1. Kristi, I’ve had the same feelings about writers who say “Romance is the best selling genre out there. I think I’ll write one!” If you approach writing a certain genre like it’s a school project with no real appreciation for the genre itself (or its readers), it just feels insanely disrespectful to the readers.
    Tis one of my hot buttons. 🙂

  2. Kristi, great post! And count me in as a member of “Respect the Genre” club. Excellent idea!

    I’ve read Twilight, the Harry Potter Series, and The Uglies and enjoyed them all. I’d like to read some more young adult fiction. In addition to the upcoming “Haven” what are some great YA books you’d suggest for someone like me (fairly new to the YA genre) to read to get a good sampling? What have been some of your favorites?

  3. My absolute favorite is probably the HUNGER GAMES series by Suzanne Collins–and the best part is, the entire trilogy is out now, so if you do get hooked, there’s no waiting. 🙂 Another series that’s complete that I loved was Lisa McMann’s WAKE trilogy. Other paranormal recs: PARANORMALCY by Kiersten White, and RAISED BY WOLVES by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (probably my favorite werewolf YA)–and readers are ga-ga over Maggie Stiefvater’s SHIVER and its sequel LINGER, as well (and I really enjoyed both, too!). If you like contemporary, I *loved* Lauren Oliver’s debut, BEFORE I FALL (totally original and so well done!), Simon Elkeles’ PERFECT CHEMISTRY, Lauren Strasnick’s NOTHING LIKE YOU, and, well, pretty much everything by Elizabeth Scott, Sarah Dessen, and Deb Caletti.

  4. Ann Curtis

    Just bought HUNGER GAMES and am reading it with my daughter, who’s ten. So far, absolutely love the storyline and can’t wait to read the other two books in the series. While I loved watching the Harry Potter movies, I absolutely couldn’t get into reading the books. My daughter’s also interested in the new “I go to private school–to be trained to be a spy” series, so I guess that will be our next series to read (sorry, can’t remember the name of the author. But the main character is a teenage girl).

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