top ten tuesday – books i’m thankful for in 2017

it’s tuesday and i am again participating in the “top ten tuesday”, which is a weekly challenge hosted by the broke and the bookish. this weeks topic is:

Top Ten Books I’m Thankful For (Happy Thanksgiving week in the USA!)

hello my lovely bookoholics ❤ it’s tuesday and i am in bed. on sunday i woke up in the middle of the night and got this awful ear pain. i couldn’t lie down anymore because it got worse then. so i was up, walking around the apartment. i went to the doctor and it turned out i got an ear infection. i lost some of my hearing and she said, that the pain should be gone soon, but it could take weeks until i get my hearing back. and she said, that it’s possible that i will get a cold on top. yay me! the ear drops for my ear really help, but it’s ringing all the time and it’s weird not to hear normal. and i feel the cold coming. keep your fingers crossed, so it won’t break out. i don’t want to be sick. right now, i feel slightly better, but it’s hard to concentrate with pain. that’s why i am not reading that much. i am resting, as you should when you are sick. but since it’s thanksgiving, i wanted to give my thanks. i am very thankful for a lot of things this year, but let’s concentrate on the books, shall we? i’m just gonna include books, that i have read this year and that made me happy, sad or had an emotional impact on me or that just are part of something bigger for me. 🙂


“books i am thankful for in 2017”


1.) “the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy” by douglas adams & “dark matter” by blake crouch

hitchhiker DarkMatter

since i have read “the martian”, sci-fi has become one of my favorite genres. i have read “the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy” on the 1st of january and it was such a great and funny read. i knew, why i loved sci-fi and this book only contributed to my love. i still think about marvin and this books is just amazing. i can recommend it to anyone! “dark matter” on the other hand just blew my mind! the story about the parallel universes was amazing and it was just my thinking on paper. this was amazing. both these books showed my, that sci-fi is an amazing genre and it will always be one of my favorites.


2.) “hit me right in the heart”-books

starfish wordsindeepblue autoboyography

i need to list all of these three books, because i can’t choose at all. “starfish” by akemi dawn bowman, “words in deep blue” by cath crowley and “autoboyography” by christina lauren were books, that hit me hard. they were very emotional, but i loved them so, so, so much. i love my emotional reads, but books, that keep me thinking about them are just the best. i loved everything about these books. plot, characters, writing, emotional feelings. everything was perfect and i am so thankful that i got to experience this.


3.) “simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda” by becky albertalli


this was one of the first audiobooks that i have read this year. i never thought, that i would become such a fan of audiobooks, but after listening to this, i was blown away. it’s a wonderful story, that made my cry, while listening to it. i had so many emotions during this “listen” and i am so thankful that it showed me, that audiobooks can have that effect on me.


4.) “kids of appetite” by david arnold


wouldn’t be a 2017 list, if it didn’t include “kids of appetite” by david arnold. i cried almost throughout this whole book. the story touched me so deeply. the characers touched me so deeply. the writing was phenomenal and oh all those quotes! ❤ it will always have a special place in my heart. especially since it connects me with my best friend.


5.) the “shades of magic” & “monsters of verity” series by v.e. schwab

darkershade  OurDarkDuet

i am very thankful for the “shades of magic” and “monsters of verity” series by v.e. schwab, because these books made me fall in love with her writing, with her characters, with her stories. i love her books and i became a huge fan this year. i had a little adventure getting her signature in “this savage song” and now i own a signed copy of the “a darker shade of magic” collector’s edition. i also bought all three hardbacks when i was in los angeles this year. so i have a lot of memories of my bookish adventures with her and i will always cherish them.


6.) jane austen’s novels


i started my jane austen project this year and i am so glad that i did. i really like these classics. currently i am reading the last novel “emma” and i like it but i feel, that “persuasion” will stay my favorite. i’m glad and thankful for this project, because it brought me closer to classics.


7.) “the outsiders” by s.e. hinton


i’m very thankful for “the outsiders” because it touched me very, very deeply. i was shocked and angry but most of all i was stunned, that i build up this connection to these characters, considering this book is so small. and i am thankful, that the movie adaption was done so well, because sometimes movie adaptions just suck. this one proved, that there are good ones out there.


8.) “a man called ove” by fredrick backman


ove, my dear ove. how have you made me cry. i think this book made me cry the most this year. i sobbed constantly. it touched me so very deeply and made me so emotional, that it is hard, to ever forget. but i am thankful for that, because it reminds me, that books just stay with you for a very long time! and i have a feeling, that this will become one of my favorite authors of all time.


