Category Archives: Reading

My friends are awesome!

Best book mail is best! I’m so happy to have this lovely from A. R. Kahler on my shelf now. Also, be jealous because Alex writes the best inscriptions. ūüėć I’m so proud of my amazing friend!

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Times are hard and getting worse.


When in doubt, support amazing people and diverse stories and creative art.

Books pictured:

  • Dead Girls Society by Michelle Krys¬†¬†| AmazonB&N
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon¬†¬†| AmazonB&N
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart¬†¬†| AmazonB&N
  • Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig¬†¬†| AmazonB&N
  • Boy Robot by Simon Curtis¬†| AmazonB&N
  • Updraft by Fran Wilde¬†| AmazonB&N
  • When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore¬†| AmazonB&N
  • Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King¬†¬†| AmazonB&N
  • Tattoo Atlas by Tim Floreen | AmazonB&N
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo¬†¬†| AmazonB&N

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The Friday Five – August 26th

THE FRIDAY FIVE

Sometimes we forget the good things that happen because the bad ones feel so much bigger. In an effort to keep that phenomenon at bay, here are my five good things for this past week.

  1. Yesterday, for the first time in a long while, I not only hit my word count goal but actually¬†felt like I’d made appreciable progress. It was a glorious feeling. I have missed it greatly. Hopefully it continues for the next few days until I suddenly have a finished book!
  2. Related to the above, my Entangled editor Kate Brauning continues to be epic and patient and encouraging. I am so happy I get to work with her, and I sincerely hope I can continue working with her for a long time to come.
  3. My dear friend Tristina Wright got to share her words with the world recently! And this week, it opened up from just being available to subscribers to being readable by everyone. Which means you should go read it, because Siren Song is so amazingly beautiful, you guys.
  4. I teach at a in-patient rehab center for teenagers with addiction and other issues. Over the summer I’ve been running a summer reading program, which I’ve done before. Previous incarnations didn’t achieve much in the way of new readers, but this year I had them all reading¬†I am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells. I have never seen a group of students at this center so excited to read, and I have never been more grateful to an author for a book. Or for the perfect timing of a movie version of a book. They’re all looking forward to watching it on Monday! And, honestly, so am I. It looks amazing.
  5. Thanks to the collected efforts of some authors on Facebook, I was able to find a short story I haven’t read since 2001! It’s stuck with me over the years, and I found myself thinking about it more than usual when I started lesson planning for the year, but I couldn’t remember the author, the title, or the anthology that I had originally read it in. Some sleuthing by some wonderful people didn’t just give me¬†the title and author; I got a link to the full text of the story, too! It’s Velvet Fields by Anne McCaffrey for those interested. I highly recommend reading.

My students finished I Am Not a Serial Killer and…


My students just finished reading I AM Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells and they LOVED it! So I decided that we’d express that love via fan art. This is what they’ve put together in just about an hour! I am a very happy author-teacher right now. ūüėć

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These are my TBR shelves.


These are my TBR shelves. I have even more books (the ones that I have read) triple stacked in my closet.

Looking at it after the reorganization, it appears as though there is a slight chance that I have a small book hoarding problem. ūüėá

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I have three words for this book: powerful, insightful, and…


I have three words for this book: powerful, insightful, and important. @IWGregorio has done a brilliant job educating the reader on what it means to be intersex/AIS while not lessening the emotional impact of Krissy’s story in the slightest. This is a book about tolerance, gender, love, strength, mistakes, forgiveness, finding out who you are, and the mutable nature of what it means to be a girl or a boy or human, really. An excellent story by an amazing author and one I highly recommend!

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Guys? Meet Courtney Stevens and Faking Normal

Guys? Meet Courtney Stevens and Faking Normal.

I HAVE FEELINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK, OKAY? It’s poignant and powerful and full of purpose. I meant to post quotes while I read, but I couldn’t put it down long enough to follow through. So, go Courtney for that one.

Also, for anyone who hasn’t experienced rape/abuse and has wanted to learn about one of the quiet ways it destroys lives, read #FakingNormal. In the book, Courtney has captured the confusion and the guilt and the silence that hangs over this kind of situation brilliantly.

Last but definitely not least… Hey, Courtney? I want a Bodee. Kay? Kay. Thanks!

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