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The One with Mia

Hello! Today I'd like to welcome Mia to Mab is Mab! Mia blogs at My Literary Jam (And Toast) and you can find her on Twitter @miahayson

Here are Mia's picks for "The One"!

The One you always recommend:

When people ask me to recommend books I often panic, shake my head, drag them to my bookcases and tell them to pick a book and we can plan some kind of young adult reading schedule based on their tastes because there are just so many books! That said, A History of Love by Nicole Krauss is one I think everyone should read. It has incredible prose, and is as touching as it is sweet.

The One that was a gift:

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson was gifted to me by Tahereh Mafi and it is one of the greatest gifts I've ever been given I say gift, I won it in a giveaway. Regardless of how I got it, The Sky is Everywhere tore me apart and put me back together in the prose within its pages. It is beautiful, and funny, and heartbreaking. It was a book I never knew I needed until I did, and now I don't think I could live in a world without it.

The One that got away:

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E Emith is a book I have heard great things about but just have not gotten around to reading! I am definitely going to read it -- I have been circling it for months now -- but it may take a while to get around to it because first I should really finish the pile beside my bed.

The One that makes you cry:

I mean, I cry a lot. I am drawn to books that make me cry. But, I suppose the book that made me cry first was The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman. There's been some chat on the internet by that one person who thinks YA books are too satisfying in their prose, and they never address difficult problems. I don't think that person has ever read The Amber Spyglass. It's as sad as it is sweet, and whenever I read it a part of me is taken back to my younger self reading it for the first time and realising that sometimes there is no solution that will make you happy, only a solution that you can live with.

The One that still haunts you:

There are some books you pick up meaning only to check the bookplate and maybe sniff a few pages only to accidentally look up hours later and realise you've devoured the entire book, that was Pantomine by Laura Lam for me. I love the atmosphere and the world building, and the characters. I love the words, the prose, and the way I tumbled into a world I never knew I cared about until I cared too much. I was enthralled by R.H. Ragona's Circus of Magic and enchanted until the very last page. I'm still enchanted now.

It also happens to have fab characters if you are a fan of the #weneeddiversebooks movement.

The One you always go back to:

Garth Nix's Old Kingdom series (or Abhorsen in the US) are three books to I find myself coming back to again and again.They're effortless fantasy, with incredible characters and originality. I adore them.

I was stunned when I found out another book was being released September after I had very slowly come to terms with the fact I may never read new words in the series. I absolutely cannot wait for Clariel. It is all I can think about!

Thanks Mia! I couldn't agree more about The Amber Spyglass - a wonderful book bringing to light some very adult themes!

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