It was a wonderful afternoon. It was fascinating to listen to Maggie speak about her writing process and how some of the story ideas she had when she was much younger are only now being written in a way that they should be. Maggie also talked a bit about sex and the audience she writes for amongst other things. It's really wonderful how blogging has given me such amazing opportunities such as this. (And I'd like to offer a massive thank you to both Kate and Maggie for organising the event and for being so generous with your time!)
It was after this tea with Maggie that this feature began to form in my head. I have an entire stack now of signed Maggie Stiefvater books that I will treasure. And they will remain permanent features of my bookshelves now and always.
But why do I think Maggie's books are such a requirement? Well, let me tell you...
What I love the most about this series is how emotional I became when reading it. Sam and Grace transform from fictional characters on a page into fully-fleshed people in my head. I was in agony for them hoping for good things to happen. The sweetness of their relationship just really broke my heart. And in Shiver especially, I loved how much the weather plays such a huge role. It felt like a character in itself and it really ramped up the tension as this deadline loomed over the two main characters.
Lament and Ballad
I put off reading Lament for a long time. Traditionally, I've never gotten along well with books involving fae creatures. I find them creepy and cold and I find myself unable to connect emotionally to any story involving fairies. Then I read the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa and realised that it possibly isn't about the fairies themselves but the way in which they are written. And because I trust Maggie's writing, I went out and bought Lament. And I loved it. Not in the overwhelming way in which I fell for Shiver or The Scorpio Races, but I still loved it. I loved the way in which music is encorporated into the storyline and I really liked the complicated friendships and relationships. I've not yet read Ballad, but I hope to soon!
The Scorpio Races
I think The Scorpio Races is my favourite of Maggie's books. I loved the isolation of this island and the fierceness of the loyalty between Sean and Puck and their respective horses, Corr and Dove. But also the tension and attraction betewen each other. It kills me this book. I loved the beauty and the wildness of this island and how danger the water-horses and this race are. Basically, I loved everything about this book.
The Raven Boys and (coming soon!) The Dream Thieves
Have I ever mentioned before how much I love ravens? I'm guessing that should be an entire post in itself, but for now, just know that I do. Meeting Maggie meant bringing home a lovely raven doodle that I cherish. And look at the gorgeous covers of both of these books? I love how eye-catching they are and how they're both very bird-centric. The Raven Boys was not at all like I expected it to be. I thought that there would be this overwhelming love story that begins between Blue and Gansey, but it doesn't really appear in this book. But having said that, I like being kept on my toes in regards to the romantic relationships! It just means that there's that yet to come in future books!
Are you a collector of books? Do you love Maggie Stiefvater's books? What are your Bookshelf Requirements?