Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday


Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!
This is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week there's a new theme and bloggers from all over choose their top ten.
This week's theme is...

Top Ten Things I Am Thankful For

I am going to mix this up, my top ten will include books and people!

1. My family
This one is pretty obvious for me. I don't know what I'd be without them. My parents are really supportive. I do get my pessimism from them, but that's besides the point. They believe in me and I'm thankful for that. I hope to make them proud one day.
I also have some pretty great cousins. I don't see them too often, but we always have a good time when we finally get together. Some of my favorite memories were with them. Fro, glow sticks to good food, movies to water gun fights... Most of my cousins are adults, but we all act like kids.

2. My sister
She doesn't think so, but I really do love her. I'm just not great at showing it. Love is not an emotion I communicate well. (Reason I don't want to have kids. But anyways.) Most of the time, she truly believes that I hate her. Which sucks a lot, but I'm not sure how to change it. I do yell at her a bit. To pick up her toys, clean up her half of the room, put her clothes away, take a shower, do this, do that.
But I am honestly just trying to protect her from my parents, who get mad more easily than I do.
She takes it personally either way, but at least I don't make her cry.
Not that she sees it that way. She is only ten.
But would you rather be yelled at by a sibling who's looking out for you, or your parents?
I'm so much more lenient. And I hate seeing her cry.
I babysit her a lot (it seems like it, anyways). We usually watch TV or movies. Eat in the living room. Stay up late. Not much talking about important stuff, I suppose. It's awkward and I don't know how to go there. But I'm glad I have her. She means everything to me. All I want to do is protect her....

3. My cousin/best friend
Her name is Emily, and I've known her my whole life. She's exactly nineteen days older than me. She's weird and funny and we've been through everything together. We don't really text much. I really think it's weird texting her, because my whole life, I've been going over to her house and talking to her in person. It's so much easier. We can talk about pretty much anything. Not a lot of book talks, because I'm way more into them than she is. But she did recommend The Outsiders to me. And we both read My Sister's Keeper. And we watched the movie together.
Usually we watch movies and TV shows off of Netflix. We tend to make fun of them, because that's just fun.
We talk about school, drama, guys, drama, family, drama. I could never ask for a better friend. She's amazing and she means so much to me.

4. My best guy friend
Yeah, he's my boyfriend. But he was my friend first. I won't get into the whole story here. But he means a helluva lot to me. I'm not exactly a social person IRL. He's one of the few people who can talk to me everyday and not get tired of me. Sadly, I mostly talk to him through text. I don't need to explain why that's sad, right? I wish I could see him more in person. Sure, I see him at school, but it's no more than 30 minutes, and it's scattered through the day. Which sucks a lot.
I wish we could hang out more. Watch movies at my place, lay in the grass in my backyard and talk. I love spending time with him. He's weird and funny and sweet and caring... Is he immature? Sure, aren't all teenagers? But he's no more so than I am. It seems like we really understand each other. He gives me a new perspective, and I will always be thankful for that.

5. My friends
I know this is about as general as my family. But such is life.
I don't have too many people that I'd consider my friends. But I do have a few. I love them all for different reasons. I have the one I see every day. We're in yearbook together. It's nice to know that I always have her to hang out with. We're always laughing and making jokes that nobody but us understands.
I have the one who is always happy. Which is a nice contrast because I am rarely that enthusiastic about life. She acts childish but not in a bad way at all. She always reminds me of those better, simpler times. I'm not exactly old, but she keeps me young.
I have my fellow book lover. Yesterday, she was on the verge of buying me Divergent and I didn't even know. Until I told her I already had it and she was like, good thing you told me, I was about to buy you a copy! Seriously, she's great. I'm always recommending books to her (because I'm a lot more involved in book news and book reviews.) And we obsess over the same guys (in books.) And it's great having someone to fangirl with.
Do I have others? Yeah, I have my fellow weirdo that I've known since second grade. I don't see her much anymore, because we're both pretty busy. But she still tells me everything. When I go over on Fridays, we tend to talk and watch Cold Case and eat food and/or candy. I love those Fridays. We both also love Avatar. As in, The Last Airbender. And the Legend of Korra. It's great stuff and I love watching it with her.

Marley & Me Illustrated Edition: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog6. Marley and Me by John Grogan
This was the book that ultimately led to my love of books. I read this in fourth grade. Yes, it's an adult book. At the time, I didn't even know some of the references it made.
Ever since that first time, I've been constantly in a state of rereading it. When I finish it, I immediately start over again. That being said, I don't read it all the time. I've been on the same page since about this time last year. But I've read it at least five times. In what? 6 years? I honestly love this book. It says an awful lot about life, and what's really important. It's my inspiration in so many ways. I've always loved dogs and one day I hope to have one of my own.

The Art of Racing in the Rain
7. The Art of Racing in the Rain
Yet another book about a dog. This one told from a dog's POV. I read this for the first time a couple years ago. I had had my eye on it for a while. I've read this one about two or three times. I haven't started rereading it again because I just don't have time. Plus, it's one that takes a while to digest. It's not really long, but it has a lot of stuff going on. The plot is fast-paced. There's great symbolism and philosophy. It's truly amazing and after a long debate became my favorite book ever. Adult? I think it is. But I read it out of my love of deeper thinking. And a long history in YA, which I still love.


8. Morganville Vampires
YA series by Rachel Caine. I read the first ones in my early days of YA reading. I was in middle school and these books seemed interesting enough, as well as short. At the time, there were maybe 6 books? 8? I had no idea it would extend itself into 15 books. Or that it'd be so damn amazing.
This series is what made me realize everything I love in a YA:
action, adventure, romance, plot twists, interesting characters, and the perfect mix of humor and seriousness.
I think this series is wonderfully written and it inspires my writing style. Do I write like Rachel Caine? Of course not. But her elements and techniques intrigue me and I hope to convey a little bit of that. I feel like it's good YA writing.

9. Richelle Mead
I read Vampire Academy shortly after reading Twilight. It made me hate Twilight. I'm not even kidding. I felt like I had been so ripped off by Stephenie Meyer because here was Richelle Mead, writing about vampires, in a VERY AWESOME way. Nothing like Twilight stuff. There was real action, real danger, real characters that I could connect with. Realistic situations. You know, as realistic as vampire situations can be. And the love? While I eventually grew to dislike Dimitri, I'll admit it's way better than Edward and Bella. I will never admit anything good about Dimitri again.
My true love here is Adrian and while I wouldn't go for guys like him in real life, I found my type of book boyfriends. Lost souls, like Adrian.


10. Sarah Dessen
The first book I ever read by her was The Truth About Forever. I was really impressed. It really got me into contemporary. Her books always seemed to relate to issues I had, in some way or another. Like trying to be perfect, or afraid to tell the truth, or afraid to fall in love, or unsure about whether or not I should go to college far from home. It touches me and gives me a new perspective for all of these issues. That's not to say I'll do exactly what her characters to. But I have some thought process to refer to.
And it really helps. I will always be thankful to Sarah Dessen for that.

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  1. I just finished reading The Art of Racing in the Rain! I agree, it is an adult book but a great one. Sounds like you have a lot to be thankful for. I've been blogging all month on gratitude - something every day. Check it out when you get a chance. Have a great Thanksgiving!

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it(:
      I really do, I'm trying not to take it for granted. Or seem like I'm taking it for granted. I will definitely check it out. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too (:


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