Saturday, December 31, 2011
SPECIAL thanks to our Sponsors of this Challenge: Edifying and Edgy!
HBRC - Today's Challenge:
Choose our TOP '11' books of the year!
"My" TOP 11 books of 2011
Wow! There were SO many GREAT books this year, it was
SUPER hard to choose!
Okay, I DID stretch it out a little, with Honorable Mentions, Christmas Reads, and a Humorous MUST-READ! Hope that's okay!
If you look at the Academy Awards, The People's Choice
Awards, and others, they ALL have these Sub-Categories!
Here they are!
MY BEST BOOKS 0F 2011:
1. "THE HELP, A Novel" by Marilyn Stockett!
This book, by FAR, was the BEST BOOK OF 2011! I have it on my Kindle, and every now and then, as I pass it by, I will open it back up, and read a page or two, three, four . . . this book is a Classic in it's own right! What a book! Wow! The relationship between these women is amazing! The difficult times of the 1960's in the deep South have pulled ALL of these women together to write this book about "The Help". I cried, I laughed, I felt the emotions theses women felt. I cannot describe in words exactly the feeling I got as I devoured this book! If you have NOT read this book, I HIGHLY suggest it! Teenagers should read this book as well, and learn what history really was all about back then. The good, the bad, the happy, the sad, and the PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE THROUGH TIME! Where we are now is where we ALWAYS should have been! NEVER should we have gone through the history we did. I am thankful that history can teach us to NEVER repeat something. We celebrate with these women! I cannot say enough about this book! I will NEVER stop singing the praises for this book! A MUST-READ!
I have also seen this movie, and NO OTHER MOVIE HAS 'EVER' FOLLOWED A BOOK LIKE THIS ONE DID! To a "T"! At least no movie "I" have EVER seen has followed the book like this one did! I read the book BEFORE I saw this movie, and am VERY HAPPY I did! It brought the book MORE to life for me! Although, I still have to say that the intimacy of reading this book was very special. The emotions this book stirred up were many. I think EVERYONE should get the wonderful opportunity to read this book!
Isn't it AMAZING this book was the FIRST book this author has written! It was her DEBUT NOVEL! AMAZING! There is information about how hard of a time the author had getting a Publisher to publish this book, and how HARD SHE WORKED to keep revising it to try again, and again, and again. Persistence DOES pay off! Look what we now have!
For Christmas this year, I bought myself a present! The Blu Ray/DVD/Digital Copy of this movie!
I am saving the movie to watch one wintry day this January! Looking very much forward to it!
Today's Holiday Break Reading Challenge was to make a Book Trailer of your #1 book. I could NOT do it! I felt I could NOT do this book the justice it deserves! It already has trailers, it has been made into a movie, and I could NOT 'take away' from this book/movie. I forewent the challenge today on this book.
2. Come Back to Me by Melissa Foster
3. The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
4. Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
5. Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
6. After the Party by Lisa Jewel
7. Megan's Way by Melissa Foster
8. Yours to Keep by Stacey Shannon
9. The Amish Nanny, The Women of Lancaster
County #2 by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould
10. Anything by Michael Baron
11. Room by Emma Donaghue
Honorable, Honorable Mention
You Don't Need a Prince, A Letter to My Daughter by Cheryl Shireman
Altamont Augie by Richard Barager
The Bone Garden by Tess Gerittsen
Chasing Amanda by Melissa Foster
The Man in the Cinder Clouds
Christmas at Harrington's by Melody Carlson
A Lancaster County Christmas by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Twas the Night Before Christmas, A Visit from St Nicholas (The Classic) by Clement Clarke Moore and Illustrator (beautiful illustrations) Jesse Wilcox Smith
A Project Gutenberg Edition
Absolutely Humorous Must-Read:
Flat Out Love by Jessica Park
CONGRATULATIONS BOOKS AND AUTHORS!!!
Posted by Laurie Carlson at 4:01 PM