Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Randomness and What I Like To Read :)

Today is your last day to enter the audio book giveaway!!!! Make sure you get your entries in by midnight and remember it is open internationally! If you win, and you live in Budapest, I ship this to you in BUDAPEST!

So...a lovely friend on twitter asked me what I liked to read. These days I've been reading oodles of YA literature not only because I write it but also because I get an enormous amount of joy reading it. Also, I'm in an MFA program where I study YA lit.

Here is a list of some of my favorite YA/MG books. (By the way, I am working on a post about revision and what happens when you take a chunk of text and make it more "immediate." I have found that when I write first drafts I tend to use "placeholder" words, vague, strange that distance the reader instead of draw the reader in - I will post tomorrow the differences between the two and how I approach it when I am editing. This could also be boring to you, which in that case...sorry. But onto the list!

My top ten favorite YA/MG Books so far...

10. Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt

9. The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson

8. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

7. Life As We Knew It - Susan Beth Pfeffer

6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good For a Girl - Tanya Lee Stone. A verse novel, my VCollege advisor told me to read and it was incredible! Very mature though, definitely for older readers.

5. The True Meaning of Smekday - Adam Rex

4. Un Lun Dun - China Mievill

3. Beating Heart - AM Jenkins (A mix of both 3rd and 1st person. Some in verse, some in prose. Incredible book).

2. Looking for Alaska - John Green (Excellent first person narration and the structure really worked well).

1. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban - JK Rowling

There are tons more but I'd like to know how your list compares. :)

See you tomorrow!


Lynsey Newton said...

1. Matched by Ally Condie
2. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
3. The Heavenly series by Jennifer Laurens
4. Shiver and Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
5. Evernight, Stargazer and Hourglass by Claudia Gray
6. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
7. 13 to Life by Shannon Delany
8. Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

the list is endless. I'm currently reading Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and absolutely loving it for it's balance between humour and seriousness. I've not laughed out loud as much at a YA book for a long time.

Carolin said...

Oooh, I'm looking forward to your revisions post, because I have a bit of the same problem. I seem to use a bucketload of passives in my first drafts and words that could be stronger and always have to go back and give them a little more vavavoom.

Considering the reading.... Oh dear, I'm a bookworm, so the list is looong. I prefer to read books with a supernatural/paranormal touch and I'm a bit in love with YA lit lately. I just finished Angel's Blood by Nalini Singh, which really blew me away and was an amazing read.

Bitemark101 said...

i have read your book and i loved it. i am thinking of reading it all over again after i have finished the one i am reading now. i think the story was so captivating and different. it was a treat to read and i truly think it was amazing!!

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