Guest post by Sarah Mlynowski, author of Gimme a Call

A few months ago, I read Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski, and I liked it so much that Random House asked if I would like to be part of a blog tour. Here is a post by Sarah about five of her favorite books.

Five Books that Changed my Life

The first chapter book I ever read on my own was Ramona and Her Father, by Beverly Cleary. I remember being extremely proud of myself. I also remember being extremely disappointed that there weren’t balloons and smiley faces when I got to page 100. I mean, hello? Page 100? That’s cause for celebration.

In the fourth grade, I laughed out loud when I read the first book in Gordon Korman’s Macdonald Hall series. A few months later, the author came to speak to my class. I found out that one, he from Montreal, same as me, two, he gone to the same elementary school as I had, and three, he had written his first book when he was 12 years old. TWELVE. I was incredibly inspired, and decided then that if he could do it, so could I.

I read Margaret Atwood’s brilliant and terrifying book about ten times in high school. Then I read it about ten more times. Then I decided to major in English lit at college.

The Helen Fielding novel introduced me to the Chick lit genre. I fell in love. The humor! The romance! The single girl’s story! I knew that this was the kind of book I wanted to write, and I began writing my first novel, Milkrun.

By the time I read Megan Mccafferty’s hilarious novel, I already had two published adult novels under my best. But as I read the first book in the Jessica Darling series, I remembered how intense and hilarious the teen years were and decided that it was time to get started on my first YA novel, Bras & Broomsticks.

Have you read any of these? I have read three of them! I especially enjoyed the Jessica Darling series and recommend it for high school and college students. If you look in the “books” category here, I have talked about a lot of the books that have been important to me over the years. I will name a few of them for you: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott, and Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle. (All familiar titles if you have been reading here for a while.) But what I would really like to know (and I am sure Sarah would, too) are what some of your choices would be. What are a few books that have changed your life?

Sarah recently posted at Bookloons and will be at Beatrice and Random Acts of Reading tomorrow! You can also follow her on Facebook. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah!

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