Not Too Scary Books for Halloween

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Happy Halloween, friends! I am the biggest scaredy cat in the world. In 2nd grade, I got so queasy when the teacher said blood that for our spelling test it was called “the b word” before the other kids spelled out B-L-O-O-D. I had to leave the theater during Parent Trap for the ear piercing scene. The only horror movie I’ve ever seen is Pet Cemetery – and I still think about it and get freaked out fifteen years later. Here are ten books featuring suspense, magical realism, witches, vampires, ghosts, or just some great spooky vibes. None of these were too scary for me (including There’s Someone Inside Your House – the only horror novel on the list) and I hope they won’t be for you!

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

Depressing Book Slump

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Guys, I’m in a little bit of a reading slump. For the last month, I’ve basically only read super amazing but super depressing books. I keep thinking I’ll break out of it, but then I pick up another sad book. And part of me doesn’t want to stop, because they’ve all been really good. But it is starting to mess with my mind. Between this reading and devouring all the #metoo social media and Harvey Weinstein think pieces, I’m definitely in a rut of thinking the world is just a terrible and painful place.

It started with me reading (the superb) memoir You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie about the author’s grieving process after his mother died and his often painful childhood growing up on an Indian reservation. At the same time, I was working my way through an ARC of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez – a novel about a teenager grieving the death her sister, family trauma, and mental illness. Meanwhile, I’m currently in the middle of They Both Die at the End (self explanatory), One Dark Throne (a book about three sisters fighting to the death in order to become queen), and It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to Break the Cycle (self explanatory).

And next to my bed, I have Turtles All the Way Down waiting – which I know isn’t going to be a beach read. But I also really, really, really can’t wait to read.

Do you have any cheery, happy, joyful book recommendations for me? I definitely need them!

Top Ten Unique Book Titles

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Happy Tuesday, friends! I love book titles. A good book title will definitely convince me to read a book (see: The Princess Saves Herself in this One below). And I keep a long list of potential titles I might use some day as a writer. Here are some of my favorite book titles that stood out to me! They are all also excellent reads! Continue reading

Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books

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Okay, I’ll admit that I didn’t always go with the yummiest foods described in books. Sometimes I went for funny or interesting over delicious. Because in real life Potato Peel Pie sounds dubious and Turkish Delight is always a let down. But both pop of the page when described in their respective books!  I also limited myself to one food per book, otherwise the whole list would have been Harry Potter and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Continue reading

Friends with Books!

The Forest QueenThrough blogging and grad school, I’ve collected a few friends who are now published authors (some are even a few books deep). While I’m still waiting … waiting … waiting for my writing career to advance, I’ve been delighted by a lot of good news in the last few months for my friends and their books. Two pieces of good – no great – news are still unannounced, so I’ll keep those to myself for now. But in the meantime, here’s some book news that’s keeping me extra happy!

My friend from Smith/the Internet, Betsy Cornwell’s cover for her feminist Robin Hood retelling was revealed on Book Riot revealed on Book Riot today! Tides, Mechanica, and Venturess have all been instant favorites for me, but I’ve never read a Robin Hood retelling and The Forest Queen one sounds like it might be the best one yet. Also with a cover this beautiful, how could it not be amazing? I particularly love the owl at the top!  Continue reading

Top Ten Book Boyfriends (from the last year)

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I write a lot about book boyfriends. I mean for *years* I wrote a marry, date or dump post about potential book boyfriends (and girlfriends!). Since I’ve covered the topic so extensively, I decided to limit this list to my literary crushes from the last year. Don’t judge me for how many YA boys there are on this list – they are way dreamier than the men in adult literary fiction. Continue reading

Ten Books Featuring Characters with Mental Illness

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Happy Tuesday Friends! There are so many negative tropes about mental illness floating around books and other media, that I thought I’d share some of the ones that have felt most true, nuanced, respectful to me. A lot of these have been hard to read (I’m looking at you Wintergirls) while others show characters who are already diagnosed and managing their mental illness (now I’m looking at you The Upside of Unrequited). Anyways, would love to know your thoughts on these books or others I should add to my TBR list! Continue reading