2012 Texas Book Festival: Meeting Cinda Williams Chima, David Levithan, and More!

Last weekend I went to the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas and met some amazing authors! It was a beautiful (and a bit cold) weekend (at least by Texas standards) and it was absolutely fantastic! Authors spoke in panels in the capitol chambers, and blocks of streets around the capitol grounds were closed off for 2 days while tents full of books were displayed. … Continue reading 2012 Texas Book Festival: Meeting Cinda Williams Chima, David Levithan, and More!

Top 10 Challenged Books of 2011

Today is the first day of banned books week, the national book community’s week long event advocating the right to read. Banned Books Week advocates the right to read and raises awareness about the harms of censorship and banning books. According to the Banned Books Week website, since 1982 over 11,300 books have been challenged. I’ve really been looking forward to Banned Books Week for … Continue reading Top 10 Challenged Books of 2011

7 YA Fantasy Tropes That Need to Stop

If you read enough YA sci-fi/fantasy, you’ll eventually start noticing some trends and common themes. A lot of times they’re harmless, but there are a few tropes that just have become so repetitive that my eyes have gotten tired from rolling. See if your favorite novels are guilty of any of these (I know a few of mine are). 1. The Prophecy I’ve become so … Continue reading 7 YA Fantasy Tropes That Need to Stop

What the Hunger Games and Dystopian Novels Reveal About Ourselves

The Dystopian craze is going around like the flu, and the epidemic started with the Hunger Games—this time around, at least. The term “dystopia” goes all the way back to 1868, when John Stuart Mill gave a speech in front of the British House of Commons, saying: It is, perhaps, too complimentary to call them Utopians, they ought rather to be called dys-topians, or caco-topians. … Continue reading What the Hunger Games and Dystopian Novels Reveal About Ourselves

The Selection by Kiera Cass

8 Gorgeous Gowns Featured on YA Covers

Browse the teen/YA section of any books store, and I guarantee that you will find half a dozen books with a giant ballgown dress on the cover. They’re everywhere! Below are 8 of the most beautiful dress covers that I could find. Which one is your favorite? #1 Entwined by Heather Dixon “Azalea and her younger sisters dance in the mysterious silver forest every night, … Continue reading 8 Gorgeous Gowns Featured on YA Covers