The Emotion Thesaurus Celebrates 1000 Amazon Reviews

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000046_00058]Wow, 1000 reviews. It’s incredible to think that our unusual little book on emotions would win the hearts of so many people. Heartfelt thanks go out to each one of you who took the time to review us on Amazon, on Goodreads, at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other e-tailers.

You might not realize it, but each one of these reviews is incredibly important.

As writers, we all understand an idea can’t be copyrighted. That’s how it goes. And while in fiction the same idea can yield vastly different stories, this is not always the case when it comes to nonfiction.

When Becca and I first started writing these thesaurus books, there wasn’t much out there that we could compare ourselves to because our list format made our descriptive resource somewhat of a hybrid:  part tool, part book.

Now? There’s quite a few description-focused writing books using lists (some similar to our topics here at WHW). And if you ran a search for titles, well, let’s just say you’d find more than a few with the word “Thesaurus” in them.

This brings us back to the huge role reviews play and why we cherish each one so much.

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With each review, you’re helping our Writers Helping Writers brand of thesaurus books stand apart from all others.

WHW_400So THANK YOU. Becca and I are so lucky to have such great readers! Your incredible love and support is what drives us to create books that help writers in the ways they need most.

To celebrate this awesome milestone, we have a fun giveaway for you! Your reviews and recommendations helped us get to 1000 on Amazon, so we’re spreading the book love. Here are some of our favorite ebooks, all up for grabs:

1000 giveaway

  1. Becca’s Favorite Stephen King book: The Stand (Survival/Horror)
  2. Angela’s Most Dog-Eared Book: The Eye Of The World (Robert Jordan – Epic Fantasy)
  3. Becca’s Favorite Banned Book: To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee – Drama)
  4. Angela’s Favorite Australian Author Read: Midnight Serenade “Luna Tango” (Alli Sinclair – Romance)
  5. A Book That Made Becca Laugh Out Loud: About a Boy (Nick Hornsby – Contemporary)
  6. A Children’s Book Angela Wishes She’d Written: The Cabinet of Wonders (Marie Rutkoski – Middle Grade Fantasy)
  7. Becca’s Favorite Zombie Book: Ashes (Ilsa J. Bick – Dystopian)
  8. Angela’s Favorite End Of The World YA: This Is Not A Test (Courtney Summers – Horror/Survival)
  9. Stand-alone Book That Becca Wishes Had a Sequel: The Wicked and the Just (Anderson J Coats – Historical YA)
  10. A Book That Gripped Angela & Becca From First Page To Last: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor – Fantasy)

And it wouldn’t be right to not give away a few Emotion Thesaurus Books, right? So in addition to the above, we’ll also give away 3 ebooks of the ET.

Fleuron*Want to win one of these terrific e-reads?

Just comment with your top 4 choices. We’ll use our friend to select winners. Contest closes midnight EST Friday January 15th, and winners will be announced Saturday, January 16th. As always, social sharing is appreciated but never a requirement to enter.


*Must be 18, no purchase necessary, open to all unless prohibited by law. For the full legal rules and disclaimers, go here.

What’s your favorite book in one of our categories? Let us know so we can check it out!

Happy reading, and good luck!

~ A & B




Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, an online library packed with powerful tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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Lou W. Sytsma
4 years ago

Congrats on the milestone.

Another big King fan here – I do a podcast with Hans Lilja – over at the Lilja’s Library called, simply enough, The Stephen King Podcast.

It shames me to say I’ve never read – To Kill A Mockingbird – so mark me down for that one.

Onwards and upwards – best wishes with your future endeavours!

Lou W. Sytsma

Sallie Yonce
Sallie Yonce
4 years ago

I’m not surprised at all your successes. Building a house at the moment, will sign up for your new site and get back to writing as quick as I get moved in. Love you two and I’m always interested to see what interests you.
The Cabinet of Wonders (great title) sounds irresistible. I often like YA; sign me up for The Wicked and the Just. Of course, I’ve seen About A Boy, the movie, but reading book versions after the movie are always an entirely different experience and help you focus on why it works. Daughters of Smoke and Bone – I don’t always love fantasy, but since you like it, I probably will. Thanks for being your charming, hard-working selves.

Julie Glover
4 years ago

Congratulations! Well-deserved. I’ve used and recommended The Emotion Thesaurus many times over.

And why do I have Cabinet of Wonders on my shelf, but never read it? Anyway, my favorite four are:
1. The Wicked and the Just
2. This Is Not A Test
3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone
4. About a Boy

Marie Lavender
4 years ago

Congratulations on hitting your milestone! That’s wonderful!

My top choices on the list are: Midnight Serenade, The Cabinet of Wonders, The Wicked and the Just, and Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Thanks for the chance! 🙂

4 years ago

Congratulations on 1000 reviews. You’re books have helped me so much and continue to do so.

