Blog Vacation + Actual Vacation + Sister’s Wedding (asdfgh!!!!)

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Hi friends! I wanted to get some posts prescheduled, but it didn’t happen! And in just 6 short hours I’m going to wake up, head to the airport, and go to the most beautiful place on earth (Big Sur!) to have lots of family time, be inspired by nature, and watch my sister get married. I better get packing/sleeping! Will be back blogging again next week.

xoxo

Girl Out of Water, by Laura Silverman

Girl Out Of Water CoverI met Laura Silverman at the end of my orientation at New School. I was a nervous and slightly overwhelmed new student who’d moved to New York City that week and was still scared of taking the subway. She was a confident and wise second year in my MFA program, who told me to check out my now-favorite bookstore Books of Wonder and gave advice about professors. Even though she was younger than me, I definitely looked up to her – and I still do. So it was lovely to lose myself in her debut novel Girl Out of Water this weekend. I started reading it on a sunny day in the park. After having to take a break for a friend’s dinner party, I finished the book late that night. As much as I like sleep, I liked Anise’s story better. Seventeen-year-old Anise loves surfing and is intensely connected to her California hometown. But when her aunt is injured, she and her Dad must spend the summer in Nebraska helping to take care of Anise’s three younger cousins. Anise expects a summer of boredom and wistfully checking up on her friends back home. But a cute, one-armed skateboarder named Lincoln (swoon!) and her growing connection to her cousins, cause her to lose touch with her friends and her surfer identity in Santa Cruz.  Continue reading

Top Ten Things On My Reading WishList

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Happy Tuesday! I have more books that I want to read right now than time to read them, so adding to my reading list would be folly. However, if more of these kinds of these books hit the shelves, I don’t think I would be able to resist them.

  1. More YA books told by multiple female perspectives, like the Burn for Burn trilogy by Jenny Han and Siobahn Vivian.
  2. A book where everyone thinks the world is going to end, but then it doesn’t and people need to deal with the aftermath.
  3. A Louisa May Alcott retelling that’s not Little Women. I’d love to see a modern take on Rose In Bloom or An Old-Fashioned Girl. 
  4. A road trip romance, like Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.
  5. Historical YA set in Tudor England – so here for all things Queen Elizabeth I.
  6. Romance novels with a feminist angle.
  7. Fantasy with a completely new/unique magic system.
  8. More nonfiction/memoirs about marriage (or lack thereof) demographics/customs/changes in the vein of All the Single Ladies, by Rebecca Traister, or Spinster, by Kate Bolick.
  9. An #ownvoices beach read by a PoC author.
  10. Sister books! I know there are *a lot* of these already in existence. But I always want more!

Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly book meme!

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Always and Forever Lara Jean no captionI have major love for Lara Jean Covey and all the Song girls. I like that she is a shy, quiet, bookish girl who finds her confidence not by losing her shyness or a boy liking her – but through her own journey. I like her relationship with her sisters and the way Margot and Kitty have changed over the last three books. I like the cultural details of being half Korean American that are weaved in and out of the narrative. I’ve said this several times now, but reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before  was formative to my interest in writing contemporary YA. Hearing Jenny Han speak at The National Book Festival in 2012 was formative to my decision to move to New York City and get my MFA in writing for children and teenagers.  So yeah, I’ve been looking forward to reading the third and final Lara Jean book since I found out it was happening. And, as expected, it did not disappoint.  Continue reading

Ten YA Books With Girls of Color on the Cover

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Representation is important. Diversity is important in the stories that get told inside the book. But it’s also important on the covers – where for too long and too often girls of cover were not represented at all. Luckily, that’s beginning to change and these gorgeous covers are the result!

Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly book meme!

Why I am Still Blogging

Hi friends! How are your weeks going?

I’ve been meaning to write about this for awhile. Originally, I thought I’d calling the piece Why am I Still Blogging? Maybe I’m in the minority here (but I don’t think I am) in thinking that the blogging popularity bubble has come and gone. I’ve been blogging here for over five years. And while I still love, love, love everyone who’s reading these words, I’ll admit there are fewer of you now than there were last year or the year before that. More and more of the bloggers I knew (well, e-knew) in the beginning have stopped blogging. Continue reading

Good Days, Good Weeks

Hi friends and happy Saturday! The weather is coldish and gloomy in New York City today, but that’s okay with me. I happy curled up on the blue chair in my room, typing out words on this laptop. This week was a good writing week. Thursday was a *very* good writing day. I’m working on a hardcore outline for my next novel. It’s totally weird to think about new characters, new conflicts, a new voice. But on Thursday everything started gelling together in my brain. I started working in the morning expecting to go for about two hours. Instead, with a few breaks, I kept going until around midnight. Continue reading