Tuesday Top Ten – Authors I’m Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I know, buy I know, buy not everyone celebrates Thanksgiving but I’m feeling particularly festive this week! I have a Magnus Chase giveaway going on right now, website I’m about to eat LOTS of food very soon, and my book releases in exactly a week! There’s plenty to be excited about and plenty to be thankful for.

I’m excited to hopefully get more involved with blogging, seeing as I’ve been very bad at it lately. I’ve been SO SO insanely busy but I’m glad to be back. I thought returning to the Tuesday Top Ten with a post about authors that I’m thankful for!

They are in no particular order :)

JK Rowling 

It should come as no surprise that Queen Rowling ended up on this list. She is easily my favorite author and she has been an influence on me since I was a child. She is an incredible writer, one of the best world builders I’ve ever encountered and full of so much magic and love. I feel a connection to her books and to her struggle through poverty and welfare and depression, and how she’s conquered so much of that. She’s a beautiful human being and I’m so glad that I’ve been lucky enough to read her the past 17 years. Her books saved me from a ton of heartbreak as a child, she gave me an escape when I had none and I would not be here as the person I am without her.

Tamora Pierce 

I’m grateful for Tamora Pierce for so many reasons. For being a great writer. For being insanely sweet when I met her and cried my eyes out. For creating strong female characters long before most of the YA authors we know did. For writing amazing fantasy. But I think mostly I am grateful to her for giving me my love for fantasy. Besides Harry Potter and LoTR, I wasn’t much into fantasy until I discovered her Tortall books. That’s when I learned how familiar fantasy can be, how you can get lost in this world that is completely made up but still feels as familiar as the one you know. Tammy gave me my love for fantasy…easily.

Cassandra Clare

I honestly have to thank Cassandra Clare for a lot of things. She gave me two incredible series that are easily my favorites. She gave me worlds that gave me a ton of bravery. But mostly? Her books came into my life at a time when I was falling apart and I didn’t know if I could get back out of it. I was depressed, more so than I had ever been in my life, when I found myself wandering the bookstore and stumbled upon City of Bones and that book saved me from myself. The whole series did. I’m so thankful for Cassandra and her books.

Jessica Brody

I can’t even begin to describe the gratitude I have for Jessica Brody. As an author and as a friend. She is a great author and has been an incredible inspiration for me. I love knowing that she writes contemporary and science fiction, adult and YA and she gives me the motivation to be all over the place too in my writing. But she also is the reason I’m the blogger than I am and the writer than I am, the person I am. She taught me so many amazing tricks. She has given me the best advice. She has lead me on the right path so many times. I can’t even begin to describe how much she means to me.

Leigh Bardugo 

The fact that I can call this amazing, talented, fantastic, hilarious author friend blows my mind every single time. She’s fabulous. She’s a great writer, one that blows my mind with each and every book that I read by her. She is so inspiring with her world building; it makes me work harder and harder. She’s a great friend, and she’s given me great advice over the years. She’s made me feel important and she’s made me believe that I can do this. I’m so grateful for that. And I’m so grateful for these amazing books that she’s given us.

Andrew Smith

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I am so thankful for Andrew Smith…because he is one of the best authors I’ve ever read, in my entire life, for so many reasons. He is able to write so many things in one, humor and fantasy and science fiction and romance and all of this in one big thing. He’s incredibly talented and very humble about it. And he connects with his fans so well. He treats them all with such respect and I admire it so much. I admire his love for literature, his love for his family, for travel, for his job, and his passion for just being himself and writing the books he wants to write. I wish very much that I could be more like him, as a writer and a person. And through all of this…he calls me friend. That is just the most surreal thing ever.

Jennifer L Armentrout 

I adore JLA. I love her so much and its because I hope to be an author like her. She writes with humor and she writes everything. She writes paranormal and fantasy and romance and science fiction and so many of her books are so good. I’ve been rereading the Covenant series recently and I’m remembering why I love it so much and I’m reminded of how much that series was a huge influence on The Awakened. She’s so incredible. I love that she writes with humor, like the way she would talk, because I do the same thing. She’s a huge influence for me. I also love her because she wrote Scorched, which tackled mental illness and really hit home for me. I love that when I told her what that book meant to me, she hugged me and told me she was proud of me for getting help. She’s an amazing author and person.

Rainbow Rowell 

I think Rainbow Rowell is one of the best YA authors to exist right now. She writes stories that just grab you and make you feel like yelling, yes, exactly, this is exactly right. She writes the human soul so well…all of her books bring tears to my eyes because of how well she captures human emotion. But I am so grateful and thankful for her because she wrote Fangirl. That book’s main character, Cath, is one of the only characters I can say with 100% certainty is much much like me. I kept reading through the book, thinking, yes, this is exactly how I feel. This is exactly what I mean. This is exactly the person I am. She just…its like she took my personality and put it on paper. I am so thankful for her creating a character that I can connect with so much.

Richelle Mead

Its funny that Richelle Mead came to mean so insanely much to me when I avoided reading the Vampire Academy series for SO SO long. But eventually I did it and I am so glad I did because Richelle writes beautiful fantasy which fantastically sassy main characters. Her Rose Hathaway is one of my favorite characters ever and was a huge influence on my Zoey Valentine for sure. She’s an incredible influence…and she showed me that you can take something that has been done a million times, like vampires, like zombies, and turn it into your own story, something new and unique and compelling. The Awakened exists a lot because of her and her series.

