A Teenagers Favorites List #OpenBookBlogHop

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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. Today’s question is: “Write a top 10 list in the voice of a character. Is your character a person making a bucket list? How about someone listing their greatest fears? What does the list they make say about the character?


To me, a top ten list for one of my characters was a tall order. So, I shortened it to five. This list is for my main character Eve’s son in The Red Dress. This should tell you something about him and make you want to read the book, if you haven’t already done so.


Thomas Sawyer’s Five Favorite Things

1. My Favorite Baseball Team: The Colorado Rockies. They don’t always play very well, but that’s okay. Their home is in Denver, not far from where I lived, Colorado Springs. Dad and I went to their games whenever we could. For my thirteenth birthday, Mom gave us two tickets, which was really awesome, although they lost big time.

2. Favorite Book: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Dad read that book to me when I was younger. He said that when he and Mom first met, she asked him if he was related to Tom Sawyer in the book. That’s why they named me Thomas.
3. Favorite Food: Mom’s Enchilada Casserole. For as long as I could remember, that was the only thing she made from scratch. Because she was so busy writing, most of the time, she put a frozen meal in the oven, and that was it. But then, she started getting recipes for meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, tuna casserole, and other things. She even learned how to make oatmeal. But her enchilada casserole hit a home run for me every time.
4. Riding My Bike and Hanging Out with My Buddy Andy. I also got a new bike for my birthday. Andy got one for his birthday a few months earlier. So, the two of us had brand new bikes. We also liked going swimming when our folks could take us.
5. Doing Cool Stuff with My Dad. Not only did we go to ball games, but we also played ball in the park a lot. Once, I had to whitewash the fence, just like Tom Sawyer in the book. But I didn’t have to do it by myself. Dad and I did it together, and it was fun.


How about you? If you’re not an author, maybe you could make a top five or top ten list about yourself and put it in the comment field below. If you’re a blogger and would like to participate in this week’s hop, click here.


By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.


New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

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When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.



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Author: abbiejohnsontaylor

I'm the author of three novels, two poetry collections, and a memoir. My work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. I'm visually impaired and live in Sheridan, Wyoming, where for six years, I cared for my totally blind late husband who was paralyzed by two strokes. Please visit my website at: https://www.abbiejohnsontaylor.com

16 thoughts on “A Teenagers Favorites List #OpenBookBlogHop”

    1. Okay, Patty, I’m going to throw this right back at you and anyone else up for a challenge. Save this post. After you read The Red Dress, see if you can come up with five more favorite things for Thomas. Alternatively, you could create a top five or top ten list for any other character in the book. Post your list here. It’ll be interesting to see what you come up with.


      1. That’s a good promo, to make sure all your readers get into it, you might create a “Reading With the Authors” post using this URL and a tiny bit of an excerpt as a promo in the coming weeks. That’s a great idea you’ve got and I accept your challenge.

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    1. Hi Stevie, Abbie and all.

      Once upon a by ago, when I was much younger you know. Back in the eighth-Grade this was, we read Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. I was able to get Tom Sawyer on tape from my lending Library for the Blind but I could not get Huck Finn in time for the book report’s due date. So, my mother had me check it out from our school library and read it to me. That was the most fun I ever had doing my homework. Each night after supper was over and the kitchen was set right we would settle at the kitchen table or snug up in my room and read. She did the voices for the characters and all. My mom was a reader for local blind college students and was beloved by all.

      Thanks for bringing out that memory. Today, seems to be the day for that.

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      1. Hi Abbie, well you’re welcome. I figured it was OK since we are talking about those books.

        It’s just my way of being engaging on a blog, which is a great way to engage readers in conversations.

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