Favorite Books

A friend of mine, Bethany Jennings, posed the question of favorite books on Facebook the other day. While I have a running list in my head of favorite movies, I was stumped to think of my favorite books. This bothered me since I consider myself a reader. After much thought I came up with this list:

  • Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
  • Harry Potter by JK Rowling
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
  • Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
  • Mindhunter by John Douglas
  • The Count of Monte Christo by Alexander Dumas
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  • Fiddler’s Green by A.S. Peterson
  • Sunshine by Robin McKinley
  • Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz
  • All Band of Brothers Books but especially: Easy Company Soldier: The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from World War II’s “Band of Brothers” by Don Malarkey, Biggest Brother: The life of Major Dick Winters, the Man Who led the Band of Brothers by Larry Alexander, Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends: Two WWII Paratroopers from the Original Band of Bothers Tell Their Story by William Guarnere
  • The Lost: The Search for Six of Six Million by Daniel Mendelssohn
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • 3000 Degrees: The True Story of a Deadly Fire and the Men who Fought it by Sean Flynn
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Les Miserable by Victor Hugo
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • With the Old Breed by Eugene B. Sledge
  • The Killing Zone: My life in the Vietnam War by Frederick Downs
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Most books by Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
  • The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques
  • The Railway Children and Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
  • Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  • The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon

These are books I have either read several times, quoted from, was strongly influenced by, stuck with me, or I learned from. The longer I think about it the more books I want to add. This list is not static, but growing all the time.

And, due to popular demand, some of my favorite books are also:

  • When Skies are Gray by Abby Jones
  • Never Know, Dear by Abby Jones
  • Don’t take my Sun by Abby Jones (Unfinished)
  • Happy Thought by Abby Jones
  • Hero’s Story by Abby Jones
  • Hope’s Journey by Abby Jones (Unfinished)
  • The Cost of Two Hands by Abby Jones
  • The Sparrow and the Star by Abby Jones (Unfinished)
  • The Seventh Son of the Seventh Son by Abby Jones (Unfinished)
  • The Playground Children by Abby Jones (Unfinished)
  • The Texas Cousins Adventure Stories by Abby Jones

 

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About Myself!

A new writing friend, Bethany Jennings, whose blog I have quickly grown to love, shared some more detailed info about herself and then asked me to do the same. I have a great fear that I won’t be as weird as I think I am. 😉 Deanna Brown, Raelea Hiller, Josh Magill and Rob Akers, I think you should do this also, if you’re interested!

Info

Name: Names. Names are a funny thing. I was born Abigail Doris Vincent. I’m now Abigail Doris Jones. Nobody calls me that . . . except my brother-in-law and sales people. Everyone calls me Abby. I tried to switch to Abigail but it just didn’t feel right. So Abby it is. Not with an e, or an i, or any other strange letters. Just plain old Abby. Lord willing when I’m published, my books will say, “by Abby Jones”. I’ve been informed that my name sounds like the name of a western writer. Living in Texas, I’m okay with that.

Age: 34. I can’t believe I can say I’m 34. Feels strange.

Gender: Female with a strong streak of Tomboy.

Me:

Me with Some of my Biggest Fans!

Me with some of my Biggest Fans!

Favorites:

Food: Hamburgers. Oh, I love a good, thick, 1200 calorie burger. Yum. I also love pizza, sandwiches, and chocolate. My go-to stress food is anything with cheese on it like tortillas and cheese or nachos.

Drink: Coffee. I generally take it black, but I’m not opposed to a fun latte from any local coffee shop. Not to be completely annoying, I love Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I also love a dark red wine, martinis, and margaritas or any girly drink. I drink water cause I want to stay alive. 🙂

Book: The Bible is not only my guide in life, but contains moving stories, unique characters and beautiful imagery and poetry. More than all of that, it is the very Word of God and we would do well to pay attention when He’s talking. After that, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Jane Eyre, Shutter Island, The Thirteenth Tale, Neverwhere, The Killing Zone, Black Hawk Down and With the Old Breed. I could go on and on. Is it bad to say that two of my all time favorite books are ones I’ve written? When Skies are Gray and Happy Thoughts.

Song: How Firm a Foundation, Amazing Grace, It is Well with My Soul, Christ Alone, And Can it Be are my favorite Hymns. Outlaw Torn, Master of Puppets, Sanitarium, Orion, Suicide and Redemption, Bad Company, Beautiful People, Into the West are some of my favorite songs and I could go on and on and on. Also, add in almost all Christmas music.

