October 2016 - further up and further in

Monday, October 31, 2016

Keep Calm and Write the Thing (NaNoWriMo 2016)

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Keep Calm and Write the Thing (NaNoWriMo 2016)

Okay, guys. The NaNo panic is real. It's real for me because I have one of the most hectic schedules I've ever had in the history of ever, and I haven't had much time or brain power to plot as much as I would have liked. In just several hours, it'll be time to put the theoretical pen to paper and start writing a whole new novel from scratch. Since this is my eighth NaNo, after countless years of writing, you'd think that the panic would get easier each year, but it doesn't. I still feel as new, terrified, unsure, and absolutely unprepared as the first time.

But maybe that's the good part. At least this writing thing won't ever get old. It's an adventure each time.

If you're like me and totally panicking, here's your reminder that it's going to be okay. You have a story that needs to be told, and only you can tell it.  Your words don't have to be perfect. They just have to be out there. (This pep talk is uber-cliche, but it fits since my NaNo novel is also cliche.)

No matter what happens, you'll make it through November. No matter what your word count is, you'll make it through November. No matter what happens, NaNo won't kill you. No matter what happens, you will survive.

Me to NaNo 2016

And remember, if all else fails, channel your inner Ron Swanson.

We've got this, guys. LET'S DO THIS.

Book Review: The Dress by Kate Kerrigan

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Book Review: <i>The Dress</i> by Kate Kerrigan

Joy is beautiful, but she has a secret terror. Although she is the toast of 1950s New York society, with everything money can buy, she is afraid that one day her beauty will fade and she will lose the love of her glamorous husband.
Honor is a young Irish seamstress, who has been working her fingers to the bone with little reward, but her luck is about to change. For her 30th birthday, Joy commissions Honor to create the most dazzling dress ever seen.
Lily has always loved vintage clothes. Thousands follow her fashion blog. One day she stumbles upon an article about a legendary evening dress, created in the 1950s, but now lost to history. She knows that she must find out more.
What Lily uncovers is a story of glamour, friendship and love betrayed. The story of two women, one ruthless man – and a dress so sublime that nothing in couture would ever match it again.

From the very start, The Dress is a book richly steeped in detail, glamour, and family history. The plot lines are woven together so intricately (not unlike the titular Dress) that it's quite simply a pleasure to read this book. I was quickly drawn into the story of Lily, Joy, and Honor--whose stories connect in ways you might not expect. Joy and Honor's stories are set in the past, and Lily's is set in the present. All three of them are connected by... well... The Dress, and it's so interesting to see how the story fits together.

At first, I wasn't sure how the story would connect, especially when the story began with a preacher and a little boy in Ireland. But the way things progressed, as well as the payoff of the beginning scene, was really stunning to me. I found it fascinating, dazzling, and even gritty at times. I couldn't put this book down.

What you can expect:

  • Flawed yet realistic characters. No one in this book is perfect, and they deal with a lot of heavy stuff. Instead of black and white, these characters are definitely gray. At times, the glamorous backdrop of the 1950s combined with the tragic stories of the characters reminded me a bit of The Great Gatsby (though this ended a bit happier than Gatsby, thanks goodness).
  • Beauty. The Dress described in this book is simply stunning, and the way it's written about and described is awe-inspiring. 
  • Complex relationships. This book isn't just about fashion. At its core, it's about relationships--family, friends, and even our worst enemies. This book is full of relationships both heartwarming and backstabby alike. (What? Backstabby is totally a word. At least it should be.) The drama in this book wasn't cheap, and it was enough to fuel my brain into thinking about this book for days.
If you're looking for a super fascinating story with a touch of fashion, I'd say pick up The Dress. This intricate novel won't disappoint.

About the Author: Kate Kerrigan is an author living and working in Ireland. Her novels are Recipes for a Perfect Marriage, The Miracle of Grace, Ellis Island, City of Hope, Land of Dreams and The Lost Garden. Kate began her career as an editor and journalist, editing many of Britain’s most successful young women’s magazines before returning to her native Ireland in the 1990’s to edit Irish Tatler. She writes a weekly column in the Irish Mail about her life in Killala, County Mayo – and contributes regularly to RTE's radio's Sunday Miscellany. Her novel, The Dress, published by Head of Zeus was shortlisted at the Irish Book Awards in 2015, and her new novel, It Was Only Ever You, was published in hardback edition, October 2016. 

Many thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Book Review: Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon

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Book Review: <i>Gilt Hollow</i> by Lorie Langdon

Willow Lamott's best friend is a convicted killer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. Over four long years, she's tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton's mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he's a villain, a savior, or both.
Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow Lamott stepped back into his life. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton wonders if his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves.

