What’s On My Bookshelf with Author Kirsten Hubbard
Today’s “What’s On My Bookshelf” features a young adult author we love, Kirsten Hubbard. A travel writer and young adult novelist, Kirsten wrote the lovely coming-of-age book LIKE MANDARIN as well as the newly released WANDERLOVE, which Kirkus raved about, calling it “Thrillingly romantic, smart and funny.” Read more about WANDERLOVE here.
I moved a few months ago, and had to leave my giant Ikea Expedit bookcase — you know, the massive tic-tac-toe kind, with square shelves — at my old house. The new house came with built-in shelves in the living room, but we keep all kinds of things in them, as you can see. At long last (you would be amazed if you knew how long unpacking takes me), I bought a pretty new bookshelf for my office. Now, if I only had space for another one…
Of course, some books always live on my nightstand. Usually, about five to seven. That photo is an anomaly, I promise.
As for reading, when I’m drafting a novel, I tend to read adult fiction or non-fiction — and it’s usually pretty out there. For example, I just read WITHOUT CONSCIENCE, a book about serial killers. I also finished the moody, brilliant WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE by Shirley Jackson (one of my all-time favorite authors) and WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN by Lionel Shriver.
When I’m between manuscripts or revising, it’s all YA, all the time. I’m in the middle of a fantastic 2013 debut by a friend of mine: CHARM AND STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn. After that, I’m excited to start WHERE THINGS COME BACK by John Corey Whaley and UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi. Also, I’m dying to read HOUSE OF LEAVES — which is for adults — but I keep putting it off, because it’s supposed to be one of the scariest books of all time. I LOVE scary books. I just need to be in the right headspace for traumatizing myself!
If you enjoyed this post, check out last month’s What’s On My Bookshelf with Author Josh Berk here.