Ten Books on my Fall TBR List

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Too many books, too little time to read them all. My TBR is always expanding. It’s almost impossible for me to imagine what it used to feel like to go into the bookstore or library and have no idea what I wanted to read. Anyway, I know I won’t get to read all the books I want to this fall. But here are ten that I’m really going to try to make sure I read.

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

Ten Books I Love From When I Started Getting Into YA

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I know, I know, it’s Wednesday. I was spacing out yesterday, but didn’t want to miss this topic because I liked it a lot. I started writing YA before I was reading it widely. I’d read a few YA books in high school, was obsessed with Twilight along with my friends in college, and started reading Hunger Games with my students my first year teaching. But it was starting this blog, hoping to learn more about these books and the people who wrote them, that really made me fall in love with the genre. Here are my gateway YA books. Each one will always be incredibly special to me. Continue reading

Ten Books I Had Trouble Getting Into But Ended Up Loving

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There are books I fall in love with right away. From page one I’m in love with the characters and completely riveted. But there are other books that I struggle to get into. My friends will ask, “Have you finished that yet?” And I will sheepishly tell them I’m still just a few chapters in, but then something will change and by the end (or sometimes on a second reading) I am totally engrossed and can’t put the book down. Here are a few from the second category! Continue reading

Ten Books that Should Be Assigned in High School

My high school was heavy on the classics, which was (and continues to be) awesome. But I definitely graduated twelfth grade with no idea that anything good was being written in the present tense. Also the diversity of what is considered “a classic” is highly problematic. I’m all for reading The Great Gatsby and Chaucer and Catcher in the Rye… but here are then books that I would love to see on more high school curriculums – I know I would have gotten a lot out of them if I’d been assigned to read them in school.

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Top Ten Recommendations for People Who Want Diverse Summer Reads

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Books open us up to new worlds. They help us empathize and identify with people that are different from us. When characters are the same, even in small ways, they make us feel understood and less alone. They are powerful. There are only a few weeks left in summer. Here are ten diverse summer reads. Reading any of them would be a fantastic use of your time. Continue reading

10 Best Books I’ve Read in 2017 (so far)

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Y’all, seriously how is it the end of June already? I can’t believe it. I know a lot has been happening, but it still feels like it should be march to me. One thing that has *definitely* been good about 2017 for me is all the amazing books I’ve read this year so far. It was hard to narrow down all the amazing options to this list of ten, but I did it! Continue reading