Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

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Happy Tuesday, friends! These are the books I’m most excited about reading this fall. A lot are new releases, but some are books that have been in library queue or on my bookshelf for a few months now. What books are you trying to read this lovely season? Let me know in the comments!

Big, big thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly book meme!

Six Good Things

  1. Sunday was the Brooklyn Book Festival, one of my favorite days of the year. I saw Jacqueline Woodson, a spooky panel on books about witches, a YA panel on first love, and a YA panel on books set in NYC. It’s just amazing to see so many authors and be around all the book lovers. Looking around the crowd, I thought to myself these are so my people. 
  2. After reading Shadowshaper last week, I moved on to Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo. It’s a big, fat book, but I’m about halfway in and really loving the story. I’ve also been rediscovering my love of adult romance novels. I’m rereading a few old favorites and checking out some new ones from the library. Swoon.
  3. The writing has been going better. It’s inconsistent. One day, I’ll get a ridiculous amount done. The next few days, I’ll stare at my computer screen and write nothing. But I’m nearing the end of this draft. And I’m really itching to get started developing a whole new story, which I think is a good sign. Hopefully.
  4. Especially because of this week’s terrible tragedies in Tulsa and Charlotte, this excerpt from The Hate U Givea Black Lives Matter inspired YA novel, was really hard to read. So many tears. But this story and this voice is needed. It’s not a happy thing. But it’s a good thing. And I will definitely be reading it when it comes out next summer. You can preorder here.
  5. Kelly Jensen, on Book Riot, wrote about 36 ways to have a more bookish fall. I’m hoping to cross at least a few of these off my list.
  6. A friend also sent me this article on how to learn about writing suspense from Jane Austen. I liked it so much, I read it twice.

Hope you all had weeks full of good things and have great weekend plans!

Catch Up on my Book Riot Articles

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Hi friends. Happy Wednesday! In late May, I found out that after two trial articles I’d been accepted as a Book Riot contributor. Book Riot has been one of my favorite blogs for a long time. It’s been an adjustment to add working for them to my writing/blogging schedule, but it’s also been totally worth it. So far, I’ve written about:

I’m writing new posts all the time. If you want to check them out, you can always click here on my author page.

 

Top Ten Audio Book Experiences

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I titled this post very specifically. I’m not saying these are the best audiobooks out there or even the best that I’ve read. For example, in hindsight I’d choose to read Infinite Jest instead of subjecting myself to hours of the audio book with confusing footnotes. But from books I’ve listened to on road trips to books I’ve listened to going to sleep (waves at Harry Potter and Jim Dale for being the best reader ever) to a book I listened to while I had food poisoning, these are my most memorable audio book experiences. I recommend each. What are your favorite audiobooks? Have you listened to any of these? Continue reading

Shadowshaper, by Daniel José Older

22295304Last March, I went to a We Need Diverse Books panel at The New School where Daniel José Older. I was incredibly moved by all the speakers, but knew in particular I wanted to read Shadowshaper because of Older’s insightful comments about representation, artistic responsibility, and craft. These insights shined through in the story of Sierra Santiago, a teenage girl in Brooklyn who discovers that people have been connecting spirits with the murals in her neighborhood in an act called shadowshaping. But all is not right in the spiritual world. The murals are weeping and disappearing. Her grandfather, who’s suffered from a stroke, won’t stop apologizing to her. Soon it becomes very clear that Sierra, herself, is in danger and she doesn’t even know why.

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Top Ten Favorite Picture Books from the Last Five Years

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I know my subject this week might seem suspiciously specific. There’s a reason for this. When my friends started having babies for me to buy presents for, I always gave my childhood favorites. Lots of Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss. When I moved to New York, I realized that all the picture book authors and illustrators working right now need $$$ too. Also, they are creating the most beautiful stories. I want to support that! So now, I try to give mostly contemporary picture books to the little ones in my life. Here are some of my favorites from the last five years. Let me know if you have any favorites in the comments! I’d love to check them out! Continue reading

Six Good Things

  1. The week started with Labor Day, which is one of my favorite holidays. I wrote about why … but basically because I get free books. I’ve been working my way through Hamilton: The Revolution, by Lin Manuel Miranda and Jeremy Carter, all week. It’s definitely got me absent-mindedly humming “Satisfied” on the subway.
  2. It was a great week for reading. I reread To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You, by Jenny Han. Actually, I reread P.S. I Still Love You twice (no sleep on Wednesday night!). I also read The Square Root of Summer, by Harriet Reuter Hapgood. This book was majorly unique and majorly good. It was also a good time for me to read it, because it primarily deals with the grief of losing a grandparent.
  3. Even better than a good reading week is a good writing week! I’m not at peak writing mode yet, but I did tackle the climax of my newest draft. This is the part that needed the most changes, and I’ve been worrying about it all summer. I don’t know that I’ve gotten all the problems worked out, but I do have something to show my writing partner. Exciting! Now I just need to finish!
  4. I went crazy and spent $40 on new pens from Muji. I’m not an office supply kind of girl … but these pens really are better. I’ve been making lists and writing in my diary all morning, and it feels so luxurious.
  5. I was so so pleased to see Hillary Clinton on the Humans of New York Blog this week. I loved how directly addressed the perception that she’s cold and unemotional in the post. I’ve loved and admired this woman since I was a little girl. I even had a HRC picture book. But this made me love her even more and felt like such a human moment.
  6. My first (and one of my best) NYC friends, started a new book review blog. It’s called Becky with the Good Books in a not-so-subtle nod to Beyonce + Lemonade. So far she’s reviewed Sweetbitter, by Stephanie Danler, and Just Kids, by Patti Smith.