My four top choices are:
1. The Eye of the World
2. Daughter of Smoke and Bones
3. This is Not a Test
4. The Wicked and the Just

Thank you.

4 years ago
Reply to  Sarah

oops on the typo I meant ‘your books’ not ‘you’re books’. lol.

4 years ago

Of the ones listed, my top four are:

1) To Kill A Mockingbird (#1 book *and* movie).
2) The Stand
3) About A Boy
4) Ashes

Recommended book(s): The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
And, a book that may grip you from start to finish: Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind.

Carollyne B
Carollyne B
4 years ago

Always love what you gals are up to. Your books are amazing, a super help to me, and I know, many others. What you’ve achieved is remarkable, a true legacy. Thank you!
My current top 4 would be:
1. MG book – Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s library
Author Grabenstein, Chris.
2. YA book – The Book Thief Author Zusak, Markus.
3. Humor – Greetings from the Graveyard 43 Old Cemetery Road Author: Klise, Kate. (this entire series is a hoot)
4. Adult – A Strange Story Author Edward Bulwer Lytton (ha ha, “It was a dark and stormy night…”)

Duane Wiley
Duane Wiley
4 years ago

In the category of Romance, I love Nora Roberts and her novel, Midnight Bayou. I just happened across your website last week and joined right away! Looking forward to spending some time in your site, and minds! Also, congrats on your Amazon 1000!

4 years ago

Congratulations on your reviews! I need to go see if I have left one. I have the Negative and Positive Trait books as well as The Emotional Thesaurus. I think I will use the Setting Thesaurus even more!

I completely agree with the Stand and To Kill a Mockingbird! I will have to check out some of the others on your list.

Patricia Hansen
4 years ago

Congratulations on the success of the Emotion Thesaurus. In fact, the one that I purchased.
My Book choices are:
Most Dogeared: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Favourite: Five Smooth Stones by Ann Fairborn
Favourite: Marjorie Morningstar by Hermon Wouk

Monique Loubert
Monique Loubert
4 years ago

Mille fois BRAVO Becca et Angela et MERCI de partager avec les écrivains du monde entier. OUPS! sorry, my emotions are coming out of me in my mother tongue… I started my “writing life” in 2011 and found the Emotion Thesaurus in december 2012. Since then, it is my companion book. I will publish my first Picture book next summer… fingers crossed!!!
Favorite books: 1. Emotion Thesaurus; 2. Emotion Thesaurus; 3. Em… non, let’s try another one: About a boy: because it made Becca laugh out loud – love laughing!; 4. Daughter of Smoke and Bone: love the title!
Love you! – Monique

Amy Morris-Jones
Amy Morris-Jones
4 years ago

Congrats on reaching a momentous milestone! My copy of The Emotion Thesaurus sits on my desk just within reach–and I reach often! Thanks for the great resources you’ve provided! Can’t wait to see what you do next!

The Eye Of The World
Midnight Serenade “Luna Tango”
About a Boy
Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Carolyn McBride
Carolyn McBride
4 years ago

I cannot thank you ladies enough for all the hard work you do. You have inspired me, helped me and kept me going so much over the past couple of years…I have always looked forward to each of your visits in my email and on your site(s). Thank you.

A favorite?
The Stand
One I haven’t read yet but sounds fascinating?
This Is Not A Test

Brenda Johnson
Brenda Johnson
4 years ago

Hi Angela, you know I’m one of your big fans and love to recommend the Emotion Thesaurus to other writers! I love that, as your celebration, you and Becca are giving back…very much the Angela I know. Wow!
My 4 favorited from your list have to be To Kill a Mockingbird, The Cabinet of Wonders, The Wicked and the Just, and This is Not a Test! Congrats on the 1000 reviews!! We’d love to see you at one of our Crit group meets for “old times’ sake’ too.?

Patrick Witz
4 years ago

Fantastic milestone… congrats.

I have not yet read these four, so I’ll select them:
* Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor – Fantasy)
* The Eye Of The World (Robert Jordan – Epic Fantasy)
* The Stand (Survival/Horror)
* This Is Not A Test (Courtney Summers – Horror/Survival)

Love to read. However, to be honest, the ET books would be helpful. I am currently developing with members of my writing group a short fiction e-book. Our original writing exercise theme got a steroidal injection from a previous meeting visitor’s comment, “The writing group talks a lot about writing, but nobody does any real writing!” Ouch! Suddenly our simple writing exercise grew into all of us writing short stories to be included in an e-book anthology. So far it has been a fun informative project with plans to publish in April 2016.

Michael D'Lasnow
Michael D'Lasnow
4 years ago

My 4 favorites are:”Let the great world spin”- Colum Mc Cann

The Stand- Stephen King

The Diary of Anne Frank

almost anything by Diane Ackerman
very well researched mesmerizing and informative

Laurie Evans
4 years ago

Wow, congrats on the 1,000 reviews! That’s really amazing!

