The Book Trap

Abandon all non-fictional lives, ye who enter here.

-Carry On- by Rainbow Rowell

carry on (new edition)

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.
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Book Squad 📚

Lately, I’ve been feeling so profoundly grateful to be part of the Young Adult book community. My heart feels so light sometimes I catch myself almost walking on my tippy-toes, wanting to float away.

A big part of that is because of YALLWEST. The whole event was overflowing with excitement and positivity, and it was so wonderful to see people LITERALLY skipping with happiness. 
One thing that my mind keeps going back to, though, is how the love for books not only brought people together but also seemed to take away judgmental stares. It was so, so lovely to see all the authors together and readers grinning from ear to ear. No one cared about each other’s clothes, or what they looked like. In my eyes all the authors looked like the most beautiful people in the world, because, to me, they have the most beautiful minds. 
That’s what I love about the book community (well, it’s ONE of the things I cherish about it). Who cares what they look like?? These people have the most incredible and stunning minds, and I feel so happy that it’s what everyone focuses on. We are part of something that solely focuses on the mind and what it can create.
This, I feel, not only takes away some of the pressure from the authors themselves, but from the readers. 
This whole rant is probably just me still feeling a bit book-high from the festival, but I really, really hope that I’m not the only one that feels like this. I really hope I’m not the only one that feels like the Young Adult community is a safe, positive one.
I’m just really happy that I get to be part of this huge Book Squad.


Yesterday I got to go to YALLWEST!!! I pretty much died and then came back to life. I am not exaggerating when I say that I couldn’t stop smiling. But, pray tell, what is this YALL thing that happens in the WEST? Well, straight outta the website:
A day of panels, book signings, food trucks, bad jokes, rock ‘n’ roll, killer photo ops & general geeky shenanigans” with “over 100  authors and presenters including New York Times Bestsellers along with local and acclaimed young adult and middle grade writers, plus notable TV, film, video game, and comic creators” that happens in Santa Monica, CA, every year.

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Currently Reading

the rose society

Title: The Rose Society

Author: Marie Lu

398 pages

“Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, so she destroyed them all.”

-A List of Cages- by Robin Roe

a list of cages

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kindhearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives…

Sorta spoilery, beware!

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-Dead Girls Society- by Michelle Krys

dead girls society

“You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. Tell no one, and come alone. If you dare.”

Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan, not to mention worrying about paying for her expensive medication and how she’s going to afford college. And she’s bored with life in her run-down New Orleans suburb.

When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she might win some real money.

But the Society isn’t all it seems . . . and soon Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement.

Spoiler free review!

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Currently Reading

a list of cages

Title: A List of Cages

Author: Robin Roe

320 pages 

“And when you smile…my grandmother calls them big-soul smiles. She says some people have souls so big that they spread out, touching everyone they pass.” Emerald wipes her wet face again. “There are different ways to help people, Adam. There are different ways to do good.”

Bitty’s Love Pie

Hello hello hello, if you’ve been keeping up with my blog, you know that I’m currently (re)reading Ngozi’s ‘sawesome web comic: Check, Please! 

The story’s about this tiny southern boy named Eric Bittle, a former figure skater who loves baking pies, and who ends up going to college on a hockey scholarship. He keeps a vlog, where he talks about baking and his hockey teammates (who, by the way, are the best characters to ever exist).

I’m sort of obsessed with this web comic. The story, the characters, the dialogue, the art…they’re all incredible. I get all warm and fuzzy thinking about Bittle and his overly loud hockey team (I’ve adopted them all as my fictional children).

Aaaaaand because of that, it’s no surprise that I decided to bake a pie in Bitty’s honor.

I used ittybittybakes (Tumblr)’s recipe: Bitty’s Love Pie (aka. Maple Sugar Crusted Apple Pie).

I’d never made a pie before in my entire life, so I was sort of surprised that it worked out! It tasted great and I definitely recommend it. Bitty would be proud 🍰 🏒📚

Currently Reading

Check, Please! CoverTitle: Check, Please!

Author: Ngozi Ukazu

-This is sort of different from what I usually read, but my dear friends, it is gold. I have been introduced to the world of web-comics and I don’t wanna leave.

-It’s about this tiny southern boy who likes baking pies and used to be a figure skater, and he goes to college on a hockey scholarship. It is precious and I love it so so so SO MUCH.

-I might, or might not, have just re-read it like, 3 times.

-Me, right this moment: *sitting next to my uncle, hugging my computer, whispering over and over again* They’re so cutE.

-ALSO: It’s free!!! You can read the whole thing from the very beginning on Check, Please! (aaaand it hasn’t ended, she’s still updating it!)

-Please read this. I need people to talk to about all my fictional adopted children.

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