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VACATION TIME

6 Sep

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I’m on vacation! I’ve got a bunch of posts that will be published while I’m away, but I won’t be on social media too much – too much to see and do! My boyfriend and I are heading to London, Paris and Venice for two weeks on our first true vacation in a long time! Our vacation time is usually spent visiting family and friends, going to weddings, etc. Not that any of those things aren’t super awesome, but they’re not usually relaxing. We’re going to be doing a lot of sightseeing, visiting museums and eating a ton of great food!

  1. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  2. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
  3. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill
  4. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  5. Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
  6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  7. One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank
  8. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
  9. Venom by Fiona Paul
  10. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
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Book Review: Calling My Name

2 Aug

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Calling My Name by Liara Tamani is the story of Taja a young teen growing up in Houston, Texas with her family and friends. Taja knows what her parents expect of her – spend quality time with the family, get good grades, go to church every Sunday and abstinence is the only option. Taja is trying to keep up with her classmates as the talk ranges from first kisses to first relationships and beyond, while also being the daughter she is expected to be. She also has high hopes of going to college in California to follow her dream and to find her own relationship with God, separately from what her parents expect that relationship to look like.

I really liked this story, much closer to my own in many ways than much of the young adult literature being published today. I took my grades seriously, wasn’t too interested it boys, but struggled in some ways to figure out where my relationship with God fit into my world as a teenager living in today’s society. This is not the type of story you see written very often and I felt that Taja’s voice rang true to a young teen searching for herself in the midst of family and friends.

The writing was a bit confusing and it’s easier to think of the chapters as short stories spanning Taja’s teen years rather than a specific day-to-day account. But I felt that this was a voice that many teens will be able to relate with and understand. Taja struggles with her family’s conservative view on abstinence while also realizing that her brother always has more freedom than she does and dealing with peers who bully/body shame her at times. It’s a very real story that needed to be told and I truly enjoyed it. I’ll say this – it is a young adult story in that although Taja begins as a middle school student in the beginning, there are intimate scenes as she grows up that will firmly plant this book in the young adult department. Give this to teens searching for themselves – especially those who are spiritual/religious as they navigate high school.

Twitter Booktalk (140 characters or less): High schooler, Taja Brown is searching for her own relationship with God as she navigates family, friends, romance and dreams.

Title: Calling My Name
Author: Liara Tamani
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: October 24, 2017
Page Number: 384 pgs.

YA Beach Reads

14 Jul

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I always want to go to the beach (or as they say in Southeast PA – “down the shore”) and then I get there. I don’t care about the sand, I love the ocean… it’s the sun. From the viewpoint of this very pale girl, the beach is such a pain in terms of applying sunscreen. I have to re-apply every half hour to hour if I don’t want to burn, I can’t use the spray (it doesn’t provide enough coverage) and if I’m at the beach, I’m wearing a swimsuit which means there’s a lot of surface area to cover in sunscreen – legs, arms, back, ears, etc. It ends up being more work than anything else! But that doesn’t mean I don’t absolutely love the idea of the beach, so here are ten YA titles that take place on/near the beach.

  1. We Were Liars by e. Lockhart
  2. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
  3. The Summer After You + Me by  Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
  4. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  5. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  6. Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton
  7. Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland
  8. Be True to Me by Adele Griffin
  9. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  10. Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 7/10/17

10 Jul

I didn’t read exactly what I had planned to, but I did get a lot of reading done! I finished Refugee by Alan Gratz, which was amazingly powerful. It’s told from the perspective of three refugees – a young Jewish boy escaping Nazi-occupied Europe, a young girl escaping Castro’s government in Cuba during the 1990s and a young boy’s escape from war-torn Syria in present day. Although each of their stories are different, they also have a lot of similarities and I think this would be a wonderful book to use for a discussion with middle grade and teen readers about what it means to be a refugee. I then spent three days reading a Nora Robert’s trilogy – sometimes you just need a piece of fluff to read that you know what will happen in the end, but is fun just the same.

This weekend I started Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery by Melanie J. Fishbane and have The Castle in the Midst by Amy Ephron and The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli that I’m hoping to read this week!


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Top Ten Tuesday: YA Romance

14 Feb

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  1. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
    I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing style with this quirky couple.
  2. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
    My first Sarah Dessen read and the one I believe will always be my favorite!
  3. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
    I just finished this book recently and loved the concept of falling in love with your soulmate over the course of eight hours.
  4. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
    One of those books I’ll never forget that I’ve read as I bawled on the metro in DC…
  5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benajmin Alire Sáenz
    Beautiful coming-of-age story about a Mexican-American teen as he learns about himself and the importance of friendship.
  6. Beastly by Alex Flinn
    Beauty & the Beast is my favorite Disney movie, so of course I had to add this one to the list!
  7. Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
    I really enjoyed this LGBT cute romance!
  8. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han*
  9. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo*
  10. When We Collided by Emery Lord*

*These are on my TBR list, so I can’t say anything about them, but I’m excited to read all three!


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