Five Life Lessons from Twilight

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All the vampire chat on twitter this week is making me nostalgic for one of the most consuming, encompassing book series of my reading history. So, even though the book often reads as a what not to do list of lessons (i.e. sneak into the bedroom of your crush to watch them sleep without permission), here you go:

1. Teenagers can exaggerate and love can make you a crazy person: “About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him-and I didn’t know how potent that part might be-that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”

2. Ditto everything from number 1 and also it’s hard to be vulnerable: “Even more, I had never meant to love him. One thing I truly knew – knew it in the pit of my stomach, in the center of my bones, knew it from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet, knew it deep in my empty chest – was how love gave someone the power to break you”

3. There’s always a silver lining: “I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.”

4. Pay attention to the details: “I said it would be better if we weren’t friends, not that I didn’t want to be.”

5. Right and wrong aren’t always black and white: “The right thing isn’t always real obvious. Sometimes the right thing for one person is the wrong thing for someone else. So…good luck figuring that out.”

What Sister from Little Women Are You?

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I grew up taking hundreds of quizzes online. And I still do. But this is the first one that I’ve made for the Internet and it’s about one of my all time favorite books. I seriously wrote a paper for my YA and Identity class in grad school about my existential crisis in high school trying to figure out if I was a Meg or a Jo. Even though I made the quiz … I didn’t get the exact answer I was looking for.

Take my quiz and let me know in the comments what sister you get (and if you think it’s the right answer!)

 

Three Mini Reviews: American Panda, Children of Blood and Bone, & Restore Me

American PandaI first heard of Gloria Chao through the podcast 88 Cups of Tea’s private facebook group. And when I heard of her book American Panda, I was super excited to read a YA novel set in college. We need more of these! Seventeen-year-old Mei skipped a grade and is starting freshman year at MIT a year early. This is all part of her immigrant parents’ plan for her. A plan that involves becoming a doctor and marrying another Taiwanese-American over-achiever. A plan that also ignores Mei’s passion for dance and phobia of germs. Mei knows how much she owes to her parents and tries to follow their wishes. But the freedom of college, a crush on a dreamy Japanese-American biology major, and long buried secrets make Mei rethink following her parents wishes. But making her own decisions might mean losing the family that she loves. This own voices story is full of cultural details, romantic moments, and laugh-out-loud awkwardness. One of my favorite things is that many different Taiwanese-American families are portrayed in the story, keeping any one character or family from seeming to represent an entire culture. Continue reading

Ten Books I LOVED but Probably Won’t Reread

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Happy Tuesday, friends! Here are some books I LOVED but don’t anticipate reading again. Some of them are just really long or seem less politically correct (looking at you Gone With the Wind) or appealed to me in ways other than plot or character development (which are usually the two things that will make me pick up a book to reread). What books did you love but won’t reread? Or more interestingly, what books do you love to reread? Continue reading

Goodbye March!

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March was a wackadoodle month for me. Usually, I think February is the cruelest month (sorry T.S. Eliot) … but this year I think it might have been March. It was a very up and down month for me. Confusing! I’ve had my best and worst writing days. I’ve been busier teaching than every – which is wonderful but also so exhausting.  And the weather has been … let’s just say this California girl is ready for some spring weather on the east coast. Continue reading

California Spring Break

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It snowed this morning in NYC, and I couldn’t help but wish I was back in California on the beach. It was funny because at 60 degrees in LA everyone kept apologizing to me about the bad weather. I even saw people wearing mittens. Of course, the weather isn’t the main reason I love visiting California … it’s the fish tacos. Just kidding… it was Disney Land! Okay just kidding again. It’s obviously my family. Thanks for your patience in my break from blogging and here are some of my favorite pictures from the trip. Happy Spring everyone! Continue reading