Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins

20309175 (2)I can’t imagine liking young adult books and not being excited about My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins. This is not just because the book contains everything really good YA has- diversity, genuine and relatable emotions, snappy dialogue, and lots of swoon-worthy kissing. Mostly I just can’t imagine that anyone who reads young adult books doesn’t have at least one favorite author among the writers Perkins gathered together to create these twelve holiday stories. For me those favorites were Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, Jenny Han, and Stephanie Perkins herself. But after reading all of these stories at least twice, and several of them several more times than that, I have lots of new-to-me YA authors I can’t wait to read more from. Seriously, what’s most shocking about this collection is that there are no weak link stories in the book. Each one is fun and thought provoking in its own way. Reading the stories for the first time one after another on the subway made my subway rides this winter the most fun they’ve been since I moved to New York.  Continue reading

The Gif Book Tag

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I was tagged by Stefani at Caught Read Handed last week, but had to wait until I had a little time to search out gifs for all the books on her list. Honestly, I don’t often do these types of things, but this challenge looked so fun that I couldn’t resist. Here’s how the game works: The person who tags you gives you a list of ten books. Then you respond with one sentence and one gif to show how you feel about each book. Then you tag other people and leave a list of ten books for them. Continue reading

Top Ten Books I Read in 2014

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It will come to no surprise to anyone who’s ever read this blog that this list is YA heavy. Even the two “adult books” I included on this list feature characters who spend large portions of their respective books as teenagers. It was so hard to choose the ten best books I read this year, and nearly impossible to pick just one E. Lockhart book to put on the list. But I did it and here’s what I came up with.  Let me know what your favorite books from the year have been! Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Love Actually

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in New York, and I am on my way home to Annapolis to start celebrating the holidays. This invariably means watching Love Actually, and some other holiday movie favorites. I thought it would be fun to see who everyone would marry, date, or dump from the movie. You can pick any of the characters from the film (male or female!), but just to give some guidance for those who want it I’m going to list Colin Firth’s character, Hugh Grant’s character, and Liam Neeson’s character. Let me know who you would marry, who you’d date, and who you’d dump in the comments. Happy Holidays friends!  Continue reading

YA & Identity Reading List from my First Semester

Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 10.27.50 AMI had my last class of the semester last night … which is so crazy. What a great start to the program. Even though I’m incredibly excited for the holidays and going back to Maryland soon to see my fam, I have to admit the fact I won’t be going to these classes again feels kind of like a breakup. I will be watching The Way We Were and eating ice cream today to try and deal. Anyways, in case anyone was wondering what I’ve been reading in my literature class this semester, I thought I’d give you all my book list. Here it is!  Continue reading