Category: About Books

Book Wrap Up (April): Slow and Nostalgic Reading in Quarantine

Reading Nostalgic Books to Stay Sane I don’t know about you but reading has been very different since the lock-down. Right now I have a short attention span, and I really just want to be sucked into whatever I’m reading. That’s why for April…

Why You Should (Always) Read Middle Grade and YA Books

Hey guys, it’s been a while. But I’ve been doing a lot of reading. A lot of YA and Middle Grade reading. And I’ve been thinking about why I believe it’s so valuable to read these genres as an adult. It may seem strange…

Book Wrap Up (March): Reading in Quarantine

With starting a new job and trying to manage self-care in quarantine, I wasn’t able to read too many books this month. But I read some good ones for sure. Here’s all the books I read during March! What was your favorite book you…

Book Wrap Up (February): Good and Bad Books

Hello everyone! I finally got my reading butt into gear this month, even though it was a short one. If you’d like a full review for any of the books below that don’t have one already, let me know! I’d love to extend my…

Book Wrap Up (January): What I’ve Read So Far

Here’s a recap of all that I’ve read so far in 2020. It’s not much and not much good yet either!

Response To: “The Decade in Young Adult Fiction” by Slate

Is YA Fiction Eating Itself Alive? As someone who grew up as a teenager during the last decade, the state of YA Fiction is something near and dear to my heart. But I’m also a writer, and a writer of YA Fiction, so I…

Books Read in 2019 and the “Best of” Winners

Check out the books I’ve read this year and the “best of’s” in several categories. It’s time to recap reading in 2019!

Sex In YA Fantasy Part Two: How Fantasy Can Change Young Adults

Before reading this, check out Part One of this blog series. “When I started working as a child abuse and neglect family therapist…one quick conclusion I came to was that until we are willing and able to talk openly about sex in this culture—healthy…

Sex In Young Adult Fantasy (Part 1)

An Overview Oh boy. This is a tricky topic for so many people. Should writers put sex in their books? How should it be portrayed? Are the relationships healthy? Is the sex safe? Is it consensual? Instead of just writing off the conversation as…

What I’ve Learned About Giving Up Books

Finishing Books Just To Finish Them All of my younger life I felt like I could never EVER give up a book. Even if I hated it. Even if the writing was terrible. Even if I didn’t enjoy a thing about it. I remember…