Tag: R.I.P. It or Ship It (YA Edition)

Here’s a tag that I have seen a lot, most recently in a YouTube video, but I hadn’t thought to do it myself until yesterday! I decided to start with a YA edition, but I am planning on doing a Classics/Adult one and also a TV one. If you have any character suggestions for another YA or one of those other topics, please let me know! This could be a fun tag to do from time to time. I tried to pick characters that I like and dislike, as well as characters in some of my favorite book ships, so this should be interesting for my heart!

Here’s how you can play this game:

  1. Write down characters from books on slips of paper
  2. Put them in a jar/bowl/hat/mug and pick 2
  3. Decide if you ship it or R.I.P. it (R.I.P. it means you don’t ship them, but not necessarily that you want them dead)


Marcus Flutie from Jessica Darling series + Elizabeth Wakefield from Sweet Valley series

What an interesting combination to get this started! I chose Marcus because he’s one of my favorite male characters and the Jessica Darling series is my all-time favorite series, but I was nervous about putting him in the jar. I am a die hard Jessica/Marcus shipper. But this is a good one. Surprising. I chose Elizabeth specifically from the SVH: Senior Year series, and in that way, I think these two could work because Marcus is a bit similar to Connor and Elizabeth and Jessica Darling (not Wakefield) have their own similarities. SHIP IT Read More »


Review: Outspoken by Lora Richardson

outspokenPublisher: Createspace (paperback)
Release Date: August 16, 2015
Pages: 252 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Romance (Young Adult)
Source: e-book (review request)
Rating: ★★★

“Real! She tossed the word around in her mind. She was ready to be real, to feel real.”

YA Contemporary is one of my all-time favorite genres. When I was contacted by Lora Richardson to read Outspoken in exchange for a review, I knew that I wanted to see what a new writer in the genre could do with it. Although my rating is 3 stars (though it’s really more like 3.5), I enjoyed a lot about it and wish I could give it a higher rating.

Penny Beck says yes a lot, no matter how much she wants to say no. Meaning, she kind of just does what everyone else wants her to do and doesn’t speak up. To get away from saying yes all the time, Penny decides to take a cross country trip to visit her grandfather. I absolutely loved that idea. I liked that instead of just sending Penny somewhere completely alone, Richardson sent her somewhere where she could deal with her own personal struggles and also be near someone who she could trust. She’s also there to be there for him, but she doesn’t move into his house and she is completely self-sufficient, getting an apartment and a job. That has to be a big feat for someone used to letting other people run her life. Personally, I think that Penny deserves a round of applause for taking charge so quickly.Read More »

The Friday 56: Outspoken

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple: Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and post a line (or two)! Just be sure to not spoil the book. I’m currently reading Outspoken by Lora Richardson.

outspokenTitle: Outspoken
Author: Lora Richardson
Status: 72%
Genre: Contemporary, Romance (Young Adult)

At her words, something relaxed inside Penny. She wasn’t good at going all in, or letting go of fear.

I’ve been reading this book recently and I can really relate to Penny and her personality. This quote is a great example of that. I completely understand where Penny is coming from, and I admire her for taking her life in her own hands, despite fears. There’s a lot in this book that I feel can be a great lesson for the reader to do something for themselves, even if it’s not as drastic as going cross country alone.

I’ll post a full review of Outspoken once I’m finished reading it.

What are you reading this Friday?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Would Be On My Syllabus…

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101. Naturally, I decided that my class would be YA Lit 101. That would be a fun class! I took Children’s Literature about six years ago and loved it, so I can only imagine how exciting it would be to not only take a YA Lit class, but teach one. It would be great to share some favorites with other people. I think YA lit is awesome and can be a great way to teach about real life situations without being preachy or, honestly, boring, so I chose five YA books that I feel do just that.

If I taught YA Lit 101…

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missperegrine fangirl
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Fangirl by Rainbow RowellRead More »

The Friday 56: I Am the Messenger

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple: Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and post a line! My last Friday 56 post was about The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, and this week’s is about I Am the Messenger by the same author.

iamthemessengerTitle: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Status: 56%
Genre: Mystery, Realistic Fiction (YA)

It’s a long night, where I’m trapped inside a dreamworld and can’t decipher whether I’m awake or asleep.

The Book Thief is one of the best books I’ve ever read, so I immediately found out if Zusak had any other published books and added this one to my TBR list. I Am the Messenger is different from it, not only because of the change of setting, but also the writing style. So far, I’m really liking the book because it’s simply written but powerful in its own way. It gets you thinking about your own life. I’m not sure if I’ll like it as much as I did The Book Thief, but I’m not finished yet. I wish I was able to read this one a little faster as it has taken me a few days to read half of it.

The Friday 56: The Book Thief

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple: Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and post a line! A couple of weeks ago, I took part while I was reading My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. This week, I’m reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

thebookthiefTitle: The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak
Status: 307/560 pages
Genre: Historical (YA)

As we both know, Liesel wasn’t on hand on Himmel Street when Rudy performed his act of childhood infamy. When she looked back, though, it felt like she’d actually been there. In her memory, she had somehow become a member of Rudy’s imaginary audience.

It’s difficult to talk about this book without wanting to let everyone know every single thing that’s going on in it. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to devote a lot of time to it this week, but it’s definitely a book that makes me want to stay up at night to read just one more chapter. Or, you know, finish it in one sitting. The narrator’s voice was the first thing that captured my attention when I started this book within the first few pages.

The Friday 56: My Life Next Door

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules are simple: Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader and post a line! I’ve never taken part in this, but I’m actually around page 56 of the book I’m currently reading and thought it’d be fun to share a line and include some short thoughts.

mylifenextdoorTitle: My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door #1)
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Status: 60/394 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Romance (YA)

“But I can swim now. I can swim really good. And she knows how to back dive. She could teach me to back dive.” While wearing the baby and holding George’s hand? I’d need to be Sailor Supergirl.

I haven’t made it very far into this book yet, but it’s great so far. It reminds me a lot of Sarah Dessen’s books  (which is always a wonderful thing), so I can’t wait to continue reading it.  The characters all have their own personalities and I’m loving that.