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(Note: I've linked book titles to my reviews of them.)
(Another note: All book pictures are mine from my Instagram account.)
G -- A book you're Grateful to a friend for recommending: The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery. So many of my friends, I think particularly Heidi of Along the Brandywine, kept telling me that I HAD to read The Blue Castle. And they were right. Thank you, lovely friends!
I -- A book that fires your Imagination: All of Raymond Chandler's books. I'm so serious. His way with words just sets my imagination on fire. My creativity soars whenever I'm reading one of his books, and that's a huge part of why he's my favorite author.
V -- A book with a Vivid setting: These War-Torn Hands by Emily Hayse. Oh my goodness, the breath-taking beauty of her magical-Old-West setting! The untamed vistas, the harsh beauty of the landscapes, the hungry wilderness surrounding every character -- it's magnificent.
E -- An Encouraging book: Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper by SARK was a great shot in my creativity a few years ago. Lots of good encouragement and advice for how to be and remain creative, whether you're a writer or a visual artist or whatever.
T -- A book that Taught you something: Marsalis on Music by Wynton Marsalis taught me so many things about music! For instance, I never knew that a sonata and a symphony have the same form, the only difference is whether they're played by a few instruments or by many. The book is geared toward kids, but I got so much out of it too!
H -- A Happy book: Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome is such a happy, fun, enjoyable book! I read it aloud to my kids a few months ago, and we all got such a kick out of it that I ordered the next two books in the series, though we haven't started them yet.
A -- An Amusing book: The Adventurer's Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White made me laugh and laugh and laugh. If you want a truly funny middle-grade fantasy book with good humor instead of the stupid potty humor many middle-grade books rely on, give this one a try.
N -- A New-to-you book or author you discovered this year: I tried out Walter Mosley's hardboiled detective books for the first time this year. I didn't care for Devil in a Blue Dress, but I really enjoyed Trouble is What I Do.
K -- A fictional character you feel a Kinship with: Anne Elliot in Persuasion by Jane Austen. Like her, I am quiet, reserved, loyal, and determined inside even if other people don't know how strong-willed I can be.
S -- A book you want to Share with others: On These Black Sands by Vanessa Rasanen is such a rollicking good time! If you like pirate stories or fantasy books at all, you need to read it.
Here's a clean copy of the questions for you:
G -- A book you're Grateful to a friend for recommending
I -- A book that fires your Imagination
V -- A book with a Vivid setting
E -- An Encouraging book
T -- A book that Taught you something
H -- A Happy book
A -- An Amusing book
N -- A New-to-you book or author you discovered this year
K -- A fictional character you feel a Kinship with
S -- A book you want to Share with others
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