Leslie DuBois is here today with a book pick's post courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for her book, The Queen Bee of Bridgeton. Thank you for being here today, Leslie! You can follow along with the tour here, or by clicking through the banner. Enjoy!
Okay, I just might have the oddest taste in books for a black girl from the hood. Growing up, I literally went to sleep to the sound of gunshots yet in still my favorite book was Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. And I was a Jane Austen fanatic. I read every book of hers one summer while I was in high school. Weird, huh? I just like stories about women who are the underdog, yet through sheer inner strength and determination they are able to rise above their station. And that’s the gist of The Queen Bee of Bridgeton. It may not be British literature, but to me at least, it carries the same message.
So what else is on my list of favorite books? Well, let’s continue with British Literature for a while. I loved Shakespeare growing up and read all of his works the same summer I read Jane Austen. I also loved The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy. Nowadays to get my fix of Brit Lit I turn to Philippa Gregory. If you haven’t read The Constant Princess, try it, you’ll like it.
On to contemporary books. I really like Michael Crichton. I learn a lot about action and pacing from reading his books. After reading I am Charlotte Simmons, I became a big fan of Tom Wolfe (who also happens to hail from my alma mater Washington and Lee!). That book has such great character development and is so realistic it’s hard for me to imagine how it came from Tom. It really reads as if it came from a teenage girl.
I also like comedy in my books and one of the most hilarious authors of all time is Dave Barry. I highly recommend Big Trouble. You will laugh out loud.
Now on to YA books. Oh, where to start? There are so many awesome YA books and authors out there. I absolutely adore Meg Cabot. The first book of hers I read was Avalon High. I remember staying up most of the night in order to finish it. Since then I’ve been a diehard fan. I even love her older stuff. I love Ally Carter, Ally Condie, Madeleine L’Engle, Jacqueline Woodson and those are just the names I can think of right now. I’m sure there are some that I’m missing. And be on the lookout for great new YA reads coming out this summer from Angela Fristoe and Courtney Vail. Their books will make you cry they’re so good.
Thank you for that awesome book list! I love your selections!! Thank you again for being here today, Leslie!
You can view the trailer for The Queen Bee of Bridgeton here.
Leslie has graciously offered Lost For Words a copy of The Queen Bee of Bridgeton for giveaway.
Thank you, Leslie!
Giveaway is open to US/Canada only. (Sorry to those of you who are international.)
Giveaway will end June 8, 2011.
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