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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

YA Bloggers Want...To Think and Feel: Andye at Reading Teen

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.

Welcome, Andye!


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.

My favorites?
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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  1. Andye is an amazing blogger. I don't know how she does it. Anyway, great picks! You picked a great variety of books as your favourites, and I like when people are able to invest their time in not only one set genre, but a whole variety. :)

    You're so lucky! You got to meet Holly.
    You're so lucky! You got to meet Andye.

  2. One of my favorite books so far this year is The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson. I spent 3/4 of the book being angry at Destiny's parents, then...well if you haven't read it, I recommend it!

  3. Two books that have really made me think were Hunger and Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler. I tend to reflect back on Forget You by Jennifer Echols because I wonder why everyone loves that book and I just really really didn't.

    autumn.crochet (at) gmail.com

  4. I loved "The Host" by Stephenie Meyer. To this day, I sometimes lapse into moments where I ponder what it really means to be human and how lucky I am to have the life I've been given. That book has been the root of many of my most philosophicak moments! And it's a great read to boot!
    I've been hearing things about "Tell Me A Secret" all over the blogospher, and I'm itching to get my hands on a copy. I decided to check out your blog, read about your current event, and decided I like it here. :) Consider yourself officially followed!
    We writers need to stick together!
    Put it on Paper

  5. So many many books! Most recently there was Crazy by Han Nolan, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney.

  6. I guess I'm a little less serious then everyone else? I mean the books that make me think tend to be fantasy books where royal politics are the forefront. Celine Kiernan's "The Poison Throne" made me think about what I would sacrifice for the truth, N.K. Jemisin's "Hundred Thousand Kingdoms" made me wonder how you judge one person's love against another's...

    Stuff like that. I guess because its not 'real' I feel safer in thinking about it.

  7. Good lists of books! *puts more on the TBR list*
    I surprise myself and enjoyed "Incarceron" (sp?).

  8. I know I said something about this yesterday, but I have to add TAKE ME THERE by Carolee Dean to my list of books that make me think! It was such and amazing book, I can't recommend it enough!

    Thanks so much for having me, Holly!! Much Love!

  9. There are so many great books out there. One that comes to mind is The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I really liked them. I was surprised by how much.

  10. Congrats, Andye for being featured on Holly's site. Good interview. And thanks for what you do to get children and YA's into reading, as well as us 'old folks'. The only problem is....there's so many good reads to chose from these days. I have 3 started right now and it's tough making the time to get them all read.

  11. Definitely Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall.

  12. Gemma Malley's The Declaration and Patrick Ness's The Knife of Never Letting Go. Both are futuristic. Both have sequels, but as I tend to dislike sequels, I generally get what I need from the first one. There's something about futuristic novels that really does provoke thought.

  13. Welcome to newcomers and old-comers! I'm so happy you're stopping by to chat about YA...I have a feeling my To-Be-Read shelf is going to grow exponentially during this adventure. :)

    Thinking and feeling are high criteria for me, as well - every once in a while I'll pick up something with less weight, but I really love stories with gravity.

  14. Well, Living Dead Girl left me shocked and thinking for a long time. Before I Fall is another one I haven't gotten out of my head.

  15. I love Reading Teen, they’re a great blog!
    Books that made me think or feel…hmmm…

    Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
    The Hunger Games series by Suzanne C ollins
    The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

    These are the three that stand out the most for me, all three made me cry, snot running down my face and they provoked me to think, consider and live in the worlds created within the pages.
    Gabrielle Carolina

  16. This is such a great topic!! I love so many YA books because they have such a range of emotion and growth for the characters. Books that I have loved this year:

    Beautiful Darkness Kami Garcia & Margeret Stohl
    Perfect Chemistry Simone Elkeles
    Clockwork Angel Cassie Clare
    Nightshade Andrea Cremer
    Brightly Woven Alexandra Bracken
    The Heist Society Ally Carter


  17. Great choices. I loved Paranormalcy and of course, Tell Me A Secret.

  18. Books that have made me think or feel?
    Anything by John Green, Laurie Halse Anderson, or Suzanne Collins.

  19. I think the first book that ever really made me think was The Giver by Lois Lowry. I also agree with Super above, that John Green books make me think. Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series also made me look at things differently.

  20. The books that really and truly make me think are usually dystopias. Whenever I enter a new world, it makes me think about the issues and problems that exist in our world. I think that dystopias are great because we can take a step back from the politics and nationalities and allegiances that exist in our lives and look at what we need to do to make our world better. That was along sentence, but I meant all of it!