1. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger: “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
2. Learn from your mistakes: “Don’t cry so bitterly, but remember this day, and resolve with all your soul that you will never know another like it.” Continue reading
Here are a list of authors that I’m surprised I haven’t read and/or who I’ve been meaning to read for a long time. Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish, for hosting this weekly book meme.
- Cassandra Clare
- Laurie Halse Anderson
- Zadie Smith
- Tamora Pierce
- Dave Eggers
- James Dashner
- Ally Carter
- Jennifer Egan
- Elizabeth Gilbert
- Richelle Mead
What popular authors have you never read? Which authors from my list should I read immediately? Let me know in the comments!
For about a year, I’ve been trying to work my way through all of Maureen Johnson’s novels. So when I found The Bermudez Triangle, by Maureen Johnson at the library last week, I knew it would be a perfect book for my first 2014 LGBT Reading Challenge review. The story switches points of views between three female best friends as they approach the summer before their senior year. Nina Bermudez has always been the leader of their threesome, and pretty much everything else (straight A student, class president, etc.). To hone her leadership skills she leaves her two best friends, Mel and Avery, for the first time to go to a pre-college program for ten weeks. During the program she makes a whole new life for herself, with an “eco-warrior” boyfriend and a roommate who steals her underwear. She expects Mel and Avery to be the same when she returns, but they make a new life for themselves as well. A life where they are more than just friends. When Nina finds out her two best friends are in love, she knows their trio will never be the same, but she’s unsure if their friendship will survive senior year. Continue reading
This week, in a Top Ten Tuesday Rewind, The Broke and the Bookish, asked bloggers to choose from any of the previous categories. I am relatively new to this book meme, so I picked one of the earliest subjects: favorite fictional couples from books. Continue reading
As many of you know, or have guessed, I’m a little obsessed with this book. I even reviewed it twice, I had so many good things to say about it. I read it again the weekend for the zillionth time. So even though I’ve done one of these for Rainbow Rowell characters, I thought I would narrow it down to the three main ladies in Fangirl. Let me know who you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump in the comments!
Time for some self reflection courtesy of Tope Ten Tuesday, a weekly book meme run by The Broke and the Bookish. Without further ado here’s what I came up with:
- Connecting with other readers and writers.
- Giving myself motivation to read more books.
- Occasionally getting books for free or receiving ARC copies.
- Getting to play marry, date or dump, even though I’m not in high school anymore.
- Being followed by Meg Cabot on Twitter (this happened over the weekend and let me tell you I am disproportionately excited by it).
- The opportunity to read young adult books critically.
- Understanding the genre/category I want to write more.
- Finding out about other book blogs that I love to read almost daily now. I’m looking at you Crossed Pages, Lights All Around, L. Marie, and The Bookshelf (among others).
- The pretty pictures I get to take of my bookshelf for the header images of the blog.
- (Hopefully) improving my writing by posting several times a week. Since graduating from college one of the things I missed most was writing weekly editorials for the school paper, I’m glad to have that outlet again.
Bloggers, what are your favorite aspects of blogging? Readers, why do you read book blogs? Is there something I could be doing better?
Okay, so I’m not going to lie. This week’s top ten tuesday, the weekly book meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, stumped me. It is hard to compare Twilight with Pride and Prejudice (both of which are on the list) and decide which book is more swoon-worthy. So just in time for Valentine’s week, this is my random mish-mash of books that I find incredibly romantic and/or have become slightly obsessed with. Continue reading
I’ve gotten more than a little obsessed with reading my way through all of Sarah Dessen’s novels. This week, I’m not going to give you the choices. You can choose male characters. You can choose female characters. Heck, if you want to you can choose parents. Just let me know in the comments who you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump. Continue reading
Happy Sunday friends! What have you been up to this weekend? Has anyone been watching the Olympics? This week I started a job gallery sitting, which has been really great because I’m surrounded by art and I have lots of time to read, write … and to find these links for your perusal:
By no stretch of the imagination, can I be considered a sports fan. However, I am getting pretty excited about the debut of the Winter Olympics. In fact, this evening I will be watching the opening ceremonies with my extended family drinking vodka and eating caviar and beef stroganoff. I haven’t read any of these books (yet), so take this list with a grain of salt, but here are five young adult books to get your excited about the winter sports that everyone will be talking about for the next few weeks. Continue reading