Spring Book Festival Wrap-up

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!

My Love of YA

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.

A-Z Book Tag!

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. Currently reading? The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart 91wZICU7DhL
  4. Drink of choice while reading? No preference.
  5. 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.
  6. Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school? Dexter from This Lullaby or Owen from Just Listen.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Important moment in your reading life? When my best friend shoved Twilight in my hands during junior year of high school.
  10. Just finished? The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace
  11. Kinds of books you won’t read? Horror, SciFi, Fantasy
  12. Longest book you’ve read? Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  13. Major book hangover because of…? We Were Liars by E. Lockhart fucked me up 51RofZNoPjL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_
  14. Number of bookcases you own? Four, but I probably need about seven
  15. One book you have read multiple times? Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  16. Preferred place to read? My bed
  17. 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
  18. Reading regret? Waiting so long to read Harry Potter
  19. Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in series)? I don’t have one
  20. Three of your All-Time Favorite Books: Just Listen, This Lullaby both by Sarah Dessen, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  21. 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…
  1. Very excited for this release – more than all the others? Puddin’ by Julie Murphy
  2. Worst bookish habit? Not remembering plots to books after I read them. They just *POOF* escape my brain.
  3. 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 12700353
  4. Your latest book purchase? Pre-ordered Save The Date by Morgan Matson!
  5. 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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You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone – Review

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Rachel Lynn Solomon’s debut, You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, is a story that dives deep into the relationships within a Jewish family, who’s results of a genetic test try to rip them apart.  Especially the relationship between two twin sisters.  Tovah and Adina watch their once strong Israeli mother slowly succumb to the rare degenerative disease Huntington’s.  They decide to get the genetic test to reveal if either of the girls have the same gene that is gradually killing their mother.  One tests negative, while the other positive.  The results push these sisters further away from each other than ever before.

Unhaul

I own almost 800 books, mostly in print but I do have some e-books.  Not going to lie, I even have some multiples—but how do you turn down your grandmother’s first edition copy of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood? I buy my books anywhere that sells them: Goodwill, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Book Depository, or indie book stores like my all-time Powells in Portland, Oregon. When I was in high school I used to buy books behind my parents back­—some kids hide drugs and alcohol, I hid books. I miss the good old days of Borders…

It is my ultimate dream to have my own personal library. I’ve already designed it in my head—it’s going to be Beauty and the Beast themed, of course.  Dark, with the comfiest chair/lounge a girl can find.  Walls lined with filled bookshelves; maybe even a ladder that will slide along the wall.  My heart flutters just thinking about it.

So I’ve always just kept all my books, even old ones that I probably never read —bought just because they seemed semi interesting and they were cheap.  Even books that I have read but didn’t even like. I just wanted to have the high volume of books for my dream library even though I’ll probably never touch them. When cleaning I came across these books I bought when I was in college, when I tried to go through a “pretentious reader” phase. I bought all these adult books from hip authors that people always talked about like Dave Eggers, Bret Easton Ellis, and Chuck Palahnuik.  Now, I’ve come to realize the exact type of books that I like—YA contemporary, family drama, and some romance—and I’m not ashamed of it anymore.

I’ve moved books to and from Oregon to California too many times, to apartments and back home again. As it’s looking like I’m going to be moving across the country before the year is up, I thought it was time to do a major clean out. I get very personally attached to items. Yes, I realize that I’m starting to sound a little bit like a hoarder; and when it comes to books, I am.  I told my mom when I was cleaning that I felt bad for giving up these books and she put it in perspective: I’m donating these books so they can bring joy and pleasure to another reader, I’m not throwing them out on the street.  The will go to a good home. Now I just have to actually put them in my car and take them away. Come back in a few weeks and we can see if I progressed.

The Writing Chronicles: Episode One

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My biggest problem when writing essays in school was always the beginning.  I would have all these ideas, sometimes written out in notes or already in my word document.  But as the minutes ticked on, I always came to a standstill—How do I start? How do I physically start to cohesively bring all my ideas together and put it to paper?

Favorite Authors of 2017

I read 95 books in 2017.  95 BOOKS! This was the best reading I’ve ever had.  I read diversely—both in authors and subject matter.  I branched out of my comfort zone and discovered I kind of like mysteries?  Yes, most of the books I read are Young Adult, but the atmosphere there is so inspiring.  If I made a list of my favorite books of the year it would probably be over 50 books long. So, I decided to do a list of my favorite authors I read this year instead.  The list will be in alphabetical order and some authors are listed with more than one book. Let’s get started!