Top Ten Books I’d Love to Read With a Book Club

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Between graduating college as an English major and starting my current MFA program, I belonged to three different book clubs. At times, these felt like my saviors. People who all read the same book and want to talk about it! So much like English Lit classes! Heaven! As I became more and more invested in YA, they were also anchors that helped me keep up with adult fiction at least a little bit. I’m not in a book club now, but if I was here are some books I’d suggest. Some I’ve wanted to read for a long time and would love a book club to force me to read, and others I just think would spark good conversation. Let me know your thoughts on my picks in the comments!

Big thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly book meme!

Burn, Read, Rewrite: Shakespeare Plays

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Some people, mostly English teachers I’m guessing, might act like they are about to have a heart attack if you would suggest burning – or for that matter rewriting – any of Shakespeare’s plays. For the sake of history and the literary cannon I guess I would agree. But for the sake of this game this is exactly what I’m going to ask you to do. Pick any of Shakespeare’s plays and let us know which one you would read (favorite), rewrite (something needs to be tweaked or changed), and burn (come on some of them are pretty messed up and/or boring). Whether it’s making Juliet live and end up with Benvolio or your secret hatred of Hamlet and his whiny ways I’m excited to see which plays you choose for which spots and why!  Continue reading

Book Review: Life by Committee, by Corey Ann Haydu

17693452In the fall, I read Corey Ann Haydu’s debut novel – OCD Love Story - and was really blown away by how good the writing was. So, I definitely had a lot of high expectations and excitement when I saw her newest novel, Life by Committee, in the library and quickly pulled it off the shelves. These expectations were exceeded if anything and my excitement about the book continues to build as I keep mulling over the unique character depiction and themes woven into this story about a girl who loses her IRL friends and turns to an online community for connection, understanding, and guidance.

To give a little more detail, the story is told from the perspective high school girl Tabitha, who (to borrow the words from the jacket copy) might be the only girl in history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. As she explores her appearance and sexuality in ways her friend group shuns her for she finds an online group called Life by Committee.
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Top Ten Books I Swooned Over as a Teenager

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Even though I’m obsessed with YA now, as a teen I didn’t really read very much of it. I was on a diet of classics and chick lit, with the occasional romance novel stirred in. These are some books that in my teenage years I thought were the sexiest, most romantic things ever written. Seriously, I reread some of the kissing scenes in these books so many times I can probably still recite them. I’d love to know what books you swooned over in high school in the comments! Continue reading

Burn, Read, Rewrite: The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, & The Sun Also Rises

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Based on comments, it seems like the switch from Marry, Date or Dump to this game has been a success. Although as my sister said this morning, “It’s way easier to dump a character than it is to burn a book.” She decided this lineup was too hard for her to choose, but I hope you will play along and say which book you would read (favorite), rewrite (like but might want to change), and burn (least favorite). These are three of my favorite favorite books – stories so nice I had to say favorite twice – but I’m going to give it a shot.  Continue reading