YA Diversity Book Club: Lies We Tell Ourselves Discussion

Lies We Tell Ourselves

Welcome to the fourth 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 Robin Talley‘s historical novel “Lies We Tell Ourselves,” an unforgettable story […]


Monday Quotes: Hooray for Grandparents in YA

monday quotes: grandparents

Today would’ve been my beloved grandmother’s 105th birthday; I was 18 days shy of my 13th birthday when she died, and I was literally the last person she spoke to before she died. She lived with us, and I didn’t realize it wasn’t the norm to live with your grandparents until I was in junior […]


Editor’s Pick: Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho

Althea & Oliver

 “Althea & Oliver” by Cristina Moracho Publish Date: Oct. 9, 2014 | Publisher: Viking Juvenile | Pages: 384 | Buy it on: Amazon ~  IndieBound What if you live for the moment when life goes off the rails—and then one day there’s no one left to help you get it back on track? Althea Carter […]


Page to Screen: Updates on YA-Based Movies

The Maze Runner

Because of my day job, I often get asked what I know about upcoming young-adult movies. What most book fans probably already know is that just because a book gets optioned (meaning someone has acquired the rights to adapt it into a television show or movie) doesn’t mean the title is actually going to end […]


Reflections on ‘Barracuda’

Barracuda

First let’s get it over with that the very first thing that comes to mind when I (and most of you over the age of 35) hear the word “Barracuda” is of course, Heart’s classic rock single. It’s one of my favorite rock anthems, and I think Annie and Nancy are amazing. But today, as […]


YA Diversity Book Club: Q&A With Knockout Games Author G. Neri

Knockout Games

Welcome to the third 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 G. Neri’s powerful contemporary novel “Knockout Games,” a gripping story about a white […]


Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

Top Ten Tuesday

EDITED TO ADD: Oops, I did NEXT week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Sorry about that. This is why Diana’s the one who usually sets up the TTTs. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about books we found hard to read, for whatever reason. Some books are just hard to read, but for different reasons. All of […]


Monday Quotes & Giveaway Winners

We’d like to thank everyone who read and commented on our posts last week. We are so happy to announce the giveaway winners of our anniversary week posts. Giveaway Winners (all have been randomly selected based on their post number thanks to Random.Org): Monday’s Winner of ONE of the following books — “Isla and the […]


Highlights of the National Book Festival 2014

National Book Festival

One of the things I love best about living in DC is the wonderful FREE annual events we can attend, and an event my family makes a point of attending every year is the annual National Book Festival. This year, for the second year in a row, I was lucky enough to be invited by […]


YA Diversity Book Club: The French Connection

YA Diversity Book Club

Welcome to the second 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 English translation of the French young-adult novel “I Love I Hate I […]