Entry #19 – Favorite Author:

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Entry #19 – Favorite author:  What author do you gravitate towards in the bookstore or library?  Which author can you not get enough books from?  Or maybe they’ve only written one book, but it changed your life.

Growing up, my very favorite author would have to be Caroline B. Cooney.  This past summer, I decided to send a piece of fan-mail to this author who was an important part of my life.  I don’t know if she actually read my letter or not, but I thought it was important to express my thanks for her novels.  Check out a bit of the letter I sent:

I picked up The Face on the Milk Carton in middle school and became a Caroline B. Cooney fan for life.  “Cooney” was the first bookshelf I always checked at the library or bookstore, and I voraciously read your body of work.  I realize now how lucky I was to have parents who valued reading and were able to fund my book habit.  I have read at least 40 of your titles and personally own 30 of the books.  I remember ordering some of the trickier to find titles on e-bay when I was in college.  I also have The Face on the Milk Carton starring Kellie Martin and Edward Herrmann recorded on VHS!

Besides The Face on the Milk Carton series, some of my favorite books are The Time Travelers Quartet, Driver’s Ed, and The Terrorist. I enjoy your books because of the slightly-unusual character names, the fast-paced and suspenseful action, and the relatable main characters.  I’ve never seen my own face on a milk carton, stolen a stop sign, handled smallpox scabs, or traveled back in time, but for some reason, I believe what the characters are doing and feel for them.  I cheer them on when they make good choices and groan when they do the wrong thing.  Your books provided the adventure I needed in my life.

Even though I am now twenty-seven years old, I still enjoy picking up your books.  In fact, I just read Three Black Swans and Code Orange this summer.  It has taken me fifteen years to send this piece of fan-mail, but I wanted to let you know how much I admire you as an author.  I will continue to recommend your books to my friends and students.

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As an adult, I still gravitate towards Young Adult Literature, so I admire authors like Ally Condie, Kristin Cashore, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, Carrie Jones, and Marissa Meyer.  When it comes to more “grown up” books, I’m a fan of authors Steve Berry, Katherine Neville, Paullina Simons, and Gillian Flynn.  The biggest bummer is finding an author I really like, and then discovering that the author has only written one book!

Who are your favorite authors?

Entry #14 – Dream cast:

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Entry #14 – Dream cast:  Maybe it’s from a movie that’s already been cast, or it’s one that you wish would be/had been chosen: who embodies your favorite character(s)?

One of my favorite authors this past summer was Kristin Cashore, author of the Young Adult novels Graceling, Bitterblue, and FireBitterblue and Fire are companion books to Graceling, meaning they share a few characters, but they are not a series and do not have to be read in order.  In this way, Cashore has given readers a break from all the trilogies and series, yet sated our appetites for more of the fabulous world she’s created.

As in other Young Adult novels featuring brave female leads with “Ka-” names (Katniss of The Hunger Games and Cassia from Matched), Graceling stars Katsa, a heroine who discovers her life has more meaning than she originally thought.  At first, she believes her special talent, or grace, is her combat kills, which King Randa uses to his advantage.  With the help of some very good friends and a mission to figure out what’s behind all the trouble in the Seven Kingdoms, Katsa learns that there’s a reason behind her special skills.  Along the way, she finds love—but questions the concept of marriage—and encounters plenty of adventure.  A theme apparent through Cashore’s books is that love is love, no matter what form it takes, and that families can come in many shapes and sizes.  This is a lovely message to send young readers.

If you want to find out more about Graceling, as well as Bitterblue and Fire, click here.  There are blurbs about each of the books, as well as excerpts from the first chapter.  I read all three books right in a row and LOVED them.  I even listened to Fire as an audiobook on my kindle fire about a week ago and loved it just as much the second time around. 

Since Young Adult literature has been churning out tons of movie adaptations lately, I’d love to see Graceling on the big screen.  *If I had a hand in helping to cast the film, here’s who I’d pick:

castlist*If you are a hardcore Graceling fan, please take this casting with a grain of salt.  I checked out this book from the library this summer, so I didn’t have references for the characters’ ages or physical descriptions.  I went by feel and overall look, versus staying 100% true to the text—plus there’s always hair dye, right?! 

Entry #11 – Literary boyfriend:

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Entry #11 – Literary boyfriend:  Oh, _____? That’s just my literary significant other. All the cool kids have one. Share which character has stolen your heart!

I’ve read many books in my twenty-eight years of existence, so there have been many a character that has made my heart swoon—from Edward Cullen of Twilight (before the movie came out, anyway!), to John Tyree from Nicholas Sparks’ novel Dear John, and the motorcycle-riding bad boy Mark from Liz Berry’s The China Garden

But my most recent literary crush would have to be Four from Veronica Roth’s Divergent series.  If you have to ask why Four is crush-worthy, than you probably haven’t experienced Divergent or Insurgent yet (*I still need to read Allegiant, so no spoilers please!).  It was clear from the beginning that Tris and Four were meant for each other.  He watches out for her and keeps her safe, even when she doesn’t realize it.  He gives Tris her space and recognizes that she needs her own friends and a chance to prove herself.  His quiet but strong demeanor draws Tris, and readers, to him.  He’s a leader, but leads more by example than by force.  He’s logical and does what needs to be done, but he has a heart and can be gentle too.  This balance of strength and composure make him seem like a great boyfriend.       

I’ve seen the trailers for the Divergent film and I’m a little worried about the actors chosen to play Tris and Four.  They aren’t quite what I pictured, but I’m hopeful that the film will do the books justice.  I’d love to hear who your literary crushes are.  Post below if you’re willing to share.

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Other notable literary crushes:

  • Alexander from The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
  • Po from Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Brigan from Fire by Kristin Cashore

 

*I know, I know, I said I would read it a long time ago, but long story short, someone tried to use my credit card at a bunch of places.  That means I couldn’t order the book through Amazon and then I had to wait for a replacement card and I just haven’t hooked up my new credit card to the account yet.  I’ll read Allegiant soon, I promise.