Ten Books to Diversify Your School’s Reading List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which book bloggers list their top ten picks for whatever the current prompt is.

Wow, it’s been ages since my last Top Ten Tuesday! Where is the handbook for this?

With the recent horrifying incident in Charlottesville and this article and that regarding YA Twitter, lists that talk about diversity in literature are relevant more than ever. And since today’s prompt is all about required reading, I thought I’d tweak it a bit and give you Ten Books to Diversify Your School’s Reading List. Or, you know, the school you graduated from. Because you’re already a 20-something adult. Like me. But I digress! I cannot stress this enough. We still need diverse books and there’s still a lot of work to do. We can start by taking a cue from Kate McKean and “support the things [we] want to exist in the world.” (Hint: one easy way is to request these titles from your local libraries if they don’t already have them. Or if you have the money, maybe it’s time to update your shelves at home.)

NOTE: The list is in chronological order and I included #ownvoices from the information I can find in the internet.

*Click the cover to be directed to the book’s Goodreads page.*

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Spokane-Coeur d’Alene-AmericanI would like to begin with a work that probably is on your reading list. Although, there’s a good chance that this oft-banned book has been removed from it. So. Call for a repeal!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Mexican-American, gay. By now, you should be well aware of my inexorable love for this breathtaking and breathtakingly poignant story of two Mexican-American boys who learn the wonders and power of friendship.

We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Nigerian. Allow me to convince you with a quotation from the author herself:

“But by far the worst thing we do to males – by making them feel they have to be hard – is that we leave them with very fragile egos. The harder a man feels compelled to be, the weaker his ego is.
And then we do a much greater disservice to girls, because we raise them to cater to the fragile egos of males.
We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller.
We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful but not too successful, otherwise you will threaten the man. If you are the breadwinner in your relationship with a man, pretend that you are not, especially in public, otherwise you will emasculate him.'”

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
African-American, lesbian. Jacqueline Woodson has won multiple awards not for nothing. In Brown Girl Dreaming, she recounts her childhood—growing up as a black girl both in the North and the South—in these beautiful and moving vignettes. The author looks at race, family, self-discovery, and how stories helped her find her voice. It is faintly elegiac but also deeply comforting.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I mean. C’mon. You definitely saw this one coming. It’s about a closeted gay whose identity is at risk of being exposed by a classmate and who is also maybe falling in love with a boy he’s been exchanging e-mails with. But more than anything, it’s a thoughtful, adorable tale of coming out and coming of age with a spot-on voice.

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
This National Book Award-winning novel is a keen observation on schizophrenia.

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Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa
Lesbian. In 2015, I pronounced this as a title champions of the We Need Diverse Books campaign should be talking about. It’s 2017 and I still often find myself shoving it to people. Intersectional diversity, you guys! Plus, fine storytelling.

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
African-American (Reynolds). Police brutality and systemic racism are at the center of this 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book.

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Puerto Rican-American, gay. Silvera brings a lot to the table and he’s a name you’d always find in my arsenal of book recommendations. In his latest, he delivers a surprisingly quiet, thoughtful exploration of friendship, grief, love, and loss. His MC also happens to be gay with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 

The Hate U Give by Angie C. Thomas
African-American. I have yet to pick this one up but by all accounts from people whose opinion I value, Thomas’ debut is an important contribution to YA.

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Complement this with SLJ’s 42 Diverse Must-Have YA Titles for Every Library and Elizabeth Campbell’s 50 Years of Young Adult Literature +.

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Scenes I Need to See in the Simon vs Film

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that this fanboy is SO stoked for the movie adaption of Becky Alberalli’s debut Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Not only does Simon Spier have the most pitch-perfect of voices, the book also is a 320 pages of adorable. And now that rumors surrounding the actor playing Blue are finally confirmed (do not click the link unless you know who Blue is because spoiler), it is time to put together a list of scenes from the novel fans need to see in the big screen. And by fans, I mean myself.

For hardcore Simonites, you will notice I did not include Garrett’s Halloween Party and The Carnival. Evidences in the form of set photos assure fans we’ll get those. Then again, you probably already know. So, here goes:

1. The Autocorrect Fail.
Simon vs switches between Simon narrating and entries from his e-mails with Blue. One that particularly cracked me up is an entry where Simon e-mails Blue from his phone and, well, autocorrect fail. I won’t share the whole thing but it has the line: “DICK a good guess.” Simon is pretty freaking embarrassed and we need to see Nick Robinson blushing!

2. Simon’s Golden Birthday Plus E-Mail Thread After.
Because sugar high Simon is sugar high Simon and he is a-do-ra-ble. And the cake scene at lunch! People are shameless about cake and we need to see Nick Robinson covered in frosting! I mean, his face. Okay, I need to shut up. I needed to shut up like five minutes ago.

3. Simon Wearing Eyeliner for Oliver!
Because the EYES. So, Simon is in a play called Oliver! And the Friday before opening night, the cast performs a sneak preview for the students of Creekwood High School. Abby applies eyeliner on our boy and the result is EYES. Obviously, we just need to see Nick Robinson framed in close-up shots.

4. Peter and Webster’s.
One of my absolute favorite scenes in the book is when Abby and Nick take Simon to a night out. They go to this “gay bar” restaurant, where Simon meets college student Peter and it is all kinds of cute and flirty! (Shush, I’m still Team Blue. Geez.) But we clearly need to see wasted Nick Robinson! Bonus points for Colton Haynes who plays Kevin. Not a typo. He is the film version of Peter.

5. Really, Just Give Us All the E-Mail Exchanges Between Simon and Blue.
Please and thank you!

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is set to hit theaters on March 16, 2018. Which means you have all the time in the world to catch up. Go pick up a copy and thank me later.

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The 22 Times We are All Molly Peskin-Suso When We Crush

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And we crush hard. At least I do.

1. When you’ve had thirty-six crushes and zero kisses.

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2. When Crush doesn’t know you exist.

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3. When, on the flip side, Crush is someone you’ve known since middle school.

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4. When you embarrass yourself in front of Crush by talking asfjklvgwytlqk—

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5. So you’re like:

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6. But, of course, your friends wouldn’t let you forget.

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7. When Crush smiles at you. #whereismychill

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8. Also:

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9. And:

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10. When all your friends are “In a Relationship.”

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11. When you see Crush is online.

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12. But seen-zones you. (For whatever reason.)

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13. When you bullshit your best friend.

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14. But, really, you’re just being too careful.

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15. But also:

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16. When Crush breaks up with Current Partner only to wind up dating someone else.

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17. When you’re trying to respond to Crush’s iMs.

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18. Or:

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19. When you sit next to Crush in lunch and there’s not much space.

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20. And so pining becomes real.

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21. Too real.

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22. And when you’re trying to read but low key hopes Crush would text.

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BONUS (from Nadine, one of Molly’s moms): And when you’re finally, FINALLY “In a Relationship” with Crush.

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Or so you wish. HAHAHAHAHA.

Here, let Cassie, Molly’s twin sister, give you the #realtalk:

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C’mon. You so are a Molly Peskin-Suso when you crush. Which part did identify with the most? Sound off in the comments below!

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Ten Characters who are Fellow Book Nerds

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which book bloggers list their top ten picks for whatever the current prompt is.

What did William Nicholson once say about reading? We read to know that we’re not alone? I do not presume to speak for the whole populace, but I’m fairly certain this rings true with a lot of readers. A quality decidedly confirmed by the fact that we form immediate connections with characters who either love reading or are writers or work at libraries or bookstores. And having said that, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a double treat on celebrating the reading life. Here are ten fellow book nerds, arranged alphabetically by their first names:

*Click the cover to be directed to the book’s Goodreads page.*

Looking for Alaska 02   Fangirl   The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Alaska Young (Looking for Alaska)

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Cather “Cath” Avery (Fangirl)

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Charlie (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 02

Pride and Prejudice 03   Glaciers 02   To Kill a Mockingbird 01

Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)

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Isabelle (Glaciers)

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Jean Louise “Scout” Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird)

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Matilda 02   The Magicians 01   A Game of Thrones   All the Bright Places 02

Matilda Wormwood (Matilda)

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Quentin Coldwater (The Magicians trilogy)

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Tyrion Lannister (A Song of Ice and Fire series)

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Violet Markey (All the Bright Places)

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So. Ultimate question: who do you think shoud’ve made my list? Who would you push out? Do tell!

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Ten Upcoming Books That Celebrate Diversity

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which book bloggers list their top ten picks for whatever the current prompt is.

I cannot overstate this: we need diverse books. We need a reality where a queer girl can read her story in books. Where a young Indian (or Filipino or Hispanic) can find heroes that look like him. Where a Muslim is represented regardfully. Where there are published works, both fiction and otherwise, with interracial couples, with parents that are both dads or moms. We need a reality that reflects the reality. Our reality. So it’s on us, readers, to talk about diversity and diverse books. Because by having this conversation, we’re informing publishers and agents that they can actively fish for these stories. That they need to. That they will sell.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday does just that.

The prompt is to list down books that celebrate diversity/diverse characters. But I’m doing a bit of an alteration. Today, you shall have a respite from me gushing over Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda or More Happy Than Not or Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Because although I think one can never talk about books he loves enough, I also think one would benefit from continuously seeking out more. Thus, I’m featuring upcoming titles with a focus on diversity. They are arranged by date of publication.

NOTE: I a opted for books with cover designs and b acknowledge that this list leans on the LGBTQIA+ side. I had a hard time looking for books with racial, socioeconomic and/or religious diversity, which is very telling of the current situation in the industry.

*Click the cover to be directed to the book’s Goodreads page.*

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George by Alex Gino (August 25th, Scholastic Press)
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

What We Left Behind by Robin Talley (October 27th, Harlequin Teen)
Toni and Gretchen are the couple everyone envied in high school. They’ve been together forever. They never fight. They’re deeply, hopelessly in love. When they separate for their first year at college—Toni to Harvard and Gretchen to NYU—they’re sure they’ll be fine. Where other long-distance relationships have fallen apart, their relationship will surely thrive.

The reality of being apart, however, is a lot different than they expected. As Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, falls in with a group of transgender upperclassmen and immediately finds a sense of belonging that has always been missing, Gretchen struggles to remember who she is outside their relationship.

While Toni worries that Gretchen, who is not trans, just won’t understand what is going on, Gretchen begins to wonder where she fits in Toni’s life. As distance and Toni’s shifting gender identity begins to wear on their relationship, the couple must decide—have they grown apart for good, or is love enough to keep them together?

Cam Girl by Leah Raeder (November 3rd, Atria)
Vada Bergen is broke, the black sheep of her family, and moving a thousand miles away from home for grad school, but she’s got the two things she loves most: her art, and her best friend and soulmate, Ellis Carraