Today we welcome March’s Featured Author Debra Driza, who swings by to share some of her favorite titles. Read on!
As a writer, it’s always so challenging when you’re asked to name your favorite books, because there are different stories for different occasions. Just like with movies, sometimes I’m in the mood for a comedy; other times, I want to sob my eyes out while stuffing my face with chocolate. (Okay, so yes–chocolate goes well with comedies too–but you know what I mean!)
My favorites fluctuate a ton, and I’m always afraid I’m going to leave one out–especially since if I were to type up a complete list, that sucker would run pages and pages long. That disclaimer noted, here are a few titles that I’ve read countless times.
1) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle—my first introduction to science fiction as a youngster. I remember really empathizing with the main character, Meg. Circumstances forced her to become tough and prickly, and ultimately, she has to learn that love, not anger, conquers all (in this case, the love she feels for her little brother, Charles Wallace). Also, hello–tesseracts!
2) Dune by James Herbert–This book was daunting at first, especially since it featured its own dictionary to explain all of Herbert’s made-up words. But wow, the man really knew how to world build. Probably my first introduction to “the chosen one” trope, which is one that I’ve stayed partial to throughout the years (yes, Harry Potter and Buffy–I’m looking at you). Bonus–giant worm monsters!
3) Fletch by Gregory MacDonald–I snatched the entire series from my sister’s room. I loved how smart and sly Fletch was–and how MacDonald managed to use dry humor throughout the book yet still keep the suspense high. This book imparted upon me a great love of mysteries, and later I moved on to other writers like Robert Crais, Patricia Cornwell, and Harlen Coben.
4) Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding– I’m not sure I’ve ever laughed so hard in my life. My friends and I would re-read certain sections and continue to crack up. I think what I love most about Bridget is that she’s both self-deprecating and a consummate optimist.
5) Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. Again, such a brilliant mix of wit and drama. This book gutted me, and to this day, Sebastian Flyte remains one of my favorite tragic characters.
6) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Just amazing fun, and perfectly satisfying for the romance junkee in me.
7) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins–Funny, because I picked this book up several times at the bookstore before buying it. I just wasn’t sure based on the first page that it would be for me. Then, once I got to the Reaping, I could not put this sucker down. Exciting, epic, scary and gut-wrenching–this book has it all!
One of these days I’m going to have to read A Wrinkle in Time, this isn’t the first mention by a Featured Author… And Fletch may have to make its way onto my TBR pile too, it looks pretty interesting! Thanks for sharing, Debra!