Top Ten Tuesday | I’m Thankful and Grateful for These Books and Bookish Things (and Authors) aka Happy Thanksgiving

Top Ten Tuesday | I’m Thankful and Grateful for These Books and Bookish Things (and Authors) aka Happy Thanksgiving

After a week off from the Top Ten Tuesday fun makes its triumphant return to Finding Wonderland. Let’s get right into today’s subject.

Broke and Bookish November 21: Top Ten Books I'm Thankful For (Happy Thanksgiving week in the USA!) – Broke and Bookish

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Who among today’s visitors is in amazement that Thanksgiving 2017 is here? (Or for all intents and purposes it is.) I’m in greater amazement than usual. It literally feels like only yesterday it was November first. We’re 21 days into the month, and if the holiday weren’t enough, Friday is the culturally popular Black Friday. Speaking of, I’m curious, how many of us indulge in the experience? As close as I get is a keyboard – tell me all of the amazing bookish deals you’ve discovered.

Back on point. Today’s topic.

Every year, a pastime we all indulge in is to gratefully reflect on the many good things in our lives, one of the simple joys I circle back to each year is BOOKS. Bookshelves, bookish goodies or bookish inspiration, you name it, and I’m likely excited about these sorts of things within favored genres. Today, I’m going to put together a mixed bag of things.

Below you’ll find everything from books (centered on strong family bonds) – and their authors, which I’m thankful for along with a few bookish goodies (next thing we know CHRISTMAS will be here!!) and just because, a few things in life I’m grateful for.

Let’s get to Top Ten Tuesday listing.


1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | Though I have not read this one – the question I keep asking myself is why? – I have the impression it’s all about strong family ties (plus some great romance-y stuff, too). That makes this one a perfect fit. Amazon | Goodreads

2. With You Always by Jody Hedlund | A strong sisterly bond is the backdrop of this historical novel. Amazon | Goodreads

3. Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge | Retooling the classic Jane Austen story, Hillary moves her characters (who are also entrepreneurs who sell tea) and story to modern-day Texas. It’s an organic change that works effortlessly and beautifully well. Amazon | Goodreads

4. Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay | This is perhaps Katherine’s most family bonded story. It’s about sisters who start out in a perilous relationship only to eventually bond the titular characters – even if it takes a tragedy to do this. Amazon | Goodreads
“Stories are as unique as the people who tell them, and the best stories are in which the ending is a surprise.” - The Choice
5. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks | Its primary genre may be a romance, but I love how deeply Travis loves and begins to care for his wife. It’s a testament to their relationship and the fact that Travis IS not the man he once was – Gabby helped shape him into the best version of himself. In short, this is a beautiful story. Amazon | Goodreads

FILM REVIEW | The Choice (2016) - A Romance Drama About True Love and a Second Chance

6. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rodrick | Anyone who binge watched The Lizzie Bennet Diaries will know this story like the back of their hand. Nonetheless, this familial story is endearing and lovely. Amazon  | Goodreads | Rent the first episode of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on Amazon Video

7. Bradford Series by Becky Wade | Strong family ties bind together this family, a family built in unusual ways, but is still nonetheless a lovely one. Amazon (Then Came You), Amazon (True to You), Amazon (Falling for You, May 2018) | Goodreads  

8. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon | This is another one I haven’t read. That said, I really like the sound of it, and thoroughly enjoyed Everything, Everything. Plus the themes of family sound like an important component. Amazon | Goodreads


Denise Hunter’s Callahan Brothers (Falling Like Snowflakes,book 1); Melissa Tagg’s Walker Family Series (From the Start, book 1); Susan May Warren’s Price Family (Heiress, book 1).


Still have all the shopping to do? If you're like me, you most definitely have ALL of your shopping to do! If you've joined #TBTBSanta or simply have a list of people on that list, you might find the perfect something for that someone on your list - and bonus! Friday IS Black Friday, so be on the lookout for some deals! Consider checking out the folks at Bookshelf Tees for that perfect bookworm-y gift. NerdyGrlDesigns sells cute "cut out" bookmarks in her Etsy shop or for the fashionista in your life, Personalized Jewelry is "in" nowadays. 

Speaking of jewelry, I'm totally going to put in a self-promo plug: shop Baubles, Beads and Stuff! Yes, this is my Etsy shop, but I feel totally comfortable with promoting it because, though I do some designs, I operate (mainly) in a technical role. It's my mother who's the shop's primary designer and well, I may be bias, but I have zero problem promoting her lovely work.  


Family | No matter what else is happening or who you might feel is going about “X” wrong or the wearying gossip culture and media that fans the flames about “X” in the aftermath of whatever-oh-my-gosh moment is currently making headlines, family is a constant. They have to put up with me no matter what, and for this alone, I’m grateful. Magnify that one reason times infinity and I like to think – quirks and all, my family is pretty special. Yes, I might be a little biased. *wink*

Nikon Cameras | For a long time now, I’ve wanted to purchase a nice camera. Earlier this year, I finally did… and let me tell ya’, simple joy that it is, I’m loving that I was able to purchase this! Any Nikon recommendations (or Canon), tips or suggestions are most welcome. I’m still on a hard learning curve. (When one is used to a tiny Kodak or a small pocket size Nikon, this is quite the exciting thing for this girl.) 

