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Sing It, Lizzie

This is why I love Austen so: not the romances, not the manners porn, not the “out of countenance”-ing, but this. Words to live by, Miss Eliza Bennet!

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Best Reads of 2011

It’s that time of year again, as 2011 draws to a close, when JJ picks her Best Reads books. This year’s been a bit of a mixed bag for me, and despite the spate of new and shiny YA titles with attendant romances and cool dystopian/fantasy/sci-fi settings that came out in 2011, the books that have stayed with me have been adult, YA contemporary (with literary bent), or even a bit of non-fiction. What does […]

High Fantasy for Young Adults

Books win their audiences for a reason. Most popular books wear their artlessness on their sleeve: Stephenie Meyer, the author of the “Twilight” series, is an awkward writer with little feeling for construction, but the intensity of emotion with which she imbues her characters is enviable. You never doubt her commitment to the material, which is half the battle won. So to say that Paolini is an unskilled narrator and a derivative mythmaker is more […]

Because nobody's perfect. Unless he's David Tennant. (Obligatory image of Sexy Person included in post to drive up traffic. I am transparently shallow that way.)

A Plague of Perfect Boys

So. Hello, blog. We haven’t spoken in a while. How are you? How are things? How’s life in your corner of the internet? I’m so sorry for treating you like that friend I speak to once every six months only when I have something exciting I want to share, but it’s a little hard to maintain close friendships when you’re so far away, you know? Besides, I’m been keeping busy in my internet life with […]

Oh John Green

I won’t lie; I was a teeny bit worried when I heard that John Green’s next novel was going to have a female narrator, mostly because he does the boy narrator so well, but also because the female narrator of his Zombiecorns novella didn’t sound like a girl to me. However, my fears have been allayed. Bravo, John Green!

Slightly Hapless Detective Inspector

Slightly Hapless Detective Inspector and His Much More On-The-Nose (And Put Upon) Sergeant

At the moment, I am utterly glutted on commercial YA fiction. I don’t want something high concept (and ultimately soulless), I don’t want some epic, steamy romance (I especially don’t want that), and I don’t want a first-person narrator. I have read so many of these in the past 8 months that I’m about to explode. So right now, I want the antithesis of all that. I want something small in scope, British, adult, and […]

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Rick Yancey, Why Are You So Genius?

I am in love with Dr. Pellinore Warthrop. You know, just saying. I love his crazy, romantic, failed poet, weird, anti-social, socially awkward self. You guys, the level of my fictional crush knows no bounds.

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Resist the Urge to Be Pretty

I am slowly but surely making my way back to fiction, after a somewhat self-imposed absence from reading. I’ve been indulging myself with a glut of nonfiction in order to escape what I was beginning to see as a surfeit of tropes in fiction. It’s a bit like being unable to see the forest for the trees; I couldn’t find the merit in what I was reading because every little thing was tripping my WTF […]