Hi friends! I have somehow not posted a book review since October. How did that happen on my book review blog? Ugh to all other commitments that take my time away – like teaching and writing and friends, etc. Anyway, here are some books I would recommend to pretty much anyone – especially anyone who likes YA books enough to still be reading this blog. So … Continue reading “Three Mini Reviews: Warcross, The Gallery of Unfinished Girls, and Turtles All the Way Down”
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.
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”
I’ve written a little bit (okay a lot) about John Green and how the vlogbrothers Youtube series is an important part of my life. I love John’s books, but more I love listening to him and his brother talk about writing, about mental illness, about family and life and everything from llamas to angler fish (more on angler fish in a moment). I don’t want to be too mushy gushy, but I think watching their conversation has helped me tremendously in the weird process of figuring out how to adult and how to deal with hard things instead of avoiding them. It’s not as big a part of my life right now as it always has been, but this is all to say I was VERY EXCITED about John’s new book and the fact I’d get to see John and Hank live at Town Hall in Manhattan last week. Continue reading “I Got to See John & Hank Green (aka the oddest book event I’ve ever been to)”
I am waiting for a few weeks so I can watch Paper Towns with my sister, like I did with The Fault in Our Stars. But I am so so happy about the good reviews and can’t wait to see it. In honor of the movie, I want to see who you’d marry and who you’d date and who you’d dump when it comes to Quentin, Ben, and Radar. I’m excited to see who you pick! Continue reading “Marry, Date or Dump: Quentin, Ben & Radar from Paper Towns”
Yesterday on one of the longest megabus rides from NY to Annapolis ever, I stumbled on this really interesting interview with Maggie Stiefvater and Cassandra Clare talking about being “dehumanized” by their fandoms online. Then last night my twitter feed blew up with tweets defending John Green. Defend against what (?) and what happened (?) were two questions running through my brain. Apparently, someone started a vicious and unfounded internet rumor about Green (which elicited a response from him saying he might withdraw from using tumblr in the same way moving forward … but then a post this morning thanking people for so much support). I’m sure no one really needs my defense or thoughts on the situation. Especially, because so many great things have been written by people like Libba Bray, Holly Black, Hank Green, and Maggie Stiefvater. Still, this morning I wanted to share a few thoughts on why I’ve been really attracted to the YA community and problems with Internet hate. Continue reading “John Green, Maggie Stiefvater, Cassandra Clare, and Why I DO Think We Should “Keep YA Kind””
This week I’m pulling heroes from three of the books on the New York Times YA bestseller list. We’ve got Quentin from Paper Towns, by John Green, Mac from Saint Anything, by Sarah Dessen, and Jacob from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Let me know in the comments which character you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump. Bonus points for interesting reasons why!
We’ve definitely done some hard rounds of this game, but none has been as hard for me as choosing between these wildly popular and incredibly good YA novels. Seriously, even as I’m typing, I’m still changing my mind on what my choices are going to be. To play along you say in the comments which book you would read (your favorite), rewrite (second favorite/one that you might want to change something about), and burn (least favorite). As always, I love to hear people’s different reasonings and rationale for their choices. Continue reading “Burn, Read, Rewrite: TFiOS, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, & The Book Thief”
Happy New Years friends and readers! I hope everyone had a lovely night last night. Mine included crab cakes, Settlers of Catan (my new obsession), Frozen decorations, fireworks, and a tiny bit of dancing. I’d love to hear about yours in the comments. Before moving on with the posts of 2015, I thought I’d list some of my most popular posts from 2014. Here we go! Continue reading “Most Popular Posts of 2014”