Ten Books Featuring Characters with Mental Illness

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Happy Tuesday Friends! There are so many negative tropes about mental illness floating around books and other media, that I thought I’d share some of the ones that have felt most true, nuanced, respectful to me. A lot of these have been hard to read (I’m looking at you Wintergirls) while others show characters who are already diagnosed and managing their mental illness (now I’m looking at you The Upside of Unrequited). Anyways, would love to know your thoughts on these books or others I should add to my TBR list! Continue reading “Ten Books Featuring Characters with Mental Illness”

Ten Books on my Fall TBR List

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Too many books, too little time to read them all. My TBR is always expanding. It’s almost impossible for me to imagine what it used to feel like to go into the bookstore or library and have no idea what I wanted to read. Anyway, I know I won’t get to read all the books I want to this fall. But here are ten that I’m really going to try to make sure I read. Continue reading “Ten Books on my Fall TBR List”

Ten Books that Should Be Assigned in High School

My high school was heavy on the classics, which was (and continues to be) awesome. But I definitely graduated twelfth grade with no idea that anything good was being written in the present tense. Also the diversity of what is considered “a classic” is highly problematic. I’m all for reading The Great Gatsby and Chaucer and Catcher in the Rye… but here are then books that I would love to see on more high school curriculums – I know I would have gotten a lot out of them if I’d been assigned to read them in school.

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Top Ten Recommendations for People Who Want Diverse Summer Reads

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Books open us up to new worlds. They help us empathize and identify with people that are different from us. When characters are the same, even in small ways, they make us feel understood and less alone. They are powerful. There are only a few weeks left in summer. Here are ten diverse summer reads. Reading any of them would be a fantastic use of your time. Continue reading “Top Ten Recommendations for People Who Want Diverse Summer Reads”

10 Best Books I’ve Read in 2017 (so far)

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Y’all, seriously how is it the end of June already? I can’t believe it. I know a lot has been happening, but it still feels like it should be march to me. One thing that has *definitely* been good about 2017 for me is all the amazing books I’ve read this year so far. It was hard to narrow down all the amazing options to this list of ten, but I did it! Continue reading “10 Best Books I’ve Read in 2017 (so far)”

Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start but Haven’t

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There are endlessly too many books to read and too little time to read them. Series are a particularly big commitment. There are so many that look like I would love them that I haven’t started yet. Here are ten, I’ve extra been meaning to start (but still haven’t): Continue reading “Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start but Haven’t”

Top Ten “Grown Up” Books I’ve Recently Added to my TBR List

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If you’ve read this blog before, you know I’m pretty obsessed with all things YA. I don’t think YA is just for teenagers, and when I was a teenager I read way more “grown up” books than I do now – so part of me rejects both categories. But to escape from that tangent, I’ve been reading more adult nonfiction and fiction this year and I like a lot of them. Not the way I like books about teenagers smooching, but I still I like them. Here are some so called “grown up” books that I’m hoping to read in the not-too-distant future. Let me know if you have suggestions on which to start with! Continue reading “Top Ten “Grown Up” Books I’ve Recently Added to my TBR List”

Top Ten Most Anticipated Book Releases for the Rest of the Year

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Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone (in America) had a good Memorial Day weekend. I started four different books and am now trying to find time to finish them all. I can’t believe we are almost to June. Where is 2017 going? There are an overwhelming number of books coming out in the next months that I can’t wait to read. Here are ten of them! Continue reading “Top Ten Most Anticipated Book Releases for the Rest of the Year”

Ten Beach Reads Actually Set at the Beach

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Hi friends! After a late night flight back from California I’m a little sleepy today. Thanks to everyone who sent good vibes for my sister’s wedding in Big Sur over the weekend. The weather was unusually good for this time of year and everything was beautiful. Hope to get some pictures up soon. With my Maid of Honor duties behind me and Memorial Day coming up in a few days, it really feels like the beginning of summer. Crossing my fingers that I get a little beach time in this season. Here are ten books set at the beach that would be perfect to read lying in the sand, listening to the waves. Continue reading “Ten Beach Reads Actually Set at the Beach”