Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR Since Before I Started Blogging

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Looking at my TBR is never a fun activity to me. I try to read around 100 books a year, but still there are so so so many more that I want to be reading. Where is the time? These are some books that have been on my to read list since before I started blogging, almost five years ago (???am I getting that math right – it sounds too crazy???). What books have you been meaning to read and which of these should I buckle down and read ASAP? Also which ones should I abandon?

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

Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

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How is the year almost half over? Last week, I wrote about ten books I’m looking forward to being released in the next six months. Today, I’m giving you my favorite ten books that have been released so far in 2016. Which of these have you read so far? What 2016 releases have I missed? Let me know in comments! Continue reading

The Art of Being Normal, by Lisa Williamson

51bqqbNjxRL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_There are not very many books about transgender teenagers. More than there used to be, but still not enough. Which is one of the reasons I was eager to read The Art of Being Normal, by Lisa Williams. I read with great hope but also a pinch of trepidation because negative representation can be just as harmful, or more harmful, than no representation. As a cisgendered person, I’m not the best person to comment on this, but I do want to link this review (which, be warned, does contain spoilers) by a transgender blogger which points strengths and weakness within the story.

This British novel, alternates perspectives between David and Leo. David wants to be a girl. Leo, who also has secrets, wants to fly under the radar at his new school. This becomes harder when he stands up for David in a fight and the two become friends. But when secrets become unsecret, as the back cover will tell you, things are about to get messy.  Plenty of drama ensues to propel the story forward.  Continue reading

Love and Other Theories, by Alexis Bass

18480081I’ve been reading a lot of books in the last month and I’ve really liked a lot of them. But Love and Other Theories, by Alexis Bass, stands out in particular. The back of the books makes the story sound like it’s going to be perfectly straight-forward YA contemporary romance. Seventeen-year-old Aubrey and her friends have figured out the secret to dating in high school. Not dating. Hooking up. Seeming un-interested and unavailable. Sticking to a mutually agreed upon set of rules. Sharpening their cynicism like it’s a sword their about to go into battle with. And that works until earnest, new boy Nathan throws Aubrey off her game.

It sounds like a book I’ve read at least ten times before. It also sounds like a book I’d like, which is why I bought it. But honestly, it’s more than a girl meets boy, girl likes boy, girl loses bitterness kind of story. Way more.  Continue reading

Ten Books I Liked More After Time Passed

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Some of my favorite books I’ve loved right away. Others I’ve liked, or even felt luke warm about, in the beginning but have grown to love over time. For the life of me, I don’t understand how I wasn’t obsessed with Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins. I’ve read that book at least fifteen times since and now call it one of my favorites. Here are ten books that I liked more and more over time, whether because I’ve learned more about the genre, appreciated rereads more, or just reevaluated the story. Continue reading

When We Collided, by Emery Lord

25663637I really liked Open Road Summer, Emery Lord’s first novel. And I loved The Start of Me and YouBut I whatever the next step in positive emotion is (am obsessed with, love love love, couldn’t put down, etc.) her newest novel When We CollidedSeriously, I started it in the morning expecting to read for thirty minutes at most and instead read whenever I got the chance all day, finishing around 2am that night. If I had to write a review in five words or less I’d write. So romantic. So heartbreaking. Everything. But I get more than five words to write this review, so I’ll expand upon those thoughts at least a little bit.

Vivi is staying in a small, coastal California town for the summer. Jonah has lived there his whole life, but is trying to hold his family together after the tragic death of his father. Vivi is exuberant, flighty, and adventurous. Jonah is stable, dependable, and shy. They are both exactly what the other person needs … until, maybe, they both need more.  Continue reading

Ten Childhood Characters I’d Love To Revisit As Adults

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I (obviously) love children’s books. I’ve spent the last two years studying them, and I hope to write many of them. Right now, I’m focused on YA but I love middle grade stories and pictures books too. Still, it’s really fun to imagine what childhood characters would be like when they grow up. For some characters, like Harry Potter, Anne Shirely, and Meg Murray, we find out through sequels or epilogues. Others are mysteries. Here are ten childhood characters I’d love to see into adulthood. Continue reading