Goodbye, February!

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Bye February! You’ve been a wackadoodle month. Something about the second month of the year always gets me down in the beginning. It doesn’t matter that I had excellent Valentine’s Day plans, a happy light plugged in and ready, and lots and lots of books to read under snuggly blanket. I’m just ready for winter to be over, and the news – especially the horrific Parkland shooting – continues to weigh on me, as it should. Still the second half of the month, my mood rebounded. And my writing has been going better than ever – at least in terms of me enjoying it. I love revising, but working on a new story…I have the first draft butterflies big time. Continue reading

Author Interview: Gloria Chao

G.Chao--Author PhotoI first learned about Gloria Chao through one of my favorite podcasts, 88 Cups of Tea. I’m on the podcast community’s amazing facebook group and saw her commenting on the page as well. Then I listened to her interview with Yin Chang and knew I’d be reading (and loving) her debut YA novel, American Panda – a hilarious and romantic contemporary story about a Taiwanese-American teen who’s parents want her to become a doctor and marry another Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness and crush on a Japanese classmate. So much tension! So many potential swoons! And I was *very* intrigued about a YA set on a college campus.

A review post will appear in the next week or two, but in the meantime Gloria was generous to answer some of my questions for the blog.   Continue reading

Three Mini Reviews: Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum, Far From the Tree by Robin Benway, & Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

V23 new typeface tagline.inddMy friend and critique partner, Kristina, gave me Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum months ago. I mostly liked the cover, but once I started reading it this weekend I liked what was inside the cover even more. Why did I wait so long to actually read this one? Jessie can’t do anything right at her new school. Still grieving the death of her mother, her dad’s married his Internet girlfriend and moved them from Chicago to LA. She’s not blond enough or thin enough. She wears the wrong clothes and didn’t spend the summer hiking mountains in Tanzania or interning at google. And she’s not only alone at school, she’s alone in her new fancy pants house that doesn’t feel anything like a home. Then she gets an anonymous email full of advice. Who to try to befriend. What teachers to avoid. That kind of thing. Thus begins a two month mystery that Jessie desperately wants to solve. Who is the person who’s become her best friend? And could they be more? Continue reading

Top Ten Literary Love Triangles

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Happy Almost-Valentine’s Day, friends! Last year for Top Ten Tuesday I listed my favorite friends first romances. This year I’m going with another trope I love from romance, the love triangle. Maybe it’s cliched. Maybe it’s overdone. I don’t care. The automatic tension gets me every time. And here are ten of my favorites! Let me know how you feel about love triangles in the comments! And have a happy cupid day, no matter your relationship status, tomorrow! Continue reading

My Romance Novel Deep Dive

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I don’t know if it’s the weather, my current online dating fatigue, or the political/#metoo bad vibes circling through my brain, but I’ve been on a massive romance novel deep dive this year. Seriously, more than 75% of the books I’ve read so far in 2018 have been romance novels. I used to think this was embarrassing or something to keep a secret, but not anymore – especially because I write about romance novels on the regular at book riot. Continue reading

10 Books That Have Been On My TBR For Way Too Long

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Happy Tuesday! I don’t even remember what it’s like to go into a bookstore and have no ideas for books I want to read. These are a collection of books that have been on my TBR – and in some cases on my bookshelf – for WAY too long. Tell me if you have tips in the comments for what to start reading ASAP and what I can skip/hold off reading a bit longer. Continue reading