Author: Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit

On Reading Mindfully: What Kinds of Books Are You Reading This Year? | 2019 Reading Challenges

On Reading Mindfully: What Kinds of Books Are You Reading This Year? | 2019 Reading Challenges

Every year, I participate in a few reading challenges. Usually very quietly, because I hate reading pressure and I’m more of a mood reader, especially now that I have a kid who takes up a lot of time. Usually I don’t even track them very well. However, this year, I decided to give you guys a little preview into the themes I’ll be looking into for 2019. 2019 YEAR OF THE ASIAN READING CHALLENGE I just heard about the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge and I’m absolutely delighted to see it out there. In the past few years, I’ve […]

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager & Slayer | Reviews

January 14, 2019 / 2 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Mini-Reviews, Review
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager & Slayer | Reviews

Review: The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe A unique voice, a strong story thread, and a well-developed cast of characters made The Field Guide to a North American Teenager a fun but not fluffy read. Main character Norris Kaplan is forced to leave his hometown of Montreal (a tragedy for a hockey fan) to move to the boiling hot city of Austin when his mother gets a tenure-track position there. Norris’ wise-cracking mouth and even more sardonic mind are challenged right away by his entry as a student at Anderson High, a huge place that […]

Top 5 Books of 2018

January 3, 2019 / 9 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Book List, Personal
Top 5 Books of 2018

Hello all! Welcome to 2019 on Mostly YA Lit. Happy New Year and thanks for sticking with me through all the hiatuses. It’s been a long time, I know. Mommying is friggin hard and busy, and I thought I would have more time for blogging, but alas. But I’m back for a bit and trying to get my blogging legs in order. There may be some changes here – fewer reviews, more quick thoughts – as I try to make this blog work for me. And in the spirit of that, I decided to do a top 5 books of the […]

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera | Review

October 11, 2018 / 2 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Review
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera | Review

Review: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera The cutest meet-cute of all time, What If It’s Us might seem like the fluffiest book ever. Penned by the queen of cute gay romances, Becky Albertalli, and the king of sob-fest gay romances, Adam Silvera, this sweet book offers sauce and substance to pack a romance punch. It starts at a post office, with Ben Alejo about to mail a break-up box to his ex-boyfriend, and running into Arthur Seuss, a Georgia boy who’s in town for the summer. Their eyes meet. They have an adorable chat. A […]

Your New Comic Obsession: Check, Please! Book #1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu | Review

September 12, 2018 / 1 Comment / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Uncategorized
Your New Comic Obsession: Check, Please! Book #1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu | Review

Hello, hello, I’m back with my thoughts on Check, Please, the amazing webcomic turned book! I know it has been a very long time since I posted, but baby stuff has been keeping me busy. I’m back at work this week, though, so I think (hope?) blogging should be more consistent. In the meantime, friends, this latest book is an absolute MUST-READ. Review: Check, Please! Book #1: Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu A captivating graphic novel about hockey, friendship, and love. Told in little episodes based on a baker-turned-hockey player’s personal vlog, Eric “Bitty” Bittle’s is a former figure skater starting at […]

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan | Review

August 13, 2018 / 2 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Diversity, Review
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan | Review

Review: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan A ritzy, glitzy book full of outrageous descriptions of the ultra glamorous lives of the rich in Singapore, Crazy Rich Asians is SO MUCH FUN. There are definitely fish-out-of-water vibes when outsider and New York professor Rachel Chu decides to come to Asia for a summer holiday with her two-year boyfriend Nicholas Young. Unbeknownst to her, Nick is actually one of the richest men in Asia and she’s walking into a lion’s den of ladies who want to marry him. The Rachel-Nick part of the story is, indeed, the main plot line, but […]

The Good Luck Charm, Boy Toy, Making Up, and Sweet & Wild | Recently in Romance #9

The Good Luck Charm, Boy Toy, Making Up, and Sweet & Wild | Recently in Romance #9

Hi all, it’s summer, so I’ve been reading a ton of romance! I’ve got a couple of new romances for you to consider – two releasing this month, a couple from fave authors, and one that I read and re-read because it was so darn good. Give them a look! REVIEW: THE GOOD LUCK CHARM BY HELENA HUNTING You guys know how much I love my hockey romances, so when The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting (Toronto author, yay!) was pitched to me, I was an immediate yes. The Good Luck Charm is a second chance contemporary romance starring […]

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang | 5-Star Review

July 16, 2018 / 2 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Uncategorized
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang | 5-Star Review

Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang Wow. WOW. The Kiss Quotient is easily my favorite romance of this year and it will definitely be on my best of 2018. For those of you who have heard the hype for this book, it’s ALL TRUE. This is a diverse, Asian-American, #ownvoices for autism, reverse-Pretty Woman romance. It’s all of that and so much more. Author Helen Hoang draws you into the world of Stella Lane, an econometrician (think statistics for marketing) who is devoted to her work, wealthy, extremely independent – but isn’t great with socializing or recognizing social cues. […]

Giveaway + Review: The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen

July 5, 2018 / 13 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Giveaway, Giveaways, Review
Giveaway + Review: The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen

Hi friends, I’m so, so excited to be reviewing The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen! As some of you know, I’m a huge fan of Sarina’s new adult work, so when I heard she was working on a YA book, I was basically over the moon. I first read The Accidentals a year ago, when I beta read it for Sarina. So I’m coming to this book with a very different perspective than usual. The first time I read it, it was longer, but good, enjoyable, somewhat angsty read. I’m happy to say that this time, The Accidentals is not only […]

Recap: Morgan Matson in Toronto!

June 27, 2018 / 3 Comments / Posted by Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit in Book Events
Recap: Morgan Matson in Toronto!

As some of you know, I had the opportunity to interview one of my all-time favorite authors, Morgan Matson in Toronto a few weeks ago as part of her tour for her fifth book, Save the Date. Was it one of my favorite book events ever? Yes. Was it a highlight of my blogging career? YES. Would it have been amazing even if I hadn’t been moderating? I think so? Here’s what went down at the event for those of you who couldn’t attend or just want to hear what it was like to be an event host! Since this is […]