Throwback Thursday 3

Throwback Thursday

I thought it’d be kind of fun to use Throwback Thursday to highlight some things from the past that I was obsessed with (and still love). So on Thursdays I’m going to throw it back by talking about a book, a movie or TV show, and a song or band from the past.

TBT Book

I couldn’t keep doing these posts if I didn’t feature my absolute favorite book from my childhood – a book that continues to be one of my favorite stories to this day. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie inspired me as a child. And now, as an adult, it still inspires me. I have a Peter Pan inspired tattoo, which reminds me to never take life too seriously; try to see the world with childlike curiosity and love and joy. I know that’s not quite what the book means, but that’s what it means to me. I literally own at least ten different editions of this book, from a copy of Peter Pan and Wendy to the pretty editions that Barnes & Noble sells.

TBT Movie

To go along with the Peter Pan theme, I want to talk about the Disney version of the movie. It changes the story and the scariness of certain parts of Neverland and Peter, but I love it. I’ve watched it a countless number of times. I’ve met people who have never seen it and that is absolutely crazy to me. Go watch it if you haven’t seen it!

TBT Song

Looks like this whole thing is going to be Peter Pan themed. This song is only about three years old, but it fits perfectly with the theme. I remember hearing this for the first time and just grinning the whole time. 1. Because I really just like the song, but also 2. Because I love everything Peter Pan themed.

Top Ten Tuesday: My Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Books On My Fall TBR List

I cheated. There are eleven books here, but it was too hard to narrow down. All titles are linked to Goodreads.

crooked-kingdom     rather-be-the-devil     Strange the Dreamer

Crooked KingdomCrooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo // Rather Be the Devil by Ian Rankin // Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

of-fire-and-stars     a-shadow-bright-and-burning     ghost

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst // A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess // Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Timekeeper     Heartless     aerie

Timekeeper by Tara Sim // Heartless by Marissa Meyer // Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley

boy-robot     Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Boy Robot by Simon Curtis // Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Soon on Sunday: Crooked Kingdom

Soon on Sunday

This weekly post will feature some books that will be released on the Tuesday of the following week that I’ve either read, pre-ordered, ordered for the library, or will be reading asap. This feature is about books that I KNOW I will read or have already read and I’m excited to share with you. The post might have a mini review included or a link to my review (if I’ve already written one – either on my blog or on Goodreads).

crooked-kingdomCrooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Release date: September 27, 2016

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

YOU GUYS I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK OMG. Plus, I get to see Leigh Bardugo on release day in Naperville and YAAASSSSS. I’m ready to continue shipping my OTP and to go on another adventure with the Dregs.

Find it on Goodreads.

Any Bardugo fans out there?

Throwback Thursday 2

Throwback Thursday

I thought it’d be kind of fun to use Throwback Thursday to highlight some things from the past that I was obsessed with (and still love). So on Thursdays I’m going to throw it back by talking about a book, a movie or TV show, and a song or band from the past. You can check out my first one HERE.

TBT Book

In honor of my new city (Chicago) and the fact that his birthday was September 25, I want to talk about Shel Silverstein and Where the Sidewalk Ends. I’m going to assume that most of you have read this book (or at least one of Silverstein’s amazing books), but if you haven’t, fix that. I remember reading the “My Beard” poem (about a man whose beard is so long that he never wears clothes) and laughing forever. I still laugh at that poem.


TBT Movie


I can’t believe this movie came out when I was nine. I don’t think I watched it when it first came out, but man, do I love Fight Club. I’m a huge fan of psychological thrillers, and while this isn’t quite that, I love the whole messing-with-your-mind thing. I won’t spoil what happens, but if you’ve watched this (or read the book), you know what I’m talking about.

TBT Song

I’m not going to lie, this song has been stuck in my head for a week because it was on Glee, which I’ve recently finished watching. I LOVED Alanis Morrisette when I was younger. Oh, who am I kidding? I still do. She’s so weird, but I dig that.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Songs I Love

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

All About Audio freebie —  aka top ten audiobooks you should listen to, 10 books I want to listen to on audio,10 bands you should check out, 10 podcasts you should be listening to, 10 of my all time favorite albums, 10 songs I love, really whatever you can come up with.

I’ve done a post about audiobooks before, so I decided to go with music this time. I’m going to tell you about Ten Songs I Love. I’ve included a Spotify playlist below if you want to listen to any of them!

  1. Welcome to Your Life – Grouplove
  2. Kill Your Heroes – AWOLNATION
  3. Kitchen Sink – twenty one pilots (it was unbelievably hard to narrow this down to just one of their songs, so listen to all of them)
  4. Let It Go – The Neighbourhood
  5. Where I’m Going – Sir Sly
  6. High – Young Rising Sons
  7. Tell the World – Eric Hutchinson
  8. If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t on the Dancefloor) – Jr. Jr.
  9. Queen of the City – Joshua James
  10. Ease – Troye Sivan

ARC Review: Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

kids-of-appetiteAuthor: David Arnold

Genre: Young adult, contemporary

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: September 20, 2016

352 pages, hardcover

Check out the full synopsis on Goodreads.

If anyone was silly enough to be worried that David Arnold’s second book wouldn’t live up to his wonderful debut, MOSQUITOLAND, they should rest assured that it does. KIDS OF APPETITE is brilliant, incredible, emotional, sensitive, not what I was expecting and better than I could hope for. David has a sensitivity in his writing that I haven’t seen anywhere else and his characters have an intensity and passion for life that you can really feel in his writing and that will light your soul on fire. I only hope that I can be half as brave, half as great as his characters; I only hope that I can be a Super Racehorse too. David’s books make me hungry for more of his words, and I will keep eating them up as long as he keeps writing (i.e. hopefully forever and ever, amen).

