Reading Nostalgia: The Wild Swan Trilogy

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I don’t think very many people have read the Wild Swan books, but they were some of my favorite books as a teenager. I loved them so much I developed a funny kind of tradition around them. I think I first read these in the 8th grade, then decided not to obey my impulse to immediately reread the series and instead saved them to reread my first week of high school. I then didn’t reread them again until my first week of college. Continue reading

Virtual Literary Road Trip Stop 9: New York City

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 It’s almost Labor Day Weekend and my classes have started so I think this will be the last virtual road trip stop of the summer. Thank you so much to everyone who’s been reading along or writing posts themselves. Virtually we’ve been up and down the California coast, to the home of Anne of Green Gables, through Chicago, and even to Edinburgh. For the last stop I thought I’d pick New York City, where I moved about a week and a half ago. There are an unending number of literarily significant places in this city, but here are a few favorites of mine mixed with spots I hope to visit soon.

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Top Ten Books I Really Want to Read but Don’t Own Yet

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Happy Tuesday! I’ve been in New York for a little over a week and tonight is my first class. I’m hopefully getting my new library card soon which will cut down on the cost of books, but here are ten books I really want to read but don’t own (yet!). Let me know which books on my list I should definitely make an effort to get my hands on soon! Thanks! Continue reading

New York City: My First Week

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Technically, it’s only been six days so my first week isn’t over yet. But I figured we could go ahead and round up. So far things have been going really well. Much better than I expected. I like my roommates. Last night, I met a bunch of people in my program (both in the writing for children cohort and writers of other categories) and had so much fun (nervous, awkward, introverted fun) getting to know some of my classmates. I’ve gotten lost several times, but not in a scary or emotionally exhausting way yet.  Continue reading

Isla and the Happily Ever After, by Stephanie Perkins

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I didn’t faint from extreme emotion while reading this book … but the writing, character-development, tension, voice and (of course) romantic hero are all so incredible swoon-worthy in this book that I think if I were the fainting type Isla and the Happily Ever After, by Stephanie Perkins, would totally have had me reaching for my smelling salts.

In my mind Stephanie Perkins can do no wrong when it comes to contemporary YA romance. Like many fans of her previous books, I’ve been eagerly waiting and anticipating this last companion book. Continue reading