Happy Pride Month!
I do not identify with the LGBTQ+ community, but I am a major ally and advocate. I think the YA community has some incredible stories about teens wrestling with their feelings about their sexuality and trying to figure out what it all means. On the opposite side, there are some books about people who are so sure of themselves. So sure about who they are and what they represent. So, I thought I would round up a list of YA books that center around queer characters. Some of these are also own voices rep. These are all books that I have read and really love, but as someone who doesn’t identify, I’m not the person to accurately judge the representation. Just giving out my recommendations of some great stories and character arcs.
Continue reading ➞ LGBTQ+ YA Recommendations –
Here are my YA recommendations when it comes to mental health. You can find tons of lists just like this all over the Internet, but these are just a few that I’ve read that really resonated with me. I hope you’ll enjoy, but please be advised ***TRIGGER WARNING*** for depression, suicide, anxiety, and self harm.
Continue reading ➞ YA Recommendations: Mental Health
“Why is it that mental illness leaves its sufferers feeling guilty for something that is genuinely beyond their control?”
Continue reading ➞ Life Inside My Mind
Going through all the episodes of New Girl to pick out my favorite moments, I realized just how solid the first season was. A first season of a show is always the hardest. It takes time to establish these characters and to find the groove of the show. And nowadays, it’s so hard to predict if you’re going to make it past a year, even to at least 13 episodes. The writers did a great job of making a rock-hard first season just in case that was all they were going to get. Thank God, New girl carried along for a total of seven seasons. You’ll notice most of my favorite moments are from the first three seasons. That’s not because I didn’t enjoy the other four—I did very much—but I have watched the first three seasons so many times that they are more imprinted in my head. But I think I have decided that Season 2 is my all-time favorite.
And now for my favorite moments of the beloved comedy, New Girl! Most likely, I’m missing a lot of classics but off the top of my head this is what I have. Get ready for a lot of feelings *WEEEE*:
Continue reading ➞ Goodbye to New Girl
“Riots. not diets!”
I devoured Dumplin‘, by Julie Murphy, when I first heard of it a few years ago. Fat main character? Sold! Puddin’, the companion novel, was no different. Instead of following the trials and tribulations of Dolly Parton obsessed Willowdean, we hear from two complete opposites: dancer Callie Reyes and Miss Positivity, Millie Michalchuk.
Continue reading ➞ Puddin’
Every spring brings two book festivals to Southern California: The LA Times Festival of Books and Yallwest. Over the years attending these two festivals, I’ve been able to meet some of my all-time favorite authors and listen to them discuss their process, the hardships of writing, and the joys of meeting readers. This was my first time where my health and my body really limited my time and experience but I tried to make it work. There was no way I was going to miss these events, as they are some of my favorite of the year. Without further ado, here is my wrap-up of the two festivals!
Continue reading ➞ Spring Book Festival Wrap-up
I used to be ashamed of my love for YA literature. When I was twelve, I saw the movie How to Deal, a mash-up of two Sarah Dessen books starring Mandy Moore. I LOVED it. It still is one of my favorite movies. So after seeing the movie, I immediately bought the movie tie-in book that included, Someone Like You and That Summer. After I devoured those books, I went through Dessen’s entire backlog of books and I was hooked. Young Adult literature had grabbed at my heart and it was never letting go.
Continue reading ➞ My Love of YA
I’ve had a few days to process, but I don’t think I’ll ever fully get over my feelings about Avengers: Infinity War. Let’s just say, the last 15 minutes my mouth was wide open and tears silently fell down my face. Now I’m not going to get into any spoilers because that would be mean and hurtful to the people who haven’t had the chance to see it opening weekend, but I would like to talk about a few things.
Continue reading ➞ Avengers: Infinity War
- Author you’ve read the most books from? Hands down, Sarah Dessen. I’ve read everything she’s ever written. Her books are my biggest inspirations.
- Best sequel ever? I don’t read many books that are part of a series. Do the Harry Potter books count? And the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy.
- Currently reading? The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
- Drink of choice while reading? No preference.
- E-reader or physical books? Physical books all the way. I went through a phase thinking I could go the e-reader route, but that was really just an excuse to read during class in college.
- Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school? Dexter from This Lullaby or Owen from Just Listen.
- Glad you gave this book a chance? Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. I’m not really into fantasy books (except Harry Potter) but I trust Rainbow with my whole heart and she did not disappoint.
- Hidden gem book? Just off the top of my head….Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch. I was expecting a fluffy European romance but it had so much more depth. I loved it.
- Important moment in your reading life? When my best friend shoved Twilight in my hands during junior year of high school.
- Just finished? The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace
- Kinds of books you won’t read? Horror, SciFi, Fantasy
- Longest book you’ve read? Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Major book hangover because of…? We Were Liars by E. Lockhart fucked me up
- Number of bookcases you own? Four, but I probably need about seven
- One book you have read multiple times? Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Preferred place to read? My bed
- Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you read? “Just… isn’t giving up allowed sometimes? Isn’t it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?” – Fangirl
- Reading regret? Waiting so long to read Harry Potter
- Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in series)? I don’t have one
- Three of your All-Time Favorite Books: Just Listen, This Lullaby both by Sarah Dessen, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- Unapologetic fangirl/fanboy for? Harry Potter. Let’s just say, I’m pretty sure I blacked out my entire time at the Warner Brothers studio tour in London. I also took a trip with my best friend and our moms to Forks, Washington for a Twilight tour…
- Very excited for this release – more than all the others? Puddin’ by Julie Murphy
- Worst bookish habit? Not remembering plots to books after I read them. They just *POOF* escape my brain.
- X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
- Your latest book purchase? Pre-ordered Save The Date by Morgan Matson!
- ZZZ-snatcher (book that kept you up WAY late)? Most of them do. For some reason I seem to only read at night, so when I’m really into a book I won’t be able to go to sleep
This was fun! I found this from Bookchanted
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