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Shadowhunter tarot, art by Cassandra Jean.

Jul 28th (+4148)

Hello, new favorite nonfiction book.

Just finished #Girlboss and feeling super empowered and fiercely stylish. Sophia Amoruso, you are one badass bitch.

Jul 27th (+2)
"You have to kick people out of your head as forcefully as you’d kick someone out of your house"

-#Girlboss, Sophia Amoruso
Jul 27th (+7)



Palo Alto, James Franco

Franny and Zooey, J.D. Salinger

Go Ask Alice, Anonymous

White Oleander, Janet Fitch

The Catcher in the Rye, J.D Salinger

American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis 

The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Eugenides

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald 

The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath 

Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen

Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

Looking for Alaska, John Green

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

Jul 26th (+560)

BookTalk: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

On a snowy February morning, Mia’s life is abruptly disrupted.  What starts out as an average drive with her family turns instantly into chaos when they collide with a truck. Mia searches for her family in the wreckage, only to discover that her parents died instantly.  Confused, Mia realizes that she is not inside her own body.  She and her brother are quickly rushed to a hospital where Mia wanders the halls as she tries to figure out what is going on.

We are jolted back and forth between Mia’s memories and the present.  Zip to the past where Adam, her rock-star boyfriend, woos her with their shared love of music.  Back in the present, Mia’s grandparents and loved ones gather to support each other and whisper words in her ear, alternately comforting and pleading.  We learn about Mia auditioning for Julliard and being torn between her potential futures.  Adam begs her to stay.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman is a truly moving and reflective book.  As Mia grapples with her decision, to stay or go, she contemplates her life and her ties to the world.  Despite the jumps from present to past and back again, the intricate, nonlinear plot is seamlessly woven together.  Forman’s writing is beautiful and her characters are complex.  You will be left with chills and brought to tears throughout the story.  Find out if Mia stays and discover where she goes in the follow-up, Where She Went.

Jul 24th (+1)

Magritte/tfios quote feat. pretty flowers picked from our garden

Jul 24th (+1)

BookTalk: The Diviners by Libba Bray

It’s 1926 and everything is copacetic.  We’re in New York City at an underground party full of trendy flappers, gorgeous showgirls, and rakish young men.  An ensemble of musicians play a lively jazz tune, but we’re focused on Evie, a sassy, “bright young thing” with an interesting party trick.  Evie can read your secrets just by touching something that belongs to you.  Exiled to New York City from Ohio for revealing one too many unsavory secrets, Evie is pos-i-tute-ly elated.

Amid the blaring trumpets and forbidden hooch, something sinister is stirring.  When the police discover multiple murder victims carved with satanic-looking symbols, they call in Will, curator of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, and coincidentally, Evie’s uncle.  As the intricate mystery unravels, Evie’s story is intertwined with a whole cast of interesting characters hiding secrets of their own. 

Suspenseful and menacing, The Diviners by Libba Bray will drag you in.  It’s a hefty book, clocking in at nearly 600 pages.  In the beginning, the rich details and slang will transport you to 1920s New York City.  As Will and Evie race to solve the murders, the pace quickens and keeps you on the edge of your seat.  With multiple perspectives, you will jump from character to character, and as the story unfolds, you will connect with each of them.  Look for The Lair of Dreams to continue the tale of Evie and the Diviners in 2015.

Jul 23rd (+0)
Jul 23rd (+2232)

cross off the books you’ve read


list from npr’s best young adult books

inspiration from ronahld

Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
The Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
Looking for Alaska, by John Green
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
The Giver (series), by Lois Lowry
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (series), by Douglas Adams
The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
Anne of Green Gables (series), by Lucy Maud Montgomery
His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
Divergent (series), by Veronica Roth
Paper Towns, by John Green
The Mortal Instruments (series), by Cassandra Clare
An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green
Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark addon
Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Twilight (series), by Stephenie Meyer
Uglies (series), by Scott Westerfeld
The Infernal Devices (series), by Cassandra Clare
Tuck Everlasting, by Natalie Babbitt
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (series), by Anne Brashares
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green, David Levithan
Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
Howl’s Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones
Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli
A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
Vampire Academy (series), by Richelle Mead
Abhorsen Trilogy Old Kingdom Trilogy (series), by Garth Nix
Dune, by Frank Herbert
Discworld Tiffany Aching (series), by Terry Pratchett
My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
The Dark is Rising (series), by Susan Cooper
Graceling (series), Kristin Cashore
Forever…, by Judy Blume
Earthsea (series), by Ursula K. Le Guin
Inheritance Cycle (series), by Christopher Paolini
The Princess Diaries (series), by Meg Cabot
The Song of the Lioness (series), by Tamora Pierce
Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
Delirium (series), by Lauren Oliver
Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins
Hush, Hush Saga (series), by Stephanie Perkins
13 Little Blue Envelopes, by Maureen Johnson
It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini
The Gemma Doyle Trilogy (series), by Libba Bray
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
Just Listen, by Sarah Dessen
Ring of Endless Light, by Madeleine L’Engle
The Truth About Forever, by Sarah Dessen
The Bartimaeus Trilogy (series), by Jonathan Stroud
Bloodlines (series), by Richelle Mead
Fallen (series), by Lauren Kate
House of Night (series), by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlsit, by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver
Unwind, by Neal Shusterman
The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
The Maze Runner Trilogy (series), by James Dashner
If I Stay, by Gayle Forman
The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley
Crank (series), by Ellen Hopkins
Matched (series), by Allie Condie
Gallagher Girls (series), by Ally Carter
The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale
Daughter of the Lioness Tricksters (series), by Tamora Pierce
I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak
The Immortals (series), by Tamora Pierce
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (series), by Patricia C. rede
Chaos Walking (series), by Patrick Ness
Circle of Magic (series), by Tamora Pierce
Daughter of Smoke & Bone, by Laini Taylor
Feed, by M.T. Anderson
Weetzie Bat (series), by Francesca Lia Block
Along for the Ride, by Sarah Dessen
Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (series), by Louise Rennison
Leviathan (series), by Scott Westerfeld
The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci (series), by Diana Wynne Jones
The Lullaby, by Sarah Dessen
Gone (series), by Michael Grant
The Shiver Trilogy (series), by Maggie Stiefvater
The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley
Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Betsy-Tacy Books (series), by Maud Hart Lovelace

Jul 22nd (+3644)
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BookTalk: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

“Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love” (Stiefvater, 2012, p. 1).

Blue was born into a family of psychics without any psychic ability of her own.  But she can amplify the abilities of the ladies who live at 300 Fox Way, in the small Virginia town of Henrietta.  No showy scarves and crystal balls here.  This is the real deal.  Watching the spirits of those who will die in the coming year on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue sees a Raven Boy – a spoiled rich kid from Aglionby Academy.  But Blue doesn’t have psychic powers, so this can mean only one thing.  He’s either the love of her life or she will kill him.  Or, perhaps, both?

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is a leisurely paced book, the kind you savor.  You’ll be left wanting more, and you’ll get it.  Continue The Raven Cycle with The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue in October, and the fourth and final book next year. The tone is atmospheric and creepy, but in a believable way.  The story is grounded in reality.  Whimsical, yet practical, just like Blue. 

Surely psychics are not real, but what if? What if there was a sleeping Welsh king, hidden along a mystical road in the middle of Virginia?  What if he could grant you a wish for waking him? Would you go searching?  Gansey and his Raven Boys, diabolical Ronan, self-conscious Adam, and smudgy Noah are convinced that Glendower is buried in Henrietta.  Will Blue join the entitled boys from another world on their quest?

Jul 22nd (+0)