Hey all, it's my turn to give away one of my favorite books and as you'll see there's pretty much no rhyme or reason for the selections I'll be offering up. As always, the same "rules" apply. Simply comment on this post (or any of the other posts this week), and you'll be entered into the drawing. The deadline to enter is THIS Friday, October 30th at 12 noon EST. And please, spread the word on your own blogs, etc. If I get a lot of entries, I may get all kinds o'crazy and start giving away even more books. You never know with me.
So…what am I offering up? Well, I'm going to be listing six of my favorite books—3 Young Adult, 3 Adult (Hey, I write both – there was no feasible way I could choose between them). BUT…if you follow my blog (http://jenniferhendren.blogspot.com) and took a fancy to any of the books I've reviewed/read/mentioned in passing, let me know. I'm more than willing to send one of those selections instead. Though THESE books are REALLY good. Okay…
Young Adult Selections
THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak – Narrated by death, it tells the story of a young girl in Germany during World War II. It's a-mazing. I can't say enough good things about it. THIS should likely be your selection. I'm just sayin'.
UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld – I've often said I want to BE Scott Westerfeld, simply to have written the Uglies Trilogy. It's fantastic. It's set in the future, when society has some new rules. Namely, they believe that individual beauty or otherwise is at the root of society's problems. Therefore, when you turn 16, you become "pretty." It follows the story of Tally Youngblood, a young "Ugly" on the verge of becoming "Pretty."
LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green – John Green is simply one of the best YA authors out there today. IMHO. This book tells the story of Miles "Pudge" Halter as he heads off to boarding school and falls for the clever and very self-destructive Alaska Young. I can't say much about this book without giving a lot away. But it's sooooo good. I read it in one sitting, when I had only meant to read a chapter or two. (It's a Printz winner! As is THE BOOK THIEF, btw. Yes, I'm still saying you should choose THE BOOK THIEF.)
PRIDE & PREJUDICE by Jane Austen – I know what you're thinking. BUT Jen! I read that in high school and it was sooooo boring. Well, too bad. I love it! And might I add, didn't have a true appreciation for it until I was in my adult years. So give it another shot, k?
IT by Stephen King – One of the first big books I ever loved. I love the world building King achieves. I felt like I was one of the Magnificent Seven, and IT scared the BEJESUS out of me. Pennywise…yikes. As if I wasn't afraid of clowns before this book. I absolutely love the way he flashes back and forth between the present and past. And like I said…SCARY.
ONE FOR THE MONEY by Janet Evanovich – Nothing tops an afternoon spent giggling at Stephanie Plum and her crazy antics. It made me want to write comedy, and started the eternal question…Morelli or Ranger?? (Ack. I still can't decide!)
Okay, so there they are. As you can see, there aren't any clear patterns in my selections. They're simply stories I love—stories I can't get out of my head.
So…anyone have a decisive POV on the Morelli/Ranger thing? (g) And what stories have stayed with you over the years?