Monday, March 15, 2010

Meg Cabot [Author Appreciation Week] #AA (@megcabot)

Author appreciation week is hosted by Heidi R. Kling.

I have to start out this week by talking about the author whose work allowed me to fall in love with reading all over again, Meg Cabot. I've shared the story several times, but I guess it's appropriate to share it again, so I'll start from the quasi beginning.

As a fifth grader, I was assigned JANE EYRE. As a sixth grader, I read WAR AND PEACE. As an eighth grader, I read A TALE OF TWO CITIES (blech) and ANTIGONE. Did I get everything out of these classics that I should have? Heck no. The most important thing I learned was that I hated literature. I loved to write, but hated to read.

I remember reading THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE as a seventh grader and thinking, "Hey! Why can't all books be like this?" Of course, back in the nineties when I was a teen, the selection of YA was miniscule compared to the choices we have today. I quit reading all together. In fact, I never ever completed a single reading assignment for any novel assigned in high school or college, even when they gave us time in class to read them. Hey, I'd been there, hated it, and was in love with Cliff's Notes.

Fast forward five years. I got married relatively young. I was at church, teaching teens in Sunday School. We used to ask them fun questions about themselves before we started so that we could all get to know each other better. I asked, "Who is your favorite author?" One of the girls replied, "Meg Cabot." I was like, "Who?" A few days later I was at Target, and Avalon High had just come out and was on what I call the "Hey Look At Me" Endcap. I decided to give it a whirl and tossed it in my cart. I got home, couldn't put it down, and even took it with me to work the next day.

I desperately wanted to find something else like it. I googled, got nothing, so I stuck with Meg. I purchased and read everything she wrote. I was in love, and for a long time, I only read whatever Meg put out next.

I feel like the only reason I have a love for reading today is because of Meg Cabot's books. Look at me. I write a bookish blog. I wouldn't if it weren't for Meg. So, Meg Cabot, I appreciate you and your body of work, more than I can even express. Thank you for helping me rediscover something that I used to love until my teachers ruined it.

Ms. Cabot has a huge booklist, and you can check it out here. I recommend the Heather Wells series that starts wth SIZE TWELVE IS NOT FAT, and the MEDIATOR series. Also, I loved NICOLA AND THE VISCOUNT and VICTORIA AND THE ROGUE. Obviously I loved AVALON HIGH.

I'm looking forward to reading RUNAWAY, the last book in the AIRHEAD trilogy, and I've totally preordered INSATIABLE.

Check out Meg's website and follow her on Twitter.

8 comments:

Catherine (On The Nightstand) said...

I am so looking forward to Insatiable. Meg Cabot + vampires = two great tastes I only wish had been brought together before. I love her Mediator series - Suze is awesome. And seriously, Jesse out-hots all the other "YA hotties."

Kelsey said...

I love Meg Cabot too! The first book I read by her is The Princess Diaries, which I love and all but one of the series is now in my book collection. I grew up with her books. I'm looking forward to her Insatiable book, too. I never thought Meg would write about vampires, so I'm looking forward to her side of the vampire phenomenon.

YA Vampire Books said...

I love Meg Cabot! All her books are awesome! :) I'm really curious about Insatiable, like Kelsey said, Cabot and vampires are two things you didn't expect to see together!

twipippi said...

I love the Mediator series. And Avalon High. I think Avalon High was one of the first books I read in English (without being forced by a teacher...). I wanted to read it but it wasn't translated yet...

Cleverly Inked said...

Those pictures of her are so fun

April (BooksandWine) said...

Yay for Meg Cabot! Her books are so much fun to read!! Glad to see she got you back into reading :-)

pirate penguin said...

Meg Cabot=amazing. She's one of my favorite writers :)

Oh, the mediator series...Jesse was awesome<3. I haven't read ALL of her books (YET) but my favorite guy would have to be Chaz from the Queen of Babble series. He's peeeeerfect.

Beth said...

Ooh! I love her! She seems like a genuinely nice person and she's so pretty too!