Tuesday, November 29

Let's Hear it for the Girl: Elizabeth Owen and her Not So Storybook Life (AND A GIVEAWAY, TOO!)

My (not so) Storybook Life, Elizabeth Owen

And the winner is....
entry #5
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I mentioned my friend Liz's book once before here on the little ol' blog. If you follow me on the twitters, you've seen me mention it at least 16 times. Leading up to its pub date, the actual pub date, the day I received my copy, the day Liz had a book signing (which I couldn't attend and am still pouting about)... Lots of tweeting about this book.

Clicking on this link will take you to my first post about My (not so) Storybook Life, where you can read an excerpt to get a taste of how delicious Liz's writing is.

Clicking on this link will take you to Barnes & Noble where you can purchase the turquoise wonder.

Clicking on this link will take you to Amazon where you can buy the hardcover OR the Kindle edition.


Liz and sweet baby Jane. Happy girls.

I really loved this book. There were more than a few times I lol'd, and you guys, I don't lol over just anything. There were also several, "Uh-huh, girl. I know exactly whatchu mean" moments. And some unexpected sweetness, which, I totally should have expected. This tale of friendship and faith, both honest and imaginative, is one of the loveliest books I've read in a long time. 

And it can be yours.* 

Let's make this easy, shall we?
Tell me your favorite work of fiction or your favorite memoir and tell me, if you can, why it's the best.
That's it. Just leave a comment (with a valid email address. very important.) and you could win a copy of My (not so) Storybook Life

But you might as well buy a copy to give your sister, too. 
Or for your BFF. 
Or yo' momma. 
Or (even if only because she birthed your favorite guy) your mother-in-law.
Really, this book deserves to sit on the shelf of every woman you love. 

*I received a copy for review because I am super awesome. Or, more likely, Liz asked her publisher very politely if I could have a copy, because she is undoubtedly a politer person than I.
The giveaway will be open until Friday, December 2nd. On Friday, some magical forces will reveal the winner to me, and I'll reveal the winner to you, and you'll get a copy, too. 


  1. Oh! Liz's daughter's baby body is scrumdiddlyumptious!!

  2. My favorite has to be the entire set of Little House on the Prairie books. I have the battered paperback set that was given to me when I was 8 years old and I read the entire series all the way through at least once every 2 years. The writing is sweet; the stories poignant; a reminder of what is truly important. And someday I want to make snow candy just like Laura did!

  3. Its so hard to pick a favorite! Basically, most of my favorites had characters that my heart broke for, or felt happy for. :) Flowers for Algernon, Time Traveler's Wife, My Sister's Keeper... those are a few of my favorites. :) I'd love to win Liz's book!

  4. I have to admit that one of my favorite characters is little Sara Crewe from 'A Little Princess.' I read it every few years. Current favorite memoir reading: Bossypants (Tina Fey)... hilarious and Lit (Mary Karr) - much heavier but an excellent read.

  5. I love to read memoirs, and my favorite one is "Girl Meets God" by Lauren Winner. I've read it at least 3 times. My library doesn't have Liz's book and I want to read it so badly!

  6. Hmmm...hard to pick a favorite! I really loved Feathers From My Nest by Beth Moore because she is a Bible study teacher that I respect and it gave some fun insight into her mothering heart. Most recently I guess it would be Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Pioneer Woman. The laugh-out-loud moments were plentiful but there were tears as well.

  7. I gotta say, I'm a Jayne Eyre girl. I have read that book several times over. I've always loved that book the most. I would love to read Liz's book too!

  8. I read a lot, A LOT, of memoirs. I like fiction...but if you're going to read about something why read it from someone who has imagined it (nothing wrong with this of course!), why not read the real, honest to goodness experience from someone who lived it!

    I would have to say my favorite was All Souls by Michael Patrick MacDonald, growing up in South Boston, MA. I live close by and it was interesting to read about his take from "the inside".

    Another favorite is Breathing For A Living by Laura Rothenberg. And I love Michael J. Fox's books, who just has such a strong spirit and sense of himself!

    I could go on and on...but I won't because I want to read through the others comments and find some new additions for my TBR list. :)


  9. i love the "mark of the lion" series by francine rivers.

  10. I know it's not a 'classic' but I really liked "The Help". The story just seemed to stay with me long after I read the last page!

  11. My very favorite book is Jane Eyre. It's just an incredible story.

  12. Not sure if your giveaway is for us in the UK but here goes. My favourite recent read is Rona Jaffe's The Best of Everything, a novel set in the 1950's about young women living and working in New York. It's very evocative of the era (a la Mad Men) when ending up a spinster was a real fear and smoking cigarettes and knocking back whisky essential skills!

  13. Oh goodness, I would love to read Liz's book, thanks for sharing. She always makes me smile, think and giggle when I read her blog.

  14. I always loved the "Little House on the Prairie" books and I can remember telling my Mom I was sick just so I could stay home from school to read them. Love the show too. Hope I am not too late...


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