let’s talk about love ~ a book that gave me ALL THE FEELS

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Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date
: January 23 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Blurb:
Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting–working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual). Alice is done with dating–no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.

But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).

When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood

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leah on the offbeat ~ a book that made me cry happy tears

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky AlbertalliPublisher:HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray
Release Date
: April 24 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Blurb:
Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended. 

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the mid-year book freakout tag (let’s pretend it’s still june & fangirl together!!)

the mid-year book freakout tag

Okay I know I’m late to this but HELLO EVERYONE. I wasn’t tagged but I decided to participate after seeing this tag around the blogosphere. (Also, Jasmine @ Jasmine’s Reading tagged everyone who hasn’t done this tag yet so thank you Jasmine!) I think the tag was originally created by Chami and Ely. And I just wanted to spread some love to bloggers I follow who did this tag so here are some blogs you should check out (I linked to their book tag post!): A Frolic Through Fiction, This Dark MaterialLibrae Paints Pages, Forever and Everly, A Whisper of Ink, Free Perspectives, and Paper Fury.

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“I am watching a cat chase its tail” // a poem

This summer is passing by too quickly. I remember thinking about all the things I wanted to do. I made a bunch of lists. And now, here I am a month later and I haven’t done many of the things on that list. But that’s okay because I feel happy.  Also that isn’t to say that I’ve done nothing at all because I’ve been writing a book for Camp NaNo. I’ve also been reading obsessively in an attempt to catch up on my Goodreads challenge goal of 100 books. And I’ve been working to feel more at peace with myself – mainly through yoga and meditation (I recommend headspace!). So to sum up this summer, I’ve been waking up and feeling grateful that I have this time to relax and unwind without worrying about what will come next (hint: leaving for college!). 

Today, I finally want to share a poem that I wrote in January with you. I spent a few months chipping away at it – editing lines or phrases here and there…until I realized that the version of the poem I wrote late at night, while feeling sad and stressed, was the version I wanted to keep. I submitted this poem last minute to Lancaster University’s  Writing Awards and months later, discovered that I placed third in the poetry category. (Sidenote: You can read my work and that of the other amazing finalists on the website here.) And if you would like to receive emails containing poems like the one below, please subscribe to my newsletter.

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book review: gena/finn ~ a quirky must read

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Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release Date
: May 17 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Blurb: 

The story follows the unlikely friendship of two young women forged via fan fiction and message boards, and is told entirely in texts, chats, and blog posts.

Gena (short for Genevieve) and Finn (short for Stephanie) have little in common. Book-smart Gena is preparing to leave her posh boarding school for college; down-to-earth Finn is a twenty-something struggling to make ends meet in the big city. Gena’s romantic life is a series of reluctant one-night-stands; Finn is making a go of it with long-term boyfriend Charlie. But they share a passion for Up Below, a buddy cop TV show with a cult fan following. Gena is a darling of the fangirl scene, keeping a popular blog and writing fan fiction. Finn’s online life is a secret, even from Charlie. The pair spark an unlikely online friendship that deepens quickly (so quickly it scares them both), and as their individual “real” lives begin to fall apart, they increasingly seek shelter online, and with each other.

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book review: batman: nightwalker ~ a disappointing read

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Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release Date
: January 2nd 2018

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 3 stars
Goodreads Blurb: 

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

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poetry is magic (ft. snippets from my current project)

School ends in a few weeks and I am very much looking forward to it. Senior year of high school was difficult for multiple reasons but that is why I poured all of my heart & soul into my writing. There are days when poetry is all I can think about, days when I am sad (and stressed!) and it is all I have to hold onto. Poetry has become a source of comfort, hope, and inspiration. I draw strength from it. In short, poetry has become something like magic to me.

A few months ago, I promised to share my writing more often and to revive my newsletter, fleet-footed thoughts. With the arrival of summer, I can finally keep both of those promises. For the last six months, I have been working on drafting the first fifteen poems of my chapbook, Visible Things. Today, I’ll be sharing lines from some of those poems.

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