Movie: Rambo (4) is my favorite movie, followed by Gladiator, Lord of the Rings, Vampire Hunter D, and Willow. I also love Princess Bride, Stardust, LA Confidential, Rambo 1, Avengers, Lone Survivor, We Were Soldiers, and Die Hard. Can I talk about TV series here? If I can’t, too bad. Star Trek: Next Generation, Firefly, Band of Brothers, Chuck, 24, and Sherlock.

Band: Metallica, Linkin Park, the Civil Wars, Two Steps from Hell, Avenged Sevenfold, Five-finger Death Punch, Flogging Molly, Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, the Pogues, the Dubliners.

Solo Artist: Johnny Cash. Need I say more?

Place: Not to sound totally cliché but my favorite place is my home, anywhere with my family, or my church. I think mountains are glorious and beaches are amazing. I love Texas the best. 🙂

Subject: Theology, writing, storytelling, philosophy.

Sport: Um…yes. Sports. I have enjoyed watching Golf in the past. I enjoyed playing baseball, soccer, basketball, and football as a kid. I don’t really get into sports that much as an adult.

Male actor: Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Jason Stathem, Viggo Mortensen, Steve McQueen, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Martin Freeman, and Russell Crowe are probably my favorites. I really don’t care to know anything about their real lives, but I consistently enjoy their movies.

Female actor: Eva Green, Gina Torres, Claire Danes, Cate Blanchett, and Liv Tyler. I had a lot harder time with the Female actors than I did with the Male. It’s probably because I enjoy action flick type movies more than I do movies with strong female leads. And I find that women tend to play less type-cast rolls, so I may like Cate Blanchett or Liv Tyler in some movies and hate them in others.

We're on a ship!

We’re on a ship!

Life:

Schooling: Home-schooled all the way baby! 🙂 I also attended the local junior college for three years and earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. I made the Dean’s List every semester and graduated with honors. I hated school. I often think that maybe I should go back and get a BA some day, maybe in English with a minor in Myth, or a Zoology Degree, but then I think of a billion other things I’d rather do with my time and money.

BF: First and foremost, the man that I married. He has stood by me, challenged me, encouraged me, and honestly put up with me for years! After him, my dear baby sister, Liz. We’ve been best friends for years. But, I have so many women I love so very much! My sister Emily! My extra sisters, Ruth and Joy. My Mom and my extra Mom. My wise woman, Deanna, who I couldn’t live without. Rachel and Elayne, Stephanie, Heather, Raelea, Bethany, Jordan, Leslie, Ani, and so many many more! I love you all so very much! This list wouldn’t be complete without my Dad on it. He was my hero as a little girl, my mentor as a young lady, and now we just like to cause problems. 🙂 My extra Dad is one of my most favorite people in the world.  Also, I must put in a word for my two brothers: Matt and Jason, you have always been the most wonderful of friends and I count it an honor to be your sister. Brad and Brian, my two extra brothers, are equally amazing!  I’m one blessed woman.

Political Ideology: Conservative bordering on Libertarian.

Religion: Reformed Baptist. Yes. Reformed meaning Calvinistic in my theology. Baptist meaning I believe you should be baptized following your conversion.

Tattoos: none.

Piercings: I have five places to stick earrings in my ears. 🙂 I did have my eyebrow pierced when I was twenty-two as my Christmas present from my husband. Now, I just stick with the earrings.

Languages: English and Texan.

Reason behind your blog’s name: To remind myself that obeying the word of God is more important than what I want to do. I used to have a blog that focused on the vampire stories I was working on. Last Fall, I became convicted about not using my writing to encourage my church family and other believers. After much soul searching (read kicking and screaming) I realized that I had to put my writing in submission to the Lord and trust Him with it. If I couldn’t do that, I needed to ditch it completely. The Lord gave me far more grace than I deserved. He gave me many friends who encouraged me without just caving to my fears. He gave me courage. I started this blog to specifically use my ability to write to encourage my church and other local reformed churches. The Lord has blessed me beyond belief. I pray He uses the gift He gave me as He sees fit.

 Why you blog: I blog for all the reasons I mentioned above. I also blog because, as a writer, it’s a great way to use and hone my abilities while I work on my full-length novels. It lets me communicate directly with my readers and build a base for my future books. We live in a day and age where it’s easy to connect with other people all over the world. I’m very thankful I get to share the ramblings of my fingers across the keyboard with so many others. It’s humbling and exciting. Someday, I hope to share my novels with you, my readers.

 

Well, that’s a little about me. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope I’m not too strange . . . no wait! I expected to be stranger. Hmmmm.