Seven of my Favorite Quotes from Turtles All the Way Down

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I’m a big nerd fighter – okay, meek and mediocre but secretly clingy nerd fighter – so it’s not really a surprise that I read and loved John Green’s new book Turtles All the Way Down in one sitting. It’s my favorite of his so far, and SUCH and important book in terms of mental health representation. I don’t have OCD, but I have had intrusive thoughts related to trauma. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that experience explained on the page as well as in this book. Expect a (glowing) review soon, but until then here are some of the quotes I underlined furiously while devouring this book Tuesday night. Don’t worry, no spoilers!  Continue reading

Depressing Book Slump

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Guys, I’m in a little bit of a reading slump. For the last month, I’ve basically only read super amazing but super depressing books. I keep thinking I’ll break out of it, but then I pick up another sad book. And part of me doesn’t want to stop, because they’ve all been really good. But it is starting to mess with my mind. Between this reading and devouring all the #metoo social media and Harvey Weinstein think pieces, I’m definitely in a rut of thinking the world is just a terrible and painful place.

It started with me reading (the superb) memoir You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie about the author’s grieving process after his mother died and his often painful childhood growing up on an Indian reservation. At the same time, I was working my way through an ARC of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez – a novel about a teenager grieving the death her sister, family trauma, and mental illness. Meanwhile, I’m currently in the middle of They Both Die at the End (self explanatory), One Dark Throne (a book about three sisters fighting to the death in order to become queen), and It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to Break the Cycle (self explanatory).

And next to my bed, I have Turtles All the Way Down waiting – which I know isn’t going to be a beach read. But I also really, really, really can’t wait to read.

Do you have any cheery, happy, joyful book recommendations for me? I definitely need them!

I Got to See John & Hank Green (aka the oddest book event I’ve ever been to)

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I’ve written a little bit (okay a lot) about John Green and how the vlogbrothers Youtube series is an important part of my life. I love John’s books, but more I love listening to him and his brother talk about writing, about mental illness, about family and life and everything from llamas to angler fish (more on angler fish in a moment). I don’t want to be too mushy gushy, but I think watching their conversation has helped me tremendously in the weird process of figuring out how to adult and how to deal with hard things instead of avoiding them. It’s not as big a part of my life right now as it always has been, but this is all to say I was VERY EXCITED about John’s new book and the fact I’d get to see John and Hank live at Town Hall in Manhattan last week.  Continue reading

Friends with Books!

The Forest QueenThrough blogging and grad school, I’ve collected a few friends who are now published authors (some are even a few books deep). While I’m still waiting … waiting … waiting for my writing career to advance, I’ve been delighted by a lot of good news in the last few months for my friends and their books. Two pieces of good – no great – news are still unannounced, so I’ll keep those to myself for now. But in the meantime, here’s some book news that’s keeping me extra happy!

My friend from Smith/the Internet, Betsy Cornwell’s cover for her feminist Robin Hood retelling was revealed on Book Riot revealed on Book Riot today! Tides, Mechanica, and Venturess have all been instant favorites for me, but I’ve never read a Robin Hood retelling and The Forest Queen one sounds like it might be the best one yet. Also with a cover this beautiful, how could it not be amazing? I particularly love the owl at the top!  Continue reading

Seven Life Lessons from Sense and Sensibility

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1. Dating (or courting if you prefer) is so hard: “The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!”

2. Sometimes shyness is interpreted as rudeness (and visa versa): “I never wish to offend, but I am so foolishly shy, that I often seem negligent, when I am only kept back by my natural awkwardness.”

3. Alone time is important, especially when you’re feeling all the feels: “Eleanor went to her room where she was free to think and be wretched.”

4. Get you a man, who can appreciate the autumn foliage: “It is not everyone,’ said Elinor, ‘who has your passion for dead leaves.”

5. Happiness means different things to different people: “I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”

6. Just to reiterate, dating is really really really hard: “If I could but know his heart, everything would become easy.”

7. For god’s sake, listen to your sister when she says it’s going to rain: 

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But for serious, this book has so many important lessons about love and sisters being THE BEST and not living too much in your logical mind or emotional mind. There are so many things about Elinor and Marianne that feel scarily relevant to life now. 

Happy Labor Day!

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Hi friends and happy Labor Day! This year is my first Labor Day as a union member, so that feels kind of extra special. I’m the only person I know (outside of my family) who gets excited about this holiday. In fact, it is one of my favorites! Why? Because we had a visitor in the night. A long standing family tradition of the Great Samuel Gompers bringing books in the night. And, as you can see, he came again last night (with a little help from my mom). My roommates aren’t home yet, but tune in later today to find out what books Gompers brought to us all! Continue reading