As writers, we all have that book that sparked our interest in creating characters and telling their stories. For me, that book was Tamora Pierce’s The Song of the Lioness quartet. It had everything: a badass, ambitious heroine, action, adventure, and multiple well-rounded love interests. If you haven’t read these books, please do so. They are wonderful and lovely and [all other positive adjectives].
I had read books prior to that series, but seeming as how neither of my parents were avid readers, my choices were limited. My elementary school library’s collection revolved around the Goosebumps, Magic Tree House, and Boxcar Children series, all of which I devoured. But Middle School, that selection opened more doors in my imagination, which of course could only be sated by writing my own stories.
So here’s what I have to say to the writers who are struggling with either revisions or submissions, your words have the potential to inspire the next generation of writers. So forget the doubt, forget the frustration, and keep doing what you’re doing. Besides, it’s not like we got into storytelling for the money.
Current YA loves so far for 2015:
Magonia, by Maria Dahvana Headley
Snow Like Ashes, by Sara Raasch (Book 2, Ice Like Fire, releases October 13, 2015!!!)
Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard (Book 2, Glass Sword, releases February 9, 2016!!!)
The Lunar Chronicles, By Marissa Meyer (Series Conclusion, Winter, releases November 10, 2015!!!)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, by Laini Taylor
Gates of Thread and Stone, by Lori M. Lee (Book 2, The Infinite, is waiting for me on my bookshelf.)
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli
More Happy Than Not, by Adam Silvera
My Heart & Other Black Holes, by Jasmine Warga
I know this is a short list. I’m a slow reader and a lot has happened this year. What about ya’ll? What have you read this year?