I won! I won!

Okay, let me calm down for a second so  I can share my exciting news with you.

Who’s the winner of the Booker Award? That would be moi, thank you.

Admit it, for  a split  second you thought,  Hmm, does  Laura  actually mean the prestigious Booker Prize, that  International writing award any author would give their first born up to win? …Well, maybe that’s a bit extreme, but you know what I mean.  Did you see the little note below the prize that says “For those who refuse to live in the real world.” Ummm, that would be moi as well.  But listen, an author has a right to dream and dream big, right?  In the meantime I’m most  happy with my Booker Award  and the knowledge that my first born  didn’t  have to  make any sacrifices  for my  writing  career. (I’m a good mom, aren’t I?)

I was given this award by Darlene Foster, author of the Amanda series of books for children 8-12.  Check  out her  blog and you’ll  learn all about her and this great series. Darlene’s one of the nicest bloggers/authors/people I’ve met  on line. And to think we might never have crossed paths had it not been for the Country Roads anthology we were both contributors to.

Accepting this award means I’ll list five of my favourite books. Now this won’t be my five all time favourite since I couldn’t possible narrow it down to five, and I’m  also going to use this opportunity to give some shout outs to a few local books –so here I go:

Kit’s  Law  by Donna Morrissey.  This was Donna’s debut  novel and it’s a terrific read. I especially like the fact that Donna lives in my home province of Nova Scotia. I haven’t  yet met Donna but she’s on my list  of  author’s  too meet.  I came close  this fall  as she was  scheduled to come to The Inside Story  for a book signing, but had to cancel. Still hoping she makes it there. Would love to meet her.

The Birth House by Ami McKay. You know how every now and again we read a book and think, this is a book I would have liked to have written just because it seems to really speak to you in a special way?  Well, the Birth House is one of those books for me.  Ami is a fellow Nova Scotian as well. Her book was a #1 Canadian bestseller.

The Case  Against Owen Williams by Allan Donaldson.  Allan in a fellow Maritimer and lives in New Brunswick. I thought this novel well written and made me sympathetic toward a character  whom I might otherwise been indifferent to.

My next two are children’s books, and books that would also appeal to many adults as well.

Johnny Kellock Died Today by Hadley Dyer. Hadley grew up in the Annapolis Valley and even went to the same high school as me which I think is rather neat in itself. I met Hadley at a book signing some years back and she sent me some notes of encouragement at one time. A very supportive writer.

The Year Mrs. Montague Cried by Susan White. Susan is a writer from New Brunswick. I totally enjoyed this book and the fact that Susan drew on her own experience of losing her son made it so very authentic.

So there you have five books that I can’t really call my favourite, but local books I really enjoyed. I’m not going to pass this award on, but if you`d like to leave a list in the comment section of five, or four, or three….books you really enjoyed please feel free to do so.

Happy Reading!

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  1. Congrats. I got Booker too a while back but it is still waiting on my desktop to be put in my blog widgets column. I have all the directions and steps clearly written but can’t do it and waiting for my tech guy to do it for me.


  2. Hi Laura, the Birth House is one of all time favourites and one of the rare books I’ve read multiple times! It’s one of those comfort books for me, where I can immerse myself and completely dissapear.


  3. suzicate

     /  November 26, 2012

    Thanks for sharing these selections…always looking for new reading material!


  4. Congratulations and well done


  5. congrats! I think any award is good enough to be excited, enjoy it.

    it’s hard to list just five favorite books so I’m going to lose the currents one that are still in my head:

    Postcards from a dead girl by Kirk Farber – very funny & quirky
    Emily’s Ghost by Denise Giardina — book about the Brontes done extremely well
    The river king by Alice Hoffman – I read this years ago and loved it, Hoffman’s always a favorite writer
    Gathering Water by Robert Edric – beautiful language
    Black Beauty by Anna Sewell – re-read it just a few months ago and still love it

    hope you have a great holiday.


    • Five is hard, Lissa, especially with all the great ones out there. I also enjoy Alice Hoffman’s writing, but haven’t read that particular book.


  6. Yes, you had me wondering there for a minute. Not that I don’t think your book is worthy of a huge award. In fact, Bitter, Sweet would be in my top five list. I’ll have to think about the rest of that list, though, and get back to you on it.


    • Aww, Carol, that’s SO sweet of you to say. Now I’m curious about your other selections.


      • I was going to put them on my blog today, but instead I was tagged for “The Next Big Thing” meme. (Blame Shari!) And… don’t shoot me… now I’ve tagged you, too. http://wp.me/phaYw-1Xu


        • Hey, Carol, I’d never shoot YOU! Today’s been a super busy day. I took a peek early this morning but didn’t have time to respond…I’ve now had all day to think about it. 😉


  7. Congrats, Laura! And thanks for the five leads. I can’t really narrow my all-time favorites down to only five, so I’ll share my favorites of books read for the first time in 2012 to date (I have 12 more on my list to read by 12/31/12).

    Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
    The Other by Thomas Tryon
    The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell
    The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
    The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti

    (By the way, the links all go to the book’s main page on Goodreads.)


  8. All the covers are so intriguing. Booker Awards would be a better award because of you, Laura. Dream big, I always say!


  9. Thanks for the mention Laura. Glad you enjoyed receiving the award and I loved your list of 5 books. I have always wanted to read The Birth House and the rest of your list looks great as well. They will all go on my TBR list. It’s nice to learn about other Canadian authors. I got more ideas from the comments as well. So glad I passed on the award to you.


    • Well, thanks for passing the award on to me. I know I’m slow getting this out there but better late than never. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the Birth House, Darlene as well as the others on my list. :),



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