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How To Read More — A Lot More | Thought Catalog

So this is a blog post one of my teachers posted to Facebook, and I like it. 🙂 Except for the library part because, as much as I’d love to think I could just decide money isn’t an issue when I see a book I want, it it an issue. Broke college kids can’t always buy everything, so I enjoy my library card quite nicely thank you very much. 😀

How To Read More — A Lot More | Thought Catalog.


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Today I woke up to rain. I have spent the day curled on my couch, listening to the rain and the thunder, watching tv and writing. And it is perfect.

Rainy days are the perfect time for me. I love the sound of a hard rain beating down on the roof of my house. I love the soft rumbles of thunder. 

There is no moment more perfect than gazing out the window with a coffee cup and book in hand, and there is not another kind of day that makes me want to be a writer more.

I love rainy days.

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Let’s play a game…A bookish blind date

So today I was browsing Pinterest when I saw this, and it gave me a fabulous idea!

While I cannot actually wrap books in paper and hand them to  you through the internet, I CAN recommend books using only keywords so you can pick one to read!

So here’s how this will work: I will number 5 young adult books 1-5, and list three descriptive words or phrases for each. You pick the one that sounds most interesting to you, you go to the library, bookstore, Kindle store, or wherever you get your reading material, and you read it! Then you come back here and comment and tell me what you thought of my little game! If you all like it I may make this a regular part of Sharing Stories. 😀

So here goes nothing.

  1. dystopian, romantic, heart wrenching
  2. intensely romantic, realistic fiction, college life
  3. male point of view, new twist on a popular concept, parasites
  4. dystopian thriller, curse or blessing, exciting developments
  5. unique perspective, werewolves, intriguing

No worries! It doesn’t matter which one you pick because they are all fabulous! Now click “Continue reading” to see which book you picked! Continue reading

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I’ve been infected by Delirium… {spoilers!}

Delirium cover by Lauren Oliver

Delirium cover by Lauren Oliver

Imagine a world where love is a disease…

Ok, It’s not. Even in the book, love isn’t any different than it is now, just our perceptions have changed.

In Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Lena is told from day 1 of her life that love or amor deliria nervosa, is a vicious disease, that everyone needs to be cured, and that it killed her mother. The cure is a surgical procedure that everyone the United States undergoes when they are eighteen to deactivate the part of the brain that is responsible for passion, pain, intense emotion…basically the components of love. People are left with attachments that are responsible, appropriate, and caring. The odd patient does suffer severe detachment and smother their children, but that’s the price you pay for a perfect world.

Or at least the government says it’s perfect. They also deny the existence of Invalids, people who live outside of society in the Wilds.

Months before her eighteenth birthday Lena meets Alex, a cured security guard who Lena sees suspiciously at the scene of an Invalid demonstration (or the official government story: a mix up in which cows were delivered to a bunch of labs in the place of medicine).

Lena begins to get to know Alex, and as her best friend Hana discovers the underground world where unapproved music is available and uncured boys and girls mingle they are both dragged down a dangerous road.

Okay enough summary. This. Was. Awesome. So awesome in fact that I finished it yesterday and have only just now gotten over the emotional trauma that was the ending enough to write this up. It was great. Read it.

Lena is a great character. I don’t relate to her all that much, because frankly, I know that in a futuristic and oppressive society I would be a sheep. I hate to admit it, I’d like to think otherwise, but I WOULD NOT have gone to the parties that Lena went to with Hana, I wouldn’t have met up with Alex, and when I found out that Alex was (shockingly) an Invalid I would have tucked my tail and ran. (I’d like to think however that when push came to shove I wouldn’t have gone through with cure…I love love.) Anyway so I didn’t relate to her, but Oliver wrote her so well I was into it anyway.

Now I want the next one please. If one of you could just have that delivered for me I would really appreciate it. In fact if you could just amazon my entire reading list and their sequels to me I would be eternally grateful. 😀

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To add to your summer reading

A great place that I always start when
I’m looking for my next favorite book is here, the Georgia Peach Book Award Nominee list for the year. This list lead me to The Hunger Games before it was big. it lead me to Graceling, the City of Bones, Unwind, the Maze Runner and so many more of the best books that I’ve ever read. So give it a go. I can tell this list already rocks. Unwholly by Neal Shusterman is on it, and if you’ve been here before you know I’m practically drooling to get my hands on that one.
So go! Read!


