Waiting on Wednesday: Being Henry David

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog event hosted by Breaking the Spine that features upcoming releases that we are eagerly awating. Of course, the book I’ve chosen is written by a debut author, and as soon as it comes out, I will DEFINITELY post about it.

Being Henry David by Cal Amristead

Albert Whitman and Company

Publication Date: March 1, 2013

From Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old “Hank” has found himself at Penn Station in New York City with no memory of anything –who he is, where he came from, why he’s running away. His only possession is a worn copy of Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. And so he becomes Henry David-or “Hank” and takes first to the streets, and then to the only destination he can think of–Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Cal Armistead’s remarkable debut novel is about a teen in search of himself. Hank begins to piece together recollections from his past. The only way Hank can discover his present is to face up to the realities of his grievous memories. He must come to terms with the tragedy of his past, to stop running, and to find his way home.

Good news! Albert Whitman and Company approved me for an ARC of this on NetGalley! I’m so pumped! Review will be coming VERY VERY soon!


October Favorites


1. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen. If you’re into excellent romantic/coming-of-age Young Adult fiction, you need to check this out. Some people write her off as juvenile, but Sarah Dessen is seriously incredible and I am in love with Owen Armstrong.

2. Sara Bareilles. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to discover her. She’s a genius, and she sings to my soul. Uncharted is my jam. Gravity rocks as well.

3. Frosted Flakes. They’re classic. That’s all.

4. Teavana! My mom gave me a Teavana Teamaker for my birthday over the summer, and I hadn’t really started using it until recently. I AM ADDICTED. The best combo is Youthberry and Wild Orange Blossom. Go drink some.

5. Fashion/Beauty Vlogs. I love watching these, they are so much fun. My favorite girl is FleurDeForce. She’s based in England, and films makeup tutorials, fashion hauls, and in October, she did a lifestyle vlog EVERY DAY. Very impressive. There’s not much else to say about her, other than it’s really fun watching her videos and you should check them out.

Pacey and Joey

6. Soul Surfer. I don’t know, I just really love this movie. Considering sharks are my biggest fear, this is kind of a weird choice for me. But I love it anyways because I’m inspired by her strength and how brave she is and her faith. Also, Kiyoki. Enough said.

7. Dawson’s Creek. I’m literally 16 years behind on obsessing over this show. But I was 5 when it came out, so what can you do? To all the haters, you cray because there’s no way to hate Pacey.

8. SNAP CHAT. Last week, I caved and left the BlackBerry behind for a better and brighter love affair with an iPhone. The FIRST app that I downloaded was Snap Chat. It’s basically awesome and I have perfected my double chin face. Needless to say, I’m gorgeous.

9. SNOW! It snowed today! As a result of Sandy (which is hurting my beloved East Coast,

Snow at OU!

therefore I hate her), it snowed in Ohio today. It was beautiful, magical, wonderful, amazing, heart-wrenching in its innocent perfection and cool.

This post wasn’t as groundbreaking as I hoped it would be. October was just like really long and I wanted it to be over as soon as it started. I didn’t get to read as much as usual, which just totally blows, so overall, not my favorite month of 2012. BUT next month is November! And then December! And then London!

All in all, we have lots to look forward to, lots to be excited about.

Thursday Thoughts: Hermione Granger

For my last post about literary role models, I chose… Hermione Granger!

She is the best role model for teenage (and preteen, and twenty-somethings, and all-grown up) girls. She’s brave, she’s intelligent, she’s dedicated and she is fierce. I’ve been reading Harry Potter since I could read and I’ve loved Hermione since the beginning. Never once does she sell herself short. She never lets her friends down. She never tells herself she’s not good enough. She doesn’t care about what she looks like. She’s a leader. She holds her friends together. She would do anything for the people she loves and she never gives up.

As for her real-life counterpart, Emma Watson carries herself with grace and confidence. She doesn’t get caught up in her fame or her fans. She stays humble and down-to-earth and relaxed. She’s faithful to who she is and I think that’s awesome.

What do you guys think of literary role models? I have a lot, and think I’ll start posting about them more.

Who are yours?

