Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2017

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Hi friends and happy new year! I hope you had a restorative holiday with lots of cozy reading time. I know, I did. Although now it’s back to writing, writing, writing. I worked hard to read lots of debut and new-to-me authors this year, so this list was particularly tricky for me to narrow down. But somehow I’ve managed to cull ten authors I’m so glad I discovered over the last year. I’m excited to read more of all of their books in the year ahead! Continue reading

My Year Teaching Told Through Tweets

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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

Top *Eleven* Favorite Books of 2017

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I know, I know … it’s topĀ tenĀ Tuesday. Not top eleven Tuesday. But 2017 was such a good year for books. I seriously started with 24 books on the list, and whittling the last one out proved impossible. So you are getting my eleven favorite books of the year, skewed heavily toward my interest in YA, but with a surprisingly high number of “adult” books making the list this year. Which of these have you read and which do you want to? Let me know in comments! Continue reading

Top Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

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Hi friends! Sorry, I’ve been missing. Trying to finish NaNoWriMo and do revisions on another project kept me busy! But I didn’t want to miss this Top Ten Tuesday. I always ask my creative writing students this questions as a springboard for talking about using sensory language in setting descriptions. Here are books with places that are vividly described and characters I’d love to meet. Continue reading

Ten YA Books I’m SO Thankful For

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Hi friends! Happy Tuesday and happy almost-Thanksgiving! I’m writing a little today about the YA books that helped inspire me to write YA and love YA and write the kind of YA that I do. It’s a little more verbose than my usual Tuesday posts. I think it’s because I’m in that gratitude zone you (sometimes) reach around the holidays. So here are the YA books I’m most thankful for! Continue reading