Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Your Favourite Theme

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Drawing of a hand holding on a piece of string that’s connected to the letter P in the word Hope. How can anyone only pick one trope or theme? I think I could write dozens of blog posts on this topic and still not run out of things to say.

Over the past two years, hopeful stories have been the ones that caught my attention most often for reasons I’m sure all of you can already guess.

Hope seemed like a good theme for a post, so here are eight hopeful books that I’d recommend from a variety of genres.

1. Becoming  by Michelle Obama

2. The Martian by Andy Weir

3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)  by C.S. Lewis (The rest of this series is pretty hopeful, too!)

4. A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot, #1)  by Becky Chambers

5. Oh, the Places You’ll Go!  by Dr. Seuss

6. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again  by J.R.R. Tolkien

7. The Princess Bride  by William Goldman

8. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco


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64 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Your Favourite Theme

  1. Hope is a lovely theme to focus on.

  2. What a lovely theme to focus on! 💜 Becoming is one of my favorite books!

  3. I love your choice of topic today, Lydia! After everything that’s happened in the last few years hopeful books are definitely great to read about 😍 I’ve got a few of these on my TBR but Psalm for the Wild Built and Becoming are very high up on my TBR. Fab picks!

  4. That’s a lovely theme, and I’ve heard all of Becky Chambers books (esp. #4 from your list) match it well.

  5. Becoming was such a good read! I miss the Obamas.

  6. What a perfect post. I love to see hope in books. The Princess Bride is such a classic. I have Becoming on my TBR, I need to get to it soon as everyone I know who has listened to it has loved it.

  7. I appreciate your theme today. There’s a quote from Gandalf at the end of the Hobbit that has stuck with me since I first read it in 8th grade. It’s something like, “My dear Bilbo, you are not the hobbit that you once were.” It’s kind of been my mantra throughout life. Every day is going to change you and you won’t be the same hobbit at the end.

    And… that was a bit much, sorry. 😀

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  8. Patrick Prescott

    Great list.

  9. Awesome list. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a great read. I love that you chose hope. I think we can all use that considering the last few years. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

  10. This is such a nice theme. I love it,

  11. This is such a beautiful theme – love it! I really enjoy the Chronicals Of Narnia books, my favourite has to be The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe though! I also have The Hobbit on my shelves and I’m hoping to get to it this year!

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  12. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was always my favourite of the Narnia books.

  13. I LOVE a hope theme! I think that’s why I enjoy middle grade reads ….hope filled endings! We need all tge hope we can muster these days!

  14. Love your pick this week! Hope is so important, and definitely very needed in these times.

  15. I like that theme ☺️ sometimes I read a lot of dark stuff in a row and like a bit of lightness to break it up

  16. Hi Lydia!! I love love love love your post today! Hope is the thing with feathers….

    Love the hope inspiring books you chose as well today.

    Thanks for visiting us earlier!

  17. I love that you chose hope. We need a lot of hope in the world right now. I recently finished rereading The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and I do love how hopeful it is.

    • Thank you! Yes, we absolutely do need a lot of hope in the world right now.

      Will you be rereading The Silver Chair next? I found it interesting to see how different the tone of that one was from the cheerfulness of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

  18. Ooh, The Princess Bride is a hilarious novel.

  19. Great list! I seriously have got to read The Princess Bride. I love the movie.

  20. Hope is a great theme to focus on! The Princess Bride is such a good book. I’d like to read The Martian, so far I’ve only seen the movie.

  21. Hope has been an essential part of life for the past two years. I haven’t read any of the books you listed, other than Oh the Places You’ll Go.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  22. Jo

    I loved Becoming, such a great book! And what a nice theme to pick for your post as well, we could all use a little hope especially at the moment.
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  23. Such a great choice, with the way things are right now. We all need a little hope in the world.

    I loved Michelle Obama’s book. Thought it was excellent

  24. This is a great theme, and a nice range of books. The Martian is an excellent example of a book about hope. I also loved Psalm for the Wild Built.

  25. I love that you choose Hope, and yes there are soo many lovely options to choose from for this one! I see several favorites on your list! 😍

  26. I hadn’t thought of this as a theme. Love that you chose this one. Excellent!

  27. I loved the beginning of Becoming, but once I got to the second half I have struggled to pick it back up. I think I was really interested on how Michelle Obama became Michelle Obama, not so much the stuff after she became known worldwide.

  28. This is a great, timely topic for a post. I love it! I’ve read THE HOBBIT, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, and OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO.

    Happy TTT!


  29. This is an awesome topic. I loved Becoming and The Martian.

  30. This is a great theme. Now is a time especially when I love hopeful stories.

  31. Hope is a lovely theme! 💜 I’ve heard great things about The Princess Bride.

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