Brooklyn Book Festival

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I had such a lovely day wandering around The Brooklyn Book Festival. What struck me most is how many booksellers, printing presses, and literary journals had booths. New York really does seem to be the center of the book world.

Other highlights include meeting Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, two of my favorite authors, and telling them how they inspired me to go to The New School (they were so funny and nice!), listening to Coe Booth talk about how she forms characters, and seeing the YA Fantasy panel with Scott Westerfeld, C.J. Farely, and Cara Lynn Shultz.

It was also the most fun getting to hang out with the ladies in my children’s writing cohort at school. It is so cool to be around people who are as into these things as I am. I just feel so lucky and grateful to be here right now having these kinds of experiences.

Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

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***First big blog slip up of me starting grad school, writing this post ahead of time, but forgetting to preschedule it to go out on Tuesday. So even though it’s Wednesday, here is my top ten tuesday. Sorry friends!***

Happy Tuesday! Here are ten authors I’ve only read one book from, but definitely want to read more ASAP. I included pictures of the one book by these authors that I have read. Let me know what authors like that you have on your TBR list in the comments! Also let me know if you have suggestions for what books from these authors I should make sure to pick up soon. Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Anna, Lola, & Isla

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Last week we did the boys from the series, now it’s on to the ladies! Whether you are a bigger fan of Anna (sensible, ambitious, in love with cinema), Lola (quirky, fashion-obsessed, original), or Isla (responsible, shy, intelligent) – I want to know about it in the comments! Let me know who you’d marry, who you’d date, and who you’d dump.  Continue reading

We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

16143347Earlier this summer I sped my way through E. Lockhart’s Ruby Oliver Boyfriend List series. These books were quick favorites and stood up to multiple rereading. They felt realistic, funny, meaningful – everything a favorite book is supposed to feel like. As a result, I had incredibly high hopes for We Were Liars, especially considering all the hype the book got over this summer.

My hopes were disappointed, but the book certainly isn’t what I expected.  Continue reading

Top Ten Underrated Books From My Childhood

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I struggled a bit with this weeks topic. I think I follow reading trends and popularity more than I’d like to admit. Then I thought about some of my favorite children’s books that I’m shocked other people never read. A lot of these book are from celebrated and incredibly popular authors, but the books themselves I think are underrated. For example, more people have read Ballet Shoes and Half Magic than have read Theater Shoes and The Time Garden (even though too many people never read any of these books). Let me know if any of you read these books as a kid, or what some of you favorite underrated novels are in the comments. Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Etienne St. Clair, Cricket, & Josh

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I feel like I a dummy that I didn’t think of this book series sooner for marry, date or dump. I mean there are three boys and three girls, and almost 99% of my Internet friends are debating who there favorites are right now. I thought we’d start with boys. Let me know in the comments who you’d marry, date, and dump when given the choices of Etienne St. Clair, Cricket, and Josh. I’m usually pretty laissez-faire about how people answer, but this week I’m going to put my foot down and say you can’t marry all three (no matter how much you want to!).  Continue reading