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Their Favorite Books: Jennifer Lynn Barnes

December 21st, 2007 (08:03 am)
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Current Mood: impressed
Current Song: Dizzy by Jimmy Eat World

In this never-before-seen poem, Jennifer Lynn Barnes shares her favorite books of 2007.

'Twas the night before Christmas
And all through Jen's brain
Danced stories and sagas
Whose imprints won't wane:

Like Grief Girl -
So poignant, moreover, so true
Or first breakups, first loves
In a novel called Bloom

Then there's series that ended
Like Potter and Pants
And the historical magic
Of a wildwood dance

Characters well-remembered
Long after they're read
Like a family of Weasleys
(Rest in peace, Fred)

From Tyler in Twisted
To Edward and Bella
To a countess-slash-maid
And her noble-birth fella

Plus six superheroes
(Five teen and one pre-)
and dear Emma Jean Lazarus,
who fell out of a tree.

So many stories
That fight the good fight
So thank you, dear authors
For all that you write
And (had to say it) -
Merry Christmas to all
And to all, a good night

Books Referenced:
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Bloom by Elizabeth Scott
Grief Girl by Erin Vincent
A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis
Runaways by Brian K Vaughn
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Girls in Pants by Ann Brashares
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Other Favorites:

Favorite super-cool nonfiction book for sciencey folks: Parallel Worlds: The Science of Alternate Universes and Our Future in the Cosmos by Michio Kaku

Favorite adult book: My Best Friend's Girl by Dorothy Koomson

Favorite adult urban fantasy: Stray by Rachel Vincent

Favorite book read in ARC form: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E Lockhart

Book That I Read For the First Time This Year, But Really Wish I'd Read as a Kid: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Thanks, Jen, for such a unique and fun response!

Find out what others have read and loved this year.

For more author picks, visit Bildungsroman every weekday for the rest of the month!

Comments

Posted by: Debra Garfinkle (dlgarfinkle)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)

Loved the poem!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)

Isn't it cool?

Posted by: Lisa Schroeder, Author for Kids and Teens (lisa_schroeder)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
clapping

WOW, Jennifer Lynn Barnes rocks!!!! (Okay, I already knew that, but this poem is made of awesome.) :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)

Agreed on all counts.

Posted by: mimagirl (mimagirl)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)
happy

This is brilliant!!! I recognized all the references but one (Runaways by Brian K Vaughn).

Posted by: Jennifer Lynn Barnes (jenlyn_b)
Posted at: December 21st, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)

Runaways is actually a comic book, but I read the compilation volumes, which made them book-sized. It's a series about a group of teens who find out their parents are supervillains and have to unite to bring them down. It's hilarious and brilliant.

Glad you enjoyed dthe poem! :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)

:)

Posted by: mimagirl (mimagirl)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2007 05:54 am (UTC)
colorful

Sounds great. I'll look it up!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)

Proof positive that 1) Jen's cool and 2) so are you.

Posted by: mimagirl (mimagirl)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2007 05:54 am (UTC)
dark-glasses

Aw, thanks!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)

You're welcome.

Posted by: SarahsBooks (sarahsbooks)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)

Oh. My. GOD! :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)

:)

Posted by: Sarah Darer Littman (saraclaradara)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)

In my next life I want to be as smart and funny and gorgeous as Jennifer Lynn Barnes!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 22nd, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)

You have all of those traits already!

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