Thanks, Mom!

Pippin and book stack!

Just wanted to share a bit of my life with everyone!

I moved out of my parents’ house last January, and it was originally to a small apartment in Florida. I drove from California to Orlando in a Subaru, so naturally I couldn’t take everything I owned with me. Now I’m in a larger house in Atlanta, and my mom has slowly started sending me my things.

She managed to fit all those books into that small box! (My corgi, Pippin, is included for size reference.)

I’ve already read all of them, but if you’re interested in one but unsure and would like me to review it, let me know in the comments!

Here’s a list of the books featured (excluding the two Sailor Moon manga, because duh).

  • The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Uglies – Scott Westerfeld
  • Pretties – Scott Westerfeld
  • Specials – Scott Westerfeld
  • Extras – Scott Westerfeld
  • Maybe A Miracle – Brian Strause
  • Someone Like You – Sarah Dessen
  • That Summer – Sarah Dessen
  • White Oleander – Janet Fitch
  • Hard Love – Ellen Wittlinger
  • Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
  • Shay’s Story – Scott Westerfeld
  • Along For the Ride – Sarah Dessen
  • Dreamland – Sarah Dessen
  • The Truth About Forever – Sarah Dessen
  • Deadline – Chris Crutcher (reviewed!)
  • The Last Days – Scott Westerfeld
  • Just Listen – Sarah Dessen
  • Lock and Key – Sarah Dessen

I didn’t even realize it until I’d written it all out, but the stack is mostly Scott Westerfeld and Sarah Dessen. If you’ve never read any of their work, I highly recommend both of them!

Westerfeld’s Uglies series is one I was lucky enough to stumble upon it when they first came out. These books are hailed as paving the way for the entire dystopian genre! (Well, the modern one anyway– of course you have your classics like 1984 and Brave New World.) I think they’ve had a few cover redesigns since then, so don’t be surprised if your copies don’t have strange eyeballs on the spine! Specials is my personal favorite. I loved the idea of the strength and ferocity they were given. I wish I could have that.

Dessen’s novels are generally centered around romance and high school, but they aren’t your traditional love stories, and I think that’s the main reason I loved them (and continue to love them well into my 20s). Each one features a strong female character, who is strong not because she’s Macho Woman but simply for being female and all that it implies. They live, they learn, and they love, sometimes fiercely and sometimes to a fault. My personal favorite is This Lullaby (which is one of the few not in the stack because I DID bring it with me when I first left home), but that’s because I identify very strongly with the main character. We share very different upbringings, but very similar personalities. I encourage you to pick up some of her books and see which one resonates with you!

In other worldly news, I finished Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl a few days ago. I’ve been flat on the couch with a tension headache for a week, but I look forward to getting that review up for you soon!

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