25 Books for 25 Years

This week I’m turning 25. I’m only a little stressed out about it. And by little, I mean like Pluto-is-the-littlest-planet little. (Also I know Pluto isn’t really a planet but like, it still makes a good metaphor right?!?)

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I’ve been thinking a lot about books that have shaped my reading (and writing) habits in my life. I tried to make a list of one book per year, but I can’t say that I had a favorite books for the ages of 1-6 (at least not that I remember). Instead I decided to ballpark it, so the first ten books or so are books that I read during elementary school.

Covers are linked to Goodreads profiles; summaries are excerpted from Goodreads

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree

Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk…and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave. This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return. 

Who didn’t love The Giving Tree as a child? I think had to be one of the books I remember crying over. (Also it makes sense to me now that my mother would read this book to me, she’s a tree lover.) Definitely one of the books I’m going to pass down to my children one day.

Falling Up by Shel Silverstein 

Falling Up

Poor Screamin’ Millie is just one of the unforgettable characters in this wondrous new book of poems and drawings by the creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic. Here you will also meet Allison Beals and her twenty-five eels; Danny O’Dare, the dancin’ bear; the Human Balloon; and Headphone Harold. So come, wander through the Nose Garden, ride the Little Hoarse, eat in the Strange Restaurant, and let the magic of Shel Silverstein open your eyes and tickle your mind.

I hesitated putting two books by the same author on the list, much less back to back, but when it came down to it I couldn’t decide which one to pull because I feel like both of them had the same value to me and at the end of the day it’s my list on my blog and I can do what I want!!!!! I bought this book at the end of a school year, right before summer vacation.

Meet Kit: An American Girl 1934 series by Valerie Tripp

Meet Kit: An American Girl 1934 (American Girls: Kit, #1)

Kit longs for a big story to write in her daily newspaper for her Dad—that is, until she’s faced with news that’s really bad. When Mother’s friends lose their house and come to stay with her family, it’s nothing but trouble for Kit. Then Kit’s dad loses his business, and things go from bad to worse. Will life ever be the same again?

Third grade sparked the American Girl doll craze and of course, I had to have one. My parents said I would could get a doll but it had to be one of the historical dolls, and I had to read all of the books in that doll’s series first. Even as I child I was ExTrA so I started borrowing ALL of the American Girl books from the library, reading series after series until I was caught up with each doll. Ultimately I ended on Kit because she was my favorite. (The following year I chose Josephina as my next doll because she was my second favorite.)

Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Clearly

Beezus and Ramona (Ramona Quimby, #1)

Nine-year-old Beezus Quimby has her hands full with her little sister, Ramona. Whether she’s taking one bite out of every apple in a box or secretly inviting 15 other 4-year-olds to the house for a party, Ramona is always making trouble–and getting all the attention. Old enough to be expected to take responsibility for her little sister, yet young enough to be mortified by every embarrassing plight the precocious preschooler gets them into, Beezus is constantly struggling with her mixed-up feelings about the exasperating Ramona.

I FLEW through the Ramona series in elementary school. I distinctly remember specific scenes from the book; Ramona eating the first bite of all the apples in the box because the first bite of an apple is the best bite, or Ramona filling up her bathroom sink with toothpaste by squeezing the tube in the middle because it looked like fun. Continue reading “25 Books for 25 Years”


September Reading Wrap Up: Insomnia, Ghosts, and Stew

Books Bought:

  • Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
  • Maximum Ride #1-9 by James Patterson
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita
  • The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • Little Bee by Christ Cleave
  • The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakpour
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis

Books Read:

September was a long, draining month. I wrestled with heavy insomnia since the middle of August, which left me dreary around 8pm. I was fortunate to rediscover the joy my library card brought to me and how easy it was to place holds on line, and it rendered buying books almost unnecessary!

Or so I thought, until I walked into two used book stores. In the same afternoon. I was doomed.

I read two really incredible works this month: Meddling Kids and The House of the Spirits. I juggled reading both at the same time only because they were so vastly different but equally enjoyable.

Continue reading “September Reading Wrap Up: Insomnia, Ghosts, and Stew”

Reading Wrap-Up: February 2017

Books Bought:

  • The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  • The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer
  • Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty
  • We Are Called to Rise, Laura McBride
  • Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo
  • Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo
  • The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
  • We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Maximum Ride: The Manga #9, James Patterson and NaRae Lee
  • The Last Runaway, Tracy Chevalier
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
  • Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff

Books Read:

  • Hatchet, Gary Paulsen
  • Maximum Ride: The Manga #9, James Patterson and NaRae Lee
  • We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books, Nick Hornby (unfinished)
  • Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly (unfinished)
  • Brian’s Winter, Gary Paulsen (unfinished)

[In the process of writing my March wrap-up I realized I never posted February, so alas here it is.]

How did I manage to buy twelve different books in the span of 28 days? February is supposed to be the shortest month and I managed to drop an ungodly amount of money on just chunks of paper. I hate myself. Continue reading “Reading Wrap-Up: February 2017”

Maximum Ride Forever: The Ultimate Review One Year Later

Maximum Ride Forever ReviewMy love affair with Maximum Ride goes way back, a decade to be exact. My grandparents bought me the first book, The Angel Experiment when I was 12 and my gut reaction was to roll my eyes and fake a smile with a polite “thank-you” because I knew I was going to absolutely hate it.

Fortunately, I was wrong. I completely credit Maximum Ride for dragging me into a world outside of realistic fiction (I religiously read almost every single Babysitter’s Club book for the better part of two years).

It also peaked my interest to develop my own writing. I finished the first book in two days and I was so shocked that this author had gotten me to read something completely out of my comfort zone that I had to figure out how to do that too.

It’s been barely over a year since the Maximum Ride series officially ended (after a surprise book to end the series!) so I figured it was about time to pour my heart and soul out into this blog.

My appreciation for Maximum Ride has not died down, but it’s definitely changed. I graduated college with an English degree with a concentration in writing that required me to take extensive classes studying literature and how to create it. Rereading the series is sometimes frustrating for me now because I find all the places where a plot point was overlooked or where language could’ve been better or characters could’ve been better developed. All three of these things is definitely true in Maximum Ride Forever.

Continue reading “Maximum Ride Forever: The Ultimate Review One Year Later”

Books I’m Saving For My (Potential) Children

(Is it cheating that I basically had this post made already on the List App?)


I tackled the daunting task of cleaning out my bookshelf about a month ago. Underneath my bookshelf is a chest of books I kind of forgot about (out of sight, out of mind). I piled in some books I want to keep for any children I might potentially have or might potentially develop a connection to later on in my life because these books had a big impact on me. And it’s my selfish desire to make sure that every child has the same selfish relationship to my favorite books as I do.

Books I'm Saving For My Children Continue reading “Books I’m Saving For My (Potential) Children”