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lgbt+ book recs

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for the historical nerd 
1. The Lies We Tell Ourselves By Robin Talley  2. Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo By Hayden Herrera  3. Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World By Sarah Prager  
for the romantic
1. Everything Leads to You By Nina La Cour  2. You Know Me Well By Nina La Cour and David Levithan  3. The Upside of Unrequited By Becky Albertalli 
for those who like sadness, drama, and cute characters 
1. None of the Above By E. W. Gregorio 2. What We Left Behind By  Robin Talley  3. George By Alex Gino  4. Ariostotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe By Benjamin Alire Sáenz 5. Simon v. Homo Sapiens Agenda By Becky Albertalli  6. We are Okay By Nina La Cour

Welcoming Hailee!

Hello, My name is Hailee Anne, and I'm very excited to be joining this blog in order to help Veronica out a bit. I will mostly be reviewing Murder Mysteries and Thriller books, but I may occasionally review something else.

My hobbies include creative writing (mostly poetry), reading, watching anime, and learning foreign languages. I am currently taking Chinese in school and quite enjoy it, but I also love German. I also love kpop.

Veronica and I are in the process of bringing this site back to life, so you should be seeing (reading?) me around here soon enough!

August TBR list

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Born Digital: How Children Grow Up in a Digital Age By John Palfrey and Urs Gasser Anna Karenina By Leo Tolstoy Nectar in a Sieve By Kamala Markandaya The Outsiders By S.E. Hinton The Gentlemen's Guide to Vice + Virtue By Mackenzi Lee Ramona Blue By Julie MurphyThe Improbable Theory of Ana + Zak By Brian Katcher

Beachy Reads Book Recommendations

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Books that will make you think Belzhar By Meg Wolitzer We are Okay By Nina LaCour This song will save your life By Leila Sales Before I Fall By Lauren Oliver None of the Above By I. W. Gregorio The DUFF By Kody Keplinger Books that will bring a smile to your face Simon v. the homo sapiens agenda By Becky Albertalli Wonder By R.J. Palacio Beauty Queens By Libba Bray You Know Me Well By Nina LaCour and David Levithan Hold me Closer By David Levithan Every Last Word By Tamara Ireland Stone Books that will make you swoon Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell The Unexpected Everything By Morgan Matson Everything Leads to You By Nina LaCour Books that will keep you turning the pages George By Alex Gino The Wrath + the Dawn By Reneé Ahdieh Holding up the Universe By Jennifer Niven Between Shades of Grey By Ruta Sepetys

You Know Me Well By Nina LaCour + David Levithan

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This book did a lot, both plot and character-wise and just for me personally. It covered so much plot, theme, and character growth for just 250 pages. The writing made this book go by fast, in a way that hid how much the characters were changing and how much you were learning and questioning as an individual due to the plot.
When I set the book down, just comprehending what I had just read, my mind was blown that THIS WHOLE AMAZING, WELL-ROUNDED STORY took place only in one week. The writing was seamless, despite that fact that it was written in alternating perspectives and by two different authors.
Hiding and denying and being afraid is no way to treat love. Love demands bravery. No matter the occasion, love expects us to rise. - p. 243 The theme of this book was so beautifully subtle, but also struck so close to home. The theme tells you not to plan because life is supposed to surprise you really makes you rethink your life. However, that wasn't it; the plot also told me t…

Summer Vacation To Read List

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Nectar in a Sieve By Kamala Markandaya Made You Up By Francesca Zappia Hold Me Closer By David Levithan The DUFF By Kody Keplinger Mosquitoland By David Arnold #girlboss By Sophia Amoruso Anna Karenina By Leo Tolstoy How to Be Bad By E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle, and Sarah Mlynowski Nick + Norah's Infinite Playlist By David Levithan and Rachel Cohn Looking For Alaska By John Green Love me some good beach reads.

We Are Okay By Nina LaCour

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Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart. 
 I want to preface this review by saying: I have read a book by Nina LaCour before and it absolutely blew me away. I walked into this book with extremely high expectations. Those expectations were not only met, but they have been blown away. How I rave about this book with the utmost sincerity is because I truly loved this book to pieces.

WOW. Just wow. It's been quite awhile since a book pleaded with me until the wee hou…

George Book Review

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george // by alex gino

slight spoilers? kind of? idk just read the book. wait no, read the first paragraph of this review and then read the book. 
I love love love this book so much. this book is so sweet and innocent and i just love it so much. i really liked the characters in this book. they were all very raw, but also very good people. all of the people in this book are very accepting after they come to understand what the other people are going through and who they are.

kelly, the MC's best friend was literally the sweetest person ever. she didn't judge her best friend, was supportive of her identity and was so damn strong for an elementary student. i also really liked how kelly's passion for photography was written. it was beautiful and also interesting to see such passion in such a young child.

i felt that the book was the perfect balance of raw and sugar coated material. the bullies that Melissa faced made her journey realistic, but i also felt that it was a bit sug…