*video publishes tomorrow afternoon; channel linked above

That’s a wrap for this edition. Tell me about the things you’re thankful for: did you discover amazing new things this year? Learn something new? What are you shopping for this weekend? Comment all the bookish (or otherwise) thoughts down below, and leave those Top Ten Tuesday links. It may take me the week, but I will be by to visit your posts.

Happiest Thanksgiving to all of my readers. Hope your day is memorable – and full of good pie. Speaking of pie: what are you making?

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland


  1. Replies
    1. Can't ever say no to some Pride & Prejudice fun. :)

      Thanks for visiting, Anne - and happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Hey Rissi! I really enjoyed this list... specifically the link to the shop where the jewelry is AMAZE, love it and will look around to find something to be thankful to receive! Also I'm thankful for my family too!

    I love top 10 Tuesday... Here is my post if you're interested in my choices <3

    1. Me too, Dani - family is everything. They put up with me, and for that reason alone (there are countless others), I'm grateful. :)

      Thanks so much for reading and stopping by! It's always fun to meet fellow blogger's, and of course! I look forward to reading your bookish post, too. :)

  3. Ooo, lots of books for me to explore! Thanks for sharing your list of books this week.

    My TTT post for the week is as follows:

    1. That's the fun of this meme, right? Always fun new books! :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting.

  4. Great list! I like that you included books with lots of strong family ties. And cameras too- a good camera is an amazing thing. :)

    1. Right? I'm only just now realizing how awesome a good camera is! One of my indulgent purchases this year. And I don't regret it at all. :)

      Thanks so much, as always, for the visit, Greg.

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    1. Thank you! Same to you - I do hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. :)

  6. I liked your list as well, Rissi. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much! Glad you were able to stop by. Happy (belated!) Thanksgiving to you as well. :)

  7. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! Enjoy that new camera. What a fun adventure!

    1. Thanks, Deb! I am so enjoying my new camera! It's been so cool. :)

      Appreciate you stopping by!

  8. Love your list Rissi! It's so good to take a moment to stand still and think about all the things we're thankful for. And though, yes, a lot of that are bookish things, there's also so amny other things to be thankful for. I hope you'll enjoy the Jenny Han series, I'm rereading the first two books soon so I can start the third one :) Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Well said, Lindsey. YES, it is good to take moments to just be still and enjoy all the good in our lives. We have so much to be thankful for. :)

      Thanks! Me too. Now that Jenny's book has been adapted into a film, I *really* DO need to read the books. A task I'm very much looking forward to. :)

      Appreciate you visiting - as always. Great to chat with you.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving! What a wonderful list, lots of stuff I've never read before, but it all looks amazing! As someone who used to work retail for years (ugh) I avoid black Friday at all costs. Cyber Monday is more my speed!

    And I love that you included the Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet on here! I've never read it, but I LOOOOVE The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and this book has been on my list for forever. I need to get on it!

    Here's mine! Have a great turkey day!!
    Giving Bookish Thanks

    1. Part of the fun of Top Ten Tuesday: discovering all the new books! :)

      I didn't work in retail, but I don't blame you for avoiding Black Friday, Loretta - especially now places like Amazon makes it so easy. (They match all the prices too. Or generally they do.)

      I adore the Lizzie Bennet YT series. It's SO DARN CUTE! I've actually not finished the book (I had to set it aside for a review copy a while back), but what I read, I loved. Just thinking about it makes me want to pick it up again. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting! And happy (belated) Thanksgiving. Hope your day was grand. :)

  10. I love the 'strong family ties' angle, Rissi! Happy Thanksgiving :) My TTT

    1. Thank you, Carrie! It was a fun list to put together - and I always like to celebrate strong families. :)

      Appreciate you visiting, as always.

  11. Such a sweet list!! Love!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Here's my TTT

    1. Thanks, Priyanka. :)

      Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Appreciate you stopping by.

  12. The Sun is Also a Star was wonderful! I am a fan of Yoon's storytelling and the characters she creates. I really loved the way she showed how a series of events can lead to some outcome.

    1. So happy to know this, Sam! I really like Yoon's storytelling too; there's something so "easy" and maybe even whimsical about her books. I look forward to read 'Sun.' It's high on my TBR, especially now I've read Everything, Everything.

      Appreciate you visiting!

  13. I have a Nikon and love it! I can't say that I am someone who should be giving tips out though.;)
    Great list! I love that it has Katharine and Hillary.
    I had to check out the jewelry you all make. The Jane Austen inspired necklaces are gorgeous!

    1. Aren't awesome cameras... awesome?! ;) I'm loving mine though I suspect I haven't even figured out half of its capabilities.

      Couldn't leave off Katherine or Hillary from this list - they write books that are tailor made for this topic.

      Thank you! We appreciate you visiting the shop. We do have fun with it. :)

      Appreciate you visiting, Amanda. As always.


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