Marry, Date or Dump: Ambrose, Teddy, & Peter K.

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It’s been way way way too long since we’ve done a marry, date, or dump and I’ve just been reading the three most perfect YA romances to pick our boys from. We’ve got Ambrose from Sarah Dessen’s new book Once and for All, Teddy from Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith, and last (but certainly not least!) Peter K. from Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. If you want to play along, say who you would marry, date, and dump in the comments. My answer are…

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Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start but Haven’t

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There are endlessly too many books to read and too little time to read them. Series are a particularly big commitment. There are so many that look like I would love them that I haven’t started yet. Here are ten, I’ve extra been meaning to start (but still haven’t):

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

 

Author Interview: Laura Silverman

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Hi friends! Happy summer and happy Friday! It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Laura Silverman and her debut Girl Out of WaterShe kindly agreed to answer some questions about writing routines, grad school (we went to New School together), book recommendations, and more. Read on for her writerly wisdom!  

How long did it take for you to write Girl Out of Water and do you have a consistent writing routine?

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Things Making Me Happy on the Internet This Week (!!!)

Happy Friday, friends! I’m starting to teach summer classes next week, so enjoying my last relatively free days with lots of reading, writing, and a long overdue deep clean of my room. Okay, and lots of browsing through various distractions on the Internet. Here are things making me happy this week.

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Lord Buckethead and this amazing correction on the Buzzfeed article

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The surprising watchability of the Comey testimony… what a time to be alive.

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Seinfeld episodes from the POV of the girlfriends 

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Julia Fierro’s *important* essay about antidepressants and writing in the New York Times

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Team Darren or Team Gabe Quiz for readers of The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo 

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Sarah Dessen & Jenny Han & Jennifer E. Smith … Oh my!

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A very happy book blogger, at Books of Wonder last night!

Did you see what I was trying to do there in the title with the Wizard of Oz reference? No? Oh well, moving on with my geeky self. Last night, was like nonsexual YA orgy of amazingness. I got to go to my favorite bookstore and see/meet three favorite authors. The crowd and energy in the room was nuts. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen more folks come out to Books of Wonder before. I got their half an hour early and was apparently the 70th person there … bananas! Continue reading

Top Ten “Grown Up” Books I’ve Recently Added to my TBR List

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If you’ve read this blog before, you know I’m pretty obsessed with all things YA. I don’t think YA is just for teenagers, and when I was a teenager I read way more “grown up” books than I do now – so part of me rejects both categories. But to escape from that tangent, I’ve been reading more adult nonfiction and fiction this year and I like a lot of them. Not the way I like books about teenagers smooching, but I still I like them. Here are some so called “grown up” books that I’m hoping to read in the not-too-distant future. Let me know if you have suggestions on which to start with! Continue reading

Top Ten Most Anticipated Book Releases for the Rest of the Year

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Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone (in America) had a good Memorial Day weekend. I started four different books and am now trying to find time to finish them all. I can’t believe we are almost to June. Where is 2017 going? There are an overwhelming number of books coming out in the next months that I can’t wait to read. Here are ten of them! Continue reading