The Val & Kit Mystery Series

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Booker Award

We received this award from a delightful new Twitter friend, Amy Whelan, aka @Youthful_Yogini at, who in turn received it from her husband, author Jeff Whelan (@SpaceOrville), a huge supporter of all indie authors, including us. This award is passed among authors and bloggers to showcase their five all-time favorite books.

We are honored to share our Top 5 books (an impossible task, really, so we’re going to call our list Five OF Our Favorite Books). And we are honored and humbled to have the opportunity to pass this award along to five others whose lists we can’t wait to read!

So without further ado, the envelope, please.


1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. Patty has read this classic; and Roz has read it twice, a different translation each time. So of course we assume it’s on everyone’s list. J Rich in Russian history, it tells one beautiful love story and one tragic love story. And it’s free on Amazon for the Kindle or Kindle app.


2. Sheila Levine is Dead and Living in New York by Gail Parent. This book is old, but Roz can still quote some of it. It’s very funny and painfully sad and still relevant for the single woman today. Definitely a book we can reread and enjoy as much as the first time we read it in the ’70s.


3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Another classic (also free on Amazon), this is a wonderful, character-driven book. It’s very funny in parts and has superb dialogue. It makes us grateful for the English language.


4. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. This is a classic whodunit with the ultimate twist at the end.

5. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Set in Spain in 1945, this is a multi-layered, mysterious page-turner with adrum roll, pleaseBOOK at the center of its plot. 


6-10. (Well, there are two of us; and Patty’s favorite author, Herman Wouk, not only wrote the following books listed, he also, at the age of 97, has a book coming out this month, The Lawgiver, which of course is at the top of our TO-read books!) The Winds of War, War and Remembrance, Marjorie Morningstar, The Caine Mutiny, Youngblood Hawke.


It’s been too long since we’ve read a Herman Wouk novel, but, as with James Michener (who has more than one book that is also among our favorites), to read Wouk is to become enlightened, educated, and entertained all at once. And what more could we want from the books we read?

It is with great pleasure and anticipation that we now pass The Booker Award along to five others. We do this to honor them as well as to pick the reader portion of their brains.

@WodkeHawkinson (another writing duo)
@_DakotaDouglas (Roz’s fellow Brit)
@AlleWells (Roz’s fellow Southerner)
@RaeannBlake (Roz’s fellow Texan)
@WordGroupie (Patty’s fellow Hoosier—once a Hoosier, always a Hoosier J)


BUT, no pressure to participate for those already trying to squeeze twenty-six hours of work into twenty-four!


  1. Wow, what an interesting list! I haven't read any of these books....

  2. Ooooh, we envy you, still having them to look forward to :)
    (And we wish we knew how to single-space this blog post!It appears single-spaced until we publish it!? Tips, anyone?)

  3. Wowsy, wow, wow! I haven't read any of them, but I swear before I die, I will read Pride and Prejudice. It's been on my TBR list for years now. I will need the time for sure...maybe summer?
    Thanks for doing this. Fun, isn't it!?!

  4. Yes, Amy, we had SUCH fun doing it! Thanks again. Thanks to The Booker Award, we now have TBR lists longer than our life expectancy :)

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  6. Thanks for your comment, EmmaK. Enjoy! And do let us know how you like any of the others!

  7. I've only read Pride and Prejudice but the rest look very intriguing and I'll give them a whirl.