Top Ten As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years

toptentuesday When I was in high school I was pretty much obsessed with reading classics. I remember telling friends that I could imagine knowing if something was good or not without knowing if it stood the test of time. Not so much anymore. I don’t know if it is regression or wanting to be a YA writer and needing to keep up with publishing trends or just something that happened, but I love reading contemporary fiction now. Here are my ten favorite books published between 2012 and today. Let me know your opinions on my list and/or some of your favorite books published in the last three years in the comments! Continue reading

Burn, Read, Rewrite: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Anne of Green Gables, & A Wrinkle in Time

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I love books about smart girls. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith, Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery, and A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle, are three books that definitely fit into this category. And that is why I like, in some cases love, all three three of them. Although based on the different points in my life that I read them, I feel pretty sure of what my decisions are going to be. Now I want to know yours. Let me know in the comments which book you would read (your favorite), which you would rewrite (second favorite or one you would make changes too), and which you would burn (least favorite and obviously only in the figurative sense!).  Continue reading

Book Review: Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson

20821284 (1)I had grand grand plans for my review of Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson – a book I found practically flawless. But as I’m writing this it is late Thursday night. I have to wake up at six to travel to Boston for a bachelorette party. I still haven’t packed and I have a submission for writing workshop to turn in before I get to go to sleep.

So I will just leave you with these words from me: READ THE BOOK.

And these words from the book that just made me melt: “I believe in one day and someday and this perfect moment called Now.”

And if you still aren’t convinced: this book review from the New York Times.

If you read the book please stop by and let me know what you think. And if you’ve already read it, then please leave a comment. I’m itching for people to talk about it with. Thanks for understanding about the brevity. Now back to writing!

Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books

toptentuesday This weeks topic was hard for me. I obviously love literary heroines … I mean look at the title of this blog. So narrowing down all my favorite female characters to ten was no easy task. Here’s what I came up with … even though some of the ladies left off the list are breaking my heart. Let me know who your favorite heroines from books are in the comments! Continue reading

Burn, Read, Rewrite: TFiOS, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, & The Book Thief

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We’ve definitely done some hard rounds of this game, but none has been as hard for me as choosing between these wildly popular and incredibly good YA novels. Seriously, even as I’m typing, I’m still changing my mind on what my choices are going to be. To play along you say in the comments which book you would read (your favorite), rewrite (second favorite/one that you might want to change something about), and burn (least favorite). As always, I love to hear people’s different reasonings and rationale for their choices.  Continue reading