Happy Friday, everyone!
So… this is what I woke up to today:
12-14 inches of snow– at least that’s what my weatherman says. We’re getting more throughout the day, so of course that means that schools are closed. Ack. Somebody pray for me. The white stuff is everywhere and the temperature is in the single digits. Have I mentioned that I hate the cold?
Anyway, today’s topic for the YA Indie Carnival is… Books I’m Grateful For. And yikes- what a difficult topic! There’s no way I can list all of the books I’m grateful for. But I’ll try to make a shortened list.
Books that I’m grateful for because they inspired my love of reading: The Little House on the Prairie books, followed by the Trixie Belden books. Seriously, I loved those books. Starting with the Little House books when I was just barely able to read… I read them over and over, dog-earing the copies and turning myself into a little bookworm. (but that’s ok- bookworms totally rock!)
Books I’m grateful for because they showed me that books could be scary: Carrie and Christine. Wow, can Stephen King write horror! I was in junior high when I got into his books. I remember reading Christine when I was at summer camp- secluded on the side of a mountain in Colorado in a cabin… reading with a flashlight in the dark. I was petrified that night but I made sure to read that book over and over. Stephen King made me realize that it was entertaining to scare myself.
Books I’m grateful for because they showed me that books could be moving: Where the Red Fern Grows and The Bridge to Terabithia. I read both of those books when I was in grade school and cried my eyes out. But they showed me that books… words… could move someone. That’s something that I try to utilize in my own writing today.
Books I’m grateful for because they paved the way for YA authors: The Harry Potter books ( I LOVE them) and the Twilight Series. JK Rowling and Stephanie Meyer showed the world that teenagers and young adults could and would read.
Book I’m grateful for simply because it’s my all time fave: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. Everyone asks me what my favorite book is and my answer is always the same. I don’t think I’ve ever explained why, though. One of my dads (I was lucky enough to have two) was a pastor. And he died very suddenly from a blood clot in his lung when he was only 52. A couple of months before he died, he had handed me that book to read. I took it home and set it down- and didn’t get around to reading it until right after he died. It seemed like a message from him almost– that everyone has a purpose in life- and that life doesn’t end when we die. For that reason (and also because everything Mitch Albom touches is magic), that book will always be my favorite.
So, those are the books I’m most grateful for. Find out what books my colleagues are grateful for here.
Different topic… My book Every Last Kiss, the book that began the Bloodstone Saga, is FREE for Kindle this weekend on Amazon.
So if you’ve been thinking of trying it out, now’s the time- because it’s free. Did I mention FREE? You can find it on Amazon here. It’s Free. (Free, free, free).
I hope that everyone has a safe and happy weekend! If you have a snow day like me today, enjoy it. Even if you don’t, enjoy your Friday… because it’s Friday. Enough said. 🙂