Writing Prompt #147: The ABC Book Challenge (The Letter I)

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Here’s the link to Tiana’s post:


Memorable Books that Start with the Letter “I”:

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

  • Maya Angelou is a wonderful writer!

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In Cold Blood

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Insurgent

  • This was my favorite in the Divergent trilogy.

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

  • I loved this book as a kid.

Books I Wish to Read that Start with the Letter “I”:

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • This book has been on my list for years!

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In the Shadow of Blackbirds

  • Historical fiction? Yes, please!

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Into the Water

  • I enjoyed reading The Girl On The Train, so naturally, this book made my list quickly.

What books have you read, or want to read, that start with the letter I? Let me know!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Writing Prompt #141: The ABC Book Challenge (The Letter H)

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Here’s the link to Tiana’s post:


Memorable Books that Start with the Letter “H”:

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The Happiness Project

  • It’s hard to believe that I read and reviewed this book more than three years ago. It’s still one of the best memoirs I’ve read.

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Harry Potter series

  • I was a little late to the party with the books, but once I started, I was hooked.

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The Hunger Games

  • This is the book that got me started with the dystopian genre. The series is my favorite trilogy.

Books I Wish to Read that Start with the Letter “H”:

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The Haunting of Hill House

  • This book has been recommended to me numerous times, by different people.

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Hollow City

  • We saw the movie adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to read the books.

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Hysteria

  • Al bought me All The Missing Girls for Christmas, so I’m intrigued to see how Megan Miranda wrote this one.

What books have you read, or want to read, that start with the letter H? Let me know!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Writing Prompt #133: The ABC Book Challenge (The Letter G)

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Here’s the link to Tiana’s post:


Memorable books that start with the letter “G”:

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A Great And Terrible Beauty

  • I remember being captivated by this book!

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The Great Gatsby

  • This is one of my all-time favorite books. I re-read it every year! And, F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorite authors.

Book I wish to read that start with the letter “G”:

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The Giver

  • I’ve never read this all the way through!

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Gone Girl

  • I’ve heard many good things, I just haven’t gotten it to yet.

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Gone With The Wind

  • This one has been on my “book bucket list” since middle school!

What books have you read, or want to read, that start with the letter G? Let me know!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Writing Prompt #125: The ABC Book Challenge (The Letter F)

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Here’s the link to Tiana’s post:


Memorable books that start with “F”:

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The Fault in Our Stars

  • John Green is one of my favorite authors! This one definitely made me cry, but it’s such a sweet story.

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Forever …

  • I need to feature Judy Blume as an Awesome Author at some point.

Books I would love to devour that start with “F”:

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Fangirl

  • I don’t remember reading this!

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  • I haven’t read a lot of anthologies, but this one caught my eye awhile ago when Destiny, at Howling Libraries, mentioned it!

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Fever 1793

  • I’m surprised I haven’t read this, given I really admire Laurie Halse Anderson as an author.

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The Future of Us


What books have you read, or want to read, that start with the letter F? Let me know!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Writing Prompt #119: The ABC Book Challenge (The Letter E)

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Here’s the link to Tiana’s post:


Memorable books that start with “E”:

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Ellen Foster

  • This book was a hard read. So many emotions!

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Eloise

  • I adored these books when I was younger!

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Ender’s Game

  • This is one of the most influential books I’ve ever read. Although it was assigned reading in high school, it was one of the first science fiction books I truly enjoyed. I need to read the rest of the series! The movie adaptation (2013) was also well-done!

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Esio Trot

  • Roald Dahl is one of my favorite authors!

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Ethan Frome

  • I think I had to read this in high school? For what I remember, I liked Edith Wharton’s writing so much, that I sought out several of her own works to read on my own.

Books I’d love to read that start with the letter β€œE”:

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Eleanor and Park

  • How have I not read this book?

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Extras (Uglies #4)

  • I first read Uglies in my Young Adult Literature class during the spring of 2011. I enjoyed the book, but have yet to read the rest of the series.

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • I listened to an interview with Jonathan Safran Foer last year on NPR’s Fresh Air, and it made me want to read all of his books. Plus, I’m partial to books set in New York City.

What books have you read, or want to read, that start with the letter E? Let me know!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

Commentary #78: “T10T: Unexpected Levels of Impact” (Reblogged)

Thanks to Destiny at Howling Libraries for inspiring this post!


Here’s my top ten, in roughly chronological order:

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1. Baby-Sitters Little Sister series, Ann M. Martin, circa mid-1990s

  • I can’t name a specific book in this series. There’s over 100 books!! I loved the adventures Karen got into, and how realistic her life was. Her entire family, and neighborhood, felt real to me. Martin also covered a lot of poignant issues in the eyes of a child: Divorce, two houses, re-marriage, school trouble, friendship issues, and more! I was about Karen’s age in the books when I started reading them, so I identified quite a bit with her.

