Confessions of a Plus-Size Reader: On YA and Body Diversity (Again)

Maybe this is a dead horse and I'm still beating it with a stick. Maybe the turnip is out of blood. Maybe aforementioned dead horse has already bolted from the stable I just locked. Maybe the milk has spilt all over to carpet and I'm just sitting here sobbing. Are we done now? Because I'm… Continue reading Confessions of a Plus-Size Reader: On YA and Body Diversity (Again)

Book Breakdown

Book Breakdown: Retribution Rails

Goodreads | Amazon I read Vengeance Road roughly a year ago I think, and I really enjoyed it. Something about the Wild West and good-old fashioned shoot em' outs have always appealed to me. So the release of a companion novel set in the same setting/world is exciting. If you're into the aesthetics of the… Continue reading Book Breakdown: Retribution Rails

Author Speaks, Rants

Agonies and Annoyances: Romanticizing Male Love Interests

Maybe I'm not the best person for this post. I make it known that I'm not a love story, happy ending, teenage drama kind of book reader. (There is the occasional exception, like Anna and the French Kiss) But I'm here to say, for all the shippers that like to dominate YA, your boy ain't… Continue reading Agonies and Annoyances: Romanticizing Male Love Interests

Reading Lists, Uncategorized

You’ve Got (Book) Mail!: The Summer Orders

It isn't often that I do a book mail type of thing, but this summer is pregnant with promise when it comes to my reading list. There are a lot of heavyweight champs on the title lists for me to knock-out in the coming months, so it felt like the moment needed some grand gesture.… Continue reading You’ve Got (Book) Mail!: The Summer Orders

Author Speaks

Reading Without Walls Challenge

This is something I've jumped around on doing, but honestly when I was sitting around considering my reading list for the coming weeks I found that I fit more with this than I thought! Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese, has been named the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature and has launched this… Continue reading Reading Without Walls Challenge

Author Speaks, Reading Lists

2017 Releases Watchlist

I kept telling myself I wouldn't make this post. I don't buy new releases typically, money has to go to bills, food, and school. I'm also on a book buying ban for the rest of the foreseeable future (over 300 titles on my shelf that I haven't even touched. I'm actually garbage). However, too many… Continue reading 2017 Releases Watchlist


On the Summer Void, Reading as Self-care, and the Top Summer 2016 Picks

Summer is a weirdly magical time. It’s a void of time from school (from those who are still attending or work for a school) or a void of time you feel like should be spent away (for those who are attempting to be adults by having big kid jobs). For those in the void of… Continue reading On the Summer Void, Reading as Self-care, and the Top Summer 2016 Picks


Review: Under a Painted Sky

5/5 *Spoilers Below* Taken from Goodreads: Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the… Continue reading Review: Under a Painted Sky


Review: Vengeance Road

5/5 *Spoilers below* Revenge is worth its weight in gold. When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and… Continue reading Review: Vengeance Road