I love all kinds of fiction, but young adult is special. I think it’s because there is so much emotion in YA, regardless of genre. Everything can be exaggerated, but the truth remains. There’s no bullshitting in YA!
Right now I’m rereading THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve read the two books in THE RAVEN CYCLE three times now! I desperately want book 3. Before that, I finished reading books 1, 2 and 3 in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series. I’ve got 4, 5 & 6 waiting on my shelf for when I can tear myself away from the Raven characters – which is probably never!
I always, ALWAYS, have a book with me. So I read at home, on the bus, and during my lunch hour. It’s the perfect way to de-stress.
What draws you to a book?
My friends are very bookish and so I listen to their recommendations. I’m a total sucker for a cover. I recently bought DIE FOR ME by Amy Plum based on the cover alone. Same with THE SELECTION trilogy by Kiera Cass – which I loved. But a bad cover can put me off a book too. My pet peeve with covers is if a character’s ethnicity is not truly reflected. Don’t whitewash.
Do you ever reread books?
See answer 2! I reread all the time. I’ve read HARRY POTTER at least 30 times. I reread LORD OF THE RINGS every other year. If I’m invested in a trilogy I will reread books 1 & 2 before number 3 comes out. I recently did this with Laini Taylor’s DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE series.
Harry Potter is something I talk about a lot. I got into writing after working on the most popular Potter website in the world during the crazy release years. I started off writing articles and essays. That then progressed to fan fiction. Then my own novels. Years later, I’m agented with book deals! Strange how things work out when you’re doing something you love, but when you have a passion for literature, anything is possible.
Which books do you find yourself recommending over and over again?
THE RAVEN BOYS!!!! Seriously, don’t get me started on these books because I’m obsessed. I also recommended ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS to a lot of people years ago when it first came out. FANGIRL is another contemporary YA I’m crazy about right now. All my old fandom buddies have been told to buy that one. That’s one of the things I love about Goodreads and Blogger. If you read a great book, SHOUT ABOUT IT – readers will listen!