26 of My Friend’s Favorite Things for My 26th Birthday

Today is my birthday! And in honor of turning 26 I asked some of my friends what their favorite things were (other than books). This was such a fun way to get to know them a little more and I love that I’m getting to share some of my favorite people with you! My friends are so incredibly passionate about so many things and it honestly fills my heart with a lot of joy.

Ally from @thebookshrine I love PODCASTS!! My favorite is Wolf 359.

Ben from Books With Ben It’s not a thing…but a person…Taylor Swift (I swear I didn’t pay him to say my lord and savior Taylor Swift.)

Heather from @staccatosounds Libraries are my favorite thing because they bring so many people together to learn and hear each other’s stories!

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Guest Post: The Book Bratz’s Favorite Books From the Past Decade

Hi everybody! I’m Jessica, one of the founders and co-bloggers of The Book Bratz, a YA book blog. I’m here on Mari’s blog today to talk about ten of my favorite YA books from the past decade! Since I’m only 21 (I am a #baby), I’m going to list these ten books not by the year I read them, but by the year they were released, since I was only 11 ten years ago and didn’t start to really dive into YA until I was about 12 or 13. So without further ado, let’s get into my favorite YA books of the past decade!

2019: DEFY ME (Shatter Me, #5) by Tahereh Mafi

As someone who has been a fan of the Shatter Me series for the longest time, this book absolutely destroyed me. It was released this year and I couldn’t put it down, especially since I’m a huge Juliette and Warner fan, so if you’re looking for a book that makes you swoon, gasp, and ugly cry, then this is definitely one to consider.

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Review: The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

Today I have the wonderful Kayla from Kayla Reads and Reviews sharing her review of Sarah Dessen’s upcoming novel The Rest of the Story! Kayla is the sweetest and I’m so glad to call her my friend. After you read the review make sure you visit her blog and follow her on Twitter!

Title: The Rest of the Story
Author: Sarah Dessen
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 400

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Emma Saylor doesn’t remember a lot about her mother, who died when she was ten. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever, with cold, clear water and mossy trees at the edges.

Now it’s just Emma and her dad, and life is good, if a little predictable…until Emma is unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her mother’s family—her grandmother and cousins she hasn’t seen since she was a little girl.

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Author Guest Post: Zack Smedley On the Use of Profanity in YA Books (Including My Own)

One afternoon towards the end of my eighth grade year, I was standing in the hallway of my Catholic K-8 school chatting with a classmate. He mentioned having to babysit that night or something, and I told him, “That sucks.”

“Hey!” This came from a teacher walking by us. “Watch your language!”

She didn’t even say it sharply, but it was a warning—a shot across the bow. I spent the next few minutes keeping my fingers crossed that I wouldn’t get written up.

Growing up, this is what life looked like for me most of the time. Eventually I graduated from K-8 to a public high school, where I was exhilarated to learn we could now say things like “hell” and “sucks” and even “damn it.” Make no mistake: none of this reshaped my opinion on cursing. But it did profoundly instill the sincere belief that adults—“proper” adults, at least—hardly ever used R-rated language except for the occasional lapse, like the dad fixing that furnace in A Christmas Story.

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