From the Notebook: ChLA TBR & Recommendations!

I swear this video went up on the YouTube channel on time. Just not here on time. Anyways, this video is all the books that I have been inspired to put on my TBR due to the Children’s Literature Association conference that Taylor and I attended a few weeks ago. There’s a lot of goodies on here–some you’ve probably heard of, some you haven’t! AND, there’s a sneak peek at a joint review from Michaela and I that’s coming soon!

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Weekly Wrap Up 6/12/16

HEY GUYS LOOK! A weekly wrap up! On … Tuesday. And only with Michaela’s face. I had a really good reason for this, I swear, and I’ll be talking about that next Monday. Anyways! It’s also like one of our shortest wrap ups to date so you can enjoy that.

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From the Notebook: My First Bookshelf Tour!

Happy Monday! This week I’m bringing you guys my first bookshelf tour, showcasing mostly my TBR books plus some of my favorites. It also functions a little bit like a haul too, because I put my most recent acquisitions in a special place. It’s a little bit of everything awesome, honestly! …it’s also the most editing work I think I’ve ever put into something, so there’s that. I hope you enjoy!

From the Notebook: Are Genres False Labels?

WHEE trying to do this without school is even harder somehow! Anyways, I actually got this video up in time. Unfortunately, it’s a bit out of focus. So sorry, but I literally didn’t have time to refilm it and that’s how the cookie crumbles. I’m about to leave for an academic conference, and ohmygosh. Anyways! This is a question for you guys as well as some thoughts, so start thinking with me!

May 2016 Wrap Up

Instead of a From the Notebook video, you get a wrap up a few days early! Even early, May was a MUCH better reading month to me than April. I’ve gone from 10/40 in the PopSugar Reading Challenge to 15/40 AND I’m almost halfway there in my Goodreads goal of reading 100 books this year. Go me!

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From the Notebook: How My Thesis Almost Made Me Stop Blogging

Seriously. I’m not kidding. As I promised in my last Thesis Thursday, here’s an attempt at a better explanation of what happened while I was writing my third and final chapter. I know it sounds kind of depressing, but it isn’t. It’s really more about how I think I can be a better blogger, and maybe change YA literature along the way!

From the Notebook: Top 5 YA Trope Turnoffs

Hey guys! This week, I try to contain my ranting to a minimum while discussing the top 5 things that make it really unlikely for me to pick up a YA book. I even rank them this time around. My top choice even reveals an old sore wound of mine that has somehow gotten WORSE as I’ve written my last thesis chapter. Probably going to be more on that later!

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From the Notebook: I’m Back! +Giveaway Announcement

The hiatus is OVER! This isn’t a very bookish From the Notebook, but I am talking about where I’ve been, where I’m going … and I’m announcing an upcoming giveaway that’ll hit the blogosphere later this week.┬áThe giveaway includes a signed book and swag, and will be attached to an exclusive interview with the author, Kristen-Paige Madonia. I got to meet her last week, and she is amazing! Anyways, for more info … here’s the video!

Weekly Wrap Up 4/17/16

Hey guys! Sadly, there is neither a “what we read” section to this post nor a video. This is a text only wrap up post, due to the fact that Michaela and I are (technically) currently on hiatus. Michaela left for vacation a few days ago, and she is without time or internet to commit to things such as videos. BUT! There were still plenty of goodies this week that you don’t want to miss, so here we go!

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From the Notebook: YA vs. Academia

Hey there guys! This video is something that is near and dear to my heart: my thoughts on how college can treat YA literature. I want to be clear: I 1000% believe that YA should be criticized. However, that’s the point. In my experience, YA is often brushed aside and treated as something that is always bad, therefore telling people that YA can be and should be bad. I really, really wanted to change that.

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