Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So


I believe in one day and someday and this perfect moment called now.

Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming

How can the word love, the word life, even fit in the mouth.

Jandy Nelson, The Sky Is Everywhere

Hope. It’s like a drop of honey, a field of tulips blooming in springtime. It’s a fresh rain, a whispered promise, a cloudless sky, the perfect punctuation mark at the end of a sentence. And it’s the only thing keeping me afloat.

Tahereh Mafi, Unravel Me

Everything was a broken line for me in those days. I was slipped into the empty spaces between words.

Betsy Cornwell, Mechanica 

She rested her head against his and felt, for the first time, what she would often feel with him: a self-affection. He made her like herself.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah 

Maybe growing up means disappointing the people we love.

Nicola Yoon, Everything Everything

From an evolutionary point of view, most emotions – fear, desire, anger – serve some practical purpose, but nostalgia is a useless, futile thing because it is a longing for something that is permanently lost.

David Nichols, Us 

The only way we will survive is by being kind. The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are.

Amy Poehler, Yes Please

You didn’t win the game of life by losing the least. That would be one of those—what were they called again?—Pyrrhic victories. Real winning was having the most to lose, even if it meant you might lose it all. Even though it meant you would lose it all, sooner or later.

Tommy Wallach, We All Looked Up 

People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they’re not. There’s no telling how long you will have them near.

Jenny Han, P.S. I Still Love You

Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly book meme! I’d love to learn some of your favorite quotes in the comments!

Marry, Date or Dump: Mockingjay

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Who’s excited for Thursday? Last year, before Mockingjay One I asked if people wanted to marry, date or dump Peeta, Gale, and Finnick. This year, I’m going a little older and want to know what you think of Haymitch Abernathy, Plutarch Heavensbee, and Caesar Flickerman. If you feel like playing, let me know in the comments who you would marry, who you’d date, and who you’d dump. Also feel free to chat about if you are looking forward to the movie or dreading it. I’m a little of both … this one gets sadder than sad so I expect a lot of tears.  Continue reading

Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella

23305614 (1)As a teenager I was a chick lit queen, and I love love loved the Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella. So naturally I was excited and intrigued when I heard about her first YA novel, Finding Audrey, which came out over the summer. Because the description from goodreads is both concise and better than anything I could write, I’ll include it here: An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family. The anxiety disorder, the fact that Audrey is only fourteen, and (of course) the romance with a boy named Linus only intrigued me more. Here are my thoughts after reading the book!  Continue reading

Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To


With a few exceptions (cough Ella Enchanted cough cough) I love when books I like get made into movies. Even if the movie isn’t great it generally makes the book more popular and it’s cool to see someone else’s interpretation of it. And sometimes they are amazing! Here are some upcoming book to movie adaptations I’m looking forward to. I had to rely heavily on the Internet to find out what was in development, so don’t blame me too harshly if some of these don’t turn out to be true. I read about each of them somewhere, I promise! Continue reading

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

18304322Body Issues. Beauty Pageants. And a complicated romance with a boy named Bo. This is what I knew about Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy, before I picked it up and it was definitely enough to hook me. What I found in the pages was a whole lot more. As the cover copy will tell you Willowdean is a self-proclaimed fat girl. And believe me she owns that title. When her thin and beauty pageant obsessed mother tries to get her her on fad diets, Willowdean refuses. When people make comments at school, she tells them to go to hell. She refuses to hide behind boring clothes or a quiet personality. She owns her body. So it’s a huge surprise when her crush (Bo!) showing signs of liking her back cracks and crumbles the body positivity she’s built up over a lifetime. The answer? Entering Miss Clover City pageant. This inspires a whole slew of other unlikely candidates and forces Willowdean to think about her body, friendship, and standards of beauty in lots of new and different ways. Continue reading

Top Ten Debut YA Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel


I’ve really tried to up my reading of debut authors this year (because I hope to be one of them before too long). Believe me it was a long list that I had to whittle down into ten, but these are the debut authors I’m most excited about. In the meantime, if you haven’t read their debut novels yet, I definitely recommend each and every one of these books! Continue reading