Since starting the site, Diana and I have started compulsively reading not just teen-lit books but also YA blogs, and one of them that’s absolutely fabulous is YA Bibliophile, run by this week’s featured YA Junkie. I wandered over to YA Bibliophile after one of The Broke and Bookish’s weekly Top Ten Tuesdays and agreed with many of her picks. I also couldn’t stop smiling, because her fellow love of YA is infectious, plus I can’t help but find librarians irresistible. So here’s Heidi in all of her fangirly glory!
Name, if you’re out about your addiction: Heidi Zweifel
Who are some of your “must-read-everything-they-write” authors: John Green. Seriously. If the man writes a to-do list I want to read it! Holly Black is amazing. I love the way Tamora Pierce does fantasy. Maureen Johnson is so quirky and tells a great story. Saundra Mitchell, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Laini Taylor craft such beautiful lines that I want to eat them (or maybe just read them aloud!) I try not to miss anything by Sarah Dessen, Libba Bray, Meg Cabot or Melissa Marr.
Favorite fictional boyfriend(s): Mr. Darcy. A thousand times Mr. Darcy. Gilbert Blythe from “Anne of Green Gables” was one of my first fictional crushes. I love that Adam from “If I Stay” and Jay from “The Body Finder” are actually nice guys. Pretty much any Sarah Dessen boy but particularly Owen. Cricket from “Lola and the Boy Next Door” is so darn geeky cute. Seth from “Wicked Lovely” and Ash from “The Iron King” are yummy. If I’m looking for a bit of danger there is Nick from “The Demon’s Lexicon” and Cassel from “White Cat.” And of course Peeta, the boy with the bread from “The Hunger Games.” Now that I’ve gone way overboard I should point out that these are all picks for teen me. Well, except for Mr. Darcy. He can call me anytime!
What’s the last YA book that blew you away and why? There have been so many that I’ve really loved this year (“Lola and the Boy Next Door,” “The Name of the Star,” and “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” to name a few!) The one that I read most recently that had the biggest impact would either be “Please Ignore Vera Dietz” or “Everybody Sees the Ants.” Both are by A.S. King and I read them one after the other. Amy writes these incredibly honest and authentic books. She tackles tough issues and really looks at all sides. There are also some magical realism aspects. I really cannot recommend her books enough.
Which YA books will you forever keep on your bookshelves: Series like “Anne of Green Gables,” “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “Harry Potter.” I could read them again and again. I own three copies of “Beauty” by Robin McKinley because I just can’t seem to part with any of them! Anything by John Green and my books signed by Meg Cabot. I would have a hard time parting with any of my books from signings where I actually got to spend some time chatting with the author as well.
If you could force Hollywood to adapt one YA book into a movie, which would it be? Oh dear. This is a tough choice. They are already making “The Hunger Games” and “City of Bones,” so that eliminates two of my choices. I think it’d be amazing to see “Daughter of Smoke and Bone.” The characters and the locations are so exotic. I would also love a feel good movie based on either of Stephanie Perkins’ books.
What’s at the top of your TBR pile? I can’t see that high. It’s taller than I am! I think “The Future of Us” by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler will be next! It comes out this month so I’d like to get to it.
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