Nine Life Lessons from Jane Eyre

160315_BOOKS_Charlotte-Brontë Maintain your freedom: “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

2. How you feel is more important than looking respectable: “I would always rather be happy than dignified.”  

3. Ugly people have feelings too: “Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you.

4. Loving yourself is important: “If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.”

5. Like it’s really really really important: care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”

6. You don’t have to listen to people because they are older: “I do not think, sir, you have any right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.”

7. Something isn’t right just because everyone else is doing it: “Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.”

8. Try not to hold grudges: “Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”

9. When it comes to flirting, use it or lose it: “Flirting is a woman’s trade, one must keep in practice.”


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

Eight Life Lessons from The Hunger Games Series


  1. Pretty isn’t everything: “I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun.”
  1. Surround yourself with kind people: “Kind people have a way of working their way inside me and rooting there.”
  1. Winter, both literally and metaphorically, doesn’t last forever: “What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.”

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Book Boyfriends

Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 9.40.15 AMMy friend Jackie Lea Sommers wrote about some of her newer book boyfriends yesterday on her blog. Obviously, I’m obsessed with this idea which you can see documented through my many, many games of Marry, Date or Dump. My OG book boyfriends are well established: Prince Char from Ella Enchanted, Calvin from A Wrinkle in TimeMarcus Flutie from Sloppy Firstsand eventually, of course Mr. Darcy. There are probably more of them (bah Gilbert Blythe!) but these seem like the most important ones. I literally spent a good portion of seventh grade planning to name my first-born son Gilbert (seriously how did I forget him?).  Continue reading

Keep YA Kind ?

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Hi friends! Top Ten Tuesday is still on a hiatus, but I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a long time. Almost two years ago, I wrote about author attacks on John Green, Cassandra Clare, Maggie Stiefvater, and Andrew Smith. The hashtag #KeepYA Kind had just popped up related to some controversy around Andrew Smith discussing why he had a hard time writing female characters. It was a confusing issue for me. I respected a lot of the people who had a problem with Smith’s comments. I respected a lot of the people defending Smith. I’d just read Grasshopper Jungle – a book that blew me away. And I liked the fact that he’d been honest about saying he struggled with female characters instead of just saying he was the best at everything. I also felt confused about so many people admitting they hadn’t read any of Smith’s books before commenting on them.  Continue reading

My Favorite Bookstagrams

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Bart’s Books – A New Favorite Bookstore

img_7575Happy Friday, friends! I have journeyed from New York City to Ojai, California for family holiday celebrations. It is warm during the day, dark at night, and always quiet and beautiful. Basically, I’m in love with Ojai. I’m even more in love with the local bookstore: Bart’s Books. I’ve been hearing about this bookstore for years from my sister and soon-to-be Brother-in-Law, but I didn’t expect to love this store as much as I did. We visited yesterday afternoon, and it was magical.

From the moment I saw this sign at the front of the store, I knew it would be love. Closing at sunset? Having bookshelves line the outside walls of the store? Just throw in some coins after hours?

I was utterly and completely charmed. And I hadn’t even been inside yet!  Continue reading