Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Guest Post - Michelle Madow

Top Five Favorite Books

I’m so excited to be here today talking about my top five favorite books! It’s hard to narrow it down to only five, but here it goes…

1) Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
There is no question that this is one of my favorite book series of all time. I grew up with Harry—when the first book came out, I was exactly Harry’s age! J.K. Rowling created an incredible world that came to life in the pages. I wish I could go to Hogwarts! The amount of creativity that went into this series inspires me.

2) Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I remember reading this book, and being on the edge of my seat unable to put it down. Suzanne Collins has this incredible way of writing where you feel like you ARE Katniss inside the arena. I also love reality shows involving eliminations and alliances (Big Brother and Survivor!), so I loved seeing this gruesome spin on modern day television programs.

3) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
I read Twilight when it first came out in 2005, and after reading it I was obsessed. The love story drew me in, and as an 18 year old at the time, Bella’s character inspired me to make positive changes in my life. A lot of books I was reading at that age involved teens who were partying, drinking, etc. Reading about a girl like Bella, who was happy being who she was without craving popularity, encouraged me to be more comfortable embracing that side of my personality. Twilight changed my life, and led me on a path to become a better person.

4) Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
This is one of my all time favorite series! I love the future world Scott created, and the technology within it. If you love reading about awesome inventions and gadgets, this is a book for you. It’s obvious while reading that Scott loves science, and he does such an amazing job thinking about the path technology can take. I also love the characters—Tally, Shay, Zane, and David are well developed and feel like real people. This book has it all—adventure, a good message, relatable characters, and of course a great love story!

5) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
I waited until right before the last book came out to read this series, and I don’t know why I waited so long! But on the other hand, I’m glad I did, because I was able to read all of the books at once, which I think increased how much I enjoyed it. Richelle Mead created a unique world of vampires, and I loved the characters as well. My favorite character was Lissa—I loved seeing her growth through the series.

Thank you, Natasha, for having me on your blog!

Michelle Madow was inspired to write Remembrance after seeing Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video while a junior at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. The song and video gave her the story idea about a high school girl reincarnated from Regency Era, England. She handed in the first chapter as a homework assignment for class, and when her teacher and classmates wanted her to continue writing, she decided to go for it. By the end of the school year, her first novel was completed!
For more information on Michelle and her books, visit www.michellemadow.com.
Michelle lives in Florida, where she is hard at work writing more novels for young adults.
The final part of the Transcend Time Series, Timeless, comes out on November 20, 2012. Be sure to read the first two parts, Remembrance and Vengeance, first!
(Images for the three book covers: Remembrance, Vengeance, Timeless)


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