Ten Books Featuring Characters with Mental Illness

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Happy Tuesday Friends! There are so many negative tropes about mental illness floating around books and other media, that I thought I’d share some of the ones that have felt most true, nuanced, respectful to me. A lot of these have been hard to read (I’m looking at you Wintergirls) while others show characters who are already diagnosed and managing their mental illness (now I’m looking at you The Upside of Unrequited). Anyways, would love to know your thoughts on these books or others I should add to my TBR list! Continue reading

Seven Life Lessons from Sense and Sensibility

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1. Dating (or courting if you prefer) is so hard: “The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!”

2. Sometimes shyness is interpreted as rudeness (and visa versa): “I never wish to offend, but I am so foolishly shy, that I often seem negligent, when I am only kept back by my natural awkwardness.”

3. Alone time is important, especially when you’re feeling all the feels: “Eleanor went to her room where she was free to think and be wretched.”

4. Get you a man, who can appreciate the autumn foliage: “It is not everyone,’ said Elinor, ‘who has your passion for dead leaves.”

5. Happiness means different things to different people: “I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”

6. Just to reiterate, dating is really really really hard: “If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy.”

7. For god’s sake, listen to your sister when she says it’s going to rain: 

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But for serious, this book has so many important lessons about love and sisters being THE BEST and not living too much in your logical mind or emotional mind. There are so many things about Elinor and Marianne that feel scarily relevant to life now. 

Ten Books on my Fall TBR List

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Too many books, too little time to read them all. My TBR is always expanding. It’s almost impossible for me to imagine what it used to feel like to go into the bookstore or library and have no idea what I wanted to read. Anyway, I know I won’t get to read all the books I want to this fall. But here are ten that I’m really going to try to make sure I read. Continue reading

Venturess, by Betsy Cornwell

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If you haven’t read Mechanica – the feminist, steampunk Cinderella retelling – yet, what are you waiting for? Seriously, it’s so so so good. I’m obsessed with Cinderella retellings and it’s my second favorite one of all time (Ella Enchanted will ALWAYS be number one to me, sorry Betsy!). If you have read Mechanica, then I’m guessing you are already so enchanted by the amazing world building and nuanced characters that you don’t need me to tell you to read this sequel. But I had some thoughts I wanted to write out and this is my blog, so … here we go!

Also there will be some necessary SPOILERS for book one in this series. Proceed with caution.  Continue reading

Ten Books I Love From When I Started Getting Into YA

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I know, I know, it’s Wednesday. I was spacing out yesterday, but didn’t want to miss this topic because I liked it a lot. I started writing YA before I was reading it widely. I’d read a few YA books in high school, was obsessed with Twilight along with my friends in college, and started reading Hunger Games with my students my first year teaching. But it was starting this blog, hoping to learn more about these books and the people who wrote them, that really made me fall in love with the genre. Here are my gateway YA books. Each one will always be incredibly special to me. Continue reading

Ten Books I Had Trouble Getting Into But Ended Up Loving

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There are books I fall in love with right away. From page one I’m in love with the characters and completely riveted. But there are other books that I struggle to get into. My friends will ask, “Have you finished that yet?” And I will sheepishly tell them I’m still just a few chapters in, but then something will change and by the end (or sometimes on a second reading) I am totally engrossed and can’t put the book down. Here are a few from the second category! Continue reading