Waiting On Wednesday: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea

Diana just started her teaching year again this week, and this is my kids’ last week home before school begins, so we’ve been really awful about updating. But then yesterday I received a package from Penguin that contained the hardcover of “The 5th Wave,” an excerpt from “The Infinite Sea” (you can read an excerpt […]


Quotes: Favorite Lines from “The Giver”

The Giver

“The Giver” comes out in theaters on Friday, so we’re spreading the love today with a collection of favorite quotes from Lois Lowry’s dystopian classic. But first, check out the trailer starring an impressive cast from the GOAT, Merly Streep and her pal and fellow Oscar winner Jeff Bridges as the titular Giver, to Alexander […]


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s 50th Anniversary

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Puffin Books: 176 pages | Buy it on Amazon or IndieBound Growing up, I read and loved Roald Dahl’s books, so it has been one of my greatest pleasures as a mother to see my kids enjoy the same beloved children’s books that I did when I was their age. My son, now 12, has […]


Selective Collective: Casting On the Fence by Kasie West

On the Fence

This month our Selective Collective book is “On the Fence” by Kasie West. Diana and I both loved it. It’s so refreshing to read a book about a strong, athletic girl who loves her brothers and hangs out like just one of the guys. An empowering story line about finding someone who loves you for […]


Diversity Book Club: Like No Other by Una LaMarche Discussion

Diversity Book Club

Welcome to the launch of the YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we created in partnership with three other book bloggers: Kristina aka Kiki at Gone Pecan, Lucy at The Reading Date, and Kristan at We Heart YA. Back in May, after the big push for the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, I started to complain to […]


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 […]