Top 10 Tuesday – Books I Would Assign If I Was a College English Professor

Hey hey, it’s Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is run by The Broke and the Bookish, and I’ve been participating since the beginning of July or so – I’m happy that it’s becoming a regular weekly post on this here blog. This week is another fairly open-ended topic – something related to back-to-school. There have been many times in my life since I left college where I thought being an English professor would be fun, and I’m going to play that game now. Since I have 10 books on this list, we’re going to pretend it’s a full-year class, a part 1 in the fall and a part 2 in the spring, because 10 books is a lot for a single semester. My imaginary class is called Brave Women in Books, and I’m super excited about it. So! Without further ado!Read More »

Top 10 Tuesday – Book Recs for People Who Don’t Normally Read YA

Hey hey, it’s Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is run by The Broke and the Bookish, and I participate on Instagram (@amandareadsandwrites) and here, when I have the time to prepare a post. Regular topics are back! This week was fun, because it was pretty open-ended. I chose to make a list of book recommendations for people who don’t normally read YA, and I’m excited about it, because YA is my jam. I’ll include a brief explanation of who I think each particular book would be good for. I’m so excited! Here we go!Read More »

Book Review – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I have been putting off writing this review for way too long. It’s not even for any particular reason – I just don’t know if my words could ever do this book justice. But I’m going to try, because it’s important and needs to be talked about.

The Hate U Give follows Starr Carter, a high school student stuck in two different worlds. She lives in a rough neighborhood, where her dad owns a small grocery store, but goes to school in a wealthy nearby town, where she is one of few black students. Yes, that is a very important aspect of this book – Starr is black. At her school, she has a diverse crew of best friends, a white boyfriend, and plays basketball. And at home, she has this complicated family situation, with a half brother named Seven and a best friend who is Seven’s half sister. And she has Khalil, her childhood best friend.Read More »

Top 10 Tuesday – Books that Capture High School

Hey hey, it’s Top Ten Tuesday! Top ten Tuesday is run by The Broke and the Bookish, and I participate on Instagram (@amandareadsandwrites) and here, when I have the time to prepare a post. Since the regular topics are on hiatus until August, I’ve been going through the backlist and choosing some old topics to feature each week – this week, it’s books that capture high school.Read More »

Top 10 Tuesday – Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

Hey hey, it’s Top Ten Tuesday! Top ten Tuesday is run by The Broke and the Bookish, and I participate on Instagram (@amandareadsandwrites) and here, when I have the time to prepare a post. Since the regular topics are on hiatus until August, I’ve been going through the backlist and choosing some old topics to feature each week – this week, it’s books I wish I could read again for the first time.Read More »