October 12th, 2007

books

reading list suggestions

I'm looking to expand my reading horizons in the contemporary YA market. To that end, I've just bought the first two books in Scott Westerfeld's series: Uglies and Pretties. I'm also getting copies of Ally Carter's I'd Tell You I Love You, But then I'd Have to Kill You and Kelly Parra's Graffiti Girl, plus Stephenie Meyer's Twilight. I'm also considering getting a book by Sarah Dessen, but haven't decided which one to start with. Ditto on Meg Cabot (I was considering Teen Idol, but it's an older title.)

Given those examples as the type of things I'm considering, what would you add to the list, and why?

ETA: Because a couple people have wondered in comments... I'm not limiting myself to any particular genre here. I am looking for things that are both high quality and popular. And, yes, overlooked sleeper masterpieces are good too.
books

squeeeee x 2

http://suricattus.livejournal.com/780062.html

and

http://kenscholes.livejournal.com/31745.html

More books!

Remember, in the post on the agent submission process that I indicated every sale was different? The first one here is an option deal for a spin-off urban fantasy series from the already successful Retrievers books (first one: Staying Dead). The second is the first novel (and four sequels) of a post-apocalyptic epic fantasy series. Completely different books. Completely different situations and approaches.

And the nice UPS man just delivered an ARC of Elizabeth Bear's Dust. I will have such a hard time deciding what to read this weekend after I finish the new Jim Butcher Dresden Files novel that I got earlier in the week. Maybe if I just sleep even less so I have more time to read....

I am so blessed to be working with such talented and creative people.

I will raise a glass of single malt in honor of these authors and books tonight...