New Year’s Book Tag

New Year’s Book Tag

Wishing everyone a happy New Year

Tina (at As Told By Tina) has challenged us to a New Year’s Book Tag. I haven’t done one in a looong while, so thought it would be fun to do.

1. How many books are you planning to read in 2019?
I posted at Goodreads that I planned to read 300 books. I have read over 400 the past 2 years – being retired definitely has its perks), but I decided that I wanted to focus on other creative outlets as well – art, writing and even more reviewing.

2. Name 5 books that you didn’t get to this past year but want to make a priority in 2019.
I have had several books on my must read for the past few years and now is the time to read them!

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window by Jonas Jonasson
The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
I own them all – so aim to clear my TBR shelves a bit more this year!

3. What genre do you want to read more of?
I read a lot of romance and fantasy now, so want to read more non-fiction books, especially memoir and books about writing and creativity.
I also want to read more middle grade novels as I am working on writing a middle grade novel now.

4. Name 3 not-related-to-book goals for 2019.
*Embrace healthy living
*Embrace creativity and learning
*Connect with others frequently and have fun.

5. What’s a book you have had forever and are determined to read?

That has to be Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid Tale. I have been watching the series and so enjoying it, I really need to read her book. I have started it so many times over the years, but must finish it this year.

6. One word that you’re hoping 2019 will be.
Focused. Focus is my OLW and I want to accomplish more this year – in my art and writing.

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7. Tag a friend.
Just join in the fun – whoever wants to!

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Understanding Middle-grade Characters. Blog post by Author Anna Levine

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As part of the WOW! Women on Writing blog tour for Anna Levine’s wonderful picture book All Eyes on Alexandra, I am pleased to welcome Anna, as she shares her thoughts on writing middle-grade characters.

 

Why’ happens next? Understanding middle-grade characters.

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The other day I was frustrated with the progress of my novel. I called up a friend and was explaining the plot when she stopped me and said, “Anna, you keep telling me what happens next and not why.”
Her comment gave me pause and made me think about how oftentimes we get so focused on developing the plot, caught up in building a sequence of events, that we forget that things happen for a reason, and those reasons are what give depth to character motivation.
Sense of self, family relationships between parents/caregivers/siblings and relatives, peer pressures and academic achievement all effect or are the ‘whys’ which can explain the ‘what’ that happens in a novel. How a child resolves problems with any or all of the above issues will show the reader what kind of person he or she is.
So while pace is important in a middle-grade novel, middle-grade readers are looking to see how the characters deal with issues they find themselves facing.

 

Thanks so much Anna. I am sure writers will appreciate your insights.

Be sure to check out the other stops on Anna’s blogging tour:

Blog Tour Dates


December 3rd @ The Muffin

What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Make sure you visit WOW’s blog today and read an interview with the author and enter for a chance to win a copy of the book All Eyes on Alexandra.

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December 5th @ Cassandra’s Writing World

Visit Cassandra’s blog where she shares her thoughts about Anna Levine’s picture book All Eyes on Alexandra.

https://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com/

 

December 5th @ Break Even Books

Visit Erik’s blog where you can read Anna Levine’s guest post about how to jog your inspiration.

https://breakevenbooks.com/

 

December 7th @ Coffee with Lacey

Grab some coffee and visit Lacey’s blog where you can read her review of Anna Levine’s picture book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com


December 8th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Visit Anthony Avina’s blog today where he joins in the fun of celebrating and shares information about Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

 

December 8th @ Christy’s Cozy Corners

Visit Christy’s blog and cozy up while you read her review of Anna Levine’s picture book All Eyes on Alexandra.

https://christyscozycorners.com/

 

December 9th @ Coffee with Lacey

Visit Lacey’s blog again where you can read Anna Levine’s guest post about designing your ideal writing spot.

http://coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com

 

December 9th @ Christy’s Cozy Corner

Visit Christy’s blog where you can read Anna Levine’s blog post about how she decided to use crane’s in her story.

https://christyscozycorners.com/
December 10th @ Thoughts in Progress

Visit Pamela’s blog where you can read Anna Levine’s guest post about how authors use anthropomorphic animals.

http://masoncanyon.blogspot.com/

 

December 11th @ Read. Write. Sparkle. Coffee.

Make sure you visit Jeanie’s blog today and read her thoughts about Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://www.readwritesparklecoffee.com/
December 12th @ Author Anthony Avina Blog

Visit Anthony Avina’s blog where he interviews Anna Levine, author of All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

 

December 13th @ Read. Write. Sparkle. Coffee.

Make sure you visit Jeanie’s blog today and read Anna Levine’s guest post about building a theme day around a picture book.

http://www.readwritesparklecoffee.com/

 

December 13th @ Oh for the Hook of a Book

Visit Erin’s blog where she shares her thoughts on Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

www.hookofabook.wordpress.com

 

December 15th @ A Storybook World

Visit Deirdra’s blog where she features Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra in a spotlight post.

http://www.astorybookworld.com/

 

December 17th @ World of My Imagination

Stop by Nicole’s blog today where you can read her review of Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

 

December 19th @ Cassandra’s Writing World

Visit Cassandra’s blog again where you can read Anna Levine’s blog post about naming your characters.

https://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com

 

December 19th @ Linda’s Blog

Make sure you visit Linda’s blog today where you can read her thoughts about Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

https://www.lindaleekane.com/blog

 

December 20th @ Word Magic: All About Books 

Visit Fiona’s blog where you can read her review of Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://fionaingramauthor.blogspot.com/

 

December 21st @ Bring on Lemons

Make sure you grab some lemonade and stop by Crystal’s blog today where she reviews Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

http://bringonlemons.blogspot.com/

 

December 27th @ Linda’s Blog

Visit Linda’s blog again where you can read her interview with author Anna Levine.

https://www.lindaleekane.com/blog


December 28th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Visit Beverley’s blog today you can read her review of Anna Levine’s book All Eyes on Alexandra.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/
December 31st @ Strength 4 Spouses

Visit Wendi’s blog and read Anna Levine’s guest post on learning about families and different cultures.

https://strength4spouses.blog/
January 2nd @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Visit author Anthony Avina’s blog where he shares his thoughts about Anna Levine’s picture book All Eyes on Alexandra. 

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

 

January 3rd @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog

Visit Beverley’s blog again where you can read Anna Levine’s blog post about getting into the head of your middle-grade characters.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com/

 

January 4th @ Author Anthony Avina’s Blog

Visit author Anthony Avina’s blog again where you can read Anna Levine’s blog post about using fiction to write non-fiction.

http://www.authoranthonyavinablog.com

 

January 7th @ Strength 4 Spouses Blog

Visit Wendi’s blog again where you can read her thoughts about the book All Eyes on Alexandra by Anna Levine.

https://strength4spouses.blog/

Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Reads of 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly chance to link with other book bloggers and is hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.
Happy New Year by the way – we are already in day 1 of a new year.

There were lots of great books read this year. Here are my overall 10 Favourite books of 2018 (as well as 2 Series I had to include):

The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley

Bellewether by Susanna Kersley

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The Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart

The Sugarhouse Blues by Mariah Stewart

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

I’ll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de Los Santos

Beach House Reunion by Mary Alice Monroe

The Year of Pleasures by Elisabeth Berg

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Where We Found Home by Susan Mallery

Annie Freeman’s Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish

The Magic series by Ilona Andrews

The Court series by Sarah J. Maas

 

Check here to see my post about celebrating my 2018 reading year.)