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Just a fun little meme we’re excited to jump into. One of the best parts about having a book blog is the opportunity to be part of the awesome book blog community. We hope you’ll say hi here and introduce yourself, and leave us a link to your blog so we can come by and visit!

A little about us: Brian Rowe and Shaunta Grimes are both YA authors who love to read. Story Carnivores started as a tiny little YA book club that took on a life of its own. We write book reviews, film reviews, and love to feature author interviews and guest posts.

This week’s question:

Summer Reading. What was your favorite book that you were REQUIRED to read when you were in school?

Shaunta: I didn’t actually have a lot of books assigned to me in school. Even though I was eligible for honors and AP English classes in high school, I somehow managed to talk my parents into making the school let me take writing classes my Junior and Senior years, instead of literature classes. (That came back to bite me in the butt in college, when everyone else could skim through The Odyssey and Beowulff, because they’d already read them in high school!) I’ll tell you about a book I was required to read in college instead. Truman Copote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The movie was one of my favorite’s from childhood. Until I read the book. It is so perfect, that the movie just faded in comparison to the point that I don’t even want to watch it anymore.

Brian: My favorite book that I was required to read was Boy’s Life my Robert McCammon, which was my summer reading book the summer before my sophomore year of high school. It’s my favorite book of all time. It’s a beautiful coming of age story, that has elements of fantasy, horror, and humor. It brings to mind the classic films of Steven Spielberg.

What about you? What was your favorite must-read book from your school days?

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We’re headed for a big California adventure on Monday. We’ll be photo blogging and live Tweeting the RWA writer’s conference, as well as a trip to Chris Colfer’s LA book signing. And Disneyland! Click the link above for details, and don’t forget to follow us here and on Twitter to keep up.

Just a fun little meme we’re excited to jump into. One of the best parts about having a book blog is the opportunity to be part of the awesome book blog community. We hope you’ll say hi here and introduce yourself, and leave us a link to your blog so we can come by and visit!

A little about us: Brian Rowe and Shaunta Grimes are both YA authors who love to read. Story Carnivores started as a tiny little YA book club that took on a life of its own. We write book reviews, film reviews, and love to feature author interviews and guest posts.

This week’s question:

Christmas in July! Someone gives you a gift card for two books (whatever that costs). What two books will you buy?

Shaunta: Oh, boy. Just two? Right now I’m dying to read James Dashner’s Maze Runner, so that one for sure. I really want to read The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.

Brian: If I had to buy two books right now they would be An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson, co-authored by John Green and David Levithan. Am I obsessed with John Green? Only a little…

What about you? What are your Christmas in July books?

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We’re giving away a copy of Ed Briant’s I Am (Not) the Walrus. Click here for details!

Just a fun little meme we’re excited to jump into. One of the best parts about having a book blog is the opportunity to be part of the awesome book blog community. We hope you’ll say hi here and introduce yourself, and leave us a link to your blog so we can come by and visit!

A little about us: Brian Rowe and Shaunta Grimes are both YA authors who love to read. Story Carnivores started as a tiny little YA book club that took on a life of its own. We write book reviews, film reviews, and love to feature author interviews and guest posts.

This week’s question:

What drove you to start book blogging in the first place?

Shaunta: I wanted to do something fun with Brian. We both felt like we needed an online presence, as writers, but neither of us had a great writer blog. We had started a tiny little YA book club, since we both write YA and wanted to stay on top of the genre. Over lunch one day, we just said, let’s do it. I’m reading at least twice as much as normal, and loving every minute of it! Having a movie date with Brian every week is super fun, too. I guess what drove me was the strong desire to just have FUN.

Brian: Yeah, a few months ago I decided I wanted to read more YA fiction, since it was what I was primarily writing. I was lucky to meet and befriend Shaunta over the last few months, who also loves to read as much as I do. She came up with the idea of doing a book blog together, and I was super excited from the get-go. Like Shaunta, I’m reading more fiction now than I have since I was a little kid, and the more I read, I honestly feel the better writer I become. The book blog is so much fun, and best of all, it gives me reasons to hang out with my friend Shaunta!

What about you? If you have a book blog, what’s its origin story?

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Just a fun little meme we’re excited to jump into. One of the best parts about having a book blog is the opportunity to be part of the awesome book blog community. We hope you’ll say hi here and introduce yourself, and leave us a link to your blog so we can come by and visit!

A little about us: Brian Rowe and Shaunta Grimes are both YA authors who love to read. Story Carnivores started as a tiny little YA book club that took on a life of its own. We write book reviews, film reviews, and love to feature author interviews and guest posts.

This week’s question:

Jumping Genres: Ever pick up a book from a genre you usually don’t like and LOVE it? Tell us about it and why you picked it up in the first place.

Shaunta: I don’t read a lot of straight historical fiction. I try sometimes, and sometimes I’ll find a hit, but most of the time I put the book down because I just can’t relate to it or the story doesn’t grab me. I received Diana Gabaldon’s book Outlander as a Christmas gift several years ago with a little note that said that the giver knew I would love it and she was excited to share it with me so that she had someone to talk about it to. I read the first few pages right away and kind of groaned inside and hoped that my friend wouldn’t ask me what I thought. Then that spring, for whatever reason, I picked it up again. And I made myself read the first thirty or forty pages. And then Claire went through the standing stones–and I was hooked. Like seriously addicted. I was a single mom with next to no money, but I went out and bought the three other books in the series that were out at that time, and then I waited (and waited) (and waited) for each additional installment. I’m still in love with Jamie and Claire and will be waiting with bells on when the next book comes out.

Brian: I enjoy reading adult horror fiction and some literary books but I avoid adult romance novels like the plague, and for years I rolled my eyes whenever I passed by the Nicholas Sparks section at whatever bookstore I was inhabiting. Even though I enjoyed the movie version of The Notebook, I figured I would never turn a single page of one of that man’s novels. But in 2007 I was at Target, of all places, one day and found one of his lesser-known novels A Bend in the Road on sale for just $4.99. I figured, hey, what the hell, let’s give it a shot. Shockingly, A Bend in the Road remains one of the very few books I’ve ever read from beginning to end in one sitting. (I was on a long airplane ride, but still.) I was so surprised by the ending, and so ultimately moved by the story, that I started immediately adapting the novel into a screenplay. I’ve written five feature-length scripts in my life, and one of those was an adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel. Crazy, right? I finally finished it in 2010, and now it sits in my desk side drawer collecting dust. Anyone out there want to see my screenplay? Mr. Sparks? Denise Di Novi? Warner Bros? Anyone?

What about you? What books have caused you to look outside your favorite genres?