My Thoughts:

Gilt Hollow is a solid mystery novel with a compelling plot line full of intrigue. My favorite part is that it revolves around the life of Ashton after he's released from juvie, which is a plot line I can't say I've read before. Not only that, but Ashton believes he was wrongfully convicted. However, his possible crime and his stint in jail have burned a lot of bridges, particularly with his best friend Willow. Well, ex-best friend. With years of miscommunication behind them, Willow and Ashton have a story filled with angst, feels, and mystery-solving. Gilt Hollow blends mystery and romance into a seamless Young Adult debut.

What else you can expect:

  • A well-written, eerie vibe. This book takes place around Halloween, and you can definitely tell from the atmosphere and setting. This book is a good book to read in October especially!
  • Questions. You will be curious from the start about whether Ashton is innocent.
  • Relationship angst: Ashton and Willow don't have an easy journey, and their ups-and-downs as they reconnect are fascinating to read.
  • An exciting ending. The climax of the novel takes place as a Halloween party, complete with costumes and everything, which was the perfect thing to cap off an already eerily exciting novel.
  • Harry Potter references. As a recent convert to the Harry Potter fandom, I loved the references to our favorite wizards.
My only problems were that the cover made me think it would be a bit more of a disturbing thriller rather than a slow-paced mystery, but I think that was my fault for projecting my expectations onto the novel. It also wasn't as gritty as I was expecting (but that's totally on me because I'm too used to more "adult" themed mysteries). The pacing was a little slow, and at times it was hard to get into the book, but I think that's my own personal fault, not the fault of the author. Ultimately, all of my issues with the book boil down to me having different expectations for the book, which is my problem. And in the end, I'm not disappointed at all that I read Gilt Hollow. It was a super entertaining read.

I would recommend this book to: young teens who want a clean yet intriguing and slightly creepy mystery to read. Gilt Hollow is a relatively clean book and manages to be unnerving without being overwhelming.

All in all, Gilt Hollow is an intriguing, atmospheric read and will keep you guessing till the very end with many lovable characters and unexpected plot twists along the way.

About the Author: Lorie Langdon has over ten years of experience writing online and advertising for a Fortune 500 company, and left her thriving corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author and stay-at-home mom, she spends her summers editing poolside while dodging automatic water-gun fire, and the rest of the year tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word. Lorie is one-half of the author team that writes the popular DOON series, a YA reimagining of the musical BrigadoonGilt Hollow is her first solo novel.

 Many thanks to NetGalley and Zonderkidz for providing me with a copy of this book.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Shine Bright

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Shine Bright
Today I want to share something I wrote for the blog Youer than You. It's a message close to my heart, so I'm crossposting it here as well. Thank you for reading, and never forget that you're more than enough. ♥ ♥ ♥

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Dear brave one,

There are going to be people who want you to shrink into yourself and hide away the best parts of you. The world likes to strip away our confidence and leave us bare to the brambles and dirt of everyday life--they snag at your skin, tearing open every flaw. There's a spotlight that shines on you to illuminate all the curves and imperfections you've learned to hate. I know it's hard to avoid the messages shouted at you from every corner: you are not enough. I know. It's not your fault. You are existing in a culture that wants to drag you down, and I am sorry. So many women across the world and throughout time continue to work tirelessly to change that: to tell you, once and for all, you are enough. And you can succeed. And you are enough.

Do you believe those words? Let me say them again. Feel them to the very core of your being.


Read more at Youer than You.
I love you. xoxo.

Friday, October 14, 2016

You Are Not Lost

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You Are Not Lost
When I was younger, I had a recurring nightmare.

I entirely blame Space Camp for this nightmare because of the scene where the kid almost gets lost in space. My nightmare, whether I'm asleep or awake, is drifting away in space without anything to hold on to. Space, though I love the stars, is extremely terrifying. Being lost in space? Even worse.

Even though it's entirely irrational seeing as I most likely will not ever go to space, this fear is rooted in something that I experience even when my feet are planted solidly on earth. It's rooted in the fact that we as humans fear losing control or getting lost or just... floating away. Disappearing. Fading. Flying endlessly in a dark abyss with only yourself to keep you company.

That fear is entirely rational. We all fear "floating in space." Or "getting lost at sea."

Life, with all its complexities, is almost as vast as our universe. There are billions of lives on this planet alone, and in the midst of all these humans, in the midst of humanity, it is entirely rational to fear getting lost. It is entirely rational to be scared, to feel small.

