Today I'm handing things over to author CVR Corcillo.
Let's give her a warm welcome.
My Top 10 Favorite Books and Why
I love so many many many books. These are the ten that stay with me, close to me.
TEN: Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
One word: character. The story ends ambiguously – O'Brien never comes right out and says exactly what happens during the 11th hour derring do. But still, the reader knows what happened. There is only one thing that could have happened, because of how the characters are constructed and who they are.
NINE: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
I've read and enjoyed this YA plot many times – a quirky free spirit breezes into the life of an average kid and changes that kid forever in profound and achingly lovely ways. But though there are many wanna-be's of the ultimate friends-turned-lovers plot, there is only one When Harry Met Sally. Well, Stargirl is the pinnacle of its sub-genre, second to none.
EIGHT: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
I am a complete sucker for a good male-bonding story. Hoot won me over with its tale of how a good kid from a good family finds himself teamed up with a wild swampland boy as the two of them race against time to save some tiny owls from the merciless bulldozers of corporate progress.
SEVEN: Fool by Christopher Moore
This book made me jealous! I suffered serious author envy! Moore's brilliance is peerless as his prose gallops and flows and never lets up, giving a jaunty ride at break-neck speed. How can this book, overflowing with stupendousness, have come out of just one person in just one lifetime?
SIX: My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
Steve Kluger has a way of striking you right on the funny bone or smack in the heart with one devilishly ingenious turn of phrase – and this book is packed with such turns!
FIVE: Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot
When I first started writing She Likes It Rough, I had just started giving free rein to my voice, which is whacky and over the top. Would anyone get it, I wondered. Is it too crazy? Then I picked up Size 12 Is Not Fat and as I read, I could hear the angels singing. Meg Cabot got whacky! Her heroine narrated the loco thoughts in her head, expressed herself in ALL CAPS sometimes, and related life to pop culture. I wan't crazy after all! Or, if I was, I could still write palatable fiction – yay!!!
FOUR: Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart
Hands down, my favorite romance. Who the unexpected hero turns out to be, how he reveals himself and his love, and how the story progresses from there are so utterly delightful and spine-tingling that I need to indulge in this book every few years.
THREE: East of Eden by John Steinbeck
This is an excerpt from John Steinbeck's dedication to Pat at the beginning of East of Eden: “Well, here’s your box. Nearly everything I have is in it, and it is not full. Pain and excitement are in it, and feeling good or bad and evil thoughts and good thoughts. And still the box is not full.” I think this means we are all infinite in our capacity for good and bad, sorrow and joy. And when I read East of Eden, I feel that infinity, all those unanswerable questions. And Steinbeck also makes me feel that all that uncertainty is okay.
TWO: Why Didn't They Ask Evans?(The Boomerang Clue, American Title) by Agatha Christie
It's British mystery at its best, but what really makes me pick this one up again and again is the burgeoning relationship between Lady Frankie and Bobby. The world puts them on opposite sides of the tracks, but their pluck and incandescent affection assures that they'll do their bloody best to keep one another alive.
ONE: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Intense. Speare lets the story unfold, telling the reader nothing, but showing the reader everything. When I put this book down, the story keeps unspooling in my head as my imagination surges forth with the lives and stories of these vividly real characters – I don't want to let them go.
And that is the case with all my favorites: I don't want to let them go. For me, the hallmark of a good story is this: you cannot stop thinking about the characters and their lives even after you've finished the book. What stories stick with you? And isn't it a delicious feeling to know there are stories out there just waiting to get hold of you?
She didn't start writing right away. First, she worked in a greenhouse, a supermarket, a movie theatre, a potpourri-stuffing factory, an electrical fixtures plant, a book warehouse, a metal-perforating factory, a video store, several movie studios, a children's museum, a radio station, and a bar. She also taught high school in Watts and South Central Los Angeles.
But none of these fit the bill for what she always wanted to be when she grew up - a writer. So, she won some writing contests, hit the New York Times Bestsellers List with her first short story, and got a screenplay produced.
Geralyn Vivian Ruane Corcillo, a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, lives in North Hollywood with her husband Ron, a television comedy writer. They are both New York Giants fans.
Date Published: July 2013
Can daring adventures with an adrenaline junkie give a daydreaming pushover the courage she needs in order to make her life count for something?
When a freak fast-food accident almost kills scaredy-cat Lisa Flyte, she decides it's time to get a backbone and really start living life! But how is a shrinking violet like Lisa supposed to get assertive all of a sudden after a lifetime of watching from the couch?
Jack Hawkins, that's how. When Lisa finds out that the outdoor extremist from her MBA classes needs a clueless urbanite to test his top-secret line of adventure gear for beginners, she gets the most outlandish idea of her life: she will be his undercover test dummy if he helps her become brave on their adventures in the wild.
They strike a deal. But can Lisa use her outdoor moxie to become the alpha hero of her everyday life? Will she find the grit to pursue a career she really wants or the nerve to stand up to her bullying family?
And will she get gutsy enough to go after Jack? He's a man who's not afraid of anything...except maybe of falling for Lisa.
GVR Corcillo’s debut chick lit novel, She Likes It Rough, was awarded Best Indie Book of 2013 by the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards. The romantic comedy also took first place in the Humor category. RebeccasReads.com established the awards program to pay tribute to authors who are self-published or have had their books published by a subsidy publisher, small press, university press, or independent book publisher.
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