Top Ten Friends First Romances

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Happy Valentine’s Day! In case you haven’t notices, I LOVE romances. I love reading them. I love writing them. There are very few “tropes” within romance that I don’t like, but one of my absolute favorites is when friends fall in love. Maybe this is a little spoilery, but here are ten books about romances between friends that I adore. Whether you like romance or hate it, whether you are currently in love or single, I hope you have a lovely day. Hit me with your favorite literary romances, friends first or otherwise! Continue reading

Ten YA Books that don’t *need* more smooching

Happy Tuesday, friends. I struggled with this week’s topic. Because I’m generally a fan of anything and everything romantic, I thought I’d write about books that could have used more smooching. I know a lot of people wish YA didn’t have as much romance (if you are such a person here is a list for you), but I’m the opposite. If I feel a little meh about a book, usually I think there could have been more romance or more specifically more smooching. But it felt really mean to call out those books, so instead here are ten deeply romantic YA books that don’t *need* more smooching – however I wouldn’t complain if they did have more because I’m so in love with the characters! Long live romance! And have great weeks everyone! Continue reading

Ten Graphic Novels I Want to Read

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Hi friends! I have read a few graphic novels – and really enjoyed them – but haven’t even begun to scratch the surface on the great stories that exist in the world. Since I already wrote a post about picture books during a freebie week, I thought I’d list some graphic novels that I want to read in the not too distant future. Let me know what I should add to the list and/or which of these I should make sure to read first in the comments. Continue reading

Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So

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Happy Tuesday! It was hard for me to decide how to make up this list list. There are definitely some books on the list that aren’t hidden or underrated – although I do think they all deserved more attention! I picked books from my goodreads published in 2015 or 2016 with fewer than 1,000 ratings. Have you read any of my “underrated” gems? Do you agree with me? Continue reading

Top 10 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For

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Happy Tuesday and happy 2017! One of my reading resolutions is to read more debut novels this year. I did a *pretty* good job of this in 2016, but I want to do even better in 2017. I am genuinely excited about all these debuts coming out in 2017. We’ve got beautiful covers, two books from New School MFA Grads (both graduated ahead of me, but also both so kind and such good writers!), and surprisingly one “adult” book. What debuts are you excited about from 2017? Continue reading

Top Ten Best Books I Read in 2016

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Hi friends! How are you doing? I prescheduled this post, but right now I am with my family in Ojai California. Hopefully, it is warmer than December in New York! I read so many good books this year. I tried to include lots of 2016 releases in this list, but there were a few published in earlier years that I couldn’t leave off. The elimination process for this list was brutal. Even now, I’m second guessing myself. But here we go! Continue reading

Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

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Happy (almost!) holidays, friends. I’m leaving for California tomorrow to spend 2 weeks with my family and I am BEYOND excited. Hopefully, there will be at least a few books under our Christmas tree this year. There are probably hundreds that I’d be happy to receive. Here are just the first ones that came to mind (a surprising number of adult books and biographies on this list). Continue reading