What Books I Hate and The Fault in the Mockingbird!

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Well of course my favorite book is The Before Now and After Then by ME and being released in almost exactly a week on Tuesday 7/29! In the interim, I thought I would catch up on my 30 days of book blogging!

Day 9: A Book You Thought You Wouldn’t Like But Ended Up Loving

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Years ago, someone recommended I’m Not Myself These Days: A Memoir by Josh Kilmer-Purcell and I honestly didn’t think I’d get through the first couple of pages.  It ended up being one of my all time favorite books.  I don’t want to ruin it for you one bit so I”m not going to tell you anything about it…Just read it!

Day 10: A Book That Reminds You of Home

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I first watched the movie To Kill a Mockingbird long before I read the book.  I think I was five or six and I immediately fell in love with Scout, Dill and Jem.  I wanted the front porch with the swing and I wanted scary summer nights of chasing Boo Radley.  To me this book and movie are both fall and summer, home and heart.  It  is always with me and I even named my youngest pup Boo Radley.  Also, if you want to see a great documentary about the author, Harper Lee, who I am equally obsessed, check it out! It’s called “Hey Boo” and is on Netflix.

Day 11: A Book I Hated

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First of all, I don’t like the idea of hating any books.  I love books.  I love everything about books, from the smell to the feel to the story and the characters.  I’m obsessed with books, which is why I’ve always wanted to be a writer.  I also think all books have some merit to someone.  My grandma loved reading those Harlequin romance novels.  She tore through five or six a week and always kept them on the kitchen table next to her pack of Salem Lights and her Zippo lighter.  I don’t love science fiction but I”ll give it a try.  I’ll read anything someone recommends to me because I am constantly surprised by what I like.  Also, I might hate a book when I first read it only to fall in love with it later.

All of William Faulkner‘s books depress me.  They are sad and tragic yet I think they are vital to our American library of important literature.  I love southern literature like Eudora Welty and Carson McCullers, but their stories are depressing.  The love for the work is in the tragedy of the richness of the characters, which is why I ended up, twenty years after I first read it, falling in love with The Sound and the Fury.  Man oh man, when I first read that book for a literature class in college, I thought I was losing my mind.  I didn’t understand it and I was seriously confused.  Now, I like sitting on my front porch and reading it while I drink strong coffee in the August heat, just imagining I’m part of the family.

Day 12: A Book You Love But Hate at the Same Time:

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I read The Garden of Eden by Hemingway one summer and instantly fell in love with the story.  Being that it was unfinished at the time of his death, I was interested to find out why it had been received as such an important novel.  I am still in love with the mystery and androgyny of the characters so I won’t ruin it for you, but the story takes such a depressing turn that at the end I felt like I had wished I had never read it.  It’s a must read for any Hemingway fan though and a great read by the pool or beach in the summer.

Day 13: Your Favorite Writer

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I really, really hate this question because I have so many favorite writers.  John Green, David Levithan, Harper Lee, Lynda Barry, Jackie Collins, Ellen Hopkins, Brent Hartinger, Augusten Burroughs, Chuck Pahalniuk, on and on and on.  But if I had to pick one writer who I loved from the first time I read their work and have been a devoted fan since, that would have to be Stewart O’Nan.

I don’t even know how to define his writing, just try me; it’s all good! The Speed Queen is my personal favorite probably followed by The Night Country.  Check him out!

Day 14: Book Turned Movie and Completely Desecrated

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I will sing the praises of Geography Club by Brent Hartinger and the rest of the books in the Russel Middlebrook series for all long as anyone will listen, but the movie that was recently made of the book sucked.  The story plot was changed, characters were removed, changed and added and what was such an awesome story was desecrated.  Sorry Brent, I love you but the movie was sad!

Recently we interviewed Brent and he told us a little bit about his writing and the involvement in the making of the film, which totally explains it. (He didn’t have any involvement.  If he had, it would have been magical!).  Check out the interview on my website!

Day 15 & 16: Favorite Male and Female Character

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Such an easy question.  Definitely Atticus Finch and Scout from Harper Lee’s To Kill a MockingbirdWithout a doubt.

Day 17: Favorite Quote From Your Favorite Book

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I’m probably starting to sound redundant, but To Kill a Mockingbird has always had such a huge impact on me.  My favorite quote of any book is from Atticus while talking to Scout:

“If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” 

Day 18: A Book that Disappointed You

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I’m only 2/3 of the way through We Were Liars by E Lockhart, but I’m reading it wondering what the big deal is about the book that has been claimed to be the best book of 2014.  I like the characters and I think it is a solid read, but it is nothing overwhelmingly amazing.  I’m still waiting for something to happen.  I like books that grab me from the beginning.

Day 19: A Favorite Book Turned Into a Movie

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Prior to seeing the film for The Fault in Our Stars, the only movie I felt had ever done justice to the book was To Kill a Mockingbird.  But while I was sitting in the movie theater, falling in love with Augustus and Hazel Grace all over again, I realized that the perfect film had been made.  I balled the entire time and felt just as moved as I had been by the book!

Day 20: Favorite Romance Book

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This is such an easy question.  I am obsessed with Jackie Collins and all of her books, although for me, Lucky will always be the best.  It was the first romance book I ever read and it trapped me from the very beginning.  I had the honor of interviewing Jackie, twice, and she is just as cool as her books!

Day 21: The First Novel You Remember Reading

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Witch’s Sister by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor probably wasn’t the first novel that I read but it is definitely the one that stands out the most.  Actually, the series including Witches Water and The Witch Herself are all magical and hold their own, even in today’s time.

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Also, all of John Bellairs’ books, starting with The House with a Clock In It’s Walls are amazing! I’ve always thought it was interesting that so many people are obsessed with the Harry Potter books, but no one talks about the John Bellairs books which were so far ahead of their time.  I read them all and they kept me up on many a summer night!


I’m finally caught up! Check back as I blog daily about books, book lists and all kinds of other stuff! And stay tuned for the release of my book on 7/29!

Oh..and please my book on iTunes or look for it on Goodreads before it’s official release date on 7/29! I’ll really love you if you do! xo

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Stay tuned for the release of my book The Before Now and After Then July 29th 2014! It would really mean a lot to me if you’d add it to your Goodreads to-read shelf and go there to find out more and visit my author page! Thanks!







One comment

  1. I’m equally obsessed with Mockingbird. I even named my daughter Scout. I always enjoy reading your blog, but this was one was fantastic.

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