Melissa Landers

I cheated and put eleven authors on this list. I know, I said ten but whatever. Eleven works well. I had to put Melissa on here because I am so thankful for her as an author. She has always been a sweetheart to me and has always treated me with the utmost respect. And I just love her books. Her books showed me that you can have science fiction and romance in one and make it work so well. Alienated was a massive influence on The Awakened in the romance sense. Aelyx and Cara’s relationship influences Zoey and Ash’s so much and I’m so incredibly grateful for her fabulous blend of science fiction and romance. May she continue to write awesome books again and again.

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Who are some of the authors YOU are grateful for? Share in the comments!

Happy Nerdsgiving…I Mean, Thanksgiving!

Happy Nerd Thanksgiving!

Now for those of you living here in the United States, viagra order I’m sure you know what this holiday is all about. I’m sure you dressed up in the paper costumes of Pilgrims and Indians back in first grade and you know, this you know, see just get to the turkey and the Black Friday sales already.

For those of you who don’t know what its about it, its basically this: The Pilgrims came to America to settle in the New World. Thanksgiving marks the first dinner, and meal that the Pilgrims and Indians shared together. Its all about the peaceful bond between the two and how they came together to enjoy this meal and all that fun stuff.

Those of who know better, know that we slaughtered the NATIVE AMERICANS in the thousands and gave them blankets laced with small pox and drove them from their homes.

But I digress.

But whatever the background of the actual holiday, it reminds to be thankful for the things that we have. I always tell myself, I need to be thankful every day, not just on a day like Thanksgiving. It’s like Valentine’s Day. You don’t need one day a year to remind yourself of the people you love. And yet, its a day to celebrate an American holiday, to spend time with your family and remind yourself that you are lucky, no matter what. There are always things to be thankful for.

So today, I’m making my little list of things that I am thankful for.

10. My Blog 

I started this blog back in May, and I can honestly say that this has made me extremely happy. Even when I’m having a bad day, or even if I am having the worst writer’s block, this blog is here. Here, I don’t have to worry about impressing anybody. I mean, its cool if I do but it’s mostly here for me to have nerd rants. Its for me to go on nerd tangents and if people want to follow me on this crazy tangents, that’s all good too. Its fun to be able to write about the things I love the most in the world. And I’m grateful for having it. And I’m grateful that I do have followers and that they like what I write :D

9. Movies

I adore movies and I am thankful for being able to watch them pretty much whenever I want to. I have a PS3 and a budding movie collection. I have a Netflix account and a Hulu Plus account and a television set to watch movies on TV. That is more than a lot of other people have and I’m grateful for it. There are so many badass and awesome movies out there and I am so happy that I get to enjoy all of these movies. Movies are amazing and I am thankful to have the ability to view them.

8. Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army

One of the best things to ever come into my life. I discovered them a year ago, in October of 2011, and I am so excited to have them in my life. Not only do I have a ton of fun every single time that we have a meet-up but I also have met the most awesome group of friends ever. If you’ve never had a chance to read my post about this amazing, amazing group, you can read it here.

7. My Home

My home isn’t perfect. There isn’t a home in the world that is perfect. Home is about who is with you. But I am grateful for being able to have a home, with my family, and a second home, with my boyfriend and his family. I am grateful to have a bed to sleep in and a roof over my head. I am grateful for having a bathroom in order to do my business and take showers. I’m grateful for the refrigerator and stove in order to be able to eat food. I grateful for this small building where I feel safe.

6. Harry Potter

What would I have ever done without Harry Potter in my life? I am grateful for this book series and for J.K. Rowling for giving and teaching me so much. I literally do not think I would be the person I am today without it. No way. I don’t have four HP tattoos for nothing; it means so much to me and I am thankful every day for it existing and for being able to experience the magic and the adventure any time I want.

5. Writing

I am grateful, thankful, appreciative and lucky for the ability to write. Sometimes I don’t think I am a great writer and other days, I can’t imagine what I would do if I couldn’t write. It’s the only thing I’ve ever felt like I was good at. So I am thankful for a talent that I love and that will hopefully get me far in life.

4. Books

How could I ever live without books? What would I do without them? I couldn’t live if I couldn’t read. Books provide so much for me. They provide entertainment and they provide comfort and they provide lessons and they provide the best therapy that money can buy. Every time I am swept into the world that a book creates, I can’t even handle it. There is nothing like the feeling a book gives you.

3. My Friends

I have some of the most awesome friends in the world. I am not always the most fantastic friend in the world. I’m busy and I’m shy and sometimes I just want to sit at home and do nothing. Sometimes I’m just selfish. I’m not perfect. But no matter what happens, they love me and they support me and they are there for me no matter what.

2. My Boyfriend

I am lucky enough to have been dating my boyfriend for nearly five years. Jon is the best boyfriend, not perfect, but perfect for me. He has taught me so much about what it is like to be in a real, long, loving relationship. He’s seen at my worst and at my best and he loves me. He supports me no matter what, through thick and thin, he makes me laugh, he’s smart as hell, he takes my NERDtastic awesomeness with ease and he’s just so freakin fantastic. I couldn’t ask for a better boyfriend.

1. My Family

Every time I spend a day with my family, or even just hang out with them for a couple hours, I remember how damn awesome they are. They drive me absolutely insane but I love them so much. I have the coolest siblings in the world. We’ve been there for each other through thick and thin, through bad (and it’s been bad) and through good (but good too!) and they just all rock. They all take after their nerd sister a little bit: a love of anime here, a love of video games there, and so on. And I have a fantastic dad, seriously, he is a rock star. What would I do without these crazy, amazing people in my life?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope that you can enjoy your turkey and pudding and your stuff and pie and even if you’re not American, I hope you can also remember that there is so much in your life to be grateful for :)

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