I’d Read Again in a Second!

There are so many great YA reads out there. But for a book to make it on MY favorite list, it has to pass the I-Would-Read-This-Again-In-A-Second test & the I-Own-This test (or will be buying a copy ASAP). So, as of today, May 23, 2013, here is a list of my top favorites.

Brodi Ashton: Everneath & Everbound & Neverfall (Novella)

Jane Austen: I’m not sure if her novels count as YA, but ALL her books are on my list, in the #1 spot!

Lisa T. Bergren: Waterfall & Cascade & Torrent

Gail Carriger: Etiquette Espionage

Kristen Cashore: Graceling & Fire & Bitterblue

Rae Carson: The Girl of Fire and Thorns & The Crown of Embers & The Bitter Kingdom & The Shadow Cats

Ally Condie: Matched & Crossed & Reached

Sarah Beth Durst: Drink, Slay, Love & Enchanted Ivy & Ice

Diana Wynn Jones: Howl’s Moving Castle

Jenny B. Jones: So Not Happening & I’m So Sure & So Over My Head & There You’ll Find Me

Robin LaFevers: Grave Mercy & Dark Triumph

Marissa Meyer: Cinder & Scarlet

Stephenie Meyer: Twilight & Breaking Dawn & The Host

Rick Riordon: Percy Jackson Series (This series falls somewhere between Middle Grade & YA, but I really enjoyed it!)

J.K Rowling: The Harry Potter Series

Polly Shulman: Enthusiasm

Scott Westerfield: Uglies & Pretties & Specials & Extras

 

**Well, that’s it for today…I’m sure I’ll think of a few more as soon as I publish this…

What about you? What are your top 5 favorite YA reads?

 

 

Saw this list today, and I have read most of them…might make this my goal, to read all the books on this list. We’ll see… 🙂

http://www.npr.org/2012/08/07/157795366/your-favorites-100-best-ever-teen-novels

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Playlists/Soundtracks

On my list of favorite things, after writing and reading, comes music. I love music. I love singing and playing piano (for my ears only on the piano thing, usually). And, I also love to dance…Although I’m pretty sure no one wants to see that…

I need music when I’m writing. When it’s too quiet, my mind tends to wander. So I make playlists for all my WIP’s. The playlist becomes my soundtrack…so, if someday my WIP’s become movies, I’ll be all set with a list of ideas! 🙂 

Along with a super cool playlist, each of my WIP’s usually has a theme song. One song that pretty much sums up my plot. For my WIP BOUND the theme song is “That’s the Way I Loved You” by Taylor Swift. (I write YA, so of course I listen to Taylor Swift…A LOT…and I enjoy it!) I think she must have read my proposal for BOUND…seems like that song was written just for me! THANKS!

So, what about you? Do you just listen to music at random when you write, or do you make playlists/soundtracks? Or do you have to have total silence?

**If your WIP was turned into a movie, what would the theme song be?

My book cover is here. Tears of joy!

This is the cover for my friend Olivia Stocum’s novel! So excited and proud of her for going after her dreams of publishing. I can’t wait to have my own copy! Check out her blog (http://theclaymoreandsurcoat.com/2013/05/08/my-book-cover-is-here-tears-of-joy/) and her author page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/OliviaStocum?fref=ts).

Olivia Stocum Romance Fiction

When Stephanie White from Steph’s cover designs (check her out, such gorgeous covers http://stephscoverdesign.wordpress.com ) sent me my book cover I cried. For most of the day, in fact. I feel blessed beyond reason. After having doors closed in my face for not complying with genre rules, I turned to the indie world. I had no idea how readily I would be embraced by authors and readers alike.  Thanks to everyone who’s supported and believed in me.

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Tomorrow I’ll share the matching bookmarks! ~ Love, Olivia

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