Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions Quotes

I finished Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions while flying to New England a few weeks ago. I wanted to listen to something while traveling that I knew I could finish (the only reading I was able to get done was while I was in the air), so I downloaded this little thing to my phone and quickly fell in love with all of the words.

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My Lady Jane

There are times when I can quietly finish an adventure and place it on my bookshelf, and then there are times when a story just sits on my bedside table for a handful of days after it is over. It took me quite a few weeks to My Lady Jane on a shelf, and it has everything to do with how much it surprised me.

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Timekeeper

“You can’t force something to occur in the future because you’d like it to, just as you can’t go back and force the past to change. There are many branches of time reaching from your bodies - I can see them attached to one another. Humans call it fate, but it’s nothing so poetic as that. It’s simply time. Time, and the decisions you make as it passes, which in turn make history. When one decision becomes impossible, the thread snaps, leaving you fewer and fewer choices.”

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Happy Book Birthday to Summerlost by Ally Condie!

A Spring 2016 Kids' Indie Next List Top 10 Pick!

Named one of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Children’s and YA Books of Spring 2016

“Condie (Matched) strikes a deep emotional chord with this coming-of-age story.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Honest, lovely, and sad.” – Kirkus Reviews

“A sweet, heartfelt story.” – School Library Journal

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Vengeance Road

I fell in love with reading when I was thirteen years old, gripping Kenneth Oppel's book, Airborn, in my palms. 

I don’t think I ever hated reading like many of my peers in high school, but I know I didn’t love to read until I was thrown into Matt and Kate’s story.

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Passenger

Are you listening?

Let me tell you a story...

Let me tell you why I’m giving Passenger five bright, golden stars. 

I have seen reviews for this story jutting out over my Goodreads newsfeed during the last week, and I have heard the cries for more from some readers while I've simultaneously felt the frustration from others who could not help the way they felt the book teetered on for pages with no action. 

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Everything, Everything

Rainbow Rowell once mentioned that she wrote Eleanor & Park because she wanted to create a story where the reader feels like they are falling in love. She wanted to write a story about possibilities and beginnings because when you are young you can believe with everything you have that things don't just end. 

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