Saturday, July 7, 2012

Passing It On Saturday

I seldom post on Saturday, but after Kelly Hashway gave me these very sweet awards, I couldn't resist.
This awards comes with a difficult task: List your 5 favorite books. Impossible! So, okay, I'm listing my 5 favorite books that I've read in the last 6 months. That's more like something I can manage.

1. Hiding Out At The Pancake Palace (This one's not out yet, but it's an enchanting middle grade book by Nan Marino.

2. Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn. You can't put this YA down and there's a sequel!

3. Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe. This is novel in verse that captures your heart immediately. You don't have to be a dancer to appreciate it; you just have to have been young once.

4. I'm Not Her by Janet Gurtler. A book about sisters that is so touching and so real you have to keep reading.

5. Griffin's Fire by Darby Karchut. Great characters in this one and a story that leads you through it very quickly.

5 Fabulous Moments

Only 5? Well, that's easy.

1. Waking up to a perfect summer day is one that's most immediate.
2. Harvesting my first cuke and squash today. Yay! Fabulous.
3. Getting these awards. It's always wonderful to know someone has thought about you.
4. Spotting a beautiful fox skirting the edge of the forest just at dawn.
5. Holding the first book I ever wrote and sold and had published. (Not as immediate as the first four, but still a fabulous moment.)

5 Things I Love

1. Reading by a fire in winter.
2. Early morning stillness.
3. Hot Fudge Sundaes. Yum.
4. The smell of sheets just off the clothes line. I still can't bring myself to dry my sheets any other way.
5. River rafting.

5 Things I Dislike

1. People who say they can't.
2. Anything having to do with cruelty to animals.
3. Self-righteousness.
4. Ignorance and complacency (Does that make 6? Seems like they're usually a pair.)
5. Gossip

5 People Who I Want to Share These Awards With

1. Leslie Rose
2. Darby Karchut
3. Beverly Stowe McClure
4. Ruth Schiffmann
5. Cece

Have a great weekend WRITERS!


  1. Glad you're excited about those cucumbers! And animal cruelty is wrong. Total disrespect of life.

  2. I don't care much for cucumbers. But not nearly as much as I don't care for animal cruelty.

  3. I knew you guys would back me on the animal issue! Happy Weekend to you both.

  4. Nice awards Lee! Animal cruelty is definitely wrong. So is child and elder abuse.

  5. You're right, Bish. I guess I could have written abuse of anyone or anything to cover all bases.

  6. Congrats on the award! Always so fun to learn more about one of my favorite bloggers and writers. I loved reading about the things you love. So great! I haven't read any of your favorite 5 from the last 6 months- so I will have to check them out!


  7. It's so neat to learn more about you. Soon, you'll have no secrets at all. :)

    And thanks for the award. You're too kind. I'm honored and will post it on Monday.

    Have a nice weekend.

  8. Thank you for your generosity, Lee. It's cool to wake up to awards. I love writing by the fire, and I think anyone who hurts an animal lives below the bottom rung of humanity.

  9. Congrats on these awards. I enjoyed Audition and would like to read the other four books.

    I've never had the pleasure of reading by a fire, but I hope to do that one day.

  10. Congratulations on the awards!

    I love waking up to a beautiful day. :)

    I dislike ignorance/complacency as well--though none of those 5 are good--and they do seem to be intertwined in some circumstances.

  11. Congrats on these awards!

    I hope someone gives me the booker one. I'm always happy to write my favorite books! I was a big fan of Open Minds too.

  12. Congratulations on the awards, Lee. I haven't seen these particular ones before. It's always fun to get to know each other better through these little glimpses. Thanks for thinking of me when passing them on! =D

    I love to catch glimpses of wildlife. I haven't seen a fox in a while. But I saw an otter swimming in the pond recently and a family of turtles bathing on a rock.

  13. Congrats on the awards, Lee.
    Thanks for the mention of Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace. Glad you liked it.
    Medeia, I long for a fireplace too.

  14. Awww what a fun award!! Yay!! Now I am totally showing my ignorance as I haven't a clue what a "cuke" is!! Sounds ever so intriguing!! Take care

  15. Fun getting a glimpse of you with these answers.

    New follower!

  16. Except I do follow you already. I'm a little scattered lately :)

  17. I'm always looking for a good book. =)

  18. I despise gossip too. And thanks for the rec for Open Minds. I've heard it's great.

    Congrats on your awards!

  19. @Old Kitty Hope my email cleared up the "cuke" def. :-)

    @Carol if you think you're scattered, you've met the right blogger to hang with. I'm still looking for myself and not close to finding me.

    @E. Arroyo You'll love any of these.

    @Emily My lips are sealed most of the time and I walk the other direction when someone tries to let me on the "scoop." Enjoy Open Minds.

  20. I wouldn't be able to list five favorite books. I love so many. :D

    I love Janet Gurtler's books. I can't wait for her next one.

  21. I agree with all the things you dislike. However, it seems to me that this game of winning and passing on awards is wearing thin. There are only so many times you can participate without feeling staged.

  22. I can't remember the last time I had a hot fudge sundae... Now I'm craving one!! Congrats on your awards.

  23. Hey Lee, Congrats on the award, and thanks so much for nominating me. :) *happy dance* :D
    Ooh I love the smell of sheets just off the clothes line as well. I can smell them all day..really.. :D
    Oh I dislike animal cruelty as well.

    I'll be posting mine today. Have a great Monday!

  24. Awww, thanks, Lee, for the award, and sorry I'm so late getting here. Happy Monday!

  25. Reading by the fire in winter is heavenly. :)

  26. Thanks for the shout out! (I'm just now getting back from vacation) And I can just see you shooting the rapids! :)

  27. Been traveling so just saw this but thank you, thank you, THANK YOU :) - Stasia


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