Seven Life Lessons from Matilda

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  1. If you are doing something important, go all in: “Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable”
  2. Some people are not meant to be teachers: “I cannot for the life of me understand why small children take so long to grow up. I think they do it deliberately, just to annoy me.”
  3. Like REALLY not meant to be teachers: “You ignorant little slug!” the Trunchbull bellowed. “You witless weed! You empty-headed hamster! You stupid glob of glue!”
  4. No on will love you like your parents (especially if youre horrible): “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.”
  5. Reading can help you learn about people from all over the world: “The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She traveled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”
  6. And books can become some of your best friends: “These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”
  7. But even though books are AMAZING, human friends can be nice too: “Sometimes Matilda longed for a friend, someone like the kind, courageous people in her books.”

Holiday Blogging Break

Hi friends and happy Tuesday! You may have noticed I’ve been slacking off big time in the blogging department this fall. Writing and teaching and blogging for BookRiot are starting to catch up with me. And instead of continuing to feel bad about it, I’m just going to declare the rest of 2017 my blogging holiday break. Hopefully, I can come back in 2018 with new ideas and enthusiasm. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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