Some days you just need to re-read an old favorite. New books are awesome, but there’s nothing like going back to a story that already holds great memories. It’s like visiting with old friends. There is something special about each book on the following list of favorites that cheers me up when I’m down and reminds me why I started writing in the first place.
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg – My first favorite book ever. I love the mystery and the adventure. As a little girl, I loved the idea of running away to spend the night in a museum and identifying a long lost masterpiece. (As much as I adore Lauren Bacall, don’t watch the movie.)
Logan Likes Mary Anne! (The Baby-Sitters Club #10) by Ann M. Martin – My first romance. I was a huge fan of the Baby-Sitters Club series and totally wanted to be a member. After reading about the sweet romance between Logan and Mary Anne I knew every book I read had to have a happily ever after romance.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – This book changed my life. When we read this in my freshman LitHum class at Columbia, it was the first book I really loved that also counted as “real” literature. It helped me realize that readers, not curriculum lists, decide what books have literary value.
The Duke and I by Julia Quinn — My all time favorite romance. My all time favorite writer of historical romance. She is brilliant at marrying humor and emotion. This book made me laugh and cry in equal measure. I have never rooted harder for a literary couple than I did for Simon and Daphne.
The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty – When I pick up a Jaclyn Moriarty book, I know I’ll be laughing out loud. She’s a comic genius and uses the epistolary form brilliantly, telling story through letters, diary entries, memos, postcards, flyers, reports… pretty much every type of written communication.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Since becoming a writer, I can’t just read a book anymore. I’m always analyzing, editing, and rewriting in my mind. I’m thinking about how I would have written that character/dialogue/scene. This is the only book—in ten years—in which I wouldn’t change a single word.
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