November 26, 2012

Pep Rally Monday: The Books We're Thankful For

Monday Pep Rally is a weekly feature where the Misfits post a question for you, the reader, to answer. You can answer on your own blog and link in the comments, or just answer here!

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and let yourselves indulge, because holiday food has NO calories, remember?

My husband made this turkey. No, not when he was four.
Two years ago.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought we could talk about the books we're thankful for - the ones that changed our lives in some way, shape, or form, and that keep us coming back to them with all their amazingness.

I've been reading and writing forever, but the first book I ever fell in love with was Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. That story taught me what it was to have an emotional connection to a book - to get so absorbed in another world that you forget you're not really there.

Later in life, I was totally sucked in by V.C. Andrews' Flowers In the Attic. Sick and twisted and incestuous as it was, I *could not* put it down - and I think it's what I can credit for my fascination with slightly taboo subject matter.

More recently, I fell head over heels in love with Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, and the Unearthly Series by Cynthia Hand. These books will never, ever leave my book shelf, no matter how times I purge my book collection. Before I Fall is gorgeously written and oh-so heartwrenching, and Unearthly is exactly what I look for in a book - likable, vivid characters, a touching story, and one of the sweetest, most swoon-worthy romances I can remember. (Which team am I? Save a horse, ride a cowboy is all I have to say to that.)

So how about you? Which books are you most thankful for having read? Can't wait to hear your answers!

(Also, just a reminder that this blog will be the host for Brenda Drake's Pitch Wars contest. Woohoo! Mentor wish lists go up today, so be sure to check out what Misfits Gina, Dahlia, Erica, and Marieke are looking for!)


Dahlia Adler said...

It's not YA, but I'm extremely thankful for Rebecca Barry's LATER, AT THE BAR, because whenever I'm feeling uninspired to create new characters, I find it helps get me out of that slump. I also recently read BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver and fell in love with it too, and am thankful to be reminded that books really are capable of keeping you on the edge of your seat and reading far later in the night than you want to!

I'm also thankful to Courtney Summers' CRACKED UP TO BE, for helping me see that supposedly unlikeable MCs can be the best kind, and to AS King's PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ for showing me that there are still new POV devices to be employed that can heighten a book immensely with their creativity.

Deirdre said...

My go to book to ditch this world is The Lord of the Rings. It is almost frightful how much I get wrapped up in that world.

I've also heard great things about Before I Fall- onto my Christmas wishlist it goes! Also- Dahlia mentioned Cracked up to Be and I have to agree!

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