April 28, 2014

#Tour of A Life Forward by @TracyHMeyer #Hosted @yareads

Thanks for coming to my day on the A Life Forward book tour.  Today I have the pleasure to share with you author Tracy Hewitt Meyer's Top Ten Favorite Books. 
A New Adult Novel
Her father is gone. Her mother is in jail. And Rowan Slone has left her dysfunctional, violent past behind. With college looming on the horizon, she has a new job that she loves, and a safe place to call home. She is close to achieving everything she ever wanted-a sense of family, a sense of purpose, and a sense of self.
But there are cracks in Rowan’s life that threaten to send her future crumbling to the ground. When her relationship begins to suffer, her father returns and her long-held secret is discovered, Rowan must find the courage to fight for the most important thing yet-herself.



Tracy Hewitt Meyer is a multi-genre, multi-published author of young adult fiction as well as adult paranormal and contemporary romance. She has a B.A. in English and a Master of Social Work, both of which feed her true passion-her love of writing. Born and raised in the beautiful state of West Virginia, Tracy now lives in the mid-east with her family, a golden-doodle, and a bearded dragon.
Top Ten Favorite Books
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
I’ve read this novel at least eight times. It’s long but so rich and full that I discover something new every time I read it. It’s another spin on the King Arthur tales from the point-of-view of the female characters. It is worth a read (or many!).
Germinal by Emile Zola
This isn’t your everyday light read, but I read it for a French class in college and was blown away. I read the English-translated version and was haunted, for years after, by the imagery it conjured. I still shiver thinking about it.
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Laini Taylor has woven an incredible story in this trilogy, with The Daughter of Smoke and Bone being the first book released. The lady can tell a story, plain and simple.
Chocolat by Joanne Harris
This novel is as rich as it sounds. It was made into a movie with Juliette Binoche that is also worth checking out. Joanne Harris can weave a touch of magic into the plainest of words.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
After this first novel, I had a hard time staying interested in the series, but Outlander was incredible. It was a book I couldn’t put down.

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
I read this years and years ago so I don’t remember it well enough for an educated discussion, but it is a wonderful book that is always on my To-Be-(re)Read list.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
No words can describe this dark and sinister book. I read it as a senior in high school in my AP English class. It has remained one of my favorites.

Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
This is just a good story. The characters are interesting, the plot captivating. I’ve read the entire series but this first novel was my favorite.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgensterm
I love when authors can use a touch of magic and fantasy in their stories but make it believable, acceptable. This story is full of beauty, magic, plot twists and wonderful imagery.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
I remember when I was in high school, I told an adult that I was reading this novel and she told me, somewhat dismissively, “You can’t possibly understand that book.” I was horrified, defiant and finished reading it anyway. Good books have layers that should reveal themselves with each reading. There was no reason I couldn’t read that book in high school and I have gone on to read it again. She was right-there were things I didn’t fully understand. But I did appreciate it and advocate letting the book speak to the reader, no matter the age.

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April 28th
The Phantom Paragrapher – Review book 1
Crossroad Reviews – Top Ten Post
April 29th
Adventures in Reading – Review book 2
Mythical Books – Guest Post
Suzy Turner, YA Author – Interview
April 30th
Mystical Lit Lounge - Review both books
YaReads – Top Ten Post
May 1st
It’s A Book Thing – Review both books
Beneath the Jacket Reviews - Review both books
May 2nd
The Romance Vault - Review both books
Cassandra M’s Place – Interview
May 5th
The NerdHerd Reads – Review book 1
Donnie Darko Girl - Review both books
May 6th
ordinary girlz book reviews - Review both books
My Bookish Ramblings - Review book 1

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