Ten Books To Read If You Like Sarah Dessen

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Happy Tuesday friends! My MFA program is full of Sarah Dessen fanatics, which is a-okay with me. Seriously, I think like three or four of us (out of ten) decided to write our thesis papers on Sarah Dessen novels. It is fantastic to be able to be like “Oh my gosh he is such a Wes” to my friends and have everyone know what I mean. Anyways, here are some books I think fans of Sarah Dessen would appreciate. They are full of summery things, contemporary romance, and strong/relatable/interesting female protagonists. If you have any other suggestions for Dessen fans please pass them on in the comments! Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Dumplin’, Everything Everything, & Red Queen

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I was a little stumped trying to find a topic for today’s marry date or dump and so I looked at the top three YA books on the New York Times YA best seller list. Can we all just take a moment to be excited about the strong, diverse female characters written by female author that appear at the top of this list. At first, I thought I’d give you the love interests, but the protagonists of all three books seemed so much more interesting – so the choice is up to you if you want to do the boys or the girls, but I’m going to pick between Willowdean, Madeline, and Mare Barrow. Try to keep spoilers out of your comments, especially because I haven’t read Dumplin’ yet!  Continue reading

Writing Routines

Selfie from a place in the park I've been going to write recently.

Selfie from a place in the park I’ve been going to write recently.

I still don’t feel like I’ve totally found “my method” of writing. Sometimes I like to write in the morning, sometimes I liked to write in small bursts throughout the day, sometimes I like to take a break from writing all week only to return to my keyboard and type furiously for hours and hours. And I while I think this lack of routine is okay sometimes, when the writing isn’t going so good I think a routine is really important. To be honest, the jitters of being in my second year at New School’s MFA program are hitting me hard. I’m loving my classes (even experimental poetry from 60s and 70s). I’m still feeling totally supported my my classmates and the wonderful community of writers that I’ve found here in NY. But the idea of not knowing how near or far I am to getting to a final(ish) version of my current manuscript and anxieties about what I should be planning to do after graduation are invading my headspace and messing up my writing non-routine. And that’s hard.  Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: The Grisha Trilogy

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I know I’m a little bit behind on these books, but over the weekend I finally finished Ruin and Rising the third and final book in The Grisha Trilogy, by Leigh Bardugo. I had no idea how I wanted the story to end or who I wanted Alina to end up with … but the way Leigh wrapped everything together took my breath away. Still, now I’m left wondering who you would marry, who you’d date, and who you’d dump when it comes to the men in the series. I’m sticking to the three potential suitors for Alina, but if you want to sub in secondary characters be my guest!  Continue reading