I'm sure that when astronauts are up above the earth looking down, they feel small too.

And despite feeling small, whenever astronauts actually have to go outside their safe spaceship to make repairs, they tether themselves. They tie themselves to parts of the spaceship, and they don't let go.

When captains of ships want to stop in the middle of the vast, slippery ocean, they drop a big hunk of metal into the depths. They anchor themselves, and they don't let it go.

When anxiety and fear attack, pelting you relentlessly, find an anchor. Hold onto it.

Hold on to your friends, your family, the ones you call your own. Hold on to TV shows and books and music and stories of all kinds. Hold on to your favorite pet. Hold on to the next day, the next sunbeam, the next hint of brighter things. Hold on tight, and don't let go.

But if you do let go, you are not lost. You will always be able to find another tether. You will always be able to find your way back to safety, to security. You will always be able to throw out another anchor. You will always be able to throw out a searchlight, looking for brighter things.

You will always be able to find your way back home.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Beautiful Books: Carry Your Throne

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Beautiful Books: <i>Carry Your Throne</i>
Today I'm linking up with Beautiful Books to highlight my novel for NaNoWriMo 2016!

1. What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

Carry Your Throne came to be the moment I said to my friend Caroline, "I want to write a cliche fantasy novel, no matter how cliche it will be." She told me to do it. And thus, CYT was born.

The title and ideas came later, especially thanks to the song "Carry Your Throne" by Jon Bellion.

2. Describe what your novel is about!

Barrie Whitman and Felix Meier are best friends--at least, until they tumble head-first into an entirely different world where they discover they're both heirs to rivaling kingdoms. Their whole lives turn upside down, as does their relationship with each other. As tensions mount, Barrie and Felix are forced to examine where their allegiances lie, as well as what--and who--matters most.

(I hate writing blurbs, but I did it. Hooray.)

3. What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!

Dark forests, ravens, pale blue skies.

Also: Medieval castles, red and gold, and a general feel that I can only describe as "Gryffindor" or "King Arthur." (I'm going to embrace the cliche okay?)

4. Introduce us to each of your characters!

Barrie Whitman

Barrie, named after J.M. Barrie and Walt Whitman. One of my protagonists. Cynical, quiet, reserved. Not too happy about being away from "the real world." Secretly-not-so-secretly inspired by the black hair/pale skin/red lips of Snow White. It's hard for me to put her into words, but I love her.

Felix Meier

Felix: pure cinnamon roll. Too precious for this world (so I guess he found a different one). Approximately 99.9% of the pictures I have of him involve him covering his eyes. He's quiet and tenderhearted. Like just let me love you. I'm probably crying about him right now as we speak.


Lucy Steele is a character I've had for approximately 99 years (this is an exaggeration). She is recycled from an old story of mine, and she'll be guiding Felix and Barrie through their new, unknown, (very cliche) fantasy world.

Unnamed Character #1

I found this character via Pinterest and Luke Cage. What is his name? Who is he? Why is he in the bath? We just do not know.

Unnamed Character #2

Hey, Matthew Dadarrio, wanna be in my story as a rebellious prince? Okay, cool. Welcome.

Side note: name suggestions welcome.

5. How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

It involves a lot of screaming, I can tell you that much.

In reality, I try to think about my story as much as possible and plot it out in my head. Last year, when I jumped headfirst into NaNo with no plot, I realized I really need to plot out stuff before NaNo, so I'm trying to at least get a little idea of what this story is about. I'm also just trying to get to know the characters too, which is one of the most important parts of novel plotting for me. (Considering I have 3/5 characters named and little-to-no defined personalities, it's going GREAT!)

6. What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

Writing fantasy again! It's been way too long. The last time I wrote fantasy was in 2012. I've grown a lot as a writer, and despite the fact that the motto of this novel is BE CLICHE AND HAVE FUN, I do have a couple twists in mind to make it super exciting.

7. List 3 things about your novel’s setting.

I mean, just imagine the setting/feel of these three things: Robin Hood (BBC), Merlin (BBC), and Harry Potter (still British). That sums up what I'm aiming for with this novel. (Apparently I'm actually writing a BBC show, guys.)

8. What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?

I think it kind of changes throughout the book. For both Felix and Barrie, first their goal is to get home. Then their goal is to understand what is happening to them. Then their goal is to help their kingdoms succeed. As for what stands in their way? I'm hoping to have a couple different villains/obstacles, but one of the biggest villains they face is going to be each other.

