Leaving.

Sometimes I’m afraid to go to sleep because of what I’m leaving behind.

~Before I Fall by: Lauren Oliver

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Changing Moments.

It amazes me how easy it is for things to change, how easy it is to start off down the same road you always take and wind up somewhere new. Just one false step, one pause, one detour, and you end up with new friends or a bad reputation or a boyfriend or a breakup. It’s never occurred to me before; I’ve never been able to see it. And it makes me feel, weirdly, like maybe all of these different possibilities exist at the same time, like each moment we live has a thousand other moments layered underneath it that look different.

~Before I Fall by: Lauren Oliver

Top 10: Books Included If I Taught YA POETICS

I’m going to start off by saying, the last couple weeks we have been doing MAJOR home renos and thus last week I took a slight hiatus from TTT and BTT. But I should be back for good (hopefully–my last semester of college began yesterday so I’m praying life doesn’t get too intense).

In my hypothetical Top Ten World, I like to think I could teach a rocking poetry class. Now if we were being realistic…I’d have to go with something along the lines of EMOTIONAL YA or LOVE IN YA…because let’s be honest, I love a great love story. As long as we are being realistic–although I am an English Major, I have little to no interest in becoming any sort of teacher. But all that aside–I’m dreaming up a situation where I could teach poetry. So each of these titles are books I would include on my syllabus should I find myself teaching a course on poetry in YA. Either I find the writing somewhat poetic, or poetry is a major theme throughout the novel…they have found their way onto my list. Enjoy!

So much thanks to the ladies at The Broke and The Bookish for hosting us crazy bloggers each week!

1. And We Stay by: Jenny Hubbard I just finished this one for none other than my Adolescent Lit class, and I couldn’t not include it. It’s beautifully written and our main character, Emily, has an obsession/serious connection with Emily Dickenson and a wicked talent for writing poetry.

I am just a girl on Earth
Who writes her heart and brain.
The world makes me a Poet;
the world Gives me a name.

2. Matched Trilogy by: Ally Condie This world where paper isn’t even close to permanent, and words are whispers in the wind, it has so much poetic back stories and meaning implemented. Definite winner.

The Pilot. The Poet. The Physic.

They are in all of us. I believe this. That every person might have a way to fly, a line of poetry to put down for others to see, a hand to heal.

3. Elevated by: Elana Johnson One of the few books I’ve read that is written in verse (one of the first actually), and I fell in love with it in a matter of pages.

The lights disappear,
The elevator shudders,
Stalls,
Quits.
All in the same nanosecond.

All that exists is darkness so thick I can’t think,
And Travis so close I can’t breath.

4. Waiting by: Carol Lynch Williams London’s story was so jarring and traumatizing, and the style fit perfectly. It made the tale so gut wrenching.

An accident you’re in? It marks you on the outside, maybe. Scars your face or your skin-breaks bones,crushes skulls,leaves the body changed.

An accident witnessed? You’re different on the inside. Maybe there’s no cut someone else can see, but there’re always injuries on the inside.

Those take a long time to heal.

5. Delirium Series by: Lauren Oliver My last on the list is Lauren Oliver’s Delirium Trilogy. Lauren’s writing in itself is gorgeous and phenomenal. A few of her lines still bring me to tears. Sometimes you can have poetry in your words, and not be in verse.

He who jumps may fall, but he may also fly. Its time to jump.

Top 10: Most Read Authors

As my life is getting crazy hectic this week…my TTT is falling on a Wednesday! This week was a fun one because we get to highlight the author’s we’ve read the most books from. My list was definitely not a surprise, although I was sure Meg Cabot was still the queen at the top of my list–however, Sara Shepard has snuck up there. Each of these fine authors have fabulous books and deserve to be checked out. I’m a fan!!

As always, thank you to The Broke and The Bookish Ladies for hosting each and every week!!

  1. Sara Shepard (12) I’ve been a huge fan of the Pretty Little Liars TV show (one of my many television obsessions), so this past year I picked up the books. They are fun quick reads and somehow have kept me coming back to read the next.
  2. Meg Cabot (10) She is my leading lady, I haven’t read a book she’s written that I haven’t loved. Super witty and very laughable, the perfect pick me up! A Couple of my favorite series from her are the Heather Wells Mysteries and The Mediator Series.
  3. J.K. Rowling (8) Does this lovely woman even need a comment? I have yet to pick up her mystery novels…but I’m thinking that will be soon!
  4. Sarah Dessen (9) Whether it be serious or light-hearted Sarah can get me out of my reading slumps with her books.
  5. Cassandra Clare (8) I did not think I could possibly fall in love with Cassie more after Mortal Instruments, but I could not be more wrong. I am flying through Infernal Devices and life is good…until I reach the end of Clockwork Princess. More please?!
  6. Nicholas Sparks (6) It seems like I’ve read so many more of Sparks books? I guess I need to get on that! I’ve yet to find a book I truly disliked from him (The Notebook aside). I am currently reading The Longest Ride and it is great!
  7. Stephenie Meyer (6) I am one of those people who will defend Twilight till the ends of the earth, it is by no means my favorite series–but you can’t deny it took the world by storm. That has to count for something! I also thoroughly enjoyed The Host, I’d say they are worth picking up.
  8. Lauren Oliver (5) I got the chance to meet Lauren during the Pitch Dark Days Tour a few years ago, and now I love her even more than I already did. Her writing is BEAUTIFUL. I need Rooms ASAP.
  9. Susane Colasanti (4) Much like Sarah Dessen, Susanne’s books are light-hearted easy reads that are perfect when I need something to make me feel good!
  10. Elizabeth Chandler (4) I read Chandler’s Kissed By an Angel series and I LOVED the first few books, then I kinda got in a slump in the middle, but by the close of the series she had me sobbing. Well. Done.

Hold On.

I know that the whole point—the only point—is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go.

~Delirium by: Lauren Oliver

Trusting.

“Promise me we’ll stay together, okay?” His eyes are once again the clear blue of a perfectly transparent pool. They are eyes to swim in, to float in, forever. “You and me.”

“I promise,” I say.

Behind us the door creaks open, and I turn around, expecting Raven, just as a voice cuts through the air: “Don’t believe her.”

~Pandemonium by: Lauren Oliver

Future.

You can build a future out of anything. A scrap, a flicker. The desire to go forward, slowly, one foot at a time. You can build an airy city out of ruins.

~Pandemonium by: Lauren Oliver