9.) “the nevernight chronicle” by jay kristoff

nevernight godsgrave

i am very thankful for these two books, especially for “nevernight”. i was about to dnf it but i kept going and now this is one of my favorite series so far. it showed me, that sometimes it’s worth not to give up so easily! i can’t wait to get my hands on the last book and see how it all ends. i became a huge fan of jay kristoff. he even responded to my tweet, which i was so happy about. it’s these little things, that make you happy!


10.) “watching glass shatter” by james j. cudney


yes jay, you need to be on this list. i loved “watching glass shatter” as you can read in my review. there is still the poll up, so go and vote. but as my review shows, there is nothing bad i can say about this book. and i am so thankful for it, because it brought the blogging community closer. jay did such a wonderful job connecting all people and i got to know new bloggers and could talk about this amazing debut novel. everything this book did in the past weeks, was an amazing experience to me. it was my first blog tour. i felt important. i was happy, that someone trusted me so much to let my be part of it. i had so much fun. i am so happy about everything. and the reading of “watching glass shatter” was also great. it made me very emotional, because it’s a fantastic family drama, that is beautifully written. i will always be thankful for this book.


so, as you can see, i can’t possibly just pick ten books. no way. every book is different and special and has their own story. that’s why i needed to pick more and explain the effect on me. i’m thankful for books in general, because they made my life just great this year. and i can’t wait for all the new experiences i am about to have. happy thanksgiving to everybody! 🙂

31 thoughts on “top ten tuesday – books i’m thankful for in 2017

  1. Great picks, Alex!! I am so sorry about the ear infection. I hope you don’t catch a cold and feel better soon!
    I totally agree with Dark Matter and Watching Glass Shatter – I love them both!! (oh, and Jane Austen books… I’m currently reading S&S and loving it soooooo much!!!) Oh, in addition to that I ordered ‘The Outsiders’ from Book Depository and patiently waiting for my copy to arrive! Cannot wait to read it ❤

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  2. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the ear infection will disappear sooner than anticipated! Might even light a candle when I get home! [Okay, that might be more because I’m in the mood for some candles, but this is a perfect reason to do so as well.]

    Hope you get the rest you need, girl!

    Watching Glass Shatter has been staring prettily at me. My author requests are killing me though.. We’ll see how that goes, haha.

    *Still giving you the stink-eye for not letting me buy Autoboyography when I asked.*

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    • thank you girl!!! ❤️❤️❤️ a candle sounds awesome! that will surely help! 😘

      just fell asleep for two hours haha 😂🙈

      and you NEED to read „watching glass shatter“ asap!!

      and sorry not sorry for autoboyography! 😂 i‘m sick (in so many ways) – forgive me 😂😘

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      • I’ll get right on it! As soon as I get to leave this torturous day behind and am able to go home. :’)

        I’m jealous! I could use some sleep as well, haha. Although the being sick-part isn’t really necessary. 😀

        I KNOW. But I need to read everything ASAP.
        This is the same freaking discussion over and over again, haha. :’D

        Yeahyeah! Guess I’ll see whether or not to give you a more evil stink-eye when I open the booooox. boxboxboxboxbox.


  3. Hi. I am so sorry you are not feeling well and hope the ear infection goes away quickly. I know it’ll take a few weeks to fix your hearing, but feel better. Sending lots of love, hugs and good health.

    Thank you so much. I am absolutely honored to be up here with all of those amazing books. I am grateful you read the book, but also that you loved it so much and have been such a big promoter for me. I appreciate you and share my gratitude for you and all the bloggers this Thanksgiving week.

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    • thank you so much jay! that really means a lot! i am sure i’ll feel better soon! 🤗

      and you deserve to be on this list! you made such an impact on me this year and your book is just phenomenal! every one needs to read it and know about it! and what a great guy you are! i am still shocked how you do everything you do and i am very proud and glad do give something back! 🤗

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  4. The “it me right in the heart” books are part of the ones I have added to my wishlist and look everyday to see if they are cheaper than the day before. Haha the covers and the tiles and the synopsis are so damn catching!! 😦

    Thank you for fueling my intensity and quest xD

    I hope you could take a look at my blog!! :3 and if you do, I hope you like it!!!

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  5. Hope your ear infection goes away quickly! I really wish that I could get into classics, but I find myself reading and not paying any attention to the words/not comprehending the story at all. Any suggestions to ease my way in?

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  6. First I hope you feel better by now. Second I’m happy to see Jay is on your list. I plan to read it when I have some free time between ARCs. Third I haven’t read A Man Called Ove but I’ve just finished Beartown by the same author and it was fantastic!

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