A Book Winner and Books I Loved…Or Didn’t

MAGICAL JOURNEY Book Winners from Random.org!

#7 – Jess said…This post in itself was such an inspiration~ I can imagine the books are even more powerful 🙂 As a mother, I teared up more than once while reading this. Thanks for a fantastic interview!

#13 – Chelsea said…Sounds like a book I could use! Thanks for the interview and insight!
Please email me so we can send you a book:  amym (at) proctornet.com.  I always feel bad when not everyone wins the book 🙁  But if anyone has one to pass along, let me know how I can help!

Thank you so much, Katrina, for the wonderful interview.  And thanks to all you readers who got your social media on to promote this book.  Thank you, awesome ones.

What other pages have I been turning?  A few reads the last couple of months:

It’s been a long time since I read a fiction book that I could not put down – love when that happens!  Except that I read far too late into the night and am a crabby mess in the morning…just one more chapter one more chapter.

This book is about a woman who wakes up every morning and doesn’t know who or where she is.  It’s right up my ally with the whole psychological thriller/brain trauma.  

S.J. includes some language, especially the F word, but he’s from London and most British/English authors seem to be very free with that word. Why is that?

But, I did enjoy it.  And I’m glad I know who I wake up to every morning.  (That would be Paige, the stealthy ninja warrior who sneaks into my bed every night.)

This is a fantastic resource for fiction writers.  I like the textbook and I like the workbook format, where I can take notes about what I need to fix in my own stories.  Donald Maass, literary agent extraordinaire just knows what he’s talking about and I learned A LOT – tension on every page!  

This is the book that got me hooked onto Katrina Kenison.  Every page has a mark, underlining, or a star.  Quote: As mothers today we are faced with a daunting list of responsibilities. How easy it is to simply rush headlong through our lives, slaves to our daily obligations, and in the process race our children through their childhood. But there is a better way… 
YES there is!  (I’m trying, really trying.)
Brynne, my 8-year-old really likes CLEMENTINE.  Hmm, I’m trying to figure out the ages of middle grade lit.  This was cute even though I didn’t actually finish…

I have a friend recently diagnosed with ALS.  A friend of mine recommended this read, written by Phillip Simmons who also lived with ALS.  He writes of living and finding joy. After all, we’re all terminal, right?  It’s wonderful and heartbreaking and a good read for any living human being.  I’m almost done with this one…

Delly Peterson tries to be good, but it’s just so hard!  Delly made me laugh out loud and looks for supresents (surprise + present) What’s it called when two words combine to make one?  I can’t remember, Julia!  Delly is the master of this little trick.  This book was a little over my 8-year-old’s head – but I loved it!  Again, the span of middle grade lit seems to span a long ways.  

The narrator is whip smart and keeps things light and funny, but serious regarding a sad and serious subject.

I skimmed this a little – but it’s a quick and fun read about a pretty amazing woman who encounters and swims with a lost baby dolphin.  Made me want to swim in the ocean!

I’m late to the party on this one, but after Julia’s recommendation, I finally read this Young Adult book.  Oh my goodness, what took me so long?  Who wants to read a “cancer book”?  You want to read this one!  The characters are so smart, so funny and witty and really make you think – “What mark do I want to leave on the world?”  This book will make you laugh and make you cry, and want to fall in love all over again. 

Couldn’t put this one down either. Gregor loved it and raved (huge), then my mother read it and raved and cried.  Yes, read it.  Loved it.  Thanks, Julia!

Here’s Augustus, age 17:

“The real heroes anyway aren’t the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention. The guy who invented the smallpox vaccine didn’t actually invent anything. He just noticed that people with cowpox didn’t get small pox…. 

What else? She is so beautiful. You don’t get tired of looking at her. You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. I am so lucky to love her, Van Houten. You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers.” 

I do, Augustus. I do. 
– Hazel Grace

I wish I had more time to read; there are so many great books waiting to be devoured.  It seems I only make time to read at night after the kids are in bed and I’m dead tired and about to fall asleep.  

Stephen King says he writes three hours in the morning and reads for three hours every afternoon.  Doesn’t that sound dreamy?

Okay, what’s next friends?  What have you been reading?  Whatchu got for me?

Happy Friday!  Hope you have lots of reading on the weekend schedule.


14 thoughts on “A Book Winner and Books I Loved…Or Didn’t

    1. Leanne

      Just finished and loved Kisses for Katie. I read it on my doctor’s recommendation because I was flipping out that my favorite former student was going to Uganda on a mission. I bought it for her but read it first. Life changing.

  1. Andrew

    Some of my all-time favorites: Jane of Lantern Hill and The Blue Castle both by L.M. Montgomery, These is My Words by Sarah Agnes Prine, Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas, Left to Tell (Inspiring, tragic, and made me so grateful for a safe home, peace, comforts, freedom), The Goose Girl and Book of a Thousand Days both by Shannon Hale, Don’t Sing at the Table by Adriana Trigiani (Another inspiring one for me. I loved learning about her 2 grandmothers who were both very different, but hard working and wise and independent.) My kids loved Ida B and we are going to start reading Because of Mr. Terupt together. I just started A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

    I cant wait to read some of your recommendations, too! Thank you!

  2. Carrie Rubin

    “Stephen King says he writes three hours in the morning and reads for three hours every afternoon.”—That does sound dreamy. Luckily for him, he doesn’t have to do his own marketing. 😉

    I haven’t read any of these books. Thanks for shining the light on them!

  3. 4amwriter.com

    I don’t have the workbook, but I love The Breakout Novelist. When I went to the Writer’s Digest Conference in NYC, I joined one of Maass’ workshops, where he taught us some exercises from his book. It was that experience alone that compelled me to buy the book. I use it all the time.

    I’m currently trying to catch up on some ebooks that I won and need to review as a way of saying thanks for the free book. I’m not good at reviewing. It’s hard for me to flog someone publicly. 😉 I jest, of course. Still, I’m not good at reviewing.

  4. Jess

    I love Katherine Hannigan as a middle grade author~ and The Fault in Our Stars is on my shelf right now. I love that book~ it’s a wonderful lesson in perspective.

    And YAY! I’m so excited to read Katrina’s book! Thank you again for the giveaway 🙂

  5. GrannyLanny

    My 3 latest favorites: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder (True and Inspiring), YA fiction: Every Day and Historical: Franklin and Winston (account of the friendship between Churchill and Roosevelt). So many good books out there!

  6. Julia Tomiak

    Amy, Thanks for the shout out! Yes, everyone, read The Fault in Our Stars! My book club is reading it this month- two ladies finished it in two days! Yes, bring tissue. Also: it’s called a portmanteau when you take two words and combine them together (like “ginormous”). I will get D. Maass’s book and workbook (didn’t know about that one- sounds incredibly useful) for my next book on craft- currently reading Plot and Structure- also good. I’ll consult my book on writing Kid Lit by agent Mary Kole to give you some more info about mid grade vs. YA.
    Thanks again Amy!


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