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Wall to Wall Creeps | Pub Date

I am not the best at the Halloween-ish themes. What creeps me out? Sometimes the dark? My parent’s basement. The OUIJA board. Ghosts (oh, I totally think they are real.) Pigeons (one flew into my face today). BLOOD. (When I was little, I once told my aunt I wanted to be a nurse and she […]

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October 17, 2015 - 8:32 pm

Catherine - I love scary books – not gory, but scary. If you are afraid of pigeons, you should read The Seven Wicked Pigeon Ladies in the Garden by Mary Chase. I loved that book when I was young and love it still. It made me look at pigeons in a whole new light.

http://buildinglifelongreaders.blogspot.com/2015/09/throwback-thursday-wicked-pigeon-ladies.html

October 16, 2015 - 11:43 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - How fun!! I love your throwback book selection. Most of my class loved Goosebumps too but I never read those! I actually started reading R.L. Stine’s Fear Street instead which were way scarier haha! I actually gave myself nightmares and finally my mom was like, “Well you’re getting nightmares because of those books.” Either I ran out of books or decided to stop reading them because hey, I stopped at some point in time.
Mmmm Octoberfest! Those are usually a safe bet with me!

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Single-Parent Families

Recently I found myself having a conversation with someone about how thankful I am for my husband, Dustyn. He broadens our daughter, Everett’s, horizons in ways I never thought possible — he shows her and teaches her things that don’t come naturally to me. He’s giving her something different that I couldn’t or wouldn’t think to. […]

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October 21, 2015 - 9:16 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Great post. I haven’t ever intentionally sought out YAs with single parent households, but considering the statistics, it’s a surprise they’re not being represented more. I’ve only read two of the books you mention, but I thought To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was handled great.

October 13, 2015 - 12:36 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Great round up!

As one of those people who comes from a single parent household I think about this a lot (and if I’m being honest, have a lot of baggage from it as well). The project is stalled out for a lot of reasons but one of the things I really, really wanted to be sure to have in the project I’m working on right now is a single-parent protagonist because it’s not shown that much.

I also wish it was shown as more commonplace and not always as part of some greater assortment of obstacles that the MC has to face throughout the novel. And also I wish more books had single family households where the absent parent isn’t dead or a deadbeat. Sometimes they just aren’t a part of the family unit. And that’s okay and reality, you know?

A Bad Romance with a Happy Ending | Dive Into Diversity

I sound like a broken record but because of tech issues we are a little late this month with the Dive Into Diversity challenge. Oops. But here we are and just a few months left in the year! I can’t believe it. I’ve decided to go in a whole new direction with today’s check-in post […]

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September 30, 2015 - 11:04 pm

Crystal - I mostly read YA and younger so don’t have a whole lot of adult titles to offer. Have you read A Signal to Noise? I really enjoyed that one this year and it’s a little older than YA. Mambo in Chinatown is another that I read last year.

September 28, 2015 - 4:03 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Great post, Estelle! I don’t read romance – yet – but I can imagine the lack of diversity. It’s sad the book you read wrote a stereotypical Asian character, but I’m glad you’re finding other diverse romance titles that deliver! I haven’t read it yet, but The Ivy Years by Sarina Bowen is supposed to be fantastic. I think it’s NA? I found this list via Twitter earlier this month with lots of rec’s: https://t.co/ry4MNHaOrt and here’s a blog that focuses on diverse romance: http://romancenovelsincolor.com Hope that helps!

On the Road to Hoppiness | Pub Date

Timing couldn’t be more impeccable for this Pub Date focused on CAREERS and HOBBIES. I just celebrated one year at my job working in publicity at an academic press. It probably goes without saying that book blogging inspired my career change in ways. It’s been challenging year full of new experiences and it’s nice and […]

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September 24, 2015 - 10:26 am

Alexa S. - Happy one year anniversary at your job, E! I can’t believe it’s flown by so fast. It’s seriously awesome 🙂 And yay for this book rec. LOVED Girl Before a Mirror!

September 22, 2015 - 9:25 pm

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit - I love this beer! And I’ve been meaning to read this book (I even own it). Love your picks! These posts are so fun

I Saw the Sign | Pub Date

I’m not going to be the person to ask you what your sign is, but something about horoscopes really fascinates me. I’m sitting here reading about Aquarius (who said Pub Date wasn’t educational), and I’m wondering how people decide which advice to trust, which traits really fall under the umbrella of this horoscope. I read […]

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August 26, 2015 - 8:01 am

This Love Bug | Romance Short List - […] after vacation, accompanied me on a beer crawl, and kept me company on a “me night” (along with this beer). I always will equate romance novels with relaxation and a whole lot of fun. Thanks to these for […]

August 21, 2015 - 2:23 pm

Alexa S. - I think horoscopes and zodiac signs can be utterly fascinating! I honestly don’t know how much stock I can put in them, but I do like reading up on them every now and again. I like the bit you put in for Aquarius – that’s such a powerful description!

August 21, 2015 - 11:36 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Wow, that book sounds utterly amazing and moving. I’ll have to put it on my list!
That beer sounds delicious too. I’ll have to look for it next year! I’m already getting texts from my sister about pumpkin beer so I agree, we may have moved into fall territory already… (Although I had a watermelon beer in the hopes to cling to that part of summer just a bit longer. Even though I love fall I can’t rush it!)

August 21, 2015 - 10:27 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I am SO happy to hear you loved The Last Leaves Falling! YAY. *flails*

Friends Who Write Diversely… | Dive Into Diversity

Can someone please tell me how we are in the second week of August? Already? I’m not sure how this is happening. Is this real life? Either way, we are here for the eighth check-in for our #DiversityDive challenge. How’s it going? Read anything great lately? (I’m highly recommending: What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi […]

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August 21, 2015 - 1:45 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Interesting conversation between two authors dedicated to writing diversely! I’m already familiar with Dahlia’s work, but still need to get round to Second Position. Great post!

August 13, 2015 - 2:59 pm

Alexa S. - These two ladies are so vocal on my Twitter timeline, and I enjoy it. They get me thinking about SO many important things, and I appreciate that! Loved reading their convo here.

August 11, 2015 - 6:35 pm

Emma - Love this post. I don’t really read NA and I just haven’t picked up either author’s YA yet but now I really want to. It was so great to see their perspectives on different things. I’ve been thinking a lot about online vs not-online friends lately so that part was especially interesting to me.

August 11, 2015 - 5:14 pm

Jamie - OMG LOVE. I love these ladies and this convo made me love them harder. YAY FRIENDS.