Heather at Proud Book Nerd. The challenge is simple: each day for the month of June (except Sundays) share your favorite authors whose last name corresponds to the letter for that day. For more info, click the photo!
I am trying to highlight at least three authors (YA or otherwise) per letter, some current favorites, others future favorites. If I cannot come up with three, I will substitute favorite books that start with the letter of that day. If that doesn't work, then just for fun I am going to list songs that start with the letter of that day. And if that doesn't work, well, it will be a surprise!
Today's Letter: X
The xx - ShelterOkay, how does today's letter (X) and my choice for today's topic (The xx) relate to authors/books? Easy. The song "Shelter" by The xx was the one moment from the I Am Number Four movie that I really stopped and went, "Whoa." (And in case you didn't know, I Am Number Four is a YA book - and one I haven't read...yet.) I don't really remember what was going on in the scene where this song played, but I remember the moment the song filtered through the speakers and the sound waves hit my ears. Insta-love. It was so momentous for me that I didn't even realize Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" was also on the I Am Number Four soundtrack and I love that song. But "Shelter" made an instant and lasting impression. So my other two mentions for today's letter are two more of my favorite songs from The xx.
The xx - Crystalised
One thing that I love about this band is the dual singers. It really works here (as it does on most of their songs) and towards the end of the song they sing different lyrics at the same time. It reminds me of those Gemini roller coasters that flip and spin around one another. They manage to do this with their voices, and despite the inherent disjointedness, it is so smooth.
The xx - IntroOn most albums that have intros, I skip the intros to get to the real songs. This is never never never the case for "Intro" by The xx. Not only is this amazing piece of music with only a little melodic vocalization one of my favorite tracks of music ever, it also sets the atmosphere for the whole album. I literally could listen to it over and over and over again and never want to change it...except to listen to the rest of The xx awesomeness...eventually. ^_^