Favorite Stephen King book: The Stand
Most dog-eared book: Little House on the Prairie series
Favorite banned book: Harry Potter (I think those have been banned?)
Favorite romance: Wallbanger by Alyce Clayton

Sheri Larsen
4 years ago

I don’t need anything. I just heart you ladies. That is all. 🙂

Susan Berger
4 years ago

I was at my romance critique group and one member pulled out a paperback of The Emotions Thesaurus and raved about how helpful it was. I use it online.
I have too many favorite books. Bookaholic here.

4 years ago

Congrats on this amazing achievement. May you be blessed with more reviews. 🙂

Celia Lewis
4 years ago

Once having discovered your website and The Emotion Thesaurus (purchased), I’ve been back over and over and over again. As a newby writer (post-retirement), I’m stretched way out of my comfort zone, and every tip and explanation helps me so much!
1. Best ‘banned book’ – absolutely, To Kill a Mockingbird… (Although Strange Fruit comes along right behind it, in my opinion.)
2. Any fantasy book: Daughter of Smoke & Bone sounds very interesting to me.
3. Humour is big for me: About A Boy
4. and then, Luna Tango – because I like to read books from writers in other countries.
Cheers to the two of you – I’m so impressed at what you are doing in the writers’ world!

Nina Falkestav
Nina Falkestav
4 years ago

Congratulations on your giant 1000 reviews! My choices would be:
*The cabinet of wonders- because I want to at some point write an Ya/Mg steampunk and this sounds fantabulous and would be great to study the genre, I think.
* the stand- because I love horror and also, IT’S STEPHEN KING. And I grew up on him
*daughter of smoke and bones, because I have once met Laini Taylor and because the series seems awesome.
And to kill a mockingbird- because it’s a classic, and I firmly believe one should study the classics.
Again, CONGRATS on your successx

cheryl rainfield
4 years ago

That’s fantastic! I’m so glad your books are resonating with people. I often recommend The Emotion Thesaurus to other writers. 🙂 The Hunger Games is one of my top favorite banned books. Top favorite books, period. (smiling) And I’d love to be entered for one of your other ET books.

JC (Judi) Martell
JC (Judi) Martell
4 years ago

Congratulations on the reviews, but I’m not surprised. Yes, there are a load of similar books out there now, and being a writer-help book junkie, I have most of them. No comparison.

Don’t think I left a review at Amazon. Going there now – so make that 1001!

Books from your list I would most like to read:
About a Boy
Midnight Serenade “Luna Tango”
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (been wanting to come out of the dark ages and read a fantasy. Sounds like the one to start with)
To Kill a Mockingbird (haven’t read for years. “Banned?” Tell me it’s not so!)

It seems you are always sharing your successes with us in such generous ways. If I ever have a writing success, I’ll send you a box of chocolates.

I can’t write a comment without thanking you again for ONE STOP. Waiting impatiently for your February addition!! Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow…..

4 years ago

Congratulations on reaching this milestone!!!!

Your books are very helpful and I’m excited about your upcoming books.

My 4 top choices are:

1) Midnight Serenade “Luna Tango”
2) The Cabinet of Wonders
3) The Wicked and the Just
4) To Kill a Mockingbird

Tom Wood
Tom Wood
4 years ago

Theres so many great books on the list. Glad there is a Stephen King book and the first on the list too. He’s brilliant at gaining a scare and knows how to get a reaction out of his readers. I’d have to choose About a Boy and perhaps To Kill a Mockingbird. Shamed to admit that I still havent got round to the classics. Will have to start reading.

Marcy Kennedy
4 years ago

Congratulations on reaching 1000 reviews! That’s fantastic in itself, but it will also set you apart as the original when people copy the idea.

I’ve been in a book dry spell of late. I’ve read some decent books, but nothing that I read in 2015 blew me away sadly. Perhaps I just haven’t reached the great ones yet. My TBR list could crush an elephant 🙂

My top choices would be…

– Daughter of Smoke and Bone
– Ashes
– The Wicked and the Just
– This Is Not a Test

Dee Willson
4 years ago

Hmm…what a great contest! I’m a long-time fan of your blog site, and I’d love one of your Emotion Thesaurus Books. For number four, About A Boy sounds wonderful. I could always use a good chuckle!

Dee Willson
Author of A Keeper’s Truth and GOT

Carol Baldwin
4 years ago

Congratulations!!! Well deserved. Please don’t enter me in the giveaway since I already have too many books to read, but I did want to stop in and say YEAH to you both. By the way, I LOVE ONE STOP FOR WRITERS. Have I told you that lately??

Becca Puglisi
4 years ago
Reply to  Carol Baldwin

You may have said it once or twice, but we never get tired of hearing it 😉 Thanks for stopping by!