Winning Books Can Be Fun

Ann H Gabhart Ann's Posts, One Writer's Journal 11 Comments

books-2016 My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water. ~Mark Twain

I love books. I’ve had a love affair with books ever since I learned to read and even more so, after I learned to write. Well, I’m not sure I ever actually learned to write. I just started putting one word after another and kept going until I had millions of those little rascals strung together through many, many stories. I wouldn’t mind finding a few million more to string together into stories.

I know I plan to read a few more million words in the days and weeks and years ahead. That’s because I love stories. I like being immersed in a story and living whatever is happening on the page with the characters. I read news stories and true stories and history too, but it’s those made-up stories that entice me most. Both when I’m reading and when I’m writing.

That’s why I enjoy having contests here on my blog where I end up sending the winners books. I appreciate all of you who played my caption game. I hope you had fun coming up with appropriate captions for the four different pictures. I kept waiting for someone to suggest the caption I thought of for the last picture of my toddler granddaughter. I was going to have her saying, “I think I have this dance move right.” My sister was actually the only one who had her dancing. She went my dance comment one better and had my grandbaby singing and dancing to that song “Stop, in the Name of Love.” Not sure that’s the actual song’s name, but I can see them disco dancing to that on a movie. At least I think I can and so that was a great caption for the picture. But the rest of you suggested great captions too and I’m sure the ones of you saying she wanted Grandma to pick her up were absolutely right. That girl still likes to be picked up even though she’s a long-legged little girl now.

Now, I’m sure you’re ready to find out who the lucky winners were. So here goes. Pat M, Marji E and Melanie B. I’ve already send all three of you an e-mail and as soon as I hear back from you, I’ll get your books in the mail. Thank all of you so much for joining in my my photo caption fun. We’ll play another game again soon. Also, I’ll be sending out a newsletter in a week or so with a Christmas giveaway. So be sure to sign up to get my newsletter if you haven’t already. That’s easy to do right here on my website.

I do thank you so much for reading. What kind of stories do you like best to read?

Comments 11

  1. Connie Lee

    I love reading a variety of stories, but my favorite would take place in a mountainous setting sometime between 1850 and 1900. I’ve loved reading Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      I liked Cold Mountain until the end, then I was an unhappy reader, Connie. I almost have a book coming that meets your requirement for favorite. Next year I’ll have a book set in the Appalachian mountains in 1946. Maybe I’ll have to think about one set farther back in time. 🙂

  2. Paula

    I’ve been reading since I was little. My Mother was a teacher. I remember her taking us to the library downtown on the bus with my sister in a baby buggy . I remember the day I got my own library card.
    I love historical romance, World War II ,modern or historical mysteries, all should be Christian or at least clean reads. I’m with you Ann — no zombies, vampires etc. It also depends on my mood. Sometimes I need to alternate between something light and something that drains my brain. Does it make sense that reading actually is good for your brain?

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Definitely reading is good for your brain. And good for your mood – sometimes. And a great release for emotions. Great exercise for your eyes. Surely I can think of some other great things, Paula. LOL. When people tell me they don’t read books, I always want to say, “I’m so sorry.” But I just smile and think about what they’re missing.

      I went to the library all the time when I was a kid too, and I remember getting my library card. What a powerful card that was.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      It is fun reading all different kinds of books, Karen. What one reader doesn’t like in a book another reader might love. I suppose that’s why there are so many different genres and so many people writing books.

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  3. Pat Brown Holland

    It depends upon my mood. If I want a temporary escape , I like a mystery. If I’m a little gloomy , I like a story with an idealistic happy ending. Generally I like a story that has two or three mysteries and also a fairly predictable plot. I also enjoy reading stories that relate to Biblical stories or else relates to Christian principles.

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      Ann H Gabhart

      Mysteries are fun just to go off in a fictional world for a while. I like all sorts of books except I pass on the zombie and vampire ones even though other people love those. I like happy endings the same as you, Pat, and I like books with good stories that make me glad I read them.

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