Since we're all about books, I've invited ALL of the Killer Chicks (past & present) to weigh in on their Top Five of all time. (And because they're all such terrific pals, they all said yes! -- Thanks, gals!)
And because we're all about you, the reader, we're giving away books to three lucky readers.
One reader will get an ebook copy of one of Jennifer Hillier's books, one will get a book from Clarice Wynter's Spring River Valley series, and one will get any book of mine they like!
Killer Chicks started as an idea tossed back and forth between myself and talented thriller writer Jennifer Hillier, author of CREEP and FREAK. (Both will keep you up at night!)
Here are Jenny's Top 5 books and thoughts:
My 5 favorite books are:
IT by Stephen King
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Paranoia by Joseph Finder
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
It's no secret I'm a huge fan of Stephen King, but probably more so his earlier work when he really was all about the horror. IT is a book I reread once every couple of years, partly because I love those characters (there are seven child protagonists) and I'm always fascinated by King's ability to give them all such distinct voices. They never, ever blend into one another and each kid contributes in a big, important way to the story. I also put Pet Sematary on the list because it is genuinely terrifying book that did gave me nightmares when I first read it at the age of 11 or 12.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green made my list because it moved me, and then lingered with me for a few months after I read it. Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club represents the kind of book that says so much while using so few words. It's a short novel, probably under 60,000 words, but it somehow still manages to overflow with good story. Plus it's so quotable.
Lastly, I love Paranoia by Joseph Finder. It's an extremely well-plotted thriller, and right up till the end I still didn't know who the bad guy was. I hope the upcoming movie starring Liam Hemsworth and Harrison Ford does it justice.
Awesome YA thriller writer Joann Swanson rounded out our original threesome. Here are her Top 5 books:
The Book Thief
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Children of God
These books all affected me deeply and have influenced my own writing greatly.
Busy romantic Jennifer Colgan (aka Clarice Wynter AND Bernadette Gardner....see, I told ya she's busy!) brought a Happily Ever After vibe to Killer Chicks while she was here. Check out her Top 5.
This is a tough question…I’m including series as well as single books. In no particular order… and I think it’s cruel to limit us to just 5. ;)
1. Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series – including the first of her new series, ICED
2. Harry Potter series
3. Imzadi by Peter David
4. All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum
5. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
Writer of suspense, speculative fiction AND urban fantasy (why tackle just one?!) B.E. Sanderson, my current fellow Chick, is always posting something fabulous here. Here's her list:
These are the top five books that made a difference in my life.Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
I consider myself so lucky to have shared this space with all these lovely ladies and with YOU, our lovely Killer Friends. Thank you to you all!
My list (in no particular order -- and I must admit my list changes daily, depending on my mood)
Thank You for Smoking -- Christopher Buckley
Horse of Two Colors -- Glenn Balch
The Source -- by James Michener
Kiss the Girls -- James Patterson
Me Talk Pretty One Day -- David Sedaris
Interestingly, my Top 10 list would include IT, RACING IN THE RAIN, and ALL I NEEDED TO KNOW.
Want to win of our books? Share YOUR favorite books in the comments ALONG WITH YOUR EMAIL before 12:01 a.m. 8/6/13. Three winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog 8/7/13.