9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

Oh man, I have no idea since I have a feeling a lot of the story will come to me as I write it (no matter how much I try to plot; thanks, brain). But considering they go from reluctant heroes to willing participants in their fates, I think it's going to be a pretty significant change.

10. What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

My hope is to convey the ambiguity of life and how not everything is clearcut and black and white. Instead, life is more like shades of gray. (No, not that kind of shades of gray.) I hope to try my hand at not being heavy-handed in who is "good" and who is "bad" and instead try to make everyone fully-rounded and human.

When the story is over, I hope that the readers have fully felt something. Whether they are crying, laughing, or throwing the book at the wall, I just hope they feel it.

Are you doing NaNo? How do you want readers to feel when your story is over?

A Novel Idea: 10/11/16

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A Novel Idea: 10/11/16
As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. We want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.

This week, in order to get ready for NaNoWriMo in less than a month, answer the following questions about as many of your characters as you’d like.
Full name
Hair Color
Eye Color
General appearance
Personality-type (this can either be Meyer-Briggs or you can write out their personality)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A Novel Idea: 10/4/16

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A Novel Idea: 10/4/16
As a writer, keeping inspiration going from week to week can be tough. My friend Ashley and I want to change that. The point of A Novel Idea is to get your writing juices flowing even when you don’t feel like writing. We also want it to help you dig deeper into what writing looks like for you and let you share it with the world. We’ll be posting installments weekly, all focused on four things: characters, your novel, you writing process, and writing prompts. Follow the weekly guidelines and post it on your blog, then link up with us! We’d love to hear from you each week.

This week's prompt is:

What is your best piece of advice for NaNoWriMo and/or writing in general?

10 Years of Blogging + A Giveaway

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10 Years of Blogging + A Giveaway

Today is a day I've looked forward to since I was a young girl: my ten year anniversary of blogging. A lot of people, including myself, thought I wouldn't make that milestone--a blog couldn't possibly last ten years, right?

And in a sense that's true. My blog technically didn't grow and bloom for an entire ten years. A lot of times, my blog languished. I switched blogs a few times and hopped back and forth between blogging platforms. To say that Further Up and Further In is the same as it used to be wouldn't be true--but then again, I'm not the same as I used to be either. Blogging has made my life better--I've learned to be a better writer, and I've found so many of my best friends as well.

Though I always hoped I'd make it here to ten years, I didn't think I actually would. Ten-year-old me theorized a lot about what the world would be like when I was twenty and had been blogging for ten years! Maybe at that point, I thought, I would be writing about my husband and kids. Ha. What a dreamer.

If there's one thing that's a constant in my life, it's writing--but more than that, it's BLOGGING. I was ten when I started my first blog. TEN! Looking back at it now, it boggles my mind. Like, what the heck? I was just a tiny, tiny baby.

And wow. Now I'm 20, and Further Up and Further In is still here. I'm still here writing and blogging. And I have to say, that's pretty incredible.

So, I don't even know how to say thank you for making this a thing! If you didn't still read my blog and comment and care, I don't think I'd still be blogging. I love you guys so much.

Because of my 10-year-blogiversary, I have a couple of surprises!

1.) New design.

Yeah, I know, I change my design a lot. But this one I think is here to stay. I'm hoping to grow my blog around this design/brand. It's simpler, cleaner, and all around better. I love it! (Also, my sister thinks it look like the Hamilton website, and I ain't even mad.)


To thank you for being such loyal readers, I wanted to host a giveaway. Unfortunately, I'm a broke 20-something, but I do have a penchant for graphic design. NaNo's just around the corner, so what better way to celebrate than entering a giveaway for a book cover?

Thanks to Ashley for letting me use her cover as an example!

Book covers typically go for $15 over on my site. They will be made so that they'll be free to use for commercial products (i.e., you can use them if you self-publish your book!). Whether you want it for publishing purposes or just for fun, I'll do my best to make them fit the atmosphere and inspirational vibe of your novel! I'm excited to get to give this to one of you!

One lucky winner will receive a custom book cover for a novel of their choice. The giveaway will be open for a week and will close on October 12, 2016.

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Again, guys, thank you for making the past 10 years of blogging a blast. This wouldn't be possible without you. So thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you!

Beautiful Books 2016: Introduce Your Novel!

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Beautiful Books 2016: Introduce Your Novel!

Greetings, writerlings! NaNoWriMo is just around the corner, and in honor of that, Beautiful People will be temporarily turned into a different link-up: Beautiful Books, a three-month long event focusing on your novel, whether it's for NaNo or otherwise. In October, we'll be focusing on plotting and introducing your novel. In November, we'll be focusing on the writing process and how NaNo is going. And in December, we'll be focusing on editing and how you think your book turned out!

