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Meeting Shannon Hale for the third time

So I went and saw Shannon Hale, who is my favorite author. It was amazing. I’ve seen her three times now. And she knows who I am. Partly because I have participated in the forum for Shannon Hale fans and commented on her blog some.

I am a fan of Shannon Hale because she is amazing. She write awesome books and is so fun when you meet her. When she signs books, she always has great big long lines, and she spends time talking to everyone. How cool is that?

When I grow up, I would really like to be Shannon Hale, or something very similar. I was talking to my sister yesterday (who went with me–it was funny. When we got up to the signing table, Clarissa, my sister, didn’t say much at all, so when we left, Shannon said, “Goodbye Heather’s shadow.”), and saying how much Shannon had really helped me in my life. I found her books in high school, and she is one of the huge reasons I’ve written as much as I have and I still want to write. She’s amazing.

I need to start reading books again–I’ve sort of been in a book reading slump. I don’t really want to read young adult fantasy, because that’s what I always read. But I don’t know what else to read. I’ll get through it, I’m sure. But any suggestions of books that aren’t young adult fantasy?

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12 thoughts on “Meeting Shannon Hale for the third time

  1. I’m coming to the covention. And I’m looking for just good books. Preferably not literary fiction, just enjoyable, fun, quick books to read.

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  2. Isn’t Shannon the coolest? I’ve met her twice. You’re coming to the LRRH event in June, right? (I hope so!)
    I don’t have any really good book recommendations right now, but if I think of any, I’ll let you know.

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  3. I did like Austenland. Really. I found it fun and enjoyable. Nothing more than just sort of a silly book. I think people have too many expectations forit, and that’s one of the reasons they don’t tend to like it.

    I am biased because I love Shannon Hale, though. But I enjoyed reading it.

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  4. That’s probably exactly what it was. We read it for my ward’s book group and those who read it really made it seem like it was the best thing written. So yeah. It wasn’t what I expected it to be.

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  5. Hmm, favorite non-fantasy books that come to mind…I am a pretty big Jodi Picoult fan; her books are amazing — though “fun” isn’t the first word I’d use to describe them. They cover a broad range of topics and REALLY make the reader think; but they are easy to get in to and not the sort of painful headache-causing reads that some “thought-provoking” books are. The characters are phenomenal. Of her books, my favorites are Salem Falls, My Sister’s Keeper, Plain Truth and Keeping Faith. And Perfect Match. And I’m sure there are others, too, that I loved 🙂

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  6. Okay, book suggestions:
    Blood Red Horse, by K.M. Grant – YA historical fiction set during the Third Crusade. I loved it, though not so much the sequel
    Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, by Gary D. Schmidt – gorgeous writing, more historical fiction, probably considered middle-grade but I loved almost all of it
    The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is a wonderful novel for older children…Shannon recommends it too. 😉 Rather old-fashioned, but, meh.
    I always liked Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s novels for quick and enjoyable – they’ve got a hint of creepy in them.
    Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls books (the first is I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You) are a TON of fun. Set in a spy school for girls. I was skeptical – I’m a snob – but I loved them.
    Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader is a collection of essays all about reading. They’re SO funny and so clever. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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