Waiting on Wednesday: Meant to Be

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog event hosted by Breaking the Spine that features upcoming releases that we are eagerly awating. Of course, the book I’ve chosen is written by a debut author, and as soon as it comes out, I will DEFINITELY post about it.

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

November 13th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

From Goodreads:

It’s one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she’s queen of following rules and being prepared. That’s why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that’s also why she’s chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB (“meant to be”).

But this spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

I’m totally in love with this blog idea, so I think I’m going to make it a weekly thing for this site. Lord knows I am always waiting for the next release!

Thursday Thoughts: Sarah Dessen

One of these days, I will post this on a real Thursday. I’m a college student. I don’t do anything on time.

So, when I decided to write about my literary role models, I was only thinking of characters. But, this week, I read (more like re-read for the 12th time) Just Listen by Sarah Dessen and I realized that she is really a role model of mine. I’ve loved her books since I was 13 and I still love them today. My favorites are Just ListenThe Truth about Forever and This Lullaby. What’s so great about her, is that she writes these great stories about girls finding themselves or falling in love or facing reality, among others. These are all classic Young Adult story lines, and when done poorly, they can be really cliche or routine. Some people may write her off as childish, and to them I say 1) what the heck is wrong with that and 2) shut up and read her books, then you can tell me what you think. Because  Sarah Dessen writes these stories in such a beautiful, refreshing and real way. They are stories that girls like me need to read when growing up. I’m still growing up; I still need her stories. I don’t think I realized what her books did for me or taught me when I was in high school. But I realize their impact now. I don’t settle, I don’t sell myself short, and I have big dreams about who I want to be, what I want to do, where I want to go, and who I want to do all these things with.

I’m not saying I owe all of this to Sarah Dessen or her novels, but I sure do owe her for inspiring me to want these things and for learning that everyone deserves to want these things.

Maybe this is a lot to attribute to an author or books. But hey, I like books.


Happy Teen Read Week everybody! I’m super pumped about it, to say the least. On the schedule for me is Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (for the thousandth time), The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan and The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron (that’s my next review)! I’m jazzed about all of these books, and I think you all should give them a try!

ALSO, YALSA has just published the Teens’ Top Ten Picks, in conjunction with Teen Read Week, which is a list of the ten books that teens have been loving the most in 2012. I need to say, my favorites from the list are The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Legend by Marie Lu (but, honestly, I haven’t read them all yet). If you’re interested, I reviewed Legend here! What are your favorites of 2012?

And coming up in November is NaNoWriMo, which is National Novel Writing Month for those of you who don’t know. The idea is that you write a whole novel (50,000 words) in one meager month. It’s a very daunting task, but I am totally tempted to try. Any of you going to participate?

Lastly, some of my debut authors are debut no more! Jeff Hirsch, author of The Eleventh Plague, which was one of my early reviews, has just published his second novel! I’m so jazzed to read it, his first book was awesome and I know his second won’t disappoint. Marie Lu has also released the publication date of her sequel to Legend, curiously named Prodigy, which is expected to be out January 2013. Counting the minutes. And OH MY LORD Huntley Fitzpatrick is writing a second book! I’M SO THRILLED. Quite honestly, she’s been my favorite author and book since I started this blog and I cannot wait for her second book, named What I Thought Was True, which is expected to come out next year. I’m melting.

That’s all for now, but tell me what you guys think of this style. Just a general book/author update. I liked writing it a lot, but let me know!

Thursday Thoughts: Elizabeth Bennet


So I’m sorry about that. I didn’t foresee such a delay. But here we go. My first literary role model is, of course Elizabeth Bennet. I like her because she stands out. She’s kind of a feminist. I like that she is so devoted to her family, but will still speak up when she thinks they’re wrong. I like that she doesn’t need anyone to protect her or stand up for her, she can take care of herself. But what I really like about Elizabeth Bennet is that she’s wrong about some things and certain, er, males. And, though she may not like it, she always admits it when she’s wrong about something and apologizes for it. Her ability to be wrong and be corrected gracefully is what leads her to a better life filled withlove and opportunity. She comes off her high horse and lets go of some of her pride and, as a result, she gets the life she wants and deserves.

She offers a lesson in humility for all of us. And I thank her for that.