Top 10 Tuesday: Books on To-Be-Read List


Top 10 Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

In no particular order, here are the Top Ten books to recently be added to my TBR list!

 


1. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray - I've been waiting for Lair of Dreams ever since the last page of The Diviners. Words cannot describe how excited I am for this book to hit shelves. Definitely re-reading book one in preparation. 

2. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen - Anyone who knows me knows that Sarah Dessen is everything. I'm constantly waiting for the next Dessen read to get my hands on. Saint Anything has been described as darker than anything Dessen has done before, and I'm so beyond excited to get my hands on this story.

3. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater - I've heard nothing but incredible things about The Raven Cycle series and I'm determined to read them ASAP. 

4. City Love by Susane Colasanti - Multiple POV trilogy about three girls set in New York City? Um, yes please! 

5. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee - Um, Harper FREAKING Lee. 'Nuff said. 

6. Me and Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews - I just heard about this book recently, though it's been around for a few years. It's being made into a movie with Olivia Cooke and Connie Britton, so I'm definitely going to have to read before I see it. 

7. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler - Sarah Ockler is another favorite of mine and I will read just about anything that she writes. Excited for a new book by her.

8. Another Day by David Levithan - Every Day was so unique and well written that I know I'm going to have to read this sequel. 

9. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven - Pitched as girl longing to live meets boy obsessed with death. I'm in. 

10. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver - I love strong sister books, so I'm looking forward to reading Oliver's latest work. 

What's on your TBR list?

All the Rage by Courtney Summers

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.  
With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?


First off, thank you so much to Goodreads for this Advanced Readers Copy of ALL THE RAGE. When my mom called me from home and told me that a book arrived in the mail for me, and that this was the book, I actually screamed I was so excited. I notoriously never win anything, and I'm so happy that I actually won something for once.

I'm not going to discuss the plot in depth, as I don't want to spoil the story. However, I do want to say that ALL THE RAGE tackles the subject of sexual abuse and silencing girls with a striking complexity that is different from anything I've read before. Specifically, Romy, the main character, is so complex.  The way she both internalizes and externalizes her pain is real, and as I made my way through the book I truly understood why she felt like she had to stay silent. I loved Leon's character arc, and how we learn more and more about him as Romy learned about him, how he could be "all the good things" and still such a mystery. Overall, Summers tackled huge thematic topics of patriarchy and the treatment of girls in our society with such truth and honesty without sounding preachy or accusatory. It was just a blunt, honest portrayal, and I loved that so much.

I was fascinated by Penny, specifically how we only knew Penny through Romy's depiction of her. This ex-friendship resonated with me, as I believe it will resonate with many girls. I think we've all been there where we go through a terrible friend breakup and think horrible thoughts about someone who we used to be so close with. Despite the tension, it is evident how complicated this friendship is and how conflicted Romy feels about Penny after she goes missing, particular her internal guilt about being the one who was found while Penny was still out there, missing.

Structurally, the book jumps around in time, the jumps occurring before Penny goes missing and after. The jumps that happen are not jarring in any way, and they feel cohesive. Courtney Summers knows how to keep the reader at the edge of their seat, both releasing and withholding information when necessary.

The language and imagery is so potent throughout the entire story, in typical Courtney Summers fashion. You really can feel all the rage within the writing itself. One particular image that I loved so much was the red lipstick / red nails that was woven throughout the story, the juxtaposition between staying silent yet wanting to be seen, and the implications of this imagery.

Also, shout out to Romy's mother and Todd. One of my major pet peeves in YA is the absent parent or the two-dimensional parent. Romy's mother's presence was so real, there were moments where I saw my mother in her. And I loved how much Romy loved her mother, and was happy that she was happy with Todd, the boyfriend / father figure in Romy's life.

That's all I want to say, because I'm afraid I'll get too spoiler-y otherwise. ALL THE RAGE is another powerful novel by Summers. It's honest, complex, and the sort of book that is relatable universally. Currently, with all the talk in the media surrounding rape culture and victim blaming, books such as ALL THE RAGE are even more important. Because girls, it is not your fault.

5 / 5 Stars.

ALL THE RAGE will be out on April 14th.



Where Have I Been? (& A Giveaway!)

Hi everyone!

I feel as though a more formal post is in order, as I just jumped right back in yesterday with my Nova Ren Suma launch and Gayle Forman run-in post. I felt as though I needed to get that post out into the world ASAP. In a way, it sort of explained why I'm coming back. Mostly, I miss the book blogging world. I used to be so current in what I'm reading and what to look forward to. I was fourteen when I started this blog, and had no clue what I was doing. Then, junior / senior year of high school got the best of me, and while I still kept up with reading and writing in what little free time I had, blogging is what I had to push to the side. 

