Actually, that title isn’t entirely truthful. I have a job, not just during the summer but year-round, since two thousand and twelve. So theoretically, I have money.
However, I put about ninety-five percent of my paychecks into a savings account to use for college, and use most of the rest to buy supplies for my 4-H projects. Trying to be responsible!Engie means that I am also a bookworm who buys very few books because I think there are (gasp!) more important things to save up for. But spending my money on whatever I wanted would be cool. Here are some books that I’d like to buy.
Also, I know the title says books but what I really meant was books OR series OR possibly all of a certain author’s works. I didn’t list all that in the title because I thought it might be too long…
…and I could take or leave its sequels, honestly. I love them too, but for their stories and not their writing style. The first book, however, has absolutely gorgeous writing. And considering how much the really nice editions cost (close to three hundred dollars for a hardcover copy from Barnes & Noble), maybe I should stick with just one book for now.
Don’t underestimate E. Lockhart. If you judge her books by their blurbs you’ll think, “Oh, these are pure fluff,” but they’re actually not. They deal with some pretty deep stuff, like friendships that are falling apart or rebelling against the system. Lockhart writes female characters really well, too, and all of her main characters are girls.
So far I have read Dramarama, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, Fly on the Wall, The Boyfriend List, and The Boy Book. The first two are my favorites, though they are wildly different from one another – one is set at drama camp and talks a lot about being queer, and the other takes place at boarding school and involves sexism and secret passageways. But I would happily buy her other books without reading them first (something I’m usually quite picky about) because I trust that they’re just as brilliant.
Basically, if you like YA contemporary fiction or books about girls who kick butt and you haven’t read anything by E. Lockhart: YOU NEED TO.
I’m having a little argument with myself about whether or not it would be a good idea to buy this book: “Buy it, Engie! It’s marvelous!”
“Don’t buy it, Engie, because rereading it makes you cry!”
“Dude. You’ll suffer.”
“You’ll bawl your eyes out, and maybe that’s a sign of good writing, but buying this book will also require you to spend more money on chocolate, to cheer yourself up.”
The only one I haven’t read yet is Huntress, but then she only has four books current published anyway. I love her complicated, gorgeously written stories – and even more so because they’re about queer girls.
I don’t find most fictional couples to be very interesting – I like them, I guess, but I don’t love them. They’re just meh. But the couples in Malinda Lo’s books are SO CUTE. I have so many Ash/Kaisa feelings. Help.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
The best vampire book ever, according to yours truly. I loved reading about its edgy, terrifyingly-gory world. Plus, it has a great cover and would make my bookshelves look more beautiful.
I haven’t read all of her books yet either, but I don’t care. Maggie Stiefvater rocks and I refuse to believe that she can write a bad book. Furthermore, she writes urban fantasy and someday I want to publish a urban fantasy story. Learn from the masters, and all that.
Because it makes me laugh. Because it’s bizarre. Because I don’t think I’ll ever forget its characters. Because it features queer girls! And yes, because I love its cover: It’s very unique. Thank you, Beauty Queens, for having an unusual cover, because I picked you up for that reason.
I have paid the library SO MUCH in overdue fines for this book – I may as well buy it and save myself some money. It would also be useful to have as a sort of writing reference, because I admire the author’s style and would like to write as well as he does.
Haddix’s books straddle the line between middle-grade and YA, and she’s written a lot of them. A lot of short, fast-paced, vaguely-science-fiction stories. They’re about all sorts of things: memory, population control, cloning, the quest to become younger. They discuss a lot of ethical questions, too – is this science OK? – and that’s cool to find in kids’ books. I haven’t read all of her books, but I hope to someday.
Let’s say that Harry Potter converted some of his Wizarding money into your country’s currency, then gave it to you. What books would you buy with your newfound riches?