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My Favorites: Reading and Writing

  • Fiction: Children's, Fairytales, Folklore & Mythology, Literary, Sci Fi/Fantasy, Teen, Young Adult/Juvenile

  • I mostly read YA because that's what I mostly write. If you want to be a YA writer, here's what you need to read. The essentials:

    Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
    A Separate Peace by John Knowles
    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
    In Country by Bobby Ann Mason
    The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
    I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
    Looking for Alaska by John Green
    Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
    How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
    Peeps by Scott Westerfield
    Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
    Wake by Lisa McMann
    City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

    Here are some children/YA crossover must-reads:

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
    The Giver by Lois Lowry
    Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
    The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
    Maximum Ride by James Patterson
    Eragon by Christopher Paolini
    Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

    Anyone serious about writing for young people should read all of these classics and current favorites. All of them will give you a solid appreciation of young adult literature.
  • Right now I'm reading The Named and City of Ashes. The Named I like; it's so original. The City of Ashes is okay so far, though it's dragging a little bit, not quite on the same level as it's prequel.

    Word of advice: never let the first book in your series be your absolute best piece of work. The first book should test the waters. The next one should throw a curve ball, and your last ones should blow your readers away. Nothing is sadder than a series where the first book is the best one.
  • Ironically, the one place I can't read is the library. Too much pressure.

    All those books and all that quiet makes me uncomfortable. Especially since I usually go to the library to study and, let's face it, no one ever wants to study so I really never get any studying done. I can't read more than a paragraph out of my text book before I'm back in my room watching The Office and eating applesauce.

    I only said applesauce because that's my favorite food, though I could be eating anything, I guess. Or not eating at all. I don't just sit around and watch tv and stuff my face, believe it or not. I have a life. I just prefer  eating applesauce over studying in the library.
  • Three books, lots of short stories, plenty of poetry, a few letters, some grocery lists, the occasional song, tons of debit entires in my checkbook log for all the online shopping I do, and essays - tens of thousands of essays.

    The best essay I ever wrote was about the legends of Troy. And I don't even like ancient history. The worst one I ever wrote was a comparison of The Wizard of Oz to modern technology. Atrocious.
  • Fiction: Children's, Teen

  • Someone with special abilities, like a Jedi

    I was a Jedi for Halloween once and people kept asking me why I dressed up as Jesus. I would hold out my blue plastic light saber and be like "Did Jesus have THIS?"

    Now that I think about it, Jesus would be a cool person to be for a day. Is that sacrelige?
  • I really like books, not authors because it's the book that gets me. I may love one book by a certain author and hate another book by the same author.  Case in point: Angels and Demons - oh, great, so incredible! Digital Fortress - what the hell kind of drugs was Dan Brown on?

    If I had to spend a year in solitary confinement, these are the books I'd take with me:

    Wuthering Heights, The Fountainhead, Farewell to Arms, Interview with a Vampire, Wicked, The Other Boleyn Girl, Fighting Reuben Wolfe, The Order of the Phoenix, Shiloh, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Great Gatsby, and my collection of Rolling Stone magazines   

    Of course, the day I got sentenced would be a good day to be a Jedi. I'd mind trick my way out of it.