FAVOURITE BOOKS


I used to have a mammoth, totally unmanageable list of young adult books, graphic novels, novels for adults, and non-fiction here. The truth is that I read so much that I can't keep the list current so from now on I'm sticking with my all-time fiction favourites (I hardly ever reread anything but some of these I've even read twice!), a smattering of graphic novels I really enjoyed and a brief list of recommended reading for writers. Oh, and I couldn't resist including a jumble of young adult authors who are writing some really great stuff!



SOME FICTION FAVS

•  Emma Who Saved My Life by Wilton Barnhardt
•  A History of The World in Ten and a Half Chapters by Julian Barnes
•  The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
•  Crow Lake by Mary Lawson
•  Deaf Elephants by William Benton
•  Atonement by Ian McEwan
•  I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg
•  A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
•  Chilly Scenes of Winter by Ann Beattie
•  The Chrysalids by John Wyndham:
•  Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger

GRAPHIC NOVELS

•  La Perdida by Jessica Abel
•  Black Hole by Charles Burns
•  Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
•  The Summer of Love by Debbie Drechsler
•  The Bunker by Bruce Mutard
•  Lost at Sea by Brian Lee O'Malley
•  Paul Moves Out and Paul Has a Summer Job by Michel Rabagliati
•  Persepolis 1 and Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi
•  Skim and This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
•  Blankets by Craig Thompson

FOR WRITERS

I'm not a big fan of books about writing so the below are mostly market guide recommendations but the two books on screenwriting and the one on comics are useful if you don't naturally think in screenplay or comic book format.

•  Crafty Screenwriting by Alex Epstein
•  Writer's Market Online (various editions)
•  Children's Writers'  Artists' Yearbook (various editions)
•  Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee
•  Making Comics by Scott McCloud
•  Formatting & Submitting & Your Manuscript by Jack Neff, Don Prues, Glenda Tennant Neff
•  Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market (various editions)
•  The Writer's Handbook (various editions), Barry Turner, editor


YA AUTHORS

Kwame Alexander | Laurie Halse Anderson | Jay Asher | Judy Blume | Coe Booth | Steve Brezenoff  | Jennifer Brown | Laura Buzo | Deb Caletti | Kate Cann | Lucy Christopher | Carol Clippinger | Rachel Cohn | E.M. Crane | Cath Crowley | Tanita S. Davis | Denise Deegan | Lara Deloza | Sarah Dessen | Trish Doller | Jenny Downham | Moira Fowley-Doyle | Kirsty Eagar | Nick Earls | Jennifer Echols | Alex Flinn | E.R. Frank | Alma Fullerton Rita Williams-Garcia | John Green | Paul Griffin | Janet Gurtler | Jenny Han | Brent Hartinger | S.A. Harazin | Tanuja Desai Hidier | Simmone Howell | Catherine Ryan Hyde | Jennifer Richard Jacobson | Denise Jaden | A. M. Jenkins | Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson | Varian Johnson | Patrick Jones | Tara Kelly | Deborah Kerbel | A. S. King  | Jo Knowles | Nina LaCour | David Levithan | Gina Linko | Saci Lloyd | E. Lockhart | Cynthia Lord | Barry Lyga | Chris Lynch | Carolyn Mackler | Sarra Manning | Melina Marchetta | Hannah Moskowitz | Catherine Gilbert Murdock | Walter Dean Myers | Lauren Myracle | Blake Nelson | R. A. Nelson | Patrick Ness | Michael Northrop | Joyce Carol Oates | Lauren Oliver | Mary Pearson | Susan Beth Pfeffer | Yvonne Prinz | Amy Reed | Beth Revis | Meg Rosoff | Laura Ruby | Carrie Ryan | Alex Sanchez | Lisa Schroeder | Elizabeth Scott | Mindi Scott | Cynthia Leitich Smith | Sherri L. Smith | Sonya Sones | Maggie Stiefvater | Heather Duffy Stone | Lauren Strasnick | Nova Ren Suma | Courtney Summers | Rob Thomas | J. H. Trumble | Jenny Valentine | Siobhan Vivian | Renée Watson | Garret Freymann-Weyr | Daisy Whitney | Laura Wiess | Rita Williams-Garcia | Ellen Wittlinger | Virginia Euwer Wolff | Jacqueline Woodson | David Yoo | Sara Zarr | Lara Zeises