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3 Reasons Why You Should Read What We Saw

3 Reasons you must read What We Saw--an intense, honest, powerful book!

Two years ago, I met Aaron Hartzler at YALLFest and just fell in love with him and his writing.  He’s hilarious, super-friendly, and insightful.  Even though we don’t agree on all things political or faith-based, I respect his point of view and couldn’t wait to get my hands on his debut fiction novel, What We Saw.  And after reading it, I think you should read it, too!  Here’s why. Continue Reading →

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3 Road Trip Books You Don’t Want to Miss

Ready for a road trip? Check out these adventurous books!

Ahhh, Spring.  We’re finally starting to feel some consistent warm weather in Indiana, and my family can’t get outside enough.  We’re walking, driving, and playing every chance we get just so we can soak up the sun!

And this is the season for road trips.  Whether it’s a planned Spring Break trip or something spontaneous, a road trip can be an amazing adventure.  So if you’re feeling all the Spring feels, check out these road trip books to keep you in the mood! Continue Reading →

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Books You Should Have On Your Coffee Table

A fun and beautiful collection of coffee table books for your home!

I LOVE coffee table books.  They tell a lot about a person–these are the books a person specifically chooses for the home as décor and browse reading.  They show off a person’s interests, tastes, and even dreams.

But when I look at home tours online, I often see the same design books stacked on everyone’s coffee table.  So I have made a list of six types of books that are perfect for the coffee table–especially when mixed together!  And you better believe these are the books that you’ll find on my coffee tables!

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3 Reasons You Should Read Noggin

Do you ever read a book and think to yourself “I think this is just like such-and-such book” or “isn’t this a copycat of ____”?  Well, this isn’t one of those books.  Noggin by John Corey Whaley is so uniquely its own that it can’t even be compared to anything else.

The book follows Travis Coates, a 16-year-old who is going to die soon.  His cancer has continued to grow despite every treatment available.  And honestly, Travis is tired of fighting it.  But when a scientist/doctor shows up and offers Travis’s life back, he’s all ears.  But to live out the rest of his life, Travis will need to have his head transferred to another body (a head transplant?  a body transplant?) and be willing to live the rest of his life in someone else’s body.  When Travis agrees to this crazy procedure, he wakes up five years later with a new body and friends who have grown up without him.

You need to read it.  Here are three reasons why.

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Miss Downton Abbey? Read These YA Novels!

If you love Downton Abbey you should read these!

Yes, friends, it’s really over.  Although the final season for Downton Abbey was released awhile ago in England, it just ended here in the U.S. and I am feeling it.  No more Mary, Tom, Edith, Anna, and dear old Mr. Bates.  We’ve watched Daisy mature, Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes fall in love, and Granny get in all her digs.

If you’re still grieving the goodbye of the Grantham family, check out these titles!  They’re very similar in time period, characters, and/or plot and will have you feeling all the Downton feels. Continue Reading →

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5 Reasons Why You Must Read Ruta Sepetys

You MUST read Ruta Sepetys' books. You will NOT want to put them down!

It’s no secret that I am obsessed with Ruta Sepetys’ books.  I talk about her on my YouTube channel a lot and I pretty much gush to all my students about her work.  Why do I love her so much?  Because I don’t read historical fiction very much.  Don’t get me wrong–I LOVE learning about history and would’ve majored in it in college if my high school counselor hadn’t told me that I’d never get a job with a Social Studies degree.  But I often find historical fiction to be a little cheesy for my taste–the dialogue can seem overdone while the plot often looks forced.  But Ruta’s historical fiction books have just blown me away.

You love historical fiction?  You need to read Ruta Sepetys.

You don’t love historical fiction?  You need to read Ruta Sepetys.

You want to learn something you didn’t know about before?  You need to read Ruta Sepetys.

Noticing a trend here?  Here are 5 reasons why you must read Ruta Sepetys’ books. Continue Reading →

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Review–Salt to the Sea

It’s no secret that I love Ruta Sepetys’ books and tomorrow I’m giving you 5 reasons why you should definitely read her books.  Today I’m sharing my recent review of Ruta’s latest book, Salt to the Sea.  Spoiler alert–I LOVED it!

Let me know what you think if you pick it up!