Escaping to Oz #OpenBook BlogHop

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Welcome to another edition of Open Book Blog Hop. This week’s question is: “Do you have a favorite piece of literature? What is it and why is it your favorite?


My favorite book is The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. It was the first book I was able to read with my limited vision, using a closed-circuit television magnifier. When I was in the sixth grade here in Sheridan, Wyoming, the local school district purchased this machine for me to use in the classroom. To my delight, I discovered that not only could I use it to read textbooks and fill out worksheets, but I could also read books for pleasure. So, during study periods when I had no other homework, I escaped from the stress of school to a land where I, along with Dorothy, encountered a scarecrow, a tin man, and other interesting characters.

But having seen the movie, I found the book’s ending a let-down. Yes, Dorothy clicks her heels together three times and asks to be taken home, as directed, but she doesn’t wake up in her own bed with her adventures having been a dream. Also, the movie offers an important lesson that isn’t obvious when you read the book. If you’re looking for your heart’s desire, look no further than your own back yard. Nevertheless, The Wizard of Oz will always be my favorite story.

How about you? Do you have a favorite book? You can tell me about it in the comment field below or participate in this week’s blog hop by clicking here.


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:

5 thoughts on “Escaping to Oz #OpenBook BlogHop”

    1. I seem to remember a couple of books about the scarecrow and his adventures, and I once saw a made-for-TV movie called Return to Oz where Dorothy is blown back to that magical land by another cyclone, but those didn’t have as much of an impact on me as The Wizard of Oz.


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