Mommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong to your mom. Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they’re expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as “just Claire”? And what should Claire do about Mom’s old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don’t sound like Mom’s perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . .
It’s not an exaggeration to say that almost all YA books have some sort of romantic subplot. So what happens when those couples get shaken up a little bit?
Yeah, sure, Valentine’s Day could be used to celebrate all the great couples that we already have… or the ones that we could have if we only thought outside of the box (or rather, the book.)
I was inspired by this Epic Reads post where you could vote on which character ships from different universes you think would work and which ones wouldn’t.
But since this isn’t a democracy in any way, shape, or form (lucky you), I wanted to list some crossover couples of my own that would swim and others that would sink to the bottom of the ocean, Titanic-style.
Libraries are an important part of every community.
But before I tell you why, I just wanted to mention that this will be a two-part post (because I know that you love reading my voice) in honor of International Book Giving Day, which incidentally, falls on the same day as Valentine’s Day.
I’ll talk a little bit more about that in the second part but I will be talking even more about it on my twitter as the day gets nearer.
Whether you read 100 books a year or 10, you should recognize the importance of the public library. It is so important that libraries across the country, and around the world, stay open. American libraries provide so many services, but to name just a few:
When I first started to enjoy reading, it wasn’t because of short stories. It was because of full-length chapter books like Holes or Nancy Drew. I only really began to understand the concept, structure, and amazingness of short stories when I began to take creative writing classes at school.
As January nears its end, most of the 2018 Book Awards have wrapped up and released their results. Some I read with joy, others with disdain, and others with total frustration – because the same books and authors were winning most of the awards. Again. And again. And again.
Which can be great when your faves happen to be among those books. But watching authors whose books didn’t even get that much buzz win simply because they’re big names in publishing didn’t sit well with me.
Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows. The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing. Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.
Yeah, I know, you’ve already read about 100 of these posts.
But I can’t help it! I want to scream about my favorite reads from this, or, should I say last, year. But! These aren’t just my favorite books of the year – they are all the books worth mentioning this year for… a multitude of reasons. (I did the same thing for 2017!) Confused? Once again, you shall see.
This wasn’t necessarily my best year for reading. Especially once August rolled around. Junior year has been extremely busy, and for the months of August, September, and October, I was averaging 1-2 books a month.
Not ideal for a reading goal of 55 books that I was already woefully behind on.
Mia over @ Pen and Parchment was having similar woes. So last month, she proposed that we both set our goal to 45 books and try to finish out the year together.
November was a bit of a manic month for me, but also really awesome. I read more books this month than I had in a while (a whole five!), and I returned to my blog after an extended hiatus. Without further ado, here is my wrap up!