :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting.

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  3. Great spin on the topic! There are indeed so many authors out there to be thankful for! They share their stories with everybody and in turn help us so much :)

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    1. Thanks, Lindsey. :) It's always fun to see how everyone decides to spin the topics. I'm constantly "breaking" Top Ten Tuesday's rules, so it's fun to see the creative ways others add their own voice to the topics. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  4. Yes it is hard to believe Thanksgiving is here! Wow. I like your topic this week, good one! I don't know all these authors, but I did discover Stephanie Perkins this year in an anthology.

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    1. It is, Greg! I'm in awe of how rapidly this year has flown by. Wish it would slow down because this is the most wonderful time of year for a reason. :)

      Cool! Hope you enjoyed Stephanie's novel. I'm (obviously) quite fond of her style.

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  5. I love Stephanie Perkins' books so much too!! Anna was just adorable, but Lola's book was my favourite of them all. <3 And I really want to read an Emery Lord book eventually! This kind of reminds me I've been meaning to do that for ages. *glares at TBR and makes this higher priority* I love seeing lists of people's favourite authors SO THIS WAS GRAND. Here's my TTT!

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    1. Anna is indeed adorable, Cait. I'm still swoony over its charms. *insert all the heart eye emojis* So glad to hear Lola is even better. It's been on my TBR for far too long now, but I'm - *fingers crossed* - about done with my review copy TBR, so I'm hoping to read some books next month from my bookshelf.

      Emery's books are so fun! Or they are if judged by The Start of Me and You. Loved all the bookish references it included.

      (I glare at my TBR all the time. Glad to know I'm not alone!)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting, Cait. Glad to have you stop by! :)

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  6. I'm thankful for Stephanie Perkins as well. I just love her books so much!

    My Top Ten

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    1. Me too, Lori. Me too. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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  7. I love the unique take on the theme :) Am afraid I haven't read most of the authors in your list but now am really interested in reading their works :) Great list!

    My Top Ten Tuesday

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    1. Thanks, Uma. And I do hope you find some new authors to enjoy. This is what makes Top Ten Tuesday so fun as well as informative.

      Thanks, as always, for visiting! :)

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  8. Very fun way to answer this week's question! I'm with you on Stephanie Perkins and Emery Lord!

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    1. YAY! Both are great authors indeed, Alison. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting.

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  9. Great list, Rissi! What a fun take on this topic! I've read all of the authors on this list except Emery Lord, and, after reading your review of The Start of Me and You, I think I may need to fix that :-)

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    1. YAY! Hope if/when you read one of Emery's books, you enjoy them, Becky. The Start of Me and You was so sweet. But then YALit is kind of my "happy place" reads because they're so cute and charming, which for me, is my ideal read. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting! Always glad to have you stop by.

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  10. I'm so touched to be included on your list! And I'm thankful for readers and reviewers like you, dear Rissi!

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    1. My pleasure, Sarah, always. Sincerely grateful for your talent which translates into these beautiful stories for us. Thank you. :)

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  11. I really need to read 1., 8., and 9.'s books! They are on my TBR list...

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    1. I sure hope you enjoy them, Amanda. Apologies for the delay in replying to your comment. For some reason it slipped past my notice. :)

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  12. Yes! What a great list of authors. I agree with so many of them (at least the ones I've read so far :).

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    1. There are SO many authors that could have been added to this list. But if I added them all, this would have been very long indeed. :)

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