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18 August 2014
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#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If you like Eleanor and Park, try Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz because both of these YA novels feature love stories between seeming opposites.


#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If you like Eleanor and Park, try Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz because both of these YA novels feature love stories between seeming opposites.

23 July 2014

rallycxp asked

Hi! I need some help finding books with diversity. I need some with main characters that are POC, have disabilities, or are LGBTQIA. If you could help that would be awesome! (:

Hi there! I always turn to Diversity in YA for good, diverse recommendations. They churn out lists for all sorts of diversities. They actually have a list for all of the diversities you mentioned

My followers also suggested Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman.

14 May 2014

ransomideas asked

Hi there! My friends and I are going to California this summer and we are looking for some novels taking place there, do you have any recommendations?

Hi! I immediately thought of John Stienbeck. His books, Of Mice and Men, Eden of the East, The Grapes of Wrath, and others, take place in California. I’d also suggest: The Luck Joy Club by Amy Tan, The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue by Manuel Munoz, Invasion of the Body Snatchers by Jack Finney, The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon, and House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. I’d also suggest looking at this list for more suggestions. 

My followers suggested Anything by Ken Nunn and Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion.

05 February 2014

Anonymous asked

I haven't read in a while and was wondering if you have a suggestion on a series?

Hi! That’s a broad question. I’d recommend the series that I currently own: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, The Space Trilogy by C. S. Lewis, Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, Divergent series by Veronica Roth, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness, Maus by Art Spiegelman, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, Who Could That Be at This Hour by Lemony Snicket, The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingallas Wilder, Uglies series by Scott Westerfield, and The Shadow of the Wind series by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. I’d definitely recommend looking at this page of lists for specific genres and topics. 

Do you guys have any other suggestions?

07 January 2014

Anonymous asked

Oh gosh, I hope you see this and answer. xx but I was wondering if their was any fictional books on idk a lesbian couple, but for young adults, that you recommend?

Hi, I hope I can help. The books that first come to mind would be: Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden, The Miseducation of Cameron Postby Emily M. Danforth, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, and The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson. I’d also recommend checking out this list of more books.

My followers suggest: Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, Ash by Melinda Lo, and Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult.

04 January 2014

Anonymous asked

Can you post some suggestions on autobiographies to read? It doesn't really matter who it's about (to me), but I kind of want one that not only shows the life of the person it's about but also how that person affected the world, or even specific people. :) Thank you! I know you're busy, so if you did answer this, you're awesome :D Your blog is amazing, by the way, one of my favorites! :)

I haven’t read a lot of autobiographies or biographies, but I immensely enjoyed Treat It Gentle by Sidney Bechet, Lady Sings the Blues by Billie Holiday, and Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup. I seem to own a few more books that are people’s journals. I think I like reading those more than reading something that’s strictly an autobiography. I’ve really loved The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath and Between Sea and Sahara. I don’t think I could finish this question without mentioning The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I have yet to read it, but I know it’s going to be great. Also, thank you. :)

My followers suggest: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami, Q’s Legacy by Helene Hanff, Model: A Memoir by Cheryl Diamond, Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd, Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, Growing Pains by Billie Piper, Just Kids by Patti Smith, A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway, and The Glass Castle byJeannette Walls.

06 November 2013

Anonymous asked

Hello. I saw you recommended some books and I wonder if you could tell me some books that I should read. I like reading about love, are there any books about falling in love? About describing how two friends fell in love? I would appreciate it, thank you. :)

Hi! Yes, this genre is not my forte unfortunately. However, I have some amazing followers who always provide really great recommendations. 

My wonderful followers recommend:  One Perfect Summer by Paige Toon You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane, Pillow Talk by Freya North, The Guy Next Door by Meg Cabot, A Hopeless Romantic by Harriet Evans, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, The Chocolate Run by Dorothy Koomsn, From Nottinghill with Love…Actually by Ali McNamra, The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella, Can You Keep A Secret by Sophie Kinsella, You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane, I Heart series by Lindsey Kelk, Me Before You by Jojo Moyles, How To Love by Katie Cotungo, The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Scheider, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan, All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, and One Day by David Nicholls.

01 November 2013

gloryandus said: What’s the one book I should read before visiting my special someone in Louisiana this winter?

What a crazy, random happenstance! I have a friend coming to visit me in Louisiana this winter. I’d suggest reading my favorite books set in Louisiana: The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 12 Years A Slave by Solomon Northup, and The Cutting Season by Attica Locke. 

01 November 2013

allbuteverenough said: I want to read something really light. Romance but not too much drama. Recs please?

I’m not very good at recommending books in the romance genre. I can say that I really enjoyed Fangirl and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve heard How To Love by Kaite Cotugno and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins are very good as well.

My followers suggest: How To Love by Katie Cotugno, Coffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors, and The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

01 November 2013

we-are-geeks asked

I'm looking for books to read for the upcoming Winter season. Something with romance during the holidays. Do you have any recommendations?

Hi! I can only really think of one book that focuses on the Holidays and that is Lily and Dash’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohen and David Levithan. For other books, I’d say Blankets by Craig Thompson, Jane Eyre by Charolette Bronte, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson, and Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu.

My followers suggested Let It Snow by John Green and Lauren Myracle.

13 September 2013

Anonymous asked

Hi! I really love your blog, and I wanted to know if you could recommend me some good books that are set in autumn/winter/christmas time! I haven't read a lot of them but I'd like to read more, so I'd be very grateful if you could help me! :D

Hi! Most books are set during a year or over several years. I don’t think I’ve read one book that is set in a specific season. I’d recommend reading books have recently been published like Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell or More Than This by Patrick Ness.

My followers suggested: Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu,  All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill, The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, and A Week in December  by Sebastian Faulks.

17 August 2013

Anonymous asked

I love your blog :3 I'm dealing with my fabulous fear of a lot of stuff at the moment, and I love to read. Do you know any good books about being afraid/overcoming fear? I love a lot of the books you recommend, so I was wondering if you had any suggestions? Thanks :)

One of my favorite quotes says, “Some of us are the silent suffers of a noisy disease and that is all I have to say about fear.” It’s from the short story “To Those of Who Missed Your Connecting Flight Out of O’Hare” by Amy Hempel. I’d definitely recommend it. I feel like fear is something that many books and short stories focus on. I’m not familiar with just one book that only focuses on it.

My followers suggest: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly.

05 August 2013

Anonymous asked

Do you know any books where the characters or the main character are/is in college?

I’d suggest: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Leaning by J.W. Swartz, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by David Levithan, Oral History by Lee Smith, and Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series by Ann Brashares.

My followers suggest: Just One Day by Gayle FormanThe Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath,  Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald, Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers.

05 August 2013

Anonymous asked

Can you recommend any books that are a more on the lighthearted side, but still serious at times (if that makes sense, haha)? I'm thinking something along the lines of Percy Jackson

Hi, I can surely try! I’d suggest: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson, Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott, The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman, and So This Is How It Ends by Tui T. Sutherland. I’d also suggest this and this list.

My followers suggest: Anything Can Happen by George and Helen Waite Papashvily and The Hoosier Schoolmaster by Edward Eggleston.

26 July 2013

Anonymous asked

Do you know any books where long-distance relationship are involved? I've read a few that included them, mostly as something a minor character had that ended badly. I'm looking for one where the main character is in the relationship. Thanks! (I love your blog!)

I don’t read this genre very often, so I really don’t have any books that come to mind. I have heard good things about Landing by Emma Donoghue. I also found this list.

My followers suggested Balancing Acts by Zoe Fishman and ZigZag by Ellen Wittlinger.