I am so very behind on my “What I’m Reading” posts. I really despise doing bulk reviews, but these three just seem to fit together so well, it was hard to resist. Pictured above: Wither, Lauren DeStefano; Delirium, Lauren Oliver; Matched, Ally Condie I’ve been on a bit of a dystopian kick lately, and based on the above three reads, I guess I’m intrigued by worlds that regulate (or attempt to regulate) love. Love plays a vital role in each story, shaping, defining and challenging the characters. In MATCHED, love is decided for you, with the Society picking your marriage partner. In DELIRIUM, love is a disease where citizens anxiously line up to be cured. And in WITHER, love is almost nonexistent, as girls are sold into a polygamous marriage in an attempt to keep a genetically malfunctioning population from dying out. WITHER I enjoyed the dynamic between Rhine and her sister wives far more than I thought I would. The polygamous marriage felt instantly... Read More
The purpose of young adult literature is often twofold: to tell a story, and to send a message, usually in the form of a much-needed lesson. This is the first line of a recent New York Times Sunday Book Review by Lisa Belkin. The article reviewed two YA novels about abusive relationships – Jennifer Brown’s BITTER END and Deb Caletti’s STAY – and while it is exciting to see more and more YA novels getting press, I have a serious issue with this opening statement. Sarah Ockler wrote a fabulous response to Belkin’s article, claiming that the NYT review missed the point. I happen to agree and urge you all to read Ockler’s post. My thoughts are very much in line with hers and she breaks down the review (and her issues with it) so very well. In my opinion – and Lisa Belkin is certainly entitled to her own – the purpose of young adult literature is not twofold. There is just one purpose: tell a story. Tell an amazing, jaw-dropping, can’t put it down, read it... Read More
This comic by Ida Eva Neverdahl got passed around the internet today, and for obvious reasons. Take a look: Ida, how did you do this? How did you so perfectly capture the struggles of pursuing a creative life? How did you capture the process and the love and the doubts and the uncertainty? And how did you make it so beautiful? Can I tell you that my stomach literally dropped when they first broke out of the frames? It was like that moment in a song when everything crescendos and gravity shifts and suddenly it’s just you and the music – you’re floating and in awe, the hair on your forearms reaching for the ceiling. And then, when they flew into the sky, when the borders faded away, can I tell you how many goosebumps I had? Truthfully, I can’t, because I was too busy holding back tears. I was biting my lip and blinking rapidly and attempting to maintain my composure. Why can’t I find your email address, Ida? I want to tell you how amazing this is. And I want... Read More
You’ve seen the poster I’m talking about, right? This one; designed to keep morale up in Britain during the WWII, but never really put into use. It wasn’t until years later, after the propaganda slipped into public domain, that the Internet saw a resurgence of this “keep calm and carry on” slogan. Chances are you’ve seen it plastered on t-shirts and coffee mugs and other random products. Sometimes the crown sits on top, sometimes a cupcake – You know, so you can “keep calm and have a cupcake.” So why did the Internet become obsessed with this 5-word mantra? Because it is genius. Simple, but honest, genius. Sometimes things get crazy. Sometimes things are out of your control. Sometimes you are just one tiny being in an extraordinarily large universe and there’s not much you can do but take a deep breath and plow ahead. Truer words could not be spoken when it comes to writing. You are in control of some things (the words you... Read More
I initiated a little game on Twitter the other evening, cleverly (or unimaginatively) referred to as Name That Book. This game was pretty straight-forward. I posted a photo snippet from a book (interior pages) and the first person to tweet me with the correct title and author won. We played five rounds and at the end of the game, random.org chose one grand prize winner from the round winners. That lucky someone scored an amazon gift card. The game was really fun, and may I just say that my Twitter followers are brilliant? Seriously. You guys were blowing me away with your speedy response times and lightening-fast typing. But one tweet stood out to me. This comment came in from Kelly, long after the game was over: The bummer part of the game for me was that of the books I’d read, I read them on my iPad so I didn’t recognize page numbers. I had not once thought of this before initiating the game. When it comes to books, I am still a print-girl. I want to hold the novel... Read More
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