Five Life Lessons from Twilight

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All the vampire chat on twitter this week is making me nostalgic for one of the most consuming, encompassing book series of my reading history. So, even though the book often reads as a what not to do list of lessons (i.e. sneak into the bedroom of your crush to watch them sleep without permission), here you go:

1. Teenagers can exaggerate and love can make you a crazy person: “About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him-and I didn’t know how potent that part might be-that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”

2. Ditto everything from number 1 and also it’s hard to be vulnerable: “Even more, I had never meant to love him. One thing I truly knew – knew it in the pit of my stomach, in the center of my bones, knew it from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet, knew it deep in my empty chest – was how love gave someone the power to break you”

3. There’s always a silver lining: “I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.”

4. Pay attention to the details: “I said it would be better if we weren’t friends, not that I didn’t want to be.”

5. Right and wrong aren’t always black and white: “The right thing isn’t always real obvious. Sometimes the right thing for one person is the wrong thing for someone else. So…good luck figuring that out.”

What Sister from Little Women Are You?

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I grew up taking hundreds of quizzes online. And I still do. But this is the first one that I’ve made for the Internet and it’s about one of my all time favorite books. I seriously wrote a paper for my YA and Identity class in grad school about my existential crisis in high school trying to figure out if I was a Meg or a Jo. Even though I made the quiz … I didn’t get the exact answer I was looking for.

Take my quiz and let me know in the comments what sister you get (and if you think it’s the right answer!)

 

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

Top Ten Literary Love Triangles

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Happy Almost-Valentine’s Day, friends! Last year for Top Ten Tuesday I listed my favorite friends first romances. This year I’m going with another trope I love from romance, the love triangle. Maybe it’s cliched. Maybe it’s overdone. I don’t care. The automatic tension gets me every time. And here are ten of my favorites! Let me know how you feel about love triangles in the comments! And have a happy cupid day, no matter your relationship status, tomorrow! Continue reading

My Romance Novel Deep Dive

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I don’t know if it’s the weather, my current online dating fatigue, or the political/#metoo bad vibes circling through my brain, but I’ve been on a massive romance novel deep dive this year. Seriously, more than 75% of the books I’ve read so far in 2018 have been romance novels. I used to think this was embarrassing or something to keep a secret, but not anymore – especially because I write about romance novels on the regular at book riot. Continue reading

10 Books That Have Been On My TBR For Way Too Long

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Happy Tuesday! I don’t even remember what it’s like to go into a bookstore and have no ideas for books I want to read. These are a collection of books that have been on my TBR – and in some cases on my bookshelf – for WAY too long. Tell me if you have tips in the comments for what to start reading ASAP and what I can skip/hold off reading a bit longer. Continue reading

Happy Judy Blumesday!

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Hello friends. Happy Monday! Last night while most of the people I know were watching the Patriots play the Eagles (sports!), I was at Symphony Space in Manhattan celebrating 80 years of the writing goddess Judy Blume being on our planet. I LOVED her books growing up. There was nothing funnier than Fudge thinking he was a bird in Tales of a Forth Grade Nothing. No friendship more intense than Vix and Caitlin’s in Summer Sisters. And shortly after my first sex ed class, a copy of Forever magically appeared on my bed one day after school (thanks, Mom!). As a reader, Judy Blume feels like a dear friend. And as a writer, she’s like the ultimate inspiration.  Continue reading