1) What are the three best books you've read this year?
This year was my first foray into the world of YA, and I didn't even start until July, so I spent a lot of time playing catch up on the YA one "has" to read to know the genre. These three made a big impression on me:
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower- - Stephen Chbosky
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian-- Sherman Alexie
- Wintergirls-- Laurie Halse Anderson
Since everyone else is cheating... Other books that kept me up all night reading:
- Break-- Hannah Moskowitz: I was worried this book had been over-hyped, since Hannah is an AW member, but it wasn't. It really is fantastic. If girl is writing this well at 17, she will be a force of nature by 34.
- Looking For Alaska-- John Green
- Thirteen Reasons Why-- Jay Asher
- How I Live Now-- Meg Rosoff
- Cracked Up To Be-- Courtney Summers
- Twilight-- Stephenie Meyer
- Speak-- Laurie Halse Anderson
2) If you could meet one author (living or dead), who would it be?
This might be a good time to confess that I am prone to girl crushes, defined by Urban Dictionary as:
"Feelings of admiration and adoration which a girl has for another girl, without wanting to shag said girl. A nonsexual attraction, usually based on veneration at some level."My first girl crush was on my friend Tess, in junior high. I think we hung out every single day during the summer before high school. My second memorable girl crush was via the internet on my girl Erie, which caused my sister to suggest that we were joined at the hip, thus spawning the phrase "Erie is my cyber hip." (Erie never updates her blog. *cough* hint *cough*)
So to answer the question, and at risk of sounding completely lame: I'd have a (totally platonic) slumber party with my girl Cory. I know, I just linked to her yesterday. I'm not a stalker, I swear.
But she gave me my first chance to beta read (a great story, btw, that I would have listed above if I weren't mentioning it here.). She gives me regular kicks in the arse as needed, and may have inflated my ego by suggesting that waiting for me to finish the current draft of my WIP was like waiting for Midnight Sun. (I knew she was exaggerating. I didn't let it go to my head, I swear. But it was one of the best compliments I've ever gotten, right up there with my real life BFF comparing my argument skills to Gandalf. YOU SHALL NOT PASS!)
3) What book are you most looking forward to in 2010?
Gotta say the same thing as everyone: The third book in The Hunger Games series, and Kody's The Duff.
Kody is another AW wonder kid and her book The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) comes out from Little Brown's Poppy imprint in the fall of 2010. Put it on your Goodreads "to read" list now.