My Favorite Quotes from Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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I fell in love with Nicola Yoon’s writing when I read her debut novel Everything, Everything. And I LOVE Amandla Stenber, who’s playing Madeline in the movie. So, now that my sister’s wedding craziness is over, I’m extremely pumped to see this adaptation. Depending on how much writing and lesson planning I get through this morning, I’m hoping to see it this afternoon or perhaps tomorrow. In anticipation and celebration, here are my favorite quotes from the book (you’ll notice a fair number of them contain the word everything):  Continue reading

Blog Vacation + Actual Vacation + Sister’s Wedding (asdfgh!!!!)

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Hi friends! I wanted to get some posts prescheduled, but it didn’t happen! And in just 6 short hours I’m going to wake up, head to the airport, and go to the most beautiful place on earth (Big Sur!) to have lots of family time, be inspired by nature, and watch my sister get married. I better get packing/sleeping! Will be back blogging again next week.

xoxo

Why I am Still Blogging

Hi friends! How are your weeks going?

I’ve been meaning to write about this for awhile. Originally, I thought I’d calling the piece Why am I Still Blogging? Maybe I’m in the minority here (but I don’t think I am) in thinking that the blogging popularity bubble has come and gone. I’ve been blogging here for over five years. And while I still love, love, love everyone who’s reading these words, I’ll admit there are fewer of you now than there were last year or the year before that. More and more of the bloggers I knew (well, e-knew) in the beginning have stopped blogging. Continue reading

Five Good Things

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Happy Friday, friends! Congratulations on making it through the week! On this rainy, gray morning that actually feels like an accomplishment. Still, there is much to celebrate (even if the weather has gone cuckoo). Here are five good things that I’ve been excited about recently.

  1. I’ve gotten to celebrate my sister’s upcoming wedding with our friends and family with a Palm Spring trip and a brunch/karaoke outing in NYC. Living on opposite coasts is hard. Getting to see her more as we get closer to the big day is an excellent bonus to everything else fun about weddings. She just flew back to LA a few days ago, and I’m missing her already.
  2. I’ve gotten to see so many authors this month! Perhaps most exciting was hearing Angie Thomas talk about The Hate U Give at Books of Wonder. I’m beyond thrilled that this book has been #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List for four weeks in a row! I also saw many authors I admire at the Teen Author Festival panels on Feminism and YA and Writing About New York City. All this reminds me why I’m so lucky to live here!
  3. Earlier this month, I went to a rally on International Women’s Day and was heartened to see a huge crowd gathered to support women’s rights and equality. Also we still have our current health care system! A lot is completely terrifying about politics/government right now, but I’m trying to celebrate the victories too.
  4. Speaking of politics, I was so so nervous to write this post comparing the presidential administration to Harry Potter villains on Book Riot. It turned out to be one of the most-read things I’ve ever written and so far I’ve received no negative backlash.
  5.  Americanah was chosen as the first read for the One Book, One New York Program. I’m excited to see my city reading one of my favorite books!

How Many Times Are We Going to Have to Defend English Majors?

Anyone else have a major eye roll when they saw that people were attacking/defending English majors again? I was writing about this in 2013, and I guess now five years later I’m writing about it again. Even more upsetting was the need to defend food service people. Ugh. Seriously? I did a little digging this morning and, of course, added my two cents on twitter. In case anyone is wondering, here’s what happened.

A college student asked author Diana Gabaldon about majoring in English. This was the authors oh-so-sensitive response:

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Have Your Reading Habits Changed Since the Election?

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This weekend, I was reading Publisher’s Weekly and saw a piece about what books have become drastically more popular this year. While sales of Trump’s book The Art of the Deal have dramatically risen (325% increase), most of the other books had to do with with feminism, race, warnings of fascism, and the constitution. It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis, has increased sales by twelve thousand percent. Sales of March, the graphic novel John Lewis co-created, increased by over four hundred percent. Sales of The Constitution, Brave New World, Animal Farm, and Fahrenheit 451 have all risen dramatically. This is heartening!  Continue reading

Hamilton!

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Happy Friday friends! It’s been a hard week for America, but a pretty good week for Alison. My mom came to visit for two nights. The most exciting thing we did should already be obvious. I bought our tickets in a totally random, lucky moment right around graduation last year. It was the most lovely to get to share the show with my mom after waiting for so long. When Hamilton and Lafeyette say, “Immigrants, we get the job done,” the audience screamed, hollered, and clapped. I basically cried the whole way through, especially when George Washington stepped down. Still processing the election. Still on my own mind loop about revisions and new stories and publishing. But what a big, fun thing to get to do! So grateful!