Thursday, May 22, 2008

My New Favorite Genre

I've never read too much Young Adult Fiction. I picked up a few YA novels earlier this year. Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George and Book of A Thousand Days by Shannon Hale were what got me started. I loved both of these books.

Recently, I started reading a few others and I wonder why I never read this genre before. Today, I finished reading Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. I loved it! I posted a review of it on the 5-Squared Blog. I'm eager to read more of her books. I'm now reading Princess Academy by Shannon Hale and Heaven Scent by Rebecca Talley.

On my list of to-reads is Dragon Flight by Jessica Day George. It's a sequel to Dragon Slippers which I loved and got me started loving this genre to begin with.

If anyone has a great suggestion for Young Adult novels, please let me know. I'm eager to read more of them.


Amanda said...

Well, you already know I suggest Harry Potter. I will say though that if you decide to try it, the first couple aren't very well written, so you kind of have to go on plot, but they do get much better. When I began to read them for the first time, I was really annoyed particularly through the first couple chapters of book 1, but then again, i was reading them to prove to everyone that I wouldn't like them, and we all know how that turned out...

Tamster said...

You did know, didn't you, that Ella Enchanted was a movie too?! I never read the book, but the movie was really cute! What I don't know is which came first, the book or the movie? I also wondered if the author (Levine?) is LDS or not, just because I didn't know if you were just reading YA books by LDS authors. If so, then that's cool because I didn't know that movie was by an LDS person. If not, it's still a great story! :-)

Julie said...

I really like Ella Enchanted as well. It was published in 1998 and was a runner-up to the Newberry Award that year. So, it came out before the movie. I have to say that the book is better. I love to read YA fiction. Some of my favorite authors include: Madeleine L'Engle, E.L. Konigsburg, Jean Craighead George, and Scott O'Dell. As far as I know, Gail Carson Levine is not LDS but her books are sold at Deseret Book. I really like her book called "The Wish" which came out in '05. Her new title that came out this month is called "Ever." I can't wait to read it! I also reccommend Harry Potter as you would know. Happy summer reading!

Unknown said...

Hi Marcia! Erin here.... I am currently engrossed in Leven Thumps. I'm on Book Two. It's really fun. Fablehaven is a fun set also. I will try the Dragon Slipper next. I enjoyed Percy Jackson, also. I'm with you about YA. With life so crazy and never getting long spans of time to read, any YA fits the bill. I have Twilight on hold...eager anticipation!

Marcia Mickelson said...

Thanks for all the great suggestions. I'm eager to read more YA. For some reason, I'm more interested in the female main characters. I don't know why. Maybe that's why I've never tried Harry. Maybe if Rowling wrote a book with that girl that's his friend, I would want to read it. Hopefully, that attitude will change one day. I hate to exclude all male characters from my reading. That's kind of rude of me. But, right now I'm so interested in the female characters.

I saw the Ella Enchanted movie after I read the book, and what a disappointment. I think I would have liked it better if I hadn't read the book, but it just changed so many things.

Erin, thanks for those suggestions. I'll have to look into them. Thanks for stopping by. It's fun to hear from you. I love the Twilight series. I can't wait for August for the last one. Hope you like it.