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Their Favorite Books of 2007: Sara Holmes

December 14th, 2007 (07:41 am)

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Lost on the Moon by Duncan Sheik

Author Sara Holmes told me she read many great books this year, but she had the strongest emotional reaction to the following titles.

The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean

Sara nominated this book for the Cybils. "I loved every word of this amazing book. The writing is breathtaking, and the plot just pulls you along. And most of all, you completely believe in the inner world of the main character, which is incredible because this is a girl with an long-dead explorer for an imaginary friend."

Looking For Alaska by John Green

Sara posted about hearing John Green speak at SCBWI-L.A. She said he was "honest on the page, and honest in person."

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

"I love books like this: books that set up an improbable approach to a story and then totally pull it off by the sheer toughness and brilliance of the writing. As a writer, it's like watching an author do a high-wire act. He's not going to try THAT, is he? OMG, he is!!!

"Some may say that parts of this book didn't work for them; I loved every last gutsy bit of it. It engaged all of my reading self: the emotional side, which rode waves of anxiety and grief and anger and joy with the characters; and the intellectual/writerly side which reveled in the language and the wry jokes and the metaphors. And then to sate the visual side of me, there were wrenching and brilliant illustrations to savor as well."

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie

"Makes the short list of 'Books I've kissed' this year. Yeah, I love it that much."

Find out what others have read and loved this year.

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


Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: December 14th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)

I've GOTTA read that White Darkness. Sara knows good lit when she sees it.

I love the kissing. I think I know that sensation, though I've never actually done it. I'll have to try actually kissing a good book some time.

Little Willow, I finished A Swift Pure Cry last night. Did you read that this year? I loved it.

Have a great weekend.
Jules, 7-Imp

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 14th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)

I've read three books inasmany months with invisible best friends, but not yet The White Darkness.

A Swift Pure Cry is in my to-read pile for post-Cybils reading!

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 16th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)

Her blog is fantastic, as is her novel.

Posted by: saralholmes (saralholmes)
Posted at: December 15th, 2007 12:23 pm (UTC)

I have to give credit to Colleen Mondor of Chasing Ray for recommending The White Darkness on her blog, and in Bookslut:


Oh, and here's the opening line: "I have been in love with Titus Oates for quite a while now––which is ridiculous, since he's been dead for ninety years."

See? With that one line, I bought into her idea of this imaginary companion. Because the narrator's skeptical too, and because he once WAS a real person, and because she truly NEEDS him to be with her, and because she knows so incredibly much about him, and they have wonderful, literary, romantic conversations. It's not in any way twee or flimsy.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 16th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)

Colleen recommends great works.

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