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Introducing The Top 101 Picture Books

You know I love lists. That’s how this blog got started. And I love kids. I have two of them. So when Amy Smith from the blog Motherhood and Miscellany approached me about a guest post revealing her top 101 picture books, as well as her inspiration for creating the list, I couldn’t resist accepting the offer. Take it away, Amy. 

I am an avid reader of fiction, both for myself and with my daughters, ages four, three, and 18 months. In April, I got a set of 10 brochures, each listing 100 picture books to read before kindergarten, organized into categories (Caldecott winners, Sports, Funny,etc.).

My Mom is a children’s librarian in a small town and put the 1,000 books together out of those available in the library where she works. One of the categories was “100 Must Reads.”

I immediately gravitated toward that list and focused my energies on obtaining and reading every one of the 100 books on it with my kids as quickly as possible. I finished them somewhere in the middle of the summer, having found many gems that my kids and I both loved reading, as well as several books that I hope never to see again.

I decided to make a new list, including the great titles we had discovered from my Mom’s, and adding our favorite books to create an official list of the “Top 101 Fictional Picture Books.”

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How Reading Fiction Boosts Creativity

Over the last few months, I’ve been fortunate to guest post on some really cool blogs, including Michael Hyatt and Jane Friedman.

Last Thursday, I was honored to write a guest post for Jeff Goins. Jeff is also a writer in Nashville, and he has one of the best writing blogs on the planet. He cranks out great stuff everyday, so I highly recommend following him on his blog or Twitter.

My post on was about how reading fiction is a must for writers. I’ll put an opening excerpt for you to read here, but please check out the rest of the post on his blog if you’re interested.

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Guest Post: Maybe Neuromancer Wasn’t So Bad After All?

Today’s post is the first guest post in the history of 101 Books. I probably won’t be putting up that many guest posts, but I thought Ross Lampert gave a nice counter-point to my view on Neuromancer. Ross is a contributor at Cochise Writers and a commenter here on 101 Books. (For a recap of how much I hated this book, here’s my review.) Now, for the other side of the story: 

Neuromancer is disturbing, disorienting, decadent, drug- and crime-laced, über-noir, and dystopian. The novel has an unsympathetic, anti-hero protagonist. It’s easy to see how someone who doesn’t read science fiction regularly—or even someone who does—would have such a hard time with Neuromancer.

But this book is not representative of 1980s science fiction, so a little science fiction history is in order to understand how Gibson’s book ended up on Time’s top-100 list and won so many awards.

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