How lucky am I to be able to feature Andye of Reading Teen, who is not only a smart and savvy blogger of teen lit but also a mom of an equally smart and savvy teen daughter (and a voracious reader!). I had the pleasure of meeting both of them at BEA 2010.
Andye has been especially supportive of my writing, and she also blogs for the very cool site Parental Book Reviews. I'm thrilled to be able to welcome her now to chat about her favorite genres and what makes them stand out.
Hey, Holly! Thanks so much for asking me to join in this discussion! I know that most people have a favorite kind of book, but I find it very hard to narrow down. There are so many different types of books that I love. My favorites include books from Fantasy, Horror, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Dystopia, Contemporary Fiction, and Chick Lit! How's that for narrowing it down?
I tend to be "in the mood" for a different type of book every day. I think what it comes down to for me is this: Is the writing original and moving, and did the book make me really think or feel? I love when I can tell that a book was well thought out. Harry Potter immediately comes to mind! I would love to see more books on the YA shelves that really make you think. Whether it's a mystery to be solved, or something that might apply to your own life or the world around you.
In each of the categories listed above: Graceling by Kristin Cashore, The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Tell Me a Secret by....hmm....someone, I forget...., and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
Thank you, Andye! (And I promise, I did not pay Andye to say nice things about TMAS! :)
Readers, what books have made you really think or feel? Share your faves! Each comment is a chance to win this week's prizes, plus the mondo What YA Bloggers Want prize pack at the end. Whee!
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