Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving

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I’m still in New York so it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas yet, but tomorrow I’m headed to California to be with my family and I expect all the excitement will hit me then. Of the many, many books I wouldn’t mind finding under the Christmas tree this year, here are ten I’d be extra excited about. What are you hoping for this Christmas? Continue reading

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year

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I’m honestly not sure what Santa is bringing, because I totally forgot to make a list this year, but here are a few books (out of a long long long list of books I’d be happy to see by my stocking Thursday morning) that I definitely wouldn’t mind Santa bringing. If any of you have read these books I’d love to know your thoughts. I’d also love to read what book(s) you are hoping to find under the tree Christmas morning … if you celebrate Christmas, which I realize not everyone does. Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Frosty, Rudolph, and Hermey the Elf

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Only three more days until Christmas … or as we call it in my house Christmas Eve Eve Eve. This week you can choose between three of my favorite Christmas characters to marry, date or dump. There are a lot of pros and cons in this group. For example, Frosty the snowman is a holly jolly soul, but you couldn’t exactly take him on a beach vacation. If you married Hermey you would get free dental work, but his high-pitched voice might get tiring after awhile. Rudolph’s glowing nose could make it hard to sleep in the same room. I’m excited to see how you all weigh these pros and cons to make your decisions!  Continue reading

Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins

20309175 (2)I can’t imagine liking young adult books and not being excited about My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins. This is not just because the book contains everything really good YA has- diversity, genuine and relatable emotions, snappy dialogue, and lots of swoon-worthy kissing. Mostly I just can’t imagine that anyone who reads young adult books doesn’t have at least one favorite author among the writers Perkins gathered together to create these twelve holiday stories. For me those favorites were Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, Jenny Han, and Stephanie Perkins herself. But after reading all of these stories at least twice, and several of them several more times than that, I have lots of new-to-me YA authors I can’t wait to read more from. Seriously, what’s most shocking about this collection is that there are no weak link stories in the book. Each one is fun and thought provoking in its own way. Reading the stories for the first time one after another on the subway made my subway rides this winter the most fun they’ve been since I moved to New York.  Continue reading