Giveaway: James Patterson’s Homeroom Diaries

Homeroom Diaries

“Homeroom Diaries” by James Patterson and Lisa Papademetriou Publish Date: July 21, 2014 | Publisher: Little, Brown | Pages: 272 | Buy it In James Patterson’s first highly illustrated “diary fiction” story for teens, the mega-bestselling author’s most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a […]

Monday Quotes: Maggie Stiefvater Edition

So I just read “Sinner” (which comes out tomorrow) for both work (review to come) and pleasure, so I figured I would dedicate today’s edition of Monday Quotes to previous Maggie Stiefvater books. I, for one, love her obsession with cars, so I could’ve made the theme even narrower, but it’s just a quote from […]

Monday Quotes: Books We’ve Read Lately

Monday Quotes

Hello everyone. I’ve had quite the crazy week. On Father’s Day my family planned to take a leisurely bike ride on a well-paved path. Unfortunately, I — who had literally just bought a helmet — ended up crashing into my 9-year-old daughter, who thank God escaped with just a couple of scratches on her ankle. […]

YA Authors Share Favorite Page-to-Screen Adaptations

YA Authors' Favorite Adaptations

Adaptations — they’re all the rage now, particularly thanks to the box-office success of “The Fault in Our Stars.” Since this is my kids’ last week of school, and Diana’s one week of freedom before teaching summer school, we’ve been really lax in the posting department. So I’m cheating today and pointing you in the […]

Monday Quotes: Books With Weddings

Weddings in YA Books

My wedding anniversary (lucky number 13) was June 2nd, and my older brother’s is the 11th. Since June brides are so prevalent, I thought I would re-start Monday Quotes with a tribute to young adult books that have weddings in them. I know there are others, particularly about forced or arranged marriages, but in this […]

Selective Collective: “We Were Liars” by e. lockhart – Review

We Were Liars

This month our Selective Collective book is “We Were Liars,” a much-hyped new novel by author e. lockhart. It’s our turn to write the review, which was hard, considering saying too much about this book could ruin it for some readers. Hope we are spoiler free enough to pique your interest without giving too much […]

BEA 2014: Ten Things I Must Do

BEA 2014

So far I’ve been at BEA 2014 one day, but since it was the Blogger Con day, it doesn’t really count as much as today and tomorrow. Here are 10 things I hope to accomplish by Saturday evening. Give Brittany a hug and enjoy our time at the Macmillan Blogger Happy Hour Meet Danielle and […]

Monday Quotes: Memorial Day Edition

Memorial Day Quotes

Happy Memorial Day everyone. I hope you’re all enjoying your three-day weekend. Last year, Diana wrote about three books with military themes, and this year in honor of Memorial Day, I’m sharing quotes with books featuring servicemen and women. Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King I bring my hand to my face and pull […]

Monday Quotes: Books I Read in High School


I meant to do this a couple of weeks ago to coincide with Teacher Appreciation Week, because No. 1, my sister Diana is a teacher, and No. 2, I wouldn’t be the reader I am without the encouragement and guidance of some of my favorite teachers. In fact, two of my (now long-retired) AP English […]

Monday Quotes: End of the World Books

Monday Quotes

Yesterday for Mother’s Day I was “given” a few hours to just relax and read with a cup of tea and no domestic responsibilities. I read all of “Monument 14″ by Emmy Laybourne for a story I’m writing by the end of the month about all of the upcoming YA adaptations. I can’t tell you […]