Marry, Date or Dump: Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite

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I’ve been meaning to follow up my post on male Greek gods, with a marry, date or dump that lets you rank the goddesses for weeks, but I keep forgetting. So now, weeks after it was promised, is your chance to let me know who you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump out of Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. Let me know in the comments and (as always) feel free to make substitutes!  Continue reading

The Little Blue Envelope series, by Maureen Johnson: Snail Mail at its Best

Screen Shot 2013-09-29 at 1.37.13 PMTime for another double book review! Although to be honest this is going to be less of a review, and more of a rave/recommendations (which is kind of how most of my reviews have been going these days). One of the first books I reviewed for the blog was The Name of the Star, by Maureen Johnson. I liked it a lot, but I still found a few things to criticize about the book. I don’t know if these books are more my style, or if now that I’m writing full-time I don’t feel like criticizing books anymore, or if now that I’ve read much more YA fiction I understand what a gem Maureen Johnson is to the genre … but I can’t really think of a single bad thing to say about her books, Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes and The Last Little Blue Envelope.  Continue reading

My Thoughts on Banned Books

There’s not a whole lot I can write about banned books that hasn’t already been written this week. I’m against banning books. Like really against it. I can never in my life remember my mom telling me I couldn’t read a book. A lot of times, I would ask to read something and if she didn’t think I was ready for it or she thought it would upset me too much we’d talk about it. I can never remember not agreeing with her with her by the end of those conversations. In fact, our only really fights about books were books like Outsiders and Exodus she wanted me to read, but that I thought would be too scary.

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Top Ten Best Sequels Ever

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I’m excited to be doing another top ten tuesday, a weekly book meme from The Broke and the Bookish. This week we are sharing our favorite sequels. I’m a huge fan of series so this one was hard. I know I’m totally cheating by choosing all of the Harry Potter sequels, but trying to narrow them down was giving me a panic attack. Do you prefer sequels or stand-alone books? What is your favorite series? Let me know in the comments! Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Men from Banned Books

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Did you know today is day two of Banned Books Week, which this year is being celebrated from September 22 to September 28. I’ve always kind of known there were banned books, but I think I viewed this as a problem that mostly existing the past or in really small pockets of America. I pictured the banning of books like Lady Chatterly’s Lover. It wasn’t until this year that I learned that the banning of books hugely spiked in the 1980s. Books like Harry Potter, Twilight, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Hunger Games, and even the Alice books are among the most banned books of the last decade, along with classics like Huckleberry Finn and Beloved. This problem is not in the past. It not only exists in the present. It is growing. Continue reading

Links for a Lazy Sunday

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Happy Sunday! Who else is (at least a little) excited about the Emmys tonight? I honestly don’t care that much about the award show, but I love to see what the stars are wearing on the red carpet. I hope you have some fun plans today. If you are in DC you should definitely check out day two of the National Book Festival. It is one of my favorite things I’ve ever done, and I’m super jealous I can’t be there today. If you, like me, are too far away, here are some links as a consolation prize: