Jealous of my Homework this Semester? You Should Be.

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This weekend, I’m reading Coraline, by Neil Gaiman and The House With a Clock in Its Walls, by John Bellairs for homework. Here are some of the other books I get to read in the Middle Grade section of class this semester!

  1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis
  2. The Dark is Rising, by Susan Cooper
  3. Holes, by Louis Sachar
  4. Saffy’s Angel, by Hilary McKay
  5. The Watsons Go to Birmingham, by Christopher Paul Curtis
  6. The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander
  7. The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkein
  8. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
  9. Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin

Not to brag, but … pretty cool, right? Are any of these among your childhood favorites? Do you have other MG recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments!

Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books

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Happy Tuesday Friends! I love quotes, so you would think this week’s topic would be a snap for me, right? I’ve been collecting quotes in notebooks since middle school, so I should have had a lot of material to work with, right? That would be right, except those notebooks are in a box under my childhood bed in my childhood bedroom. These are some of the most inspiring ones I either remembered (then checked on the Internet), found saved on tumblr, or gleaned from an google search on inspiring quotes from books. Some I think are helpful as a writer, others as a person. I might not have hit all of my favorites, but I do like all of these ones quite a bit. Let me know your favorites in the comments! Continue reading

Book Review: The Tapper Twins Go to War, by Geoff Rodkey

22875089My literature class is now focused on middle grade books, and so far I’m loving it. We are reading about Narnia and The Hobbit and childhood favorites like Holes. I’m enjoying them so much, I decided to go a little bit out of my YA zone of comfort and review an MG book that I enjoyed immensely. The Tapper Twins Go to War, by Geoff Rodkey, is a books about sibling rivalry that holds up against the classics I’m reading for my class. It is unique and cleverly put together, along with being so funny I actually laughed out loud at several points while reading this (often earning stares from strangers on the subway).

The book is told through a transcription of an oral history, where 6th grade twins Claudia and Reese describe their pretty epic prank war against each other. Photographs, interviews from friends and babysitter and text conversations between their workaholic Manhattan parents are also included.  Continue reading

Top Ten Characters I’d Like to Check In With

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This week’s topic was a bit confusing, but once I understood the gist (characters who I would like to know what is happening with many years down the line just to see what happened) I had a lot of thoughts. Since I’m a big fan of happily ever afters, and those don’t really exist, I expect I’d be disappointed by checking in on a lot of my favorite books. I mean the number of fictional high school relationships that I am “sure” lasted forever is un-realistically high. Still here are some characters I can’t help wanting to check up on! Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Mr. Darcy, Rhett Butler, & Jay Gatsby

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Welcome back to Marry, Date or Dump. I enjoyed the break, but somehow Burn, Read, Rewrite wasn’t as much fun. Plus, I learned that you all are pretty upset about the thought of even figuratively burning a book (which is a good thing!) so I think it will be fun to be back on familiar territory. To refresh memories, I give three characters and you tell me who you’d marry, date and dump in the comments. This time around I think I’ll list my own choices as well, since that makes it more fun. This was one of the first ever group of characters I did for Marry, Date or Dump and one of the most popular, so I thought I’d pose the question again for the (re)inaugural game.

Mr. Darcy, Rhett Butler, & Jay Gatsby: Marry, Date or Dump?  Continue reading

Top Ten Books I Recently Added to My TBR List

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I know I’m not alone in feeling like my TBR list (to be read list) is always growing. I can remember times going into a bookstores and thinking that I had no idea what to buy or nothing that I wanted to read next … somehow I doubt that will every happen again. Here are a few books that recently cropped up on my TBR list. Let me know what you think of them and what books you are hoping to read soon in the comments! Continue reading