First thing that popped into my head when I read this prompt over on the YA Highway blog:
Since I’m not the most interesting person in the world, you’re all invited to participate in the comments section, and we can all learn beautiful and new things about each other — comment by comment (that was a reference to the YouTube video in case you were confused)!
1) What are the three best books you’ve read this year?
Over the summer, I read Three Cups of Tea
the true account of ex-climber Greg Mortensen, whose mission to educate rural children has transformed villages across Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mortensen has brought hope to literally thousands of kids through his quiet commitment to change. More than education, he spreads a positive image of American people in a volatile part of the world. The book hit the New York Times Bestseller list several years ago, showing another side of Islam and the Middle East to millions of Americans — breaking stereotypes, bringing awareness. LOVED this book.
Then I read The Fourth Bear
by Jasper Fforde (yes, double F. Isn’t that cool? Maybe my writing name should be Kirsten Rrice). I think the extra letter gives Jasper a super-power ability to craft deliciously hilarious prose — either that or he’s just brilliant anyway, F or no F. In this book, nursery crime detective Jack Spratt has to find Goldilocks, who’s gone missing after eating all the porridge. Murder and intrigue and nursery rhymes? Good stuff. Other Fforde classics include twist-ups of Jane Eyre
— I’m not usually the type of reader that laughs out loud, but Fforde is my exception (along with Calvin and Hobbes).
Yes… that’s only two. But that actually does tell you something about me: I have not read a book for pleasure in quite a while, so I can’t think of another one to add.
2) If you could meet one author (living or dead), who would it be?
Hm… I have to say C.S. Lewis. He is brilliant. I love how the Chronicles of Narnia incorporates fantasy and fun with deeper topics of faith and life. I love his voice — that gentle narrator that says all those quaint British things.
3) What book are you most looking forward to in 2010?
S o as this book is already out on the shelves, the rest of the world has already read it, but I’m really excited to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I’ve heard about ten million good things about — and I would love to drop everything and read it right now. Finals say no, though, so I think it’ll be 2010 by the time I get around to it.
Your turn! Tell us your precise cup of tea (that’s another reference to the YouTube video…) in the comments section.