The blog for My Sister's Books in Pawleys Island South Carolina.
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Hi Everyone,

Last week, we started our new series, Tuesdays With...

Today's featured author is Richard Lake. He is a local children's book author and a poet. He is on the DragonBoat team and his first book, Cat as a Hat, is a favorite for children and cat-lovers of all ages.


What inspired you to become a writer?

The irresistible desire to pour the contents of an active imagination out onto a blank page!

Do you have any future books planned?

I have a number of children’s stories already written that are in need of an illustrator to bring them to life.

What was your favorite childhood book?

In grade school, I was not a good reader until my parents introduced me to comic strips and comic books. I soon found myself at home in the local library and have been a voracious reader ever since.

What is your favorite memory at My Sister’s Books?

Bess Long’s (proprietor) infectious enthusiasm for books, authors, and readers, and her joyful persona! 

When you think of My Sister’s Books, what comes to mind?

It’s a welcoming incubator for the mind; a place for readers to fuel the imagination, rekindle relationships with favorite authors, rub elbows with the real and imagined of the ages, and so much more!

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Good Morning Everyone,

We all know Mitch Albom's classic, Tuesdays with Morrie. For the month of March, we are putting our spin on this ultimate book. On this blog, every Tuesday, we will feature an interview with an author. Today, we are featuring Michael Evans, the young, local author of Control Freakz.


What inspired you to become a writer?

I have always loved to express myself! Since I was able to talk I have always loved to observe the world
and voice my thoughts on it. After I was old enough to love and appreciate books, I began writing my
own short stories, based on things that interested me. I guess, writing has always been a part of my life,
and I hope it always will be. For me, not one pivotal thing has inspire me to become a writer, in reality,
there is no option for me. I have to write. I have to express myself and let my voice be heard. And the
one thing that drives me to write each day, is the passion that I have for this world, and the dream I have
to one day help make it a better place.

How many books will follow Control Freakz?

Hopefully dozens more, I’m only a teenager so I will hopefully have plenty of time left to write!
But for this particular series, Control Freakz is the first novel in a trilogy! Two more novels will
follow it; Delusional, which is to be released in 2018 (date still TBD), and Triggered, the last
novel in the trilogy, which I’m currently writing now.

What authors do you like to read in your spare time?

Certainly too many to list. If you didn’t know there’s a lot of unbelievable authors out there. But my
favorite genre of all time is Young Adult Dystopian Fiction. So I have read books from authors like
Suzanne Collins, Alexandra Bracken, Veronica Roth, Marie Lu, Lauren Oliver, Scott Westerfeld… and
many more. In other genres, some of my favorite authors are Rick Riordan, John Green, and of course
J.K. Rowling, but so has everyone!

When you think of My Sister’s Books, what comes to mind?

I think of it as a rich resource for the people of Pawleys Island, and surrounding areas to enjoy the
greatness of literature! Everyone who works there is very friendly, and the entire bookstore has a
quaint, welcoming vibe. I love all independent bookstores! However, My Sister’s Books has
separated itself from many of the other independent bookstores I have been to, due to its unique
attention on customer service. They will always recommend good books to anyone who walks in
their store with a smile on their face the entire time. I wish there were more bookstores like My
Sister’s Books!
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Hi Everyone,

Joyce is currently reading The Girl who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes. This is a beautifully written and incredibly sad story based on true events.

Nicole is currently reading The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. This is a novel based on Ernest Hemingway.

We recommend both of these books for reading groups.

What are you reading this weekend?
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Hi Everyone,

Nicole is returning from her vacation and despite things not going quite as planned, she still managed to read 7 books in five days. Here's what she read:

Short Stories from Hogwarts on Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J. K. Rowling
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists by J. K. Rowling
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by J. K. Rowling
The Recruit by Brad Taylor
The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Black & Blue by James Patterson
The Christmas Wedding Ring by Susan Mallery

She still has three books set aside that were originally planned for this vacation, but will instead be finished over the course of this month. These titles are:

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

She may not have hit her goal, but there were a lot of fun reads!

What have you read this past week?

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Hi Everyone,

As you may know, today is Super Bowl Sunday. We are all excited because it means today is also the Puppy Bowl!!

If you are a fan of winter, then you get to enjoy Team USA as they compete in the Olympics, later this week! (See below for some must-read books.)

While sports fans seem to have their plates full of excitement this week, a lot of us prefer to enjoy a more personal conquest... a Read-a-Thon.

Nicole will be on a reading vacation this week. Currently, Bess holds the title of reading 6 books in 7 days. Nicole has her stack of books ready to go... will she be able to set a new record? We shall see. Next week, we will list all of the books she finished.

What about you? Are you gearing up for a week of spectacular sports or thrilling titles?

Happy Reading!

Olympic reads for all ages:
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Hi Everyone,

Here's what we are reading:

Nicole is currently reading Ghosts of War, the tenth book in the Pike Logan series by Brad Taylor. (His Moveable Feast was very entertaining.) She just finished reading The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler for her reading group.

Bess just finished an ARC of Charles Martin's Send Down the Rain. He is a great storyteller with a little bit of each genre in his work. This Vietnam War/contemporary story takes place on the Southeast coast and brilliantly captures human emotions, especially compassion. This unpredictable story kept her turning the page to find out what happened to the main characters.

What are you reading?
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January is the perfect time to jump start personal reading goals.

For fans of Southern Literature, we recommend Okra pics.

Winter Okra

And if you are in a Reading Group, or love powerful reads, we recommend reading these books... listed in this year's Reading Group Choices. (Nicole has already read and enjoyed three of these titles!)

RG 2018

Happy Reading!
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Hi Everyone,

Due to the chilly morning hours, we will be opening late on Friday, January 5th and Saturday, January 6th.

We will be open:
Friday: Noon-5
Saturday: Noon-3

Starting Monday, we will return to normal business hours.

So if you have run out of reading material, you will be able to replenish the book supplies!

Stay safe and warm.

Happy Reading!
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Good Morning,

In Pawleys we went from this, yesterday afternoon:

And we woke up to this:

Our Southern-born owner is not sure what all this white stuff is, or how to get it off her car, so we will be Closed today. We will allow the sun to help us in this icy condition, and wait until later today, to announce our hours for tomorrow. We hope everyone uses this weather, as a good reason to stay indoors and read! Here's what we are reading:

Bess- Tough Customer by Sandra Brown. She is enjoying this book, because the title suits one of the characters, perfectly.

Nicole was reading Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young, an adventurous book for teens. But she switched over to Snow Angel by Melanie Shawn, because a snowy book cover with a dog on it, is irresistible!

You can find our Snowy album on Facebook.

Happy Snowy Reading!
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Hi Everyone,

Due to the Winter Weather we are expected to get today, we will be CLOSED. We hope everyone stays indoors, safe and warm, while reading a great book! You can call the store or check back here for further updates.

Happy Reading!
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