This post is part of our Guest Picks series, featuring members of our library community sharing their favorite books and movies.
About the author: Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas as well as the skills needed to survive her children’s teenage years. She has gone on to write 25 bestselling novels and is a five-time Whitney Award winner, including 2017 Best Novel of the Year. Her recent novel, Proximity, was released in October 2018. A long-time Stafford resident, Traci is married with five children. She also coaches the North Stafford High School Swim team.
Reading is a joy, a wonderful adventure into a world traveled through words and imagination. As an author, I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet many people who share my occupation of diving into a fictional world and coming out the other side with a finished manuscript. We won’t talk about the blood, sweat, and tears that occur during the revising and editing process.
Several of my author friends made it onto my list of favorites, not only because they are talented writers, but also because I appreciate how much of their wit and humor is shared within the pages of their novels.
This bestselling novelist (and local author!) shares some of her favorite books, ranging from classics to modern novels to stories for teens and children.
"Expect spontaneous laughter, especially when this is read by children and teenagers."
"With the popularity of Regency romances on the rise, I had to include at least one by the master of the genre. Eden is the pioneer who made this genre one of the bestselling romance categories, and her humor and sweetness are found throughout these pages."
"This was a favorite for my kids, and no matter how many times we read it, we couldn’t help but giggle all the way through."
"This book tugs on the heartstrings while also playing on the lighter side of life. Rallison has a way of putting her characters in the funniest, most awkward situations, and yet, you can’t help but experience the ups and downs with them and love every minute of it."
"A witty and engaging proper romance, this book very much plays on humor, an intricate understanding of Jane Austen’s Emma, and the challenges of modern-day relationships."
"Nielsen admitted she wasn’t sure she could do this story justice, but she did an amazing job. Her passion for the topic made it one of my family’s all-time favorites. While it’s often shelved in the middle-grade or young adult sections, it’s an enjoyable read for all ages."
"...another that has been on my favorites list for decades. To me, it’s a reminder that judging others can interfere with our own happiness."
"I love how Washington conveys his love of learning as well as his absolute certainty that the way to be accepted by a community is to become a contributing member of society."