Each and every week, Jennifer from Crazy For Books hosts a meme that allows those of us who slave away at our book blogs all week long to have a slight reprieve from the daily grim by allowing us to mingle with other reviewers. At the same time, she recently added the benefit of sharing something personal with the rest of the group. This week, she wants to know our favorite author(s) and why we like them so much.
First, of course, is my all-time fave writer, Charlotte Brontë. I haven’t read all of her novels, mostly because some of them are harder to find in print in book stores. However, I read Jane Eyre in high school and again later in university a couple of times, and I’m always getting more out of it. I also enjoyed Villette and really love her lesser read sister Anne Brontë’s The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall. If Jane Eyre is the epitome of the coming of age and 19th century romance genres, then Anne’s novel, The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall is the 19th century, anti-romance novel, and it’s brilliant. Read it if you haven’t!
Now, because I’m a YA book reviewer, I though that I should name my favorite YA author. Don’t get me wrong I have a lot of love for the authors that I’ve read so far, but so far the novelist who has come up with consistently great, hard hitting books for teens is none other than Laurie Halse Anderson. I’m amazed and in awe of how well she speaks from an authentic teen voice, especially when these teens are suffering from some of the most painful events of their lives. Are her books difficult to read yes, but they are sooo worth it. Whether you’re a teen or an adult, you’ll get a lot of out her novels, including Speak, Catalyst, and Wintergirls, among others.
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