I like to write things, eat things, and shoot things. When I'm not snapping wedding photos, I'm working on a new novel. I'm rep'd by Josh Adams, agent extraordinaire. I post Mondays about everything under the sun. Some secrets, some book love, a lot of writing inspirations.
Fact 2. More often than not, I'm quite opinionated on what I read. However, that being said, I've found that my opinion on books, plots, characters, themes, yada, yada, yada, sometimes, more than other times, differs from what my family and friends think.
So what does that mean?
I like to think it means I know what's right and best, and they know jack squat. But seeing as that may or may not be seen as an abrasive judgement, I've settled on the idea that people all like books for different reasons. (Yep, that's the epiphany, folks. I know, I know, deep thoughts.)
Fact 3. Even though we may not agree on all books, there is a book list (of the best books) that all people should read.
(I see you might take argument with the fact that I named fact 3 a "fact". But, I direct you to the title of this blog, and remind you that it's my blog, so therefore, I have the power of creating "facts." Sorry. That's just the rules. I don't make them...most of the time.)
So what's the point?
The point is I, miss-read-a-lot, have created the book list. Books, that everybody should read, but particularly people who love YA lit. Cool people, like me. Just saying. These are books that have excellent character voice, or amazing plot lines, tension, conflict, a protagonist that speaks to my heart, and so on. Frankly, I love these books, and you should too.
My Top Ten
1. The Giver by Lois Lowry
(One of my first, and all time favorite, dystopic novels.)
2. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
(A must read for all high school boys, and girls who think their lives are controlled. Ha, read this and think again.
3. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
(My all time favorite romance. Sigh.)
4. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
(Probably my second favorite dystopic novels. Eerie, and thought-provoking.)
5. Just One Wish by Janette Rallision
(One of my favorite authors. Hilarious, witty, and heart-wrenching at the same time. If you love that book, then also read My Fair Godmother, another amazing book by Janette Rallison.)
6. The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia
(So I cheated on this one and listed three books. When I first fell in love with this series, I read the thrid book first. To be fair, it's my favorite. However, you can't just read the third. I suggest when you sit down to read these books you read the first, second and third all together as if reading a giant book. It's so worth it.)
7. Graceling by Kristen Cashore
8. Birthmarked by Caragh Obrien
(It takes a lot for me to give a book five stars on Goodreads. But I gave this book the full five stars. Sidenote: if you're not on Goodreads, than you should join now.)
9. The Hunger Games (Trilogy) by Suzanne Collins
(I'm not saying that I love the third book, but you can't just read one in three, can you?)
10. Mistborn (Trilogy) by Brandon Sanderson
(I never thought I liked epic fantasy, that is, until I read the Mistborn Trilogy.)
Bonus: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Series) by Ally Carter
(The series, similar to Harry Potter, starts with a light hearted learning premise, and around book four the stakes get higher and the mood darker. I absolutely love this series.)
There you have it, my ten, plus a few, favorites. There were at least a couple dozen more I could've added to this list, but I figured you have to start somewhere. No go, read, and let me know how much you love these books too.