Well, I say no more of that! I'm ready to jump back in. 

Now, I'm finishing up my freshman year of college at NYU. I absolutely love New York City and every opportunity it has offered me since I've gotten here. I'm studying Media & Communication, planning to double minor in Business of Entertainment and Creative Writing. (We have a class here called the business of publishing and I cannot wait to take that one!) 

Yes, that is Bradley Cooper in the middle
This blog is going to stick mostly to the books / writing (unless I do something really cool in NYC like meet Bradley Cooper or go to Jimmy Fallon and then I'll share about that!) I'm going to start reviewing again, host giveaways, analyze my favorite character, maybe post on writing, and definitely attend as many book events as possible and post on those!

Important: Please, please, please, leave a comment with the link to your blog! I switched my blog over to my current email, and my following list disappeared, so I would really love to refollow all of you! (Also I just really love comments.)



*Giveaway*
To kick off my return to the blogging world, why not start with a giveaway? I will be giving one book, any book of the readers choice so long as it is under $20 on The Book Depository. This giveaway will be international, so long as The Book Depository ships to you! All I ask is that you leave a comment with your most anticipated read of 2015! (And follow if you don't already!) The giveaway will run for one week, and I will select the winner next Thursday, April 2nd!

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Happy blogging!

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma Launch (& the Relaunch of this Blog!)

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Last night, I realized I need to blog again. But more on that later. 

Last night, Nova Ren Suma launched her novel, The Walls Around Us, at McNally Jackson in New York City. I currently attend NYU, and McNally Jackson is about a fifteen minute walk from where I live. So of course I had to go. Imaginary Girls is an incredible novel, and The Walls Around Us is a book that I've been highly anticipating for months. In addition to Nova being there, Libba Bray moderated the event. What could be better than this combination? Absolutely nothing. 

Libba Bray and Nova Ren Suma 
The author talk and Q&A was hilarious. Libba Bray is one of the funniest human beings I've ever encountered, she had the entire crowd laughing throughout the entire book talk. And Nova was so sweet and down to earth and just seemed like such a cool person. She stayed afterwards and signed and personalized everyone's copies of The Walls Around Us and was just displayed so much gratitude toward her readers.

I've attended book events in my home state. I've met Sarah Dessen twice, and went to John Green's "Tour de Nerdfighting" when he launched The Fault in our Stars. But I have never had an experience quite like this one. Being in a local, cozy independent bookstore, there for the launch night of an author's work that you can tell holds so much pride in her heart, it was a truly incredible experience.

She signed everyone's books, and I got to speak with her for a minute. I'm so incredibly awkward when I meet authors, because whenever I meet an author that I admire, an author who has impacted me and my writing, they just embody everything that I hope to become someday. I told her that I write YA and that this is what I want someday, and she had such kind sweet words, and even wrote a note in my copy of The Walls Around Us.

In addition to this night already being beyond incredible, Gayle Forman was there. When she walked into the room, my insides screamed. I am obsessed with Gayle Forman and her work (expect my first review back to for her latest release, I Was Here). After I was all set with Nova and made my purchases. I saw Gayle hanging around, talking to some other people. I debated in my head for probably ten minutes whether or not I should go up to her before I was like, screw this, she's right here, and I knew I'd never forgive myself if I passed up this opportunity. YA authors are my rockstars. 

So I went over, trying so hard not to be a creepy fan girl, and said hi, gushed over her writing, told her I write YA, and tried not to be as awkward as I felt. She was so sweet, she asked me my name and hugged me. I got a picture with her too. A few years ago, I would have never been bold enough to walk up to someone I admired so much, so I left the bookstore feeling so proud of myself for doing this. During the conversation, I kept apologizing, and finally her response was like. "No, stop. You're a woman. Never apologize." 

Have I mentioned how much I love her?

Gayle Forman and me (squeee!)
It was just such an all-around wonderful night, and I really felt the support of the YA community. Sitting there, watching Nova read, and hearing how Libba and Gayle and Nova all workshop their projects together, the entire time I was thinking this is what I want. I've been writing more and more since 2015 kicked off, but this night was just another motivating push I needed to really get me going and motivated to work for this. The YA community is so supportive and fantastic and wonderful and I can only hope that I'll be lucky enough to be a part of it someday.

For now, I will write, and I will start blogging again. Expect weekly book reviews, a re-launch giveaway, and all things writing related. The last year I've been so wrapped up in life and graduating and adjusting to college, but now I'm at a place where I really think that I'm ready to re-immerse myself in this world.

 I hope you guys let me back in!