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Best Books of June 2019

June 30th, 2019 (06:44 pm)
happy

Current Mood: happy
Current Song: Weird People by Little Mix

June 2019: 5 books and scripts read

Everything I read this month is currently unpublished, so I can't share anything specific about those titles. I am excited about the books in my to-read pile, and I'm sure to post about those next month!

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Poetry Friday: your body is a museum by Rupi Kaur

June 28th, 2019 (06:00 am)
hopeful

Current Mood: hopeful
Current Song: Something's Coming from West Side Story

your body

is a museum

of natural disasters

can you grasp how

stunning that is

- Rupi Kaur

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Poetry Friday: The Widening Sky by Edward Hirsch

June 21st, 2019 (06:00 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: The Expanse by Through Juniper Vale

I am so small walking on the beach
at night under the widening sky.
The wet sand quickens beneath my feet
and the waves thunder against the shore.

I am moving away from the boardwalk
with its colorful streamers of people
and the hotels with their blinking lights.
The wind sighs for hundreds of miles.

I am disappearing so far into the dark
I have vanished from sight.
I am a tiny seashell
that has secretly drifted ashore

and carries the sound of the ocean
surging through its body.
I am so small now no one can see me.
How can I be filled with such a vast love?

- The Widening Sky by Edward Hirsch

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Poetry Friday: A Winding Sheet for Summer by Peter Gizzi

June 14th, 2019 (09:13 am)
happy

Current Mood: happy
Current Song: St. Petersburg by Brooke Fraser

I wanted out of the past so I ate the air,
it took me further into air.
It cut me, an iridescent chord
of geometric light.
I breathed deep, it lit me up, it was good.
All these years, lightning, rain, the sky,
its little daisies.
Memento mori and lux.

- from A Winding Sheet for Summer by Peter Gizzi

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Poetry Friday: Something in the Water by Brooke Fraser

June 7th, 2019 (07:00 am)
happy

Current Mood: happy
Current Song: Something in the Water by Brooke Fraser

I've got halos made of summer, ribbons made of spring
What she wears, what she wears, what she wears
I've got crowns of words a-woven, each one a song to sing
Oh I sing, oh I sing, oh I sing

- lyrics from Something in the Water by Brooke Fraser

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Booklist: After Graduation

June 1st, 2019 (04:40 pm)
okay

Current Mood: okay
Current Song: I Wouldn't Mind by Duncan Sheik

Congratulations to all of my readers who have recently graduated from high school or college. You did it!

Times of transition can be difficult. The summer following the completion of high school is typically an interesting one as teens prepare for more changes in vocation, location, education, and life.

The following books follow characters as they live through that summer...

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
- After learning that they will be roommates, two college-bound girls exchange emails and become friends before meeting each other in person.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
- Two guys go on a road trip and end up in an interesting little town.
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
- One of my favorite Dessen novels, second only to The Truth About Forever.
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
- Another Dessen novel that details one girl's summer between high school and college.
Cubanita by Gaby Triana
- A summer filled with family, culture, heartbreak, and art.
The Temptress Four by Gaby Triana
- Four best friends take a cruise together after high school graduation.
How to Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle, and Sarah Mlynowski
- Three girls take a three-day road trip.
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
- Immediately after their high school graduation, four friends head out on tour.
The Story of Us by Deb Caletti
- The protagonist's mother remarries, and two families merge into one.

...and/or that fall, as they make the transition between high school and college.

The Body of Evidence series by Christopher Golden and Rick Hautala
- There are ten books in this series. The main character, Jenna Blake, enters college in the first book, Body Bags. The first chapter begins with the line, "It was a beautiful day to grow up." Isn't that perfect?
Cupcake by Rachel Cohn
- The third in the CC trilogy, following Gingerbread and Shrimp.
Very LeFreak by Rachel Cohn
- Veronica (aka Very) has a difficult time balancing school and fun during her freshman year at Columbia University.
Rocky Road Trip (previously published as Wurst Case Scenario) by Catherine Clark
- Sequel to Banana Splitsville (previously published as Truth or Dairy).
It's Not About the Accent by Caridad Ferrer
- A girl reinvents herself upon entering college.
Finding Grace by Alyssa Brugman
- A high school graduate becomes a sort of caretaker to a brain-damaged woman.
Shift by Jennifer Bradbury
- Two guys go on a biking trip after high school, but only one starts college.
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
- Two of Scarlett's siblings consider college and work.

Related Booklists at Bildungsroman:
Set in School and Transition Times

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Best Books of May 2019

May 31st, 2019 (06:18 pm)
hopeful

Current Mood: hopeful
Current Song: Bury a Friend cover by Leadley

May 2019: 2 books and scripts read

This month was quite busy, so I watched and listened to stories more than I read them. My favorite media find this month was David Tennant Does A Podcast With..., a series hosted by the fabulous David Tennant. In each episode, David conducts a one-on-one interview with someone he knows, mostly actors he's worked with, like Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Jon Hamm, Catherine Tate, and Michael Sheen. These fun, candid conversations made me smile and laugh out loud. You can listen to the podcast for free via a multitude of places, including but not limited to Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

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Poetry Friday: Human by Gabrielle Aplin

May 31st, 2019 (07:37 am)
awake

Current Mood: awake
Current Song: Human by Gabrielle Aplin

Show me that you're human, you won't break
Oh, love your flaws and live for your mistakes
Beauty's on the surface wearing thin
Come closer, show the marks upon your skin
Show me that you're human

- lyrics from Human by Gabrielle Aplin

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Poetry Friday: Tango by ABIR

May 23rd, 2019 (06:00 pm)
happy

Current Mood: happy
Current Song: The Office theme song

You think I can't handle
dancing on my own
It takes two to tango
but only one to let go

I'm sorry I can't answer
I'm busy dancing on my own
It takes two to tango
but only one to let go

- selected lyrics from Tango by ABIR

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Poetry Friday: Dark by LUXTIDES

May 17th, 2019 (06:00 am)
determined

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Dark by LUXTIDES

I know you got darkness
You're running from the light
Until it starts to feel right
When you feel the farthest
Sinking through the bottom
Buried in your problems
Open up your eyes
You're standing at the edge of it all
'Cause I know you got darkness
But that don’t mean you have to fall

- selected lyrics from Dark by LUXTIDES

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