YA Diversity Book Club: My Heart and Other Black Holes Discussion

My Heart and Other Black Holes

Welcome to the seventh edition of the YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we created in partnership with three other book bloggers: Kiki at Gone Pecan, Lucy at The Reading Date, and Kristan at We Heart YA. This month we read debut author Jasmine Warga’s poignant contemporary novel “My Heart and Other Black Holes,” […]


20 YA Valentines: Fictional Boys We Love

YA Valentines

I recently re-read FINNIKIN OF THE ROCK and was once again convinced that Melina Marchetta has created some of the most swoon-worthy romances in the fantasy trilogy THE LUMATERE CHRONICLES. It’s impossible not to fall in love with her characters, and afterward I kept thinking of Finnikin, Froi, Lucian, and the women they love in […]


Blog Tour: ARES by George O’Connor

ARES Blog Tour

We are thrilled to be part of the blog tour for the next installment of graphic novelist George O’Connor’s OLYMPIANS series, ARES: BRINGER OF WAR. We first heard about O’Connor in January of 2014, when we visited Books of Wonder on one of our annual trips to New York City. I asked the booksellers to […]


YA Diversity Book Club: Q&A with Willa Strayhorn

Willa Strayhorn

Welcome to the latest edition of the YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we created in partnership with three other book bloggers: Kiki at Gone Pecan, Lucy at The Reading Date, and Kristan at We Heart YA. This month we read THE WAY WE BARED OUR SOULS by Willa Strayhorn, who was kind enough […]


Tuck 40th: Do I Want to Live Forever?

Tuck 40th Blog Tour

There are three books that I remember nearly every girl in my fourth-grade class reading: THE BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA, ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT’S ME MARGARET and TUCK EVERLASTING. It’s the kind of classic middle-grade fiction that, like the Tucks, will go on forever. We’re thrilled to participate in the 40 Days for 40 Years […]


Monday Quotes: Books to Movies 2015

Page to Screen Monday Quotes

m4s0n501 We write about adaptations fairly often, but we hadn’t written anything about 2015’s offerings. Monday Quotes this week is dedicated to some of the YA books hitting the big screen in 2015. There are a few more books to movies 2015, but these are the ones we (or our kids) are excited to see […]


Unputdownable: Red Rising & Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Red Rising and Golden Son

A year and a half ago, we inaugurated a feature called “Unputdownable,” which we described as follows: A category to use any time we read a book that we figuratively couldn’t put down, even though our husbands and children and chores and jobs may have required us to abandon it from time to time… a […]


Top Ten Tuesday: 2014 Releases I Didn’t Read

We all have sky-high TBR lists, and every January I realize there are a bunch of books I honestly meant to read but just didn’t get to the previous year. Here are ten books I honestly and truly thought I would read, but somehow it didn’t happen. I’m not going to get into each one, […]


Monday Quotes: International Kiss a Ginger Day

International Kiss a Ginger Day

A redheaded friend informed me that today is International Kiss a Ginger Day, and although I’m a brunette, I figured I would help celebrate, since SO MANY memorable book characters are gingers. 1. Ron Weasley in HARRY POTTER by J.K. Rowling “Don’t let it worry you,” said Ron. “It’s me. I’m extremely famous.” 2. Eleanor […]


Rule of Three: Fight for Power by Eric Walters

Rule of Three: Fight for Power

We don’t normally do two blog tours in one week, much less one for a sequel, but “Rule of Three” is one of my son’s favorites from last year, and he couldn’t wait to see what happened to Adam after the events of the first book. At not yet 13, he’s really picky about what […]