Marry, Date or Dump: Four, Percy Jackson, Jace Lightwood

tumblr_mqf21z3lao1syjf4uo1_400It’s time to return to the blog’s young adult roots for this week’s Marry, Date or Dump. I’ve taken the male leads from three of the biggest YA series. So let me know in the comments what your choices are when it comes to Four from The Divergent Trilogy, by Veronica Roth, Percy Jackson, from The Percy Jackson & the Olympians series by Rick Riordan, and Jace from The Mortal Instruments, by Cassandra Clare. Also if you have any ideas for future Marry, Date or Dump posts please let me know in the comments on through this contact form. Thanks!  Continue reading

Links for a Lazy Sunday

Back in the USA! I’ll write more about my trip this week. It was fantastic, but I’m definitely excited to be plugged back in on the internet. I want to give another huge thanks to the people who wrote guest posts for me while I was gone. I hope everyone takes a peak at the fabulous blogs of Jackie Lea Sommers and L. Marie. Here are a few things I’ve enjoyed while vegging out and waiting for my jet lag to pass.

  • Of course I missed John Green and his clever videos while abroad. Here is one of my favorites from the last month: 
  • The Atlantic interviews Stephen King and discovers why he spends months, and sometimes years writing his opening sentences.  Continue reading

Guest Posts: Book Clubs

This guest post comes to us from one of Hardcovers & Heroines’ first readers and my mother, Martha Doherty. She’s the woman who taught me to love reading. Enjoy her post on different book clubs she’s been a part of! 

I have always wished I played tennis. As I transitioned from one stage of life to the next, high school, college, early adulthood, it seemed tennis players moved with the greatest of social ease. They always had a communal game to play. They seemed to make acquaintances and then friends the fastest. I was envious. However, I am not a tennis player. I am a reader. I have always been a reader. Reading was always a solitary endeavor and so I resented the tennis players.

BookClub

Then in the 1980’s book clubs started. At least I don’t remember them existing before then. Book clubs took my solitary pleasure to a collective one. I have been in four book clubs in my life. In my first book club, members were mainly young moms  seeking intellectual conversation. It was dominated by an argument over whether the books we were reading were “deep” enough. I had a two year old and a three year old at home so anything that wasn’t Dr. Seuss or Julie Garwood was deep to me.  Continue reading

Thirteen Reasons Why: A Dark Book Worth Reading

1217100I’ve resisted reading Thirteen Reasons Why for a long time. The book follows high school student Clay Jensen through a night where he must listen to thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his crush Hannah Baker who recently committed suicide. On the tapes she lists thirteen reasons and thirteen people who helped her decide to kill herself. If Clay listens he will find out how he made this list. If he doesn’t there is the threat that the tapes will be released to the public.

When I’ve looked at the book before, I thought things like “Why would I want to read something so dark. Life is hard enough without reading books like that” or “Why do teenage books have to be so depressing now.” But as a huge bestseller and winner of many literary awards – I thought it would be good to read it as someone who is interested in writing young adult books. Well let me tell you, all of my assumptions about this book were wrong. It blew me away as both a reader and an aspiring writer. I tried to distill what was so great about the book and came up with three words: tension, relatable, and voice. Continue reading