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Survey says...

What are the best three book you've read this year?

ARRGGGHH. So hard to pick just three, but I'll give it a shot.

1. Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta. There is so much beauty and horror and brilliance packed into this book that, after I was finished, I felt like I had just gorged myself on the literary version of a Christmas dinner. You cannot read this book without engaging your brain - not that it wasn't incredibly fun and light in places. It was. But it also forces you to think. It sucks you into the setting and the characters so that you are not simply reading a book; you're living it.

2. The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer. This book has won so many awards that I really shouldn't have been surprised by how much I loved it - but I was. The storyline, the characters, the setting, the sheer scope of the world-building - it blew my mind.

3. Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater (m_stiefvater ). I picked up this book because a.) the cover made me giddy with aesthetic happiness, b.) it was about werewolves, and c.) I kept hearing great things about it. I was reading until 3 a.m., because although the storyline was fairly simple - human girl falls in love with a werewolf - the prose and the world-building were not. Beautiful and haunting and full of raw emotion, I completely understand why this book is still on the NYT bestseler list.

(P.S. I know the survey says to list three books, but I'd be committing a sin against literature if I didn't add that one of the best books I've read this year isn't in stores yet. Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard (kirstenhubbard ) is the next Jellicoe Road, people. I smell awards. I smell bestseller lists. Seriously.)

If you could meet one author, living or dead, who would it be?

C. S. Lewis. Because without him, I would not be a writer. Or a reader. Or... well, a lot of who I am today is partly because of his books. My step-dad gave me The Chronicles of Narnia the year he and my mother got engaged. It was a point of reference for us; a way of bonding when really I wanted to kick him in the face for changing the dynamics of my family. They were the books I read when I was so crippled with loneliness and grief that I couldn't stand. And later, when I was older, they brought my family together once a week as we read through the whole series together.

Thanks, C. S. Lewis, for enriching my childhood so much. I owe you.

What book are you most looking forward to in 2010?

Besides Kody Keplinger's fabulous THE DUFF? Probably the third Hunger Games. Yes, I'm aware that EVERYONE ELSE ON THE PLANET is saying the same thing - but honestly, can you blame us?

*Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival", where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing or reading-related question and answer it in on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

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On December 9th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Anyone who isn't looking forward to the third Hunger Games book is crazyyy!
And I agree about LM, wholeheartedly!
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On December 9th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
LM = made-of-awesome. Definitely.

I loved Narnia as a kid too. Many hours spent searching closets for portholes.

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On December 9th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC), amnawrites commented:
Hunger Games Three will be awesome!

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On December 9th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC), kristin_briana replied:
I hope so! I'm expecting epicness. :D
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On December 9th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC), kirstenhubbard commented:
omg kristin (and kaitin, and michelle) you are seriously making me choke up <3 <3 <3 I adore you.


and on that note, I so want to amend my authormeeting to CS Lewis. same reasons exactly.
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On December 9th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC), kristin_briana replied:
You rock and you know it. :) Every now and then you just need us to remind you.
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On December 9th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC), kodykeplinger commented:
I"m also on the LM love train!!!

Dude, you mentioned me in the same sentence as Hunger Games? WOW. That is a HUGE compliment coming from you!
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On December 9th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC), kristin_briana replied:
It is indeed. :D
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On December 9th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC), edgyauthor commented:
Uh...I've never read Hunger Games. So I guess I'm the only person on the planet not looking forward to book 3. XD
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On December 10th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC), kristin_briana replied:
You should really, REALLY read them. They are pretty fantastic. (*commences peer pressure*) :P
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On December 9th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Aww that's such a beautiful story with the books. I can see why they had such an impact on you.

-Amanda Hannah
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On December 10th, 2009 10:54 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
I loved the Chronicles of Narnia as a kid :-)

Shiver and Jellicoe are beautiful. I don't know House of the Scorpion at all for some reason. *adds to neverending list of things I need to read*

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