You may have some questions about this...

Do I have to be doing NaNo to participate? Absolutely not! While the general format is suited well to writers doing NaNo, we want this blog link-up to be for everyone! Just pick a work-in-progress and you'll be good to go. Come one, come all!

How does it work? The format is really similar to Beautiful People. Each month, we'll be posting 10 questions, except this time for you to answer about your WIP (or yourself!). You'll take our 10 questions and answer them on your blog, then come back and link up here! And don't forget to go around and read the posts of the other participants--it could be a great way to make friends!

What about Beautiful People? Beautiful People will be back! But for now, show your WIP some love! There’s always the archive if you get the itch to do BP as well.

So... what do I do? Sit tight and read the questions Cait and I will post, then use them to help you think through one of your novels! Then link back, and overall be your awesome self! Also, if you want to share this with your friends, we aren't at all opposed! Making this one big party would be really cool.

Don't forget to link back, either via a text link or this fancy blog button.

This month, we want to hear all about your fabulous novel!

  1. What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?
  2. Describe what your novel is about!
  3. What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!
  4. Introduce us to each of your characters!
  5. How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)
  6. What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
  7. List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
  8. What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?
  9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
  10. What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

Are you doing NaNo? Are you freaking out yet? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, October 3, 2016

What I Read: September

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What I Read: September
Another month, another stack of books for my "read" shelf. Here's what I read during September!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

In September I continued to read Harry Potter, and Chamber of Secrets made me fall even more in love with Rowling's universe. I loved the plot twist, I cried when Fawkes cried, and I had chills. It was awesome.

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Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

The characters in this book won me over, and I fell in love with them. This book had all the feels and a lot of good things to say about life.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

HOLD UP, EVERYBODY. This is my favorite HP book to date. I love Sirius Black more than I can say.

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

This book was such an anticipated read for me, but I unfortunately had issues connecting to the main character, Lara Jean. But Peter Kavinsky? Holy moly, I love him. More Peter, please.

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It Started with Goodbye by Christina June

I got this book as a Netgalley ARC, and it was such a good one! Adorable, quirky, and sweet. I absolutely loved that Tatum was a graphic designer, too--I can definitely relate to that (ignore my shameless self promo). And the cover is gorgeous! (My full review will most likely be going up on Youer than You later this month, so stay tuned for that!)

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The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

I cried about this book on The Fangirl Initiative. It was perfect. I still can't even. (Read more of my thoughts here; while you do that, I'll be over here crying in the corner.)

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The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe

The premise of this book is really intriguing, and I love the yellow on the cover. I think the way this book was written as a diary made it lack suspense, so it wasn't as riveting as I had hoped. But still, I really loved the idea of an epidemic like this.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

This book was super long, but ultimately worth every page. I got a little bogged down with the Quidditch tournament, but in the end, it did matter to the plot, so I'm okay with that. Now I just have to get up the nerve to read the 900-some page Order of the Phoenix.

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Confess by Colleen Hoover

Last month I loved November 9, so I was hoping the next Colleen Hoover book I read would be just as good. It was! I loved the art sprinkled throughout the pages, and Auburn and Owen were two amazing characters. Plus, the way this ended was just perfect. I love Colleen Hoover's writing and I'll be darned if I don't read a book of hers at least every month. (AND WOULD YOU LOOK AT THE COVER?)

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Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

This book is expertly written about grief and loss. I connected deeply to Jersey, and I was sad when her story was over. I'd definitely recommend it, especially to teens who are experiencing grief (though it can be pretty heavy subject matter, so keep yourself safe no matter what).

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Hate List is written about a really rough subject, but it was well-handled, and I loved Valerie's journey. It flowed well and the ending was perfect. The writing was so nuanced and balanced as well. I'm definitely a new Jennifer Brown fan.

(Because of the serious subject matter of both of Jennifer Brown's books, I opted not to include gifs.)

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I'm also a new fan of Victoria/V.E. Schwab. This Savage Song was beautiful, heartrending, and really fascinating. I loved the worldbuilding and the complex mythos surrounding Verity and its monsters. I'll definitely be awaiting the second book (and loving August with all of my heart).

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Hawkeye vol. 2: Little Hits by Matt Fraction

My one and only comic this month, which is kind of sad. I just kind of want to know how this comic made me care so goshdang much in such a little timeframe. How can comics make me this emotional? How dare they?

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What was your favorite book you read this August?