Saturday, November 15, 2008

Question of the Day #10

Last night, after going out with friends and arriving home at 2:00 AM, I practically ran upstairs, snuggled into my favorite reading chair and devoured the last 50 pages of Alyson Noel's SAVING ZOE.

Fourteen year old Echo, a year after her sister's violent murder, unravels the truth of what led up to her sister's death by reading Zoe's diary. Alyson Noel nailed both sister's voices. Echo's in real time and Zoe's through diary entries. (So hard to do!) The voices are funny while dealing with a tough subject. And I definitely teared up in spots, because they were totally real.

Of course I stayed up until well after 3:00 AM and have quite the little sting in my head this morning as a result, but what a great read.

So what was your last great read?



  1. My last great read was the Slash biography, I tore through it in a few days and relived the glorious adventures of my younger years following Guns n' Roses around!

  2. I've surprisingly been doing a lot of reading lately, several duds in the pack - so my top picks are:

    Non-fiction -- Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. A story about local eating that's done right (not preachy).

    Fiction -- The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. This one will be a classic in my collection for sure!

  3. I have two as well:

    The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - It's a must read. Perfectly detailed, complex characters mixed in a story of love, mystery, redemption and oh so much more.

    A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry - Don't be afraid of the Oprah plug. A simply amazing epic. Definitely not an uplifting, comfortable book; at times it is hard to read but it's so worth it!

  4. I love Saving Zoe!

    The last book to really knock me out is Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

  5. I just finished An Abundance of Katherines. I think maybe I should quit writing, because now I've got an inferiority complex.

  6. I enjoyed An Abundance of Katherines, but John Green's Looking for Alaska is the one that really knocked me out.

    Have you ever seen him speak at an SCBWI conference? Not only can he write, he's hilarious.

    Maybe I should quit too...

  7. Whew! You're doing good with keeping up a daily blog pace, Suzanne!

    I haven't had nearly enough time to read lately, but the last story that kept me up late was my friend Cathy's (Catherine Karp, in case anyone wants to look her up) new manuscript. Talk about nailing voices...she had three viewpoint characters, and I could always tell whose head I was in, even though she didn't provide chapter tags. Great story, too!


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