Brooklyn Book Festival

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I had such a lovely day wandering around The Brooklyn Book Festival. What struck me most is how many booksellers, printing presses, and literary journals had booths. New York really does seem to be the center of the book world.

Other highlights include meeting Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, two of my favorite authors, and telling them how they inspired me to go to The New School (they were so funny and nice!), listening to Coe Booth talk about how she forms characters, and seeing the YA Fantasy panel with Scott Westerfeld, C.J. Farely, and Cara Lynn Shultz.

It was also the most fun getting to hang out with the ladies in my children’s writing cohort at school. It is so cool to be around people who are as into these things as I am. I just feel so lucky and grateful to be here right now having these kinds of experiences.

The Maze Runner Movie

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I’m a late adopter of The Maze Runner books. I only started the book this summer after urging from a lot of you. I didn’t expect to like the book as much as I did. I loved the level of suspense it created, while also presenting an interesting logic problem for the reader to try to parse through along with Thomas. Full disclosure, I was pretty sleepy when I went to the midnight showing last night. I was also a little frazzled from getting very lost trying to find the theater and meeting new people (the second years in my writing program were the ones who offered the invited). However, my impression of the film was that the suspense is done very well, but the logic problem part of the book is basically ignored.
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Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

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***First big blog slip up of me starting grad school, writing this post ahead of time, but forgetting to preschedule it to go out on Tuesday. So even though it’s Wednesday, here is my top ten tuesday. Sorry friends!***

Happy Tuesday! Here are ten authors I’ve only read one book from, but definitely want to read more ASAP. I included pictures of the one book by these authors that I have read. Let me know what authors like that you have on your TBR list in the comments! Also let me know if you have suggestions for what books from these authors I should make sure to pick up soon. Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Anna, Lola, & Isla

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Last week we did the boys from the series, now it’s on to the ladies! Whether you are a bigger fan of Anna (sensible, ambitious, in love with cinema), Lola (quirky, fashion-obsessed, original), or Isla (responsible, shy, intelligent) – I want to know about it in the comments! Let me know who you’d marry, who you’d date, and who you’d dump.  Continue reading

We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

16143347Earlier this summer I sped my way through E. Lockhart’s Ruby Oliver Boyfriend List series. These books were quick favorites and stood up to multiple rereading. They felt realistic, funny, meaningful – everything a favorite book is supposed to feel like. As a result, I had incredibly high hopes for We Were Liars, especially considering all the hype the book got over this summer.

My hopes weren’t disappointed, but the book certainly isn’t what I expected.  Continue reading