Monday Quotes: YA Road Trip Books

Monday Quotes Road Trips

This past week my family took a road trip to the Outer Banks for Spring break.  That’s why we only updated the blog twice last week, and why Diana and I are dedicating today’s Monday Quotes to road trip books. Taking my 800-mile trek to Ocracoke and back got Diana and me thinking about my […]

If I Stay Trailer and Other YA Page-to-Screen News

If I Stay movie

My party of five is still on Spring Break vacation, but since I’m writing a movie review while my youngest takes a nap, I figured I’d pop in and share the “If I Stay” trailer (hooray for Gayle Forman) and share some other young adult adaptation news. I am trying not to have high hopes, […]

Authors With Superb Sophomore Releases


Have you ever loved, adored, or just plain enjoyed a first-time author’s debut book only to be sorely disappointed by their follow up? This happens to me a lot. It happened just recently, and I even asked my editor at Common Sense Media if I could swap March assignments, because I just didn’t want to […]

Fangirl Friday: March 28, 2014

Mid-season Replacements

Fangirl Friday is hosted by Evil Eva at Nancy Drew is My Homegirl, and I occasionally remember to participate! Here are my top random obsessions of the week! 1. “Dreams of Gods and Monsters” by Laini Taylor: Every now and then you read a book that’s so intense, so emotional, you can’t really talk about […]

Selective Collective: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski Roundtable

The Winner's Curse

This month the Selective Collective book read “The Winner’s Curse” by Marie Rutkoski together. For me, it was an unputdownable novel with an original storyline and a unique central romance. Diana had a harder time getting into it at first, but eventually she got immersed in the sociopolitical drama. We asked our friends what they […]

Review: Me, Him, Them & It by Caela Carter

me, him, them & it

“Me, Him, Them & It” by Caela Carter Release Date: Feb. 26, 2013 | Pages: 310 | Publisher: Bloomsbury Buy: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Indie Bound | Source: Hardcover courtesy Bloomsbury ME is Evelyn Jones, 16, a valedictorian hopeful who’s been playing bad girl to piss off THEM, her cold, distant parents. HIM is Todd, Evelyn’s secret […]

Waiting on Wednesday: #scandal by Sarah Ockler

#scandal by Sarah Ockler

I’m busy writing my “Divergent” movie review for Common Sense Media today, but I recently realized this new Sarah Ockler comes out in June and wanted to share my excitement. I’ve read some mixed reviews, but I think when it’s an author you appreciate and trust, you can’t let the Goodreads reviews get you down… […]

Books My Six-Year-Old Son Loves


My youngest child, my BABY, is six today. Since I paid tribute to his brother last month, I wanted to share some of his favorite picture books. Of my three children he’s the mellowest, the gentlest, the quietest. He’s the one who always thanks my husband and me for everything – from food to books to […]

Dear Author: Learn How to Write About Race & Ethnicity

Latino teens

Dear Author (but really ALL authors), Recently I read one of your books for the first time. I enjoyed it for its dialogue and romance, even though a lot of the story’s elements were predictable. I could see why you have a rather devoted following for your romances. But one thing that really bothered me […]

Monday Quotes: Books Turned Into Movies 2014

Monday Quotes YA Page to Screen 2014

Diana and I stayed up way too late to watch the Academy Awards and see how the annual family Oscar pool shook out. And as usual, Diana and I tied for first place. Usually one of us wins or we tie, and this year was no different. As a nod to all of the award-winning […]