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2. American Girl Central Series, Various Authors, circa mid-1990s

  • I grew up with devouring the six-book series. I’m slowly rebuilding childhood library. I started with Samantha’s books, then Felicity’s, and eventually read all of them. Molly’s books remain my favorite. However, I feel close to Felicity, too, since her stories are set in Colonial Williamsburg!

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3. Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone, J.K. Rowling, circa 2000-2001

  • I was definitely late to the party with reading the Harry Potter books. I remember telling my classmates who had read everything that had been released to that point, “I don’t like fantasy. I’m not interested.” Once I tried it, though, I was hooked. I finished Sorceror’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets by the time the first movie was released, and my obsession only grew!

4. A Walk To Remember, Nicholas Sparks, 2003-2004

  • I’m pretty sure I watched the movie before reading the book. But, it was my first introduction into Sparks and his books. It was sad, but I wanted to read everything that Sparks had written after that. I ended up doing my college senior thesis on his books, so I’m fairly certain his books had a significant impact on my life.

5. This Lullaby, Sarah Dessen, 2004-2005

  • Like Destiny, I was hooked after finishing my first Dessen book. I remember taking out 2-3 books of hers at a time from the library!

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6. Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson, circa 2006-2007

  • I think I borrowed this from the library? Regardless, I identified somewhat with Melinda, and her struggles. Anderson quickly became another favorite author, and I appreciate her writing and crafting of compelling characters. I’ve re-read this book multiple times, at several different stages of my life, and the impact is the same, every single time.

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7. The Battle of Jericho, Sharon M. Draper, circa 2005-2006

  • I don’t remember why exactly I picked up the book from the library, but I loved this book. I laughed, I cried, and I wanted more. Reading this book gave me a glimpse into the lives of African-American teenagers, and I found it fascinating and well-written. I have actively read almost all of Draper’s work because of her storytelling and care for her characters!

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8. Looking for Alaska, John Green, 2011

  • This was one of my assigned reading books for my Young Adult Literature class in the spring of 2011. I hadn’t read anything from Green until then, and it was such a powerful book. I thought it was fitting that I took this course during my last semester of college. A lot of the themes resonated with me, and I found myself reading it several times after graduation. Since then, Green has become one of my favorite authors.

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9. Tornado Warning: A Memoir of Teen Dating Violence and Its Effect on a Woman’s Life, Elin Stebbins Waldal, 2015

  • It was clearly a cover draw when I found it at the library. I remember circling back to it during that library trip before picking it up and taking it home. I cried. It was such a hard book – I felt like I knew Elin and her struggles, given my own with my abusive relationship with John. I was compelled to buy my own copy after borrowing it from the library years later – All I could remember to search on Amazon was the title, and a yellow-orange flower. The copy I own, although used when I bought it, was lovingly signed by the author. It’s a book I will treasure forever.

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10. Prez: A Story of Love, Margaret Garrison, 2018

  • This book impacted me in several ways. First, it’s written by a fellow P.E.O. sister, which boosted my confidence in wanting to become a published author. She signed my copy, and it’s a really good story. It’s Garrison’s debut novel, and it’s an impressive one. I loved the story, the element of historical fiction, and having a woman break the proverbial glass ceiling in university administration.

Tell me about a book (or two, or five, or ten!) that impacted your life!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted byΒ That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s prompt was to list ten books with Sensory Memories, and I decided to take it a bit further.

These are ten books that impacted me on an unexpected level,Β in a good way. Some of them are books I expected to impact me at least a little, but not as much as they did in the end.

These are sorted in order from oldest memories to newest. πŸ™‚

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Book Review #63: “Among The Hidden” (Shadow Children #1)

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If my memory serves me correctly, I bought this from Amazon last summer after reading about it on Thrice Read. It makes sense, because I think this book is one that one of them read in anticipation of teaching it to their students.

Regardless, I thought this was a good book to use in a classroom setting, or to encourage reading in general.

It’s definitely a middle-grade book, designed for younger readers. But, as I was explaining it to Al in the car over the weekend, I thought it was one of those books, and series, that could capture the interest of a boy or young man very easily. At the same time, girls could easily be interested in it, too. As an adult woman, I was definitely intrigued by the story.

Luke, the main character, is a hidden child, in a world where things are changing, and not for the better. There’s this force called the Population Police, and Luke’s family is almost living in fear, afraid that Luke will be discovered, and taken away. Luke is watching his family struggle with their farm, as gorgeous, brand-new houses are built behind them.

Why is Luke a “hidden child”? Why is his family so fearful and protective? Will their farm be shut down? What’s going on with all those brand-new houses behind them? And, who are the Population Police?

It’s a quick read – I breezed through the majority of the book within two nighttime reading sessions. I’m not sure I’m going to read the rest of the series, but I highly recommend it for younger readers. It’s a unique story, blended with several real-life themes and elements that readers can easily relate and identify.

4 out of 5 stars.


Until the next headline, Laura Beth πŸ™‚