In recent years, we’ve seen more YA books with Jewish representation. This is great for diversity in literature and for gift giving during the holiday season. If you’re buying Hanukkah gifts for someone who celebrates or just on the lookout for reading inspiration, these YA books should definitely be considered. The majority of them are YA contemporary romance and are guaranteed to make you swoon.Continue reading “YA Books with Jewish Representation to Read for Hanukkah”
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YA City Guide: Washington, D.C.
Our regular readers know that we absolutely love doing travel guides based on books. Our previous guides include London, Paris, New York City and New England!
Today’s post is extra special because we’re from the Washington D.C. area. We love when we find a book set in our hometown because it’s fun to recognize where the characters go. If you plan on visiting our amazing city or just want some book recommendations, we hope you find a book that stands out to you.Continue reading “YA City Guide: Washington, D.C.”
14 Couples to Swoon Over for Valentine’s Day
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we always crave a book with a swoon-worthy romance. We’ve lined up 14 of our fave YA couples to get you in the Valentine’s Day spirit. Tell us your favorite down below!
1. Xander and Caymen: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Caymen couldn’t stand Xander the first time she met him. In her mind, every rich person was trouble. Xander keeps showing up and convincing Caymen to spend time with him. The two had more in common than they thought…they both felt their parents dictate their future careers. That’s when they created career days. They’d each plan a day to help the other to decide what to do with their lives. The chemistry could not be denied in West’s first contemporary YA. Xander charmed us instantly and we loved Caymen’s dry sense of humor. The two may be stubborn, but they brought out the best in each other. The Distance Between Us is one of our favorite books from West.Continue reading “14 Couples to Swoon Over for Valentine’s Day”
Our Top Books of 2020
We had such a tough decision because we’ve read some great books in 2020. We differed a bit, so we both created lists for the top 10 books of 2020. However, we do overlap.
What were your favorite books of the year? Let us know in the comments!
Christy’s Top 10
1. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
Clare wrote the perfect start to her new shadowhunter series. I loved seeing Will, Tessa and Jem as adults. Plus, the next generation is just as exciting. Set in Edwardian London, James, Lucie, Matthew, Cordelia and their friends deal with demon attacks increase around the city. This book had everything: adventure, romance and mystery. Chain of Iron will hopefully be just as amazing in 2021. I need more Matthew Fairchild!Continue reading “Our Top Books of 2020”
Blog Tour: Pretty Funny for a Girl
Welcome to the Pretty Funny for a Girl Blog Tour!
To celebrate the release of Pretty Funny for a Girl by Rebecca Elliott on October 1st, blogs across the web are featuring original content from Rebecca, as well as 5 chances to win the hardcover!Continue reading “Blog Tour: Pretty Funny for a Girl”
Get Out the Vote: YA Edition
Besides reading and traveling, we’re super passionate about politics. That’s why we’re using YA books to encourage everyone to VOTE!
If you’re an American, the 2020 election is on Tuesday, November 3rd. Not only are we voting for the next U.S. president, all of the House of Representatives and 1/3 of the Senate are up. You may also have additional candidates, depending on your state and locality. One of our goals is to get out the millennial vote, because guess what?! We outnumber boomers. Also, this is the first presidential election cycle that some of gen-Z can vote in.
If you’re not registered to vote, you can do so easily through TurboVote. Do it now! Also, check out all U.S. state voting deadlines here.
Below you’ll find our YA book recommendations that inspire political participation and efficacy. And remember, if you can, request to vote by mail ASAP! Your vote matters.
Let’s surprise the country with an unprecedented amount of election participation by those under 35!
Are you registered? Let us know in the comments!Continue reading “Get Out the Vote: YA Edition”
The ABCs of YA
Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub inspired this post. We picked a favorite YA book for every letter of the alphabet. Look through your read shelf on Goodreads and write your own list. Let us know which of these book you’ve read! This is also the perfect list to build up your TBR if you’re currently staying indoors. Happy reading!
A: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
As one of our favorite YA contemporaries ever, Alex, Approximately will make you swoon the entire time. This book has romance, humor and complex family dynamics. Plus, who wouldn’t love Porter Roth?Continue reading “The ABCs of YA”
Review: Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed
Jamie Goldberg is excited to volunteer for his local state senate candidate…as long as it’s behind the scenes. With his mom, sister, and grandma in deep planning mode for his sister’s upcoming bar mitzvah, the campaign becomes Jamie’s escape. Too bad he has a fear of speaking to strangers.
Maya Rehman is having the worst Ramadan ever. She’s struggling with both family (her parents sprung their divorce one her) and friend (her one and only bestie is off for college soon) drama. Her mother thinks Maya’s summer blues can easily be fixed by canvassing for a local politician. If Maya shows a little initiative, her parents will buy her a car. Piece of cake, right?Continue reading “Review: Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed”
February 2020 Book Club: Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed
Yes No Maybe So will be released February 4, 2020.
Why did we pick this book?
We were immediately hooked by the premise. We’re both politically active and love that Yes No Maybe So is about volunteering for your local candidate. We hope this book inspires political activism from our fellow Millennials and for the newly coming of age Gen Z.Continue reading “February 2020 Book Club: Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed”
Our Most Anticipated Books of 2020
Here are the YA books we can’t wait to read in 2020! Did we miss any amazing YA books? Let us know in the comments which books of 2020 you are most looking forward to reading! We’re always open to add more to our TBR pile.
1. Chain of Gold (the Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare
As we’ve said before, we read every Shadowhunter book the moment it is released. Chain of Gold is set in Edwardian London and follows James Herondale, son of fan favorites Tessa and Will! The book will be released on March 3, 2020— so mark your calendars!Continue reading “Our Most Anticipated Books of 2020”