Sunday, December 17, 2017
Books

What's Jen Lancaster reading?

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Jen Lancaster

Blogger and humor memoirist Lancaster's second novel, Here I Go Again, deals with a bully going back in time to high school to right wrongs and perhaps get some questions answered along the way. Since 2006, Lancaster, a former investor relations firm vice president turned New York Times bestselling author, has sold more than a million books, including Bitter Is the New Black and Bright Lights, Big Ass as well as her first novel, If You Were Here.

What's on your nightstand?

J.K. Rowling's Casual Vacancy.

What did you think?

I loved it. Now anyone who reads it must know it's as far away from young adult fiction as you can get. The thing that makes it so brilliant is what made her whole Harry Potter work successful. She makes it so real. She makes me think, "You live here, don't you?''

You've been blogging for a while now, and since you're involved in the medium, what other bloggers are out there we should keep an eye on?

Blogs have really changed in the last three or four years, and I think they hit their heyday when it came to personal life blogs. What has come out strong now are the specific blogs, like the healthy living blogs. There's one particular blog I love. It's called younghouselove.com. It's done by the cutest couple in the world. They buy fixer-uppers, and they share their work and then their lives are woven into the project too.

You got your start in memoir. What book inspired you to write when you were a young adult?

Go Ask Alice. It just swept me up for days while I read it.

Piper Castillo, Times staff writer

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