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A post I can get on board with…

So this is an awesome list of 25 books you should read if you loved the Hunger Games. I’ve read 11 of them, and though I wasn’t a huge fan of The Giver at the time, I have friends who loved it, so I’m not writing it off. Birthmarked and Graceling are two of my favorite books, which I’m sure you will hear more about them later if you keep coming back. This is a hug part of my summer reading list, and if you take my advice, you’ll use this list to guide yours too.

The lovely busy brunettes didn’t get a chance to cover a few of these books, and the ones they missed just so happen to feature most of the ones I’ve read so here are my two cents:

  • Divergent (1st in series) by Veronica Roth- Futuristic, exciting, adventurous… this is an awesome series. Divergent follows Tris, a teenager who lives in a society where everyone belongs to one of five factions, Amnity, Dauntless, Candor, Erudite, and Abnegation. Tris is from Abnegation, which values selflessness above all else, and now, at sixteen, she has to choose to either stay with her family or join another faction for the rest of her life. Did I mention this is awesome? Put it on your list. now.
  • The Secret Hour (1st in trilogy) by Scott Westerfield- pretty awesome (the first in the Midnighters trilogy I mentioned a few days ago in Because Scott Westerfeld is awesome). It’s been a while since I read it, but I remember being drawn in.
  • Matched (1st in trilogy) by Ally Condie- also awesome, and the third in the series is on my  The books of my summer reading list. Romanic, futuristic, there’s a revolt…awesome.
  • The Maze Runner (1st in trilogy + a prequel) by James Dashner- I read it, and it was pretty good. It started a little slow, but I really enjoyed it. A boy gets dropped into a maze full of other boys. None of them rememeber where they are from or how they got there, all they know is they’d like to get out, and it seems to be some sort of game….
  • Birthmarked (1st in trilogy) by Caragh M. O’Brien- My favorite book right now (and considering usually when I read a new book it becomes my favorite and it’s been months since I read this one that is high praise.) The story follows Gaia Stone, a young midwife following in her mother’s footsteps delivering babies and ‘advancing’ her monthly quota of babies into the Enclave, the rich opulent society inside the wall that surrounds the city. Gaia lives outside the wall where there is poverty and mothers have to give up their children. When her parents are detained by the Enclave for possible treason, Gaia has to decide whether to accept the Enclave’s verdicts as she always has or to fight back. Romantic, revolt, adventure, futuristic. Read it.
  • Graceling (has 2 companion books) by Kristin Cashore- SO CLOSE on Birthmarked’s heels for my favorite book. Katsa is Graced. In Cashore’s marvelous novel those with Graces have two different colored eyes, and a gift. The gift can range from swimming, to mind reading, to Katsa’s gift, killing. The story is incredible, and I’ll be amazed if you can force yourself to put it down.  The compantion books Fire and Bitterblue are also awesome. Read them. Just do it.


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May 15, 2013 · 8:03 pm

My thoughts on Mother’s Day: Why I love to read

Simply put, I love to read because of my mother.

Whether it was nature or nurture (or most likely a combination of both) that lead me to love reading and writing the way I do, the influence came from my mom.

She’s a librarian and an avid reader just like me. She read to me when I was young, and she let me read to her. When I was in first grade and she was reading Harry Potter aloud to my brother I came into the room and demanded that she start again from the beginning. She did, and whether it’s is silly or not, I count that as one of my defining learning-to-love-reading moments.

She’s always kept a house full of books and a car waiting to take me to the library. I had my own library card before I could write my name straight, and I’ve had my own mini library in my room since before I can remember. I participated in summer reading programs at the library and the Accelerated Reading Program at my elementary school (it’s hard not to read when your mom is your elementary school librarian).

She handed me some of my favorite books for the first time, whether I thought I would like them or not (it wasn’t my tween friends who gave me Twilight, it was my librarian mother), and when I was in a book quiz bowl at school she read all the books along with me.

She attends the midnight premiers of the movie adaptations of our favorite books with me, because we love the same books, and she knows that I love it.

In short, (which this post is not (; ) I wouldn’t be the reader, the writer, or the thinker I am today without my mom and her own love of reading.

So on this Mother’s Day I say thank you, Mom, for helping me to develop one of the most important interests in my life, and for a whole lot more too.

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