Monday Quotes: Books to Movies 2015

Page to Screen Monday Quotes

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 this […]


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 […]


The Ghosts of Heaven: Guest Post by Marcus Sedgwick

The Ghosts of Heaven Blog Tour

We are big fans of author Marcus Sedgwick, so when Macmillan announced it was hosting a blog tour for his latest novel, we jumped at the chance to promote such an original, intellectual, and captivating author. He’s the winner of many prizes for his work, most notably the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award for MIDWINTERBLOOD […]


10 Diverse Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2015

Most Anticipated Diverse Titles

Lucy at The Reading Date came up with a great idea to share our most anticipated #WeNeedDiverseBooks titles for 2015. Diana and I are together for our last night of our holiday family reunion, so we came up with 10 books with diverse authors or themes that we’re excited to read this year. 1. The […]


Happy Birthday, Diana!

Diana and Sandie

My sister Diana, who c0-founded Teen Lit Rocks with me, is 50 today. My sister taught me to love reading (since she’s 12 years older and was studying early childhood education in college, Diana sat down and read to me all the time, indulging me with read-alouds and encouraging me to read chapter books by […]


Join 100 Good Deeds for #DeedADay Challenge

100 Good Deeds

Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary  100 Good Deeds bracelet as a thank you for joining the #DeedADay movement. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are completely my own. Ah, New Year’s. It’s time to determine how many books we’ll read, pounds we’ll lose, miles we’ll run, and new projects we’ll start (and hopefully finish) […]


Favorite Diverse Books of 2014

Diversity Book Club

One of the things that we’ve really enjoyed in 2014 was become part of the Diversity Book Club. We wholeheartedly support books that include diverse characters, themes, and issues. We sincerely hope that each year there will be more and more books to choose from for our best diverse books list, which we plan to […]