This week we welcome another bloggy pal to our Confessions of a YA Junkie series. We are so pleased to finally get the We Heart YA ladies to participate. We have a small but loyal readership here at TLR, and the We Heart YA contributors have been so good to us — reading and commenting pretty much since we started. If you haven’t checked out their blog, you should read their weekly Twitter Tuesdays feature, and see how much they loved “Finnikin of the Rock” too (see, it’s not just me and my Marchetta obsession!). You can follow Sarah on Twitter @sarahwedgbrow.
Name, if you’re out about your addiction: Sarah Wedgbrow
What you do: Writer, Play-At-Home Mom, formerly in Education
How long have you been reading YA: Truthfully? It started with “Twilight” so, 2008? (Not a lot of YA available during my teen years, and then got stuck on Literary schtuff.)
Who are some of your “must-read-everything-they-write” authors: Rae Carson, Jane Austen, Robin McKinley, Sara Zarr, David Mitchell, Kristin Cashore, Sherman Alexie, Laini Taylor, Fanny Billingsley, Melina Marchetta
Favorite fictional boyfriends: Eh, I don’t have any. I love all the Love in whatever form.
New: Favorite kick-ass heroine? Evanjalin from “Finnikin of the Rock”
What’s the last YA book that blew you away and why? “Crown of Embers” (second in the series) by Rae Carson. I just love being in this world, the issues (even politics) appeal to readers of all ages, the characters are fantastically done, and I never know where the story’s going to go.
Which YA books will you forever keep on your bookshelves: All sorts: “Graffiti Moon,” “Harry Potter,” “Jellicoe Road,” “The Hero and the Crown,” “The Hunger Games,” “White Teeth,” “The Sky Is Everywhere,” “Daughter of Smoke and Bone,” “Chime”
If you could force Hollywood to adapt one YA book into a movie, which would it be? Actually, I’d really like Lish McBride’s “Hold Me Closer, Necromancer” to be a TV show. I could see it having a cult following like “Buffy.”
What’s at the top of your TBR pile? “Shadow and Bone” (by Leigh Bardugo) has been there forever, but something always seems to get in the way.
Which literary YA couple’s love story do you think is the most swoon-worthy? Elisa and Hector in “The Girl of Fire and Thorns” trilogy.