A couple of people have asked me if I liked KIDS OF APPETITE better than MOSQUITOLAND, and I honestly don’t have an answer. It’s hard to choose between two of your favorite books. But I will say that I related to Vic more than I did Mim. You guys know how much I loved Mim, but the things that Vic goes through because of his Moebius Syndrome – which I am NOT at all saying is exactly the same as my having alopecia – felt so close to home for me. The way people react to him, the horrible things people say to him, the way he sometimes feels about himself, those were things I felt deep down in my bones and soul. And, yes, I cried (like A LOT) at certain points – particularly a scene at the Rockefeller Center, which I won’t talk about but which you should experience.

The bottom line: This is a Super Racehorse of a book, and I read the whole thing in one day. But, like MOSQUITOLAND, it’ll be one I read over and over.


Okay, I feel like I keep doing these posts. These “I’ve been a bit absent, but I’m BAAACCCKKK” posts. But bear with me this time because I’ve got some super amazing, wonderful, incredible things happening in my life but they are taking up ALLLL of my time. I have a lot of caps so far in the post. Oops.

So, in case you don’t follow me on Twitter (which you should do because I’m practically always on Twitter), then you might not know, but



Life is weird sometimes, but it is also absolutely wonderful. Some of you know but I’d been having a bit of a rough go of it in Mississippi, and this position at Sourcebooks is exactly what I’ve always wanted to do in a city that I’ve always loved with a company that is proving each day to be even more amazing than I thought.

And even though I’m super happy with everything, I miss blogging. HOWEVER, it’s still going to be another week or so until I have time for it, because not only did I just pack up all of my belongings and move to Chicago, I’m also flying to Atlanta this weekend for the Decatur Book Festival, where I’m moderating not 1, not 2, but THREE awesome panels!! I’ll tell you more about those soon.

I miss all of you, and I hope you’re doing really well. I’m always happy to email or tweet or DM or any of that, but I’ll be away from the blog for just a little while longer. Bear with me.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that should be required reading

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Back To School Freebie — anything “back to school” related like 10 favorite books I read in school, books I think should be required reading, Required Reading For All Fantasy Fans, required reading for every college freshman, Books to Pair With Classics or Books To Complement A History Lesson, books that would be on my classroom shelf if I were a teacher

I decided to list some of the books I think should be required or suggested reading for LIFE. You’ll find that a lot of the books on this list can help you understand the world around us and the people in it better. These books will expand your world view, the way you see other people, and, most importantly, the way you see yourself. These books helped me to realize that I have anxiety (which lead me to get help); these books gave me hope when I had none; these books helped me open my eyes to the people around me and to see the world through clearer eyes; and these books can serve as a warning of sorts for behavior in yourself or others that could warrant the need for help, all while telling you that getting help is okay. I tried to avoid typically required reading (The Book Thief, To Kill a Mockingbird, etc.) to include books that might not always be included in school. I went a bit over the ten books limit, so I’ve just included covers which are linked to the books’ corresponding Goodreads page.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky   The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner   It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini   Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu   My Heart & Other Black Holes final   Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig   Beloved

The Outsiders   If I Was Your Girl   When I Was the Greatest      George by Alex Gino

The Girl who Fell by Shannon M. Parker   The Humans by Matt Haig   The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time   A Monster Calls

The Color Purple   Mosquitoland by David Arnold   Things Fall Apart   The Walking Dead, Volume 1 cover

Which books do you think should be required reading? Have you read any of these books? Do you agree with me?





Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My TBR from before I Started Blogging

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet

The Diviners by Libba Bray // Legend by Marie Lu
Every Day by David Levithan // Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath // Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin // The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor // Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I move up my TBR?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Fictional Settings

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten book set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc)

Top Ten Books With a Fictional Setting

Harry Potter series | the Wizarding World / Hogwarts – Do I really need to explain this one? I actually teared up when I walked into Diagon Alley for the first time at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando.

Lumberjanes | Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types – Because OBVIOUSLY I’m a hard-core lady-type


The Hobbit | The Shire – Hobbits, Elevenses, small houses, more food, and visits by Gandalf. What could be better?

Peter Pan | Neverland – Despite the fact that Captain Hook is a jerk, Neverland is full of fairies, mermaids (who might eat you but whatevs), pirates, and the possibility that you could FLYYYYY.

Shadow & Bone / Six of Crows | Grishaverse – I’m putting the entire Grishaverse because it’s hard to just choose one area. I’d love to visit Ravka or Ketterdam. I think I might even want to visit the Fold once, you know, just to say I did.


A Darker Shade of Magic | Londons – I’d obviously prefer this one if I could move between the different Londons like Kell, but if I had to choose one, it’d obviously be Red London because all the magic.

The Jackaby books | New Fiddleham – Historical fiction with the addition of paranormal creatures and beings. Gimme.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory | the Chocolate Factory – Come ON. If you don’t agree with this one, I’m not sure if we can be friends. I’d obviously want to visit without all the mishaps but ALLLLL of the chocolate river.

Magonia | Magonia – A city iN THE SKY YOU GUYS OMG

The Chronicles of Narnia | Narnia – I feel like this is another one that doesn’t require a whole bunch of explanation. Give me that delicious looking Turkish Delight and snow and talking animals and the fact that it is IN A WARDROBE and I’m sold.


Which fictional worlds would you want to visit?