If you think I talk about books too much, you should see the Notebook Sisters’ blog. Lately they’ve had a ton of YA author interviews and other book-related posts as part of their book blog party. I’m doing their YA books blog tag because it looks fun.*
*Actually I’m doing it because it’s a way to get more entries for their book giveaway thing, but let’s pretend I’m not quite so opportunistic, shall we?
1. Name your top 5 favorite YA authors!
Suzanne Collins, Maggie Stiefvater, Kirsten Miller, Eoin Colfer, and J.K. Rowling.
2. What’s the last YA book you read and what did you think of it?
It was The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth and it was very good in the way that books can be when you think about a hundred pages should’ve been cut. No really, it was good but Danforth needed to edit a bit.
3. What’s your favorite YA genre (Dystopian, romance, sci-fi, contemporary, etc.)?
Science fiction and dystopian! I love everything from the Hunger Games trilogy and The Giver to Divergent and pretty much anything by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Turnabout, Double Identity, Running out of Time, Escape from Memory, the Shadow Children series, and more).
4. Let’s talk characters! Pick a character you love and tell us why?
I think I’m supposed to put a YA character here.
I love Blue from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. She’s not afraid to be smart and quirky. She’s also very sensible (which she doesn’t like to be told but I admire it anyway) so when a boy likes her and she likes him back, she doesn’t spend every waking hour thinking about him like Bella Swan would. This is a very good thing.
5. Top YA villain?
Probably Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I think she’s pretty cool.
I have this problem where I like villains.
6. Top YA couple?
Haymitch & alcohol! Um, sorry. For real, it’s Gregor & Luxa from the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins. I love how they deal with coming from two very different cultures, and how their love story plays out nice and slowly over the course of five books.
I don’t have many favorite couples from YA, though. I read a lot of YA but most of my favorite couples come from adult stuff like All Men of Genius or Lord of the Rings. There aren’t even many couples in those books and I still prefer them to most of the YA stuff, perhaps because YA romance tends to be, “Ohmigod my boyfriend’s so sparkly and handsome ohmigod I can’t even!”
7. With dystopian on the decline, what do you think will be the next hot trend in YA?
I’d like it to be either steampunk or really good high fantasy (not Tolkien ripoffs like Paolini’s Inheritance series), but who knows? I hope it’s not romance but it does look like it’s going that way, doesn’t it?
8. What’s the next YA book on your to-be-read pile?
- Kiki Strike: The Darkness Dwellers by Kirsten Miller
- The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller
- All You Desire by Kirsten Miller
- Probably some books not by Kirsten Miller
9. What’s the fastest time you’ve ever finished reading a book in? (And what was the book?!)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien each took me around two or three hours. I’ve read some books more quickly but they were also much shorter, so I chose those two because they’re long which I like.
10. (And now for the burning question!) Do you think books should be sorted according to colour or title? (This matters.)
Neither. Doesn’t everyone sort by genre, including a shelf for all-time favorite books?
And no, I don’t know why they called it “Pass the parcel”.