Ten YA Books I’m SO Thankful For


Hi friends! Happy Tuesday and happy almost-Thanksgiving! I’m writing a little today about the YA books that helped inspire me to write YA and love YA and write the kind of YA that I do. It’s a little more verbose than my usual Tuesday posts. I think it’s because I’m in that gratitude zone you (sometimes) reach around the holidays. So here are the YA books I’m most thankful for! Continue reading “Ten YA Books I’m SO Thankful For”

John Green Tweeted My Name

I’m sure there is a more chill way to title this blog post, but I’m not going to be able to access that chill. You guys know how much John Green and his books and vlogbrothers have meant to me. I’ve written about it again and again and again on this blog. After finishing Turtles All the Way Down, I began a hunt for every book John had ever recommended. It was kind of a cuckoo big undertaking for one little blog post. But I was really proud of the effort I put into my list of 99 John Green Book Recommendations for Book Riot. And then I woke up this morning and saw:

And my whole mind basically exploded – but, you know, in a good way. I don’t know if I’ve ever liked my name as much as seeing it on JOHN GREEN’s twitter.


Ten Books I’d Love to Read Out Loud with Children Someday


I love books, and I love children. I hope to publish books someday. I hope to have kids of my own someday. Both sometimes feel tenuous, but not totally out of reach. Regardless of achieving either of those goals, these are ten books I’d love to read with children (my children, my sister’s someday children, my friends’ children, etc). Most are favorites from my childhood, but a I threw in one or two contemporary books as well. Continue reading “Ten Books I’d Love to Read Out Loud with Children Someday”

Five Good Things

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Hello friends! It’s been a while since I’ve checked in with some good things. There is a lot of pain, chaos, uncertainty, violence, and justified anger permeating these times. From almost weekly news of mass killings to the tidal wive of #metoo revelations of women who’ve experience sexual harassment assault, it’s easy to feel compassion fatigue, overwhelmed, and burned out. These are a few of the things helping me look towards the light and towards hope this fall. None of these make any of the darkness of these times less true. However, all of them make it more bearable for me. Continue reading “Five Good Things”

Ten Characters I’d Love to Vote For


Happy Election Day, Friends! I’m excited to head off to the polls and teach a special Election Day writing workshop to some of my favorite ten-year-olds this morning. But before I do … here are ten characters from novels I’d vote for in a heartbeat. If only I had choices like these on my ballot today! Continue reading “Ten Characters I’d Love to Vote For”

Seven of my Favorite Quotes from Turtles All the Way Down

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I’m a big nerd fighter – okay, meek and mediocre but secretly clingy nerd fighter – so it’s not really a surprise that I read and loved John Green’s new book Turtles All the Way Down in one sitting. It’s my favorite of his so far, and SUCH and important book in terms of mental health representation. I don’t have OCD, but I have had intrusive thoughts related to trauma. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that experience explained on the page as well as in this book. Expect a (glowing) review soon, but until then here are some of the quotes I underlined furiously while devouring this book Tuesday night. Don’t worry, no spoilers!  Continue reading “Seven of my Favorite Quotes from Turtles All the Way Down”

NaNoWriMo – Day One

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I guess, I’m doing it again. I’ve technically already started this project, but only in the last few weeks and I still have under 10,000 words in the new draft. So I’m committing to try and write 50,000 new words on book 2 in November. Wish me luck and feel free to leave me any encouragement or advice you have in the comments!