I thought it would be fun to participate in the mini-challenges! I don't feel right entering the giveaways, so this is just for my own entertainment -- and to compare answers with all of you!
Which two authors would you pair up to co-write a book, and what would it be about?
Wow -- that's a hard question. I would love to pair up Julie Kagawa and Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre has so much darkness and even a hint at mysticism in it (the "gypsy fortuneteller," for example) that came to mind when I read about the darker fey in The Iron Fey trilogy. I think that they could come up with something utterly haunting. Rochester calls Jane his fairy, and I believe the word "vampire" is used at one point (if I'm not imagining things -- it's been a while since I read Jane Eyre), so I would like to see them write about all the darkest paranormal beings that the human imagination has created throughout time. Vampires, dark fey, demons...whatever their imaginations could come up with!
Take a scene from your favorite book and CREATE IT! Reenact it with your friends, build it, draw it, cook it, make it into a poem with refrigerator magnets...whatever you'd like to do, be creative and have fun! Anything and everything is encouraged.
It's going to take me a bit to get this one together. I'll need my grandmother's cat...
Choose a character from the book you're currently reading and answer the following questions:
- What historical figure do you think they could have been in a past life?
- Why did you choose this figure?
- What similarities do the two share?
- Be sure to tell us the book and the character you chose.
I'm going to pick Rebecca from Rising Shadow by Jacquelyn Wheeler. I believe she could have been Florence Nightingale in a past life. Rebecca is an Empath who is a great healer and very compassionate, and as an added bonus -- she wants to be a doctor!
Perhaps you’d resisted reading a particular book or from a particular genre for a long time. Perhaps it was the hype that a particular novel or genre was receiving that put you off. Maybe you thought it would be one type of book, but when you actually took the time to read it, it wowed you in one way or another because it was entirely different than you expected. Some of you might have resisted this book or genre, but at a trusted friend’s insistence or because you were sent it for review, you gave it a go and wound up loving it. However it came about, I want to hear comments from readers about which book, series, or genre took you by surprise (in a good way) over the last year without any spoilers of course.
Well, I think the book that surprised me the most this year was The DUFF by Kody Keplinger. The premise really threw me off -- it sounded like just another tale of teenage debauchery. But I was SO WRONG. I won the book in a giveaway, so I figured I might as well give it a go. I am so glad I did! Kody Keplinger handled some tough topics with an incredible grace. The characters and writing were so real and gut-wrenchingly honest. Kody clearly knew what it was like to be a teenager -- so I was not at all surprised to learn that she was only 17 when she wrote the novel. I really recommend this book. It was stunning.
It's not too late to enter today's great mini-challenges! Click on the links to head over to each site!