Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Guest Post by Jill S. Alexander and a Giveaway!

Today I have Jill S. Alexander here for a guest post, and at the end of this post you can find a giveaway for Jill’s first book- The Sweetheart of Prosper County! In the guest post, Jill will be talking about books and which are her favorites!

What kinds of books are in your library?

Goodness!  I have books of all sorts in every room of my house.  Children’s books.  Novels.  Poetry Collections.  Cookbooks.  Literary anthologies.  Travel guides.  You name it, and I enjoy them all!  So I guess I’d have to say I have great books in my personal library.

As a kid, I lived in a home filled with music and a wonderful family of storytellers – but very few books.  By the time I went to high school, I had read an entire set of encyclopedias, church hymnals, and an assortment of cookbooks.  We had no public library in our rural community, so the only fiction I read was what was assigned or available at school. I developed a passion for novels in high school through the classics:  The Great Gatsby, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Scarlet Letter.  Certainly, my late love of reading fiction spurred me to major in English, to teach literature, and write novels.  (My love of storytelling, however, comes from the oral tradition.)

Being surrounded by books comforts me.  The books are like friends who have “been there and done that.” I believe when you identify with and can find yourself in a story; you know you’re not alone in the world.  The stories my shelves can tell!

What are some of your favorite books?

It’s so hard for me to narrow down my favorites, but I’m going to share with you the books I have on a small shelf in my office.  I have other books around the house including tons of contemporary YA like Twilight and The Hunger Games and books by Sarah Dessen.  However, the books I have in my office probably mean the most to me personally.  So here they are!

Story of A Girl, Sara Zarr

To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee

Big Red Barn, Margaret Wise Brown

Walden, Henry David Thoreau

Born Standing Up, Steve Martin

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Now, to enter to win a paperback copy of Jill’s first novel, The Sweetheart of Prosper County, please fill out the form below-

 

4 comments:

Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) said...

<3 To Kill A Mockingbird! Great post!

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