This blogfest is the brainchild of Teralyn Rose Pilgrim over at A Writer's Journey. Participants are asked to pick their top five favorite books and write one sentence about what the book is about and one sentence about why they like it. Easy, right?
Of course, the hard part for me is the choosing of the books. Top five favorite books? That doesn't even cover the Harry Potter series, for crying out loud (FYI, only 19 hours to go until J.K. Rowling's big announcement).
(We interrupt this blogfest to report that there is a trio of shirtless men digging holes in my yard. I'm going to assume they work for the Fence Guy.)
So five books. Five books. I really don't know how to do this except to break it into an multi-day event divided by genre. Today's genre, I have decided, is YA. Mostly because I want to talk about Ellen Emerson White some more.
1. White House Autumn- Ellen Emerson White
What it's about: Life isn't easy when your mother is the President of the United States but 17 year old Meg Powers is making the best of it when an assassin's bullet threatens to ruin everything.
Why I like it: This book (the second in a series of four) is so smart, so funny, so moving with fantastic characters and brilliant command of language(Plus, Meg is a fan of the Boston Red Sox and Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix- J.K. Rowling
What it's about: Fifteen year old Harry Potter tries to balance out school, girls and battling the forces of darkness.
Why I like it: I love that Harry, at times, acts like a real jerk and that Dumbledore admits his fallibility because flawed characters are always the most interesting.
3. Speak- Laurie Halse Anderson
What it's about: Melinda called the cops at an end-of-summer party and is now starting off the school year a social outcast but no one knows the reason behind the call, a secret so devastating Melinda doesn't even want to admit to herself.
Why I like it: This book is frakking awesome and if you haven't read it, you're really missing out.
4. The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins
What it's about: Twenty four kids enter and one kid leaves.
Why I like it: A more gripping, intense and intelligent novel you will not find.
5. Where She Went- Gayle Forman
What it's about: Adam spends one last night revisiting the past and contemplating the future with Mia, the love of his life, a girl who walked out on him three years earlier.
Why I like it: Gayle Forman manipulates the hell of language, creating a raw, emotional and über powerful story I couldn't read fast enough.