Category: Book List

5 Complex Villains I’ve Encountered While Reading | Top Ten Tuesday

5 Complex Villains I’ve Encountered While Reading | Top Ten Tuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was super hard for me, because I’m not really into books with true villains. I’m all about the good guys (and good boys). If you’re a contemporary reader, you’re going to get a lot of books with real-life characters. Some of them, I admit, are total jerks. But many of them are just more complex than you realize. Like real life, I believe there’s more to people than just good or bad. So in making this list, I looked for layered, complex characters who presented me with views and ethics that really made me think. 5 […]

9 Sporty Books for Olympics Fans | Top Ten Tuesday

9 Sporty Books for Olympics Fans | Top Ten Tuesday

Guys, I admit it. I have Olympics fever. So this week’s TTT is a bit of a cheat since sports take place in all kinds of settings…but whatever. If you’re all about the sporty books, read on! 9 Sporty Books for Olympics Fans 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8)  9) Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally | Sport: Running – a ton of Kenneally’s books could go on this list, but BAB is my fave, and it’s set on trails and streets all over Tennessee. And the romance is SMOKING. Letters to Nowhere by Julie Cross | Sport: […]

ARC August 2016 is happening! I swear!

ARC August 2016 is happening! I swear!

I am terribly, terribly late getting this post up (haha, it’s August 11th!), but this year I am participating in Read. Sleep. Repeat’s ARC August, which means I’m going to blast through my old and upcoming advanced readers’ copies and try to make a dent in my to-be-read list. Here are the books I’m planning to read (or have read) for ARC August 2016 – which means you’ll see reviews of these in the next month or so. Click on the book covers to find out more about these – most of them are coming out in August or September […]

12 Books Set Outside USA | Top Ten Tuesday

12 Books Set Outside USA | Top Ten Tuesday

I actually read a lot of fiction not set in the US, which should be obvious since I’m Canadian. But this list is (unsurprisingly?) Europe heavy! 1)  2)   3)  4) 5) 6) 7)   8) 9) 10) 11) 12) Mostly YA Lit’s Top 12 Books Set Outside USA 1. Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery | PEI, Canada – who doesn’t love this series? 2. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein | Great Britain – Tears. All the tears. If you haven’t read it, you must. 3. Across A Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund | Post-apocalyptic New Zealand […]

10 YA Books That Promote LGBTQ, Diversity & Compassion | Top Ten Tuesday

10 YA Books That Promote LGBTQ, Diversity & Compassion | Top Ten Tuesday

I’m taking a few liberties with this week’s #TopTenTuesday topic, which is books we’re looking forward to for the back half of 2016. In the wake of what happened in Orlando on Sunday, and the scary and sometimes completely incomprehensible violence around us, I thought I’d use this week’s #TTT to highlight some recent and upcoming books that promote inclusivity, diversity, and compassion, especially for the LGBTQ community. For me, the book community is a place where everyone is welcome and tolerated, whether you’re a geek or a nerd, a white person, a person of color, an introvert or an extrovert, […]

I Double Dog Dare You: Morgan Matson x Dogs + Favorites Poll! #UnexpectedlyEpic #MorganMatsonWeek

I Double Dog Dare You: Morgan Matson x Dogs + Favorites Poll! #UnexpectedlyEpic #MorganMatsonWeek

Hi guys, welcome to Day 6 of Morgan Matson Week! It’s the weekend, so today, I’m all about the fun – and what’s more fun than Morgan Matson x dogs? We all know that Morgan adores dogs. She has her own little mutt, Murphy (not to be confused with Second Chance Summer’s Murphy!), and as she’s continued to own him, we’ve seen everything from Instagram posts to videos of Murphy (is he not adorable, OMG 🐶😍). Nowhere is Morgan’s love of dogs more apparent than in her new book The Unexpected Everything. Andie, the main character, ends up taking a job […]

8 Best Books Read In 2016 So Far | Top Ten Tuesday

8 Best Books Read In 2016 So Far | Top Ten Tuesday

1)   2)    3) 4) 5)   6)   7)   8) The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner: “Effervesces with the warmth and darkness of a small Southern Gothic town – the characters leapt off the page to me.” The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt: “If you like swoony, character-driven romances and book boyfriends, The Distance from A to Z is for you. It’s an incredible, unique romance that will WRECK you.” When A Scot Ties A Knot by Tessa Dare | Mini-review to come: “Extreme, utter heart eyes for this romance. Sexytimes galore. Funny and silly, but […]

10 Books On My Spring/Summer 2016 To Be Read List | Top Ten Tuesday

10 Books On My Spring/Summer 2016 To Be Read List | Top Ten Tuesday

This week’s TTT prompt is 10 books on my spring/summer 2016 to be read list. Obviously, I have a ton of books on my list, and I’ve highlighted quite a few in some past posts. So today, I want to highlight a few that might not be on your radar.  1.  2.  3.  4.  5.  6. 7.   8.  9.  10.   Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld | April 19 – Curtis Sittenfeld, author of the incisive Prep, writing a modern Pride & Prejudice retelling? Yeah, I’m in. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum | April 5 – Speaking of prep school, this […]

Top Ten Books To Read While Waiting for the Gilmore Girls Revival

Top Ten Books To Read While Waiting for the Gilmore Girls Revival

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is “books to read if you’re in the mood for…” and I knew exactly what I wanted to talk about. GILMORE GIRLS IS COMING BACK. I realize it’s not YA, more book-adjacent, but guys, I’m SO EXCITED FOR THIS REVIVAL! And don’t lie to me and tell me you didn’t watch it, you booklover, you. I know you totally fist-punched every time Rory had her nose in a book, sniffed a book, or pretended to be organizing books but was secretly just reading them. See this quote from Rory’s high school valedictorian speech: “I […]

Things I’m Swooning Over | Lately…on Mostly YA Lit

Things I’m Swooning Over | Lately…on Mostly YA Lit

Lately…on Mostly YA Lit is a new feature where I talk about things I’m watching, reading, loving or doing lately. Inspired by Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner‘s “New to the Queue” feature, Lately…will be my catch-all personal blogging feature where I tell you a little about my life at the moment. Hello all! Today I’m doing a special post on things I’m swooning over lately – whether it’s book boy/girlfriends, TV, webseries, and more. The impetus for this post? My #OTSPSecretSister! If you don’t know about the On The Same Page Secret Sister Project, it’s a essentially a penpal project […]