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?
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