Top Ten Books I Swooned Over as a Teenager

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Even though I’m obsessed with YA now, as a teen I didn’t really read very much of it. I was on a diet of classics and chick lit, with the occasional romance novel stirred in. These are some books that in my teenage years I thought were the sexiest, most romantic things ever written. Seriously, I reread some of the kissing scenes in these books so many times I can probably still recite them. I’d love to know what books you swooned over in high school in the comments! Continue reading

Burn, Read, Rewrite: The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, & The Sun Also Rises

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Based on comments, it seems like the switch from Marry, Date or Dump to this game has been a success. Although as my sister said this morning, “It’s way easier to dump a character than it is to burn a book.” She decided this lineup was too hard for her to choose, but I hope you will play along and say which book you would read (favorite), rewrite (like but might want to change), and burn (least favorite). These are three of my favorite favorite books – stories so nice I had to say favorite twice – but I’m going to give it a shot.  Continue reading

Giving Books Away

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I used to be really bad at giving books away, but lately I’ve been getting a little rush whenever I clear one off the shelves. I don’t know if it is the fact that I’ve been going to the library more than ever or having an e-reader, but the physical copies of books (even ones that I really like) don’t feel as important to hang on to. I also think the change could be that I reread less since there are always so many books on my TBR list.  Continue reading

Burn, Read, Rewrite: Harry Potter, Narnia, & The Hobbit

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I picked three beloved children’s favorites for this week’s game. You pick the book you like best to read, a book you’d like to change to rewrite, and the book you like the least to burn. The choices are The Harry Potter Series, by J.K. Rowling, The Narnia books, by C.S. Lewis, and The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Personally I would….

  • Read The Harry Potter books.
  • Rewrite the Narnia books, to get rid of The Horse and His Boy and take out some of the more heavy handed religious connections.
  • Burn The Hobbit. I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. Sorry family!

What books would you choose? Let me know in the comments!

Book Review: What I Thought Was True, by Huntley Fitzpatrick

15832932What I Thought Was True is the first book I’ve read by Huntley Fitzpatrick, but it definitely won’t be my last one. After swooning my way through … I mean reading my way through this book in one I am itching to get my hands on her other book (My Life Next Door) and can’t wait for her future novels. I stayed up half the night reading this one. I’d try to go to sleep but I was too excited, so I’d turn the lamp back on and keep going. The next thing I knew it was 4 am and I had less than 20 pages left. As you can tell from my enthusiastic opening, the book was worth the tiredness I felt the next day.

There is nothing that felt particularly revolutionary about this book. It is a story that in terms of basics I’m not only familiar with, but that I’ve probably read lots of versions before. A townie girl with an undeserved bad reputation loves/hates/loves-to-hate/hates-to-love the rich boy. But there is something more to reading this story. The plot might not be unique, but the characters are incredibly relatable and likable. The story is told with lots of detail and good writing. And the romance is so filled with tension, even though I basically knew how the book was going to end, I couldn’t stop reading.  Continue reading