Holding Up The Universe Book Review

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holding up the universe // jennifer niven 
since i haven't finished a book that i wasn't reading for school since august of 2016, finishing this book today felt like being welcomed back home. i love lazy saturdays and i love good books. 
i want to preface this review by just stating this: i read this book awkwardly so this will be an awkward review. i read this book in three sitting over the course of two months. so... yeah, i don't remember the actual begining of the book too well, but i do remember how i felt when reading it. (like that quote!) i remember feeling an immense happiness and just sheer joy when reading this book. i would fly through literally hundreds of pages in such a short amount of time. i remember being obsessed with the plot and in love with the book. 
i also really, really, really liked libby. libby was extremely smart, kind, funny, and strong. i loved how down to earth she was and how she got mad and did stupid things and wanted to make a point. she …

25 Journaling Prompts

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Journaling is fun and is proven (by me and some scientific studies that I am too lazy to look up) to improve your mental health. So you should do it more! And today, I am gonna make it easier for you to be mentally healthier. 
1. INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE PAGE
2. write about where you want to be in 5 years... GOALS!!!
3. letter to your future self
4. collage random papers you have
5. write a poem about your feelings at the moment
6. playlists for random feelings you have
7. write about your day
8. write about a book/movie/podcast/song you have been LOVING recently
9. write out all the lyrics to your favorite song in an artsy way to please thy aesthetic.
10. plan something you wanna do
11. research something that interests you (or something that makes you REALLY bored that you have to do for school) and take notes on it
12. write a to-do list because you lost all other paper
13. write about politics so you get it out and don't end up offending your great aunt bertha at her next birthday…

Feeling Nostalgic About Something I Never Did As a Kid

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I never watched iCarly as a kid, but most of my friends did. I always felt a bit out a place when people would not only talk but rave about iCarly and how it impacted them as a child, even if that just be by inspiring them to not just go with the flow.

Recently, I started watching iCarly for the first time. I have made it all the way through season 1 and halfway through season two in about a week. Why have I watched so much iCarly in so little time? First of all, it is very addictive and hysterically funny. But, I have a deeper reason for the recent obsession that "It's really, really good."

I feel a weird sense of nostalgia when watching iCarly, even though I never watched iCarly as a kid. I guess I feel a sense of nostalgia for the content and the messages that iCarly does send. I would have realized that I can be myself and be creative and have friends all at the same faster. I also feel a certain warmness and feeling of home when watching iCarly, like the content of…

2016 Wrap-Up

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In January, I don't remember doing too much this month. However, I was supposed to go on the Pro-Life trip, and then ended up not going. I also went though some major changes with my group of friends.


In February, I was accepted into the school that I currently attend. This was a big deal for me at the time because I was so excited to leave my old school. I also started playing lacrosse and learned how to knit.


In March, I started journaling and just had a lot of fun.

In April, I was in my school's production of Peter Pan. I also went to finals for my speech team. I was also confirmed in April!


In May, I graduated!! I was so excited to leave behind my old school and start new things. I also started a group journal with some of my best friends from my old school so we can still keep in touch well despite going to different schools now. I honestly cannot say enough how much that journal and those friends have changed my life.

In June, I took a summer class at my new school. I met a l…

New Year's Goals

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Better belated than never, right?

1. Manage my Time Better: This past semester could have been so much less stressful than it actually was if I had managed my time better

2. Keep my current gpa: I was pleased with my grades this past semester and I want to keep it that way

3. Read 12 Books: Currently ReadingHolding Up the Universe

4. See 7 movies: maybe hidden figures?

5. Photo a Day Challenge 

6. Say No More Often: You know it will lead to less stress

7. Be More Creative: It helps me to prevent getting into ruts.

8. Start a Club : I've had the idea for one forever, just never got around to actually starting it

9. Be more active on here : Because I like blogging

10. Learn  more about web design/HTML/CSS and coding in general.:I am interested in it, but also want to design this blog.

11. Start playing guitar more

12. Sing more

13. Be more honest with myself 

feeling sad + optimistic at the same time

this Friday will be rough. the only  reason i am not crying is because i know people help make positive changes when they don't like something or when they are uncomfortable. the new president of the united states will make me uncomfortable to live in the USA. i don't like the idea of him as president.

i know that love trumps hate. that doesn't mean that i will protest his presidency or instigate arguments with people i know over politics. no, it means that we all need to come together, not just as Americans, but as people. we need to recognize that we are all people, and a new leader wont change that. we cant let a new leader make us angry and rash and judgmental.

WE NEED TO UNITE AGAINST A COMMON ENEMY (not donald trump, but): HATRED AND THE DARK DECISIONS WE MAKE WHEN WE ARE FEARFUL AND ANGRY.

i am not telling you to look on the bright side and i am not saying that i like the president-elect. what i am saying is that i want us to use this united passion to create good t…