OCD Love Story, by Corey Ann Haydu

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann HayduI love titles that tell you what the story is going to be about. I think there is probably no better example of this than OCD Love Story, by Corey Ann Haydu. It’s a book about characters with OCD and it’s a love story. I don’t think either element would be as successful without the other to counter balance it.

To give you a little context here is the summary from goodreads: When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again. Continue reading

Top Ten New Series I Want to Start

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Happy Tuesday! Starting a new series can be daunting. I started the Game of Thrones books over a year ago and am still working my way (slowly) through book 5. It has taken up more than 100 (a lot more than 100 actually) hours of my life so far. Still, there is almost nothing better than getting into a new series. When I love a book, I am hugely excited to be able to keep engaging with the story in future books. Here are the top ten newish (I think they are all 2012 or later) series that have been catching my eye lately. Let me know yours in the comments!

Thank you to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly book meme.

Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit

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For me books and travel are best when intertwined with each other. When I’m going on vacations, I love to read books set in the places I’m visiting. I’ve also planned a few trips based on books, which have been really fun. Here are a few of the top places books have made me want to visit (even though some of them are fantasy places, so I probably won’t make it there). Let me know yours in the comments! Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Atticus Finch, Pa Ingalls, & Mr. Bennet

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I’ve been picking YA characters for the last few weeks, so I thought today I’d up the age factor and give you three literary father figures to choose from. Your choices are between Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mocking Bird, Pa Ingalls from the Little House series, and Mr. Bennet from Pride and Prejudice.  Let me know in the comments who you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump.

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Belzhar, by Meg Wolitzer

BelzharI expected to like Belzhar, by Meg Wolitzer for a lot of reasons. I fell in love with Meg Wolitzer’s teenage characters in The Interestings this summer. Her grasp on teenage voice and teenage priorities made me wish for her to write something YA (since I got my wish maybe I should have asked for a million dollars instead). I also was super pumped about the connection to Sylvia Plath. Furthermore the idea of a boarding school specifically for “highly intelligent, emotionally fragile teenagers” tickled me. Don’t you wish you went to that school? I do…

Or at least I did, until I read the book and realized that different types of heartbreaking trauma are what got each of the characters sent to The Wooden Barn (and eventually into Belzhar). Anyway, I expected to like this book and I did. Here is why.  Continue reading