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

Ten Beach Reads Actually Set at the Beach

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Hi friends! After a late night flight back from California I’m a little sleepy today. Thanks to everyone who sent good vibes for my sister’s wedding in Big Sur over the weekend. The weather was unusually good for this time of year and everything was beautiful. Hope to get some pictures up soon. With my Maid of Honor duties behind me and Memorial Day coming up in a few days, it really feels like the beginning of summer. Crossing my fingers that I get a little beach time in this season. Here are ten books set at the beach that would be perfect to read lying in the sand, listening to the waves.

Thanks to The Broke and the Bookish (as always) for hosting this weekly book meme!

Girl Out of Water, by Laura Silverman

Girl Out Of Water CoverI met Laura Silverman at the end of my orientation at New School. I was a nervous and slightly overwhelmed new student who’d moved to New York City that week and was still scared of taking the subway. She was a confident and wise second year in my MFA program, who told me to check out my now-favorite bookstore Books of Wonder and gave advice about professors. Even though she was younger than me, I definitely looked up to her – and I still do. So it was lovely to lose myself in her debut novel Girl Out of Water this weekend. I started reading it on a sunny day in the park. After having to take a break for a friend’s dinner party, I finished the book late that night. As much as I like sleep, I liked Anise’s story better. Seventeen-year-old Anise loves surfing and is intensely connected to her California hometown. But when her aunt is injured, she and her Dad must spend the summer in Nebraska helping to take care of Anise’s three younger cousins. Anise expects a summer of boredom and wistfully checking up on her friends back home. But a cute, one-armed skateboarder named Lincoln (swoon!) and her growing connection to her cousins, cause her to lose touch with her friends and her surfer identity in Santa Cruz.  Continue reading

Top Ten Things On My Reading WishList

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Happy Tuesday! I have more books that I want to read right now than time to read them, so adding to my reading list would be folly. However, if more of these kinds of these books hit the shelves, I don’t think I would be able to resist them.

  1. More YA books told by multiple female perspectives, like the Burn for Burn trilogy by Jenny Han and Siobahn Vivian.
  2. A book where everyone thinks the world is going to end, but then it doesn’t and people need to deal with the aftermath.
  3. A Louisa May Alcott retelling that’s not Little Women. I’d love to see a modern take on Rose In Bloom or An Old-Fashioned Girl. 
  4. A road trip romance, like Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.
  5. Historical YA set in Tudor England – so here for all things Queen Elizabeth I.
  6. Romance novels with a feminist angle.
  7. Fantasy with a completely new/unique magic system.
  8. More nonfiction/memoirs about marriage (or lack thereof) demographics/customs/changes in the vein of All the Single Ladies, by Rebecca Traister, or Spinster, by Kate Bolick.
  9. An #ownvoices beach read by a PoC author.
  10. Sister books! I know there are *a lot* of these already in existence. But I always want more!

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

Ten YA Books With Girls of Color on the Cover

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Representation is important. Diversity is important in the stories that get told inside the book. But it’s also important on the covers – where for too long and too often girls of cover were not represented at all. Luckily, that’s beginning to change and these gorgeous covers are the result!

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

Top Ten Most Unique Books I’ve Read

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Happy Tuesday! From a book narrated from the collective perspective of a Greek chorus of gay men who’ve died from aids to a Kafkaesque, apocalyptic story of mutant bugs taking over an Iowa town, all of these books boggled my mind with their uniqueness. I couldn’t help wondering, how did the authors dream this up? What’s the most unique book you’ve read? I want to hear about it! Continue reading

We Are Okay, by Nina LaCour

28243032When it came time to think of my favorite read of March, two books instantly came to mind. One I already reviewed (and by reviewed I mean gushed over) on this blog. The other is We Are Okay, by Nina LaCour. Gosh, this book is beautiful. With full, nuanced characters and an emotional, nonlinear, sparse pacing my emotions were running high while reading the story of eighteen-year-old Marin. After a family tragedy, Marin leaves her California beach town to head to college in New York City two weeks early. She doesn’t say goodbye or offer explanations to anyone in her life, not even her best friend Mabel.

In the present of the story, Mabel is coming to visit Marin during winter break. They haven’t talked since the summer. Mabel has questions. Marin wants to avoid thinking about anything having to do with her old life.  Continue reading