What I’ve Been Reading | May 2017

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Hello, everybody! I’m really excited to talk about my book pick for this month with you. I know I typically pick out more light-hearted reads for you all, but I really wanted to talk about this book while everyone is still buzzing about it and the show. And also, I don’t only read YA–I’ve just been devouring it lately. If you haven’t heard about this book or the show Netflix made based on it yet–where have you been? I did watch the show before I read the book, which I try not to do, but it only made me want to pick the book up more.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher follows Clay Jensen as he tries to understand exactly why the girl he liked, Hannah Baker, killed herself. The story is told from both the perspective of Hannah and Clay, and their inner monologue is mixed together in a way I’ve never seen before. Before she commits suicide, Hannah records a collection of cassette tapes listing the 13 reasons she chose to do what she did. The book is a sad mix of rumors, betrayal, disappointment, and mystery. That being said, I think everyone should have to read this book. No, it’s not a topic everyone is comfortable talking about, but it should be. And it’s so important that we do talk about it. There is such a stigma around mental health issues, and the book gives a perfect example of what happens when a person slips through the cracks. This is not a book you’ll be able to forget.

Go out and grab a copy of this book, or just watch the show–do both. And I genuinely hope that the “buzz” surrounding this right now motivates parents and teachers to read this with their teenagers. Everyone deserves kindness, and no one’s voice should go unheard. So go out and spread some kindness today. Let the people close to you know that you care. Smile at a stranger. You never know what someone is going through, so bring some positivity into the world. It goes further than you think.

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤

What I’ve Been Reading | April 2017

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Hello, everybody! Spring is in full swing, and there’s nothing I love more than enjoying a good book in the sunshine. This month I’m talking about a book that truly encapsulates spring for me: blooming gardens, sunshine, music, and of course–shameless romantic that I am–falling in love. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson took me on a whirlwind journey through grief, love, and growth this month and I couldn’t wait to share what I thought with you guys!

If there is one reason to read this book, for me it’s got to be Nelson’s writing style. She writes with such imagery the characters come right off the page, and she manages to blend poetry seamlessly into her prose. I honestly can’t wait to read her other work. The novel follows Lennie, a teenager who has just lost her older sister, and her journey to find who she is through her grief. She finds herself caught between Joe, who is new to her town and shares her passion for music, allowing her an escape from her grief, and Toby, her sister’s boyfriend, who helps her remember it. Nelson explores pain and how it controls the bereft, but more importantly, how to continue to live despite it.

Grab yourself a copy and let me know what you thought in the comments below! Happy reading!

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤

What I’ve Been Reading | March 2017

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Hello, everybody! Today, I’m talking about my favorite book this month: Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider. If you haven’t read her first book, The Beginning of Everything, go pick that one up too, because it also great. Schneider, who happens to be a bioethicist, really brings something different to each of her books: the medical narrative.

In Extraordinary Means, we follow Lane and Sadie during their time in a tuberculosis sanatorium. No, this novel is not set in 1850. Schneider dreams up a world in which a new, drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis is sweeping the United States, creating the need to reopen housing for the sick. It is Lane and Sadie’s love story, but it’s also so much more. Schneider gives her reader’s an in-depth experience of what it’s like to be lock away from the world all whilst battling all the normal nightmares of coming of age. I was hooked from the first chapter and couldn’t put this book down. It’s a must read in my opinion. Go grab a copy for yourself!

What have you been reading this month? Leave your recommendations for me in the comments below so I can check them out for myself! Happy reading!

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤

What I’ve Been Reading | February 2017

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Hello, everybody!

For this month’s book, I thought it would be rather appropriate to choose a book about fate, and of course, love. This, however, is not your typical love story. I absolutely LOVE Nicola Yoon’s books–she is such a talented writer and she puts so much research into each of her books–and The Sun is Also a Star is no exception.

The book follows two characters–Daniel, the son of Korean immigrants and Natasha, whose family has immigrated from Jamaica to the US. The two meet in New York City and spend one day together. Daniel is a poet, and Natasha dreams of being a scientist, and each have their own ideas about love.

I honestly could not put this book down. Yoon draws you in from the first page, and leaves you thinking about the characters long after you close the book. It’s a love story, yes, but also a story about chance and how science plays a part in fate. Go grab a copy and share what you thought in the comments! Happy reading, everyone!

What books are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤

What I’ve Been Reading | January 2017

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Hello, everybody!

January is all about starting fresh–starting a new journey, if you will. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate book to kick off 2017 than David Arnold’s Mosquitoland. The book follows Mim, a teenager dealing with mental health issues, on a journey from Mississippi to Ohio to find her mother. The majority of the story takes place on a Greyhound bus, as Mim travels from city to city, attempting to work out how her family has fallen apart, and what part that has played in regard to her mental health.

While this book is in the young adult genre, it really is a book for everyone. Arnold really does an amazing job of digging into the darkest corners of Mim’s mind and poses the question–what is normal?  Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy–then let me know what you thought in the comments. Happy reading, everyone!

What books are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

❤ Taylor ❤