Hi all! Sheila asked me if I would fill in for her one day while she is on her amazing Honduras trip, and I readily agreed to help out!
I’ve “met” so many wonderful people, including my friend Sheila, who all share my love of reading and books through blogging. I met Sheila through the “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?” meme that she has now taken over and taken to great heights of popularity! It’s been so much fun to watch how Sheila’s blog has grown over the years, and how excited she still is about the whole process. (She wears me out sometimes, with all her activities – J – but I always know I’ll find a great book idea at her blog!)
Sheila asked me to tell you a little about myself. My name is Sharon Galligar Chance, and some of you may know me from my blog, Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews. I’ve been blogging for three years now, and still love it as much as I did the day I began!
I have also been a freelance entertainment journalist for the past fifteen years. In addition to being a senior book reviewer for the Times Record News, I am also a regular guest contributor for the Las Vegas Review Journal’s Book Nook blog, The Ventura County Star, and write a monthly column at FreshFiction.com highlighting cozy mysteries, “Sharon’s Cozy Corner.”
So, enough about me! On to books!
Sheila asked me to talk about which book has been my favorite, so far, of 2011. Wow, tough question! There have been so many wonderful books out this year, it’s hard to choose just one. But I sat down and went through the books I have reviewed over the year, and settled on one that I feel has been one of the most interesting books I’ve had the pleasure to read … so far!
My choice is Melanie Benjamin’s “The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb.”
I fell in love with this novel. Plain, and simple.
Melanie Benjamin has taken the bits of known history of one of the most fascinating female personalities in entertainment history, added in a captivating fictional narrative from the tiny lady herself, and delivers a gentle, loving, captivating story that takes readers into the heart of Lavinia Warren, aka Mrs. Tom Thumb.
Here is the link to my review over at my blog, if you’d like to check it out!
There is little doubt, to me, that this novel is destined to be one of the best books of 2011. It has recently been nominated for a Goodreads Good Choice Award. I highly recommend it!
I so admire Sheila for her commitment to this mission and I wish her safe journeys on her trip!
*Note from Sheila: Sharon is so sweet! I remember connecting with her on Book Blogs when we were both new to this world and I love that she is still reviewing and loving it just as I am. Her review of Mrs. Tom Thumb peaked my interest and I have yet to read it but need to!