10 Books with Plot Twists that Surprised Me

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I fall for approximately 97.3% of twists that authors put in books. Seriously, “I saw that coming,” is something you will almost never hear me say. So I’m surprised a lot when I read, which honestly seems way more fun to me. Here are ten books where even if I knew a twist was coming, I still felt so surprised by what it was! Feel free to mock me for not picking up on obvious hints and clues in the comments! Continue reading

Ten Quotes I’ve Copied into my Journal in the Last Two Years

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Hello friends and happy Tuesday! Since I’ve listed my favorite quotes, I’ve picked these ones that I liked enough to writing into the back of my diary in the last two years. They are randomly picked and grouped together, but I think I stand by all of them as quotes that mean something to me! 

“Where does a story begin? The fiction is that they do, and end, rather than that the stuff of a story is just a cup of water scooped from the sea and poured back into it.” – Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby  Continue reading

Author Interview: Anna Meriano

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Hi friends and happy Monday! I am lucky enough to have *another* amazing author interview on the blog today. Anna Meriano’s first book: A Dash of Trouble is so charming, sweet, and important. It is about a Mexican American girl named Leo who finds out her family of bakers are actually brujas who use there magic in their cooking. Leo is the youngest and tired of being left out, so she tries to learn the magic of her ancestry on her own! Anna also was the year above me in The New Schools MFA program and was so kind to me in my first month living in NYC (and beyond). Get ready to learn from her brilliance! 
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Goodbye, February!

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Bye February! You’ve been a wackadoodle month. Something about the second month of the year always gets me down in the beginning. It doesn’t matter that I had excellent Valentine’s Day plans, a happy light plugged in and ready, and lots and lots of books to read under snuggly blanket. I’m just ready for winter to be over, and the news – especially the horrific Parkland shooting – continues to weigh on me, as it should. Still the second half of the month, my mood rebounded. And my writing has been going better than ever – at least in terms of me enjoying it. I love revising, but working on a new story…I have the first draft butterflies big time. Continue reading

Author Interview: Gloria Chao

G.Chao--Author PhotoI first learned about Gloria Chao through one of my favorite podcasts, 88 Cups of Tea. I’m on the podcast community’s amazing facebook group and saw her commenting on the page as well. Then I listened to her interview with Yin Chang and knew I’d be reading (and loving) her debut YA novel, American Panda – a hilarious and romantic contemporary story about a Taiwanese-American teen who’s parents want her to become a doctor and marry another Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness and crush on a Japanese classmate. So much tension! So many potential swoons! And I was *very* intrigued about a YA set on a college campus.

A review post will appear in the next week or two, but in the meantime Gloria was generous to answer some of my questions for the blog.   Continue reading

Three Mini Reviews: Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum, Far From the Tree by Robin Benway, & Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

V23 new typeface tagline.inddMy friend and critique partner, Kristina, gave me Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum months ago. I mostly liked the cover, but once I started reading it this weekend I liked what was inside the cover even more. Why did I wait so long to actually read this one? Jessie can’t do anything right at her new school. Still grieving the death of her mother, her dad’s married his Internet girlfriend and moved them from Chicago to LA. She’s not blond enough or thin enough. She wears the wrong clothes and didn’t spend the summer hiking mountains in Tanzania or interning at google. And she’s not only alone at school, she’s alone in her new fancy pants house that doesn’t feel anything like a home. Then she gets an anonymous email full of advice. Who to try to befriend. What teachers to avoid. That kind of thing. Thus begins a two month mystery that Jessie desperately wants to solve. Who is the person who’s become her best friend? And could they be more? Continue reading