Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
"When a novelist whose previous work merely has been admired suddenly has books vault onto the bestseller lists or even achieve a large jump in sales, publishing people say they have 'broken out.' The book in question is a 'breakout novel.'"
Donald Mass's knowledge of writing and publishing is god-like. He's so helpful that I plan on reading all his books. In fact, this book is part of what convinced me to rewrite my book; after learning what makes a novel breakout, I realized Sacred Fire didn't qualify. I'm glad this book came into my life at the time it did.
Miss. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
After a deformed creature brutally murders Jacob's grandfather, he seeks out to solve the mysteries of his death and finds himself at an abandoned school for children with odd powers... and finds the school isn't abandoned after all.
This book caught my eye because it's full of trippy pictures. Riggs collected old photographs doctored to look supernatural and integrated them into the plot of the novel. It makes the book seem creepy, but the story isn't just mysterious; it's also a lot of fun.
Scroll down to see the best book trailer I've ever seen.
Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins
After the Hunger Games are over, Katniss unwillingly becomes the symbol of the rebellion against the Capitol.
This book was even better than the first, if you can believe that! It was full of more unexpected plot twists than any book I've ever read. Definitely a page turner.
They're making a movie out of the Hunger Games. I am stoked! Scroll down to see the trailer. I don't think I can wait until March to see it.