News Years Resolutions + What I’m Excited for in 2018

Year In Review

I can’t believe 2017 is over! It feels like just yesterday I was making new years resolutions for last year. It’s been a tough year, but I’ve grown from it and there’s been many moments I know I will cherish. For instance, the transition to boarding school was a welcome challenge and I cannot wait for the next four years. However, it can be easy to overlook big (and small) moments of joy when we are faced with the current news cycle. This year, I learned it is important now more than ever to use my voice to contact my representatives, stand up for what I believe in, and to fight for my rights.

“That’s the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?” – Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give


bestofBest Young Adult Books of 2017

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway. It is hard to imagine any “best books” list without Benway’s National Book Award winning Far From the Tree. This story of three siblings begins with middle child Maya grappling with giving her baby up for adoption just as she was given up for adoption sixteen years ago.

Warcross by Marie Lu. Lu’s sci-fi thriller was an unexpected favorite. I am not usually drawn to either genre, but something about heroine Emika Chen was immediately compelling.

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July Wrap Up

What Happened This Month

I cannot believe it’s August already! July seems to have flown by. Many books I’m excited about came out this month, such as Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana. Also, at the bookstore I worked at, I worked an event with Joyce Carol Oates, which was incredible.

40B239F2-556B-4B10-96B9-99D9C85906A4.jpgWhat I’m Reading Right Now

I’m reading When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. I’ve been searching for the perfect summer read and I think I’ve just about found it. Unexpectedly funny and heartfelt, Menon’s debut is perfect for a beach day. Although I’m not done with When Dimple Met Rishi, I have high hopes. Stay tuned!

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June Wrap Up

What Happened in June

June was an insanely busy month for me, so I hope you can understand why my blog posting has not been as consistent as I would like. I had finals the first week, then was immediately off to Rabat, Morocco for a month, which is where I am writing from now. I’m really looking forward to a calmer July.

Debut Author I Loved

I have written this before, but I will write it again. I have been overwhelmingly disappointed by the lack of debut authors in Young Adult recently. Of the debut authors I read this month (only one, out of six authors) I felt dissatisfied with their work. I am hopeful Fall will bring talented new names, but it looks like the forecast for summer will be same old, same old. Here’s to being proven wrong.

What I’m Reading

Right now, I’m about 150 pages into The Burning Girl by  professor Claire Messud. Friends haven’t enjoyed it, but I really have. Her prose can get a little excessive and windy, but that’s one of my favorite parts of the novel.

What I Blogged About

Blog: The Best Books to Bring on a Long Flight

Review: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Review: This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

What I’m Excited for in July

July 4: The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy hits shelves. Something about the soupy summer air always bodes well for chilling thrillers set in small Midwestern towns.

July 9: Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY hosts Adele Griffin, Morgan Matson, and Jenny Han.

July 11: The Lake Effect by Erin McHanan comes out. Set of the shores of Lake Michigan, this coming of age novel is the perfect beach read.

July 18: The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana is released. With an absolutely stunning cover and a backdrop of Indian mythology, I’m excited to see what Khorana’s debut has in store.

May Wrap Up

What Happened in May?

May went by in a blink of an eye! Whether it was the stress of school and final exams, or the anticipation of my trip to Morocco, this month flew by for me. In terms of books, there were a lot of sequels coming out, but not many debuts or stand alones. Hopefully we’ll begin to see more new authors, because it sometimes feels tiring to see the same ten names every month.

Debut Author I Loved

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Karen McManus’s debut mystery was pitched as Pretty Little Liars meets the Breakfast Club, a description which it certainly lives up to. Sometimes trashy, always page-turning, this debut is perfect for a long flight or rainy day.

What I’m Reading

Right now, I’m reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Next up is A Million Junes, Emily Henry’s much anticipated second novel.

What I Blogged About

Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Blog: 5 Great Books About School

Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

What I’m Excited for in June

June 4: Oblong Books in Rhinebeck hosts Laini Taylor and Victoria Schwab

June 6: Once and For All by Sarah Dessen comes out. Dessen’s novels are perfect beach reads, light, funny, and always sweet.

June 6: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley is released. Another romance, Crowley’s debut takes place in a bookstore. What’s better than that?

February Wrap Up

What Happened in February?

February was a mellow month for me. I tried to focus on schoolwork and avoid thinking about my boarding school applications which I had submitted in January and would hear about in March. I have also found that I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump. Many of the new releases I read in February were a little lackluster. Hopefully spring will bring better books.

Debut Author I Loved- Ibi Zoboi, American Street

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Zoboi draws upon her own experiences to write American Street, a novel about Haitian immigrant, Fabiola. This timely debut is not to be missed!

What I Blogged About

Review: Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin

List: 5 Sunny Reads to Transport You Away from the Cold

Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Review: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

What I’m Excited for in March

March 7- The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz hits shelves.

March 19- My birthday! I turn 14.

March 21- Feminist author Rebecca Solnit speaks at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck, NY.

March 28- A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi comes out. Check out my review of her debut.

March 28- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor is released. Click on the title to see my review.


October Wrap Up

What Happened in October?

October was a pretty mellow month. The only big event was Halloween- I was Wednesday Addams.

Debut Author I Loved

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Sarah Everett’s debut is a relief from all the fantasy novels coming out recently. This realistic fiction follows teen Addison Sullivan before and after a bus crash that changed her life. Right before the crash, she was talking to a boy- who no one else could see. Maybe it has something to do with her stay at Overton, a shady medical facility.

What I Blogged About

October 5- You in Five Acts by Una LaMarche

October 11- 8 Things About Me and 8 New Books to Read

October 19- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

October 25- The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

What I’m Excited for in November

November 1- The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

November 1- Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

November 1- The Amateurs by Sara Shepard

November 22- Scythe by Neal Shusterman


September Wrap Up

What Happened in September?

I went back to school in September 7. I had a fantastic summer and am already counting down the days until Summer ’17. I also toured some boarding schools- high school isn’t too far away.

In book news, the movie adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children came out September 30 and Leigh Bardugo’s Crooked Kingdom came out on the 27th.

Debut Author I Loved

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Randi Pink- Into White. Latoya Williams is a black teenager who attends an upper-class high school in Alabama. Because of the racism she experiences, she prays to change her race- and wakes up white. This exploration of race and white supremacy in the bible belt is a must read, especially now.

What I Blogged About

September 5- Five Fictional High Schools I Wish I Attended

September 16- 4 books to read if you loved Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

September 23- Heartless by Marissa Meyer

What I’m Excited for in October

October 4- Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley

October 11- The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

October 11- What Light by Jay Asher

YALLWest 2016 Wrap Up


I love YALLWest. It’s an amazing festival, or as a friend described it, “basically ComicCon or BEA- but without the torturously long lines.” I’ve gone both years, and absolutely loved it. I’ve met so many new people, got so many awesome (free!) books, and saw some fantastic panels. Here’s just some of the fun I had this year.

Taking a selfie with Jennifer Niven (All the Bright Places) and Isabela of Isabela Reads and lounging on a swan with friends.
Book Nerd Yoga with Epic Reads! It was so fun, and I got to meet some great authors, like Kimberly McCreight, author of The Outliers
Loved running in to Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die series), Renée Ahdieh (The Wrath and the Dawn series) and Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me trilogy, Furthermore)

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I’m on the YALLWest poster! (I’m on the bottom right)

Overall, I’d say YALLWest 2016 was a huge success. I met so many great authors and had such a fun time in the California sunshine. I can’t wait to go back next year!

April Wrap Up

What happened this April?

This April was pretty stressful for me, I won’t lie. I had state testing at school (ugh), volunteered at the amazing Woodstock Writer’s Festival, had a cello recital (yay!), and completely redid my blog. Also, and this is the best part, it got warm out! As a West Coast girl living on the East Coast, anything below 60 degrees is pretty chilly for me. Thankfully, after a pretty short winter, it’s warmed back up to 75 degree weather.

What I’ve Been Loving

After hearing so, so so much about the Hamilton soundtrack, I figured I should give it a listen. Oh my God. It’s so good! My favorite songs are Cabinet Battle #1 and Washington On Your Side, but the rest are really great too.

Author of the Month

          Every month, I like to highlight an author I’ve recently really enjoyed. This month, it has to be Jandy Nelson. I recently read and reviewed I’ll Give You the Sun and it blew me away. I’m currently reading her debut, The Sky is Everywhere, so you can look forward to seeing a review of that sometime soon.

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Here’s what I posted this April: 

Blog: YallWest Anticipation!

Review: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Review: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Blog: My Hangover Cure

Review: Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

What I’m Excited for this May

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson- May 3

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye (my review)- May 17

Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins- May 17

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee- May 24