Posts Tagged ‘ Harry Potter ’

Two Must-Read Books

I always love to read books that are amazing first off, but are also destined to be huge. That way when everyone’s clamoring for the next hot book I’ve already read it and can talk about it. If you’re going to read any YA books this October, here are two that I think are excellent. They are well-written, fresh, and made me want to read them in one sitting – which doesn’t happen very often!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.” Talk about starting a book with a compelling hook! But hooks must be backed with great characters, twists and turns, and a satisfying ending and Stiefvater delivers on all accounts. While there is one primary protagonist, Blue, daughter of a psychic with skills of her own, there are a whole plethora of interesting characters that Stiefvater manages to use to pull the plot along giving each one a unique personality without overshadowing the plot. And when Blue gets pulled into a world of mystery with the boy she’s prophesied to either kill or love, havoc breaks loose. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time!



  Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Orphans Mal and Alina have grown up practically their entire lives together. Together they are traveling with the King’s army when they are forced to cross the Shadow Fold, a black slash across their beloved country filled with monsters that feed in the darkness. When Mal is attacked Alina calls upon a power she never knew she had to save him. Her power brings her to the attention of the Darkling, handsome leader of the Grisha, a skilled and magic-filled group trained to serve alongside the King’s army. But will her power be used to good or evil? This is a brilliant book that has already been optioned for a movie with the producer of the Harry Potter movies at its helm. I can’t wait!


If you have any books you’ve absolutely loved recently I’d love to hear about them too. Happy reading! 😀

Writing Playlist

I recently read a couple of interviews with authors in the latest Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market where the authors create playlists for the books that they are writing/have written. I thought that was a really interesting idea, one that I’d never considered doing myself. I know creating book trailers for new novels is becoming popular and that music often ties into those videos, but to build a playlist? That was a new one.

It got me thinking about the songs I would match up to not only the book I’m working on, but to other favorites as well. My running playlist is filled with upbeat songs with fast tempos that keep me energized throughout my runs. If that makes me feel excited with adrenaline pumping, then how perfect would those songs be for my book?! It would be akin to matching the perfect song to any given scene in say the Twilight movies or Harry Potter or Pump Fiction. Very different scenes, very different songs.

So what would your book playlist look like? Do you think or create playlists for your books now?

Happy writing! 🙂