Top Ten Books I Recently Added to My TBR List


I know I’m not alone in feeling like my TBR list (to be read list) is always growing. I can remember times going into a bookstores and thinking that I had no idea what to buy or nothing that I wanted to read next … somehow I doubt that will every happen again. Here are a few books that recently cropped up on my TBR list. Let me know what you think of them and what books you are hoping to read soon in the comments! Continue reading

Burn, Read, Rewrite: I’ll Give You the Sun, Belzhar, & We Were Liars

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Hello and happy Monday! I’m about to board a bus away from my family in Annapolis and an absolutely lovely spring break (still can’t believe I actually get one of those now!) back to New York. Just so I’ll be able to torture myself the whole bus ride about choosing between three AMAZING novels, I picked three of my favorite YA books published last year: I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson, Belzhar, by Meg Wolitzer, and We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart. Ooof this is going to be a hard one for me, but I can’t wait to read which book you’d read (your favorite), rewrite (second favorite or one you want to change something about), and burn (least favorite).  Continue reading

Book Review: Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story, by David Levithan

22736613When I was growing up, my grandmother used to host a classical music concert at her house every year. When I was 12 or 13 and much more into Bewitched or The Beatles or (as is evidenced by my love of this book) Broadway show tunes than classical music, I remember asking my mom if she really liked the concert. She told me that she liked going not because of the music, but because of how great it was to watch talented people having fun doing what they love. Now I loved Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan. And I Loved (note the capital L) Tiny Cooper. But the best part of reading Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Copper Story was reading words that felt like the author had an incredible amount of fun writing.

You definitely don’t have to have read Will Grayson, Will Grayson to read this companion, musical novel, but if you have you will know that a large portion of the book’s plot centers around Tiny Copper writing, directing, and starring in a musical play about himself. Hold Me Closer is that play. Song lyrics, monologues, stage directions and all.  Continue reading

Top Ten Books from my Childhood that I Would Love to Revisit


Happy Tuesday! Looking through my childhood books while on spring break and being in a class about picture books and books for middle schoolers definitely has me thinking about which books from my childhood I want to reread. Which makes this week’s top ten tuesday topic perfect for me! Here are some books that are definitely in need of a revisit soon. Let me know what books you want to revisit in the comments! Continue reading

Burn, Read, Rewrite: Matilda, Charlotte’s Web, & Ramona

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 11.22.26 AMMy literature class has moved on from picture books to middle grade books. Here are three of my favorite books from elementary school and middle school.You know the drill. In the comments list which book you’d read (your favorite), rewrite (second favorite or one that you want to change in some way), and which you’d FIGURATIVELY burn (your least favorite). Since it’s only fair, I’ll play along too!  Continue reading