Marry, Date or Dump: The Babysitters Club

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Who else was OBSESSED with this series when they were growing up? Even if you weren’t – even if you’ve just seen the movie – I’d love to know which babysitter you would marry, which you’d date, and which you’d dump. Obviously, once they’ve grown up of course. You can pick from any of the sitters in the series, but to narrow things down I’m going to stick within the original four: Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, and Mary Anne. Let me know your choices *and your reasons* in the comments! Also have great Mondays, everyone!

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Hold Me Like a Breath, by Tiffany Schmidt

18584521 (1)When I picked up Hold Me Like a Breath, by Tiffany Schmidt, I was expecting a very different story than the one spelled out on these pages. Somehow the teaser of fairy tale retelling, left me with images of pretty dresses, princesses, and fanciful language. I was wrong, but I was not disappointed. There are echoes of The Princess an the Pea in this story, but there’s also illness, black market organ selling, murder, and betrayal. Which, let’s face it, is equally if not more compelling than the fantasy images I approached the book with. The story follows Penelope Landlow. Her father is the head of one of the three crime families that controls the black market organ transplants. She has body guards and has never been anywhere by herself. She is almost never touched by anyone (not even her parents!) because of an autoimmune disorder that makes her bruise at all but the lightest of touches. See the princess an the pea connection?  Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Arin, Elias, and Tamlin

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I feel like fantasy novels are coming back in a big way lately … or maybe I’m just on a new YA fantasy binge-read lately. Here are three of the heroes from books that have been getting a lot of buzz recently. We’ve got Arin (from The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski), Elias (from An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir), and Tamlin (from A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas). Full disclosure, I haven’t read A Court of Thorns and Roses yet, but I thought it would still be a good one to include on the list. So most of you know the drill, let me know who you would marry, date, and dump in the comments!  Continue reading

Top Ten Books On My TBR For Summer

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My favorite thing about being an “adult” in the summer, is that we get to pick our own summer reading. Don’t get me wrong, I read some great books for school over the summer, but I also read some dull, boring ones that I never would have picked up for myself. It’s almost overwhelming how many books I want to get to, but here are ten I definitely want to cross off the tbr list in the next three months. Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Fitzgerald, Hemingway, & Faulkner

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Happy Monday, friends! I thought I’d switch things up and have authors instead of characters for today’s marry, date, or dump options. Now let’s face it, none of these men would have made particularly good husbands. But whether you choose based on their books, their looks, or any other criteria you want, I’m still excited to see which author you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump.  Continue reading