I am a huge fan of young adult contemporary fiction, and graphic novels for all ages. Plus, these days I've been dipping my toes into the adult romance pool.
WHAT'S THE LAST BOOK YOU READ THAT MADE YOU CRY?
It's not hard to make me cry, but "Who I Was With Her" by Nita Tyndall--about a high school girl grieving a girlfriend no one knew she was dating--got me right from the start. It reminded me a lot of Nina LaCour's books, which ALWAYS make me cry.
WHAT'S THE LAST BOOK YOU READ THAT MADE YOU LAUGH?
"Dimension Why: How to Save the Universe Without Really Trying" by John Cusick. A wild, hilarious middle grade sci-fi adventure about a 21st-century girl who finds herself in the 31st-century and teams up with a boy who has never explored the world outside his apartment. Together, they brave outer space, meet interdimensional beings, and save the universe.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL READING EXPERIENCE
Middle of the day, no other obligations, comfy couch, soft blanket.
DO YOU HAVE ANY COMFORT READS?
I tend not to reread books, because there are SO MANY new ones all the time(!), but I routinely return to "Hyperbole and a Half" by Allie Brosh when I can't sleep, and "My Most Excellent Year" by Steve Kluger... I don't even have enough words to express how much I love this book. I am a huge sucker for epistolary novels, and this one is about three high school kids in their freshman year. There's baseball, there's Broadway, there's all the anxieties and embarrassments and thrills of crushes and young love. Truly one of my all-time favorites. (If you also love the back-and-forth of letters, emails, IMs, etc.--all the fun that can pop up in an epistolary work--I highly recommend Jaclyn Moriarty's Australian-set Ashbury/Brookfield Series, which includes "Feeling Sorry for Celia" and "The Year of Secret Assignments.")