So, the Teen Reader Awards (a poll run by the Canadian book chain Indigo — ah, I used to spend many an afternoon at Chapters & Indigo) have been announced. Over 300,000 people voted. Way to go teens for supporting literature!
So who won you ask?
Here are the results:
- Best Read: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- Best all time fave: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
- Best teen series: Vampire Academy: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
- Best book-to-flick: Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
- Best hero: Percy Jackson from The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
- Best villain: Alice Milthorpe from Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
- Best new writer: Fallen by Kate Lauren
- Best hottie: Jace Waylaynd from Mortal Instruments: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
- Best lip lock: Bella & Edward from Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
- Best Canadian read: Darkest Power: The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
No real shockers there, although I must admit I hadn’t heard of Darkest Power by Kelley Armstrong — it’s on my list now!
And onto Road Trip Wednesday from the writers at YAHighway: Best Book I read in September.
It’s gonna have to be The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler. I know, I know — I’m amazed I haven’t read it before either. It’s a MUST READ for writers.
I don’t care if you “don’t believe” or subscribe to the Hero’s Journey concept, you should still give this book a thorough read-through. I’ve always been skeptical (I mean, my heroine isn’t reluctant!), but then I read the The Writer’s Journey. Turns out The Spirit-Hunters does follow the hero’s journey. Right down to the the very last period.
Still not a believer? That’s fine. But you should still learn the steps and history of storytelling — you can’t “break” the rules unless you know them. Heck, it’s a really interesting book for non-writers too.
Oh, and be sure to get the 3rd Edition. It’s got a lot more wisdom, examples, and helpful diagrams.
So on to you — what was the best book you read in September?