Monday, March 5, 2012

Denise Grover Swank's Favorite Books of 2011!

In honor of Here, Denise Grover Swank is on a whirlwind blog tour! Along the way she is sharing things about herself, about her book, and even about her writing process. Sound like something you'd be interested in? Click the banner to follow the full tour!

Meanwhile here's a little more about the book.

Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.

Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can't ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for months. When the police show up one night looking for Evan, he begs Julia to run with him, convincing her that Monica is still alive. Julia agrees to go, never guessing where he’s really from.

Intrigued? I was! So far Here is really good, and I should have a review up later this week. 

Now I'm going to hand the floor over to Denise Grover Swank herself! Here is a list of her favorite books of 2011. If you see any that you love, or want to read, shout out in the comments! 

Top 10 Favorite Books of 2011
  1. Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts 
  2. Demonglass Rachel Hawkins 
  3. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins 
  4. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins 
  5. Divergent by Veronica Roth 
  6. The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker 
  7. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan 
  8. The Help by Kathryn Stockett 
  9. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin 
  10. Lost Dog by Bill Cameron

Denise is a single mom who lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri raising five of her six kids. (The oldest has gone off to live on his own.) She loves to embarrass her children whether it be spontaneous dance parties in the kitchen or making her teens’ friends think she’s funny/cool. *gasp* (Even if its in her own mind.) On rare occasions, she is known to post stories about her crazy life on her family blog There’s Always Room for One More.

She keeps her sanity by creating worlds to escape to and characters to hang out with.


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