Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015


How is the year already half way over? Luckily, even though time flies I’ve managed to fit a lot of great books into 2015. Here are my favorites so far. My “adult” reading is at an all time low, so you won’t be surprised to see it’s mostly YA. What have been your favorite reads of the year so far? Continue reading “Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015”

Marry, Date or Dump: The Babysitters Club

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Who else was OBSESSED with this series when they were growing up? Even if you weren’t – even if you’ve just seen the movie – I’d love to know which babysitter you would marry, which you’d date, and which you’d dump. Obviously, once they’ve grown up of course. You can pick from any of the sitters in the series, but to narrow things down I’m going to stick within the original four: Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, and Mary Anne. Let me know your choices *and your reasons* in the comments! Also have great Mondays, everyone!

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Hold Me Like a Breath, by Tiffany Schmidt

18584521 (1)When I picked up Hold Me Like a Breath, by Tiffany Schmidt, I was expecting a very different story than the one spelled out on these pages. Somehow the teaser of fairy tale retelling, left me with images of pretty dresses, princesses, and fanciful language. I was wrong, but I was not disappointed. There are echoes of The Princess an the Pea in this story, but there’s also illness, black market organ selling, murder, and betrayal. Which, let’s face it, is equally if not more compelling than the fantasy images I approached the book with. The story follows Penelope Landlow. Her father is the head of one of the three crime families that controls the black market organ transplants. She has body guards and has never been anywhere by herself. She is almost never touched by anyone (not even her parents!) because of an autoimmune disorder that makes her bruise at all but the lightest of touches. See the princess an the pea connection?  Continue reading “Hold Me Like a Breath, by Tiffany Schmidt”

Marry, Date or Dump: Arin, Elias, and Tamlin

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I feel like fantasy novels are coming back in a big way lately … or maybe I’m just on a new YA fantasy binge-read lately. Here are three of the heroes from books that have been getting a lot of buzz recently. We’ve got Arin (from The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski), Elias (from An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir), and Tamlin (from A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas). Full disclosure, I haven’t read A Court of Thorns and Roses yet, but I thought it would still be a good one to include on the list. So most of you know the drill, let me know who you would marry, date, and dump in the comments!  Continue reading “Marry, Date or Dump: Arin, Elias, and Tamlin”

What I’m Working On

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I’m two (maybe three chapters) away from finishing the first draft of my new novel. In some ways it is very different from DREAMERS, which some readers know is a novel I decided to put away earlier this year. But in some other ways it is very similar. In fact, at the advice of the few agents who read my last manuscript, it uses the same characters but is in a fully contemporary setting instead of being part fantasy. It actually is based on a subplot from my NaNoWriMo project from 2013. In part because a few people have asked in the last few weeks and in part because I think it will be good motivation for me (and would love to get people’s opinions) here is a short description of the new(ish) novel I’ve been working on with the working title of THE REVENGE PLAY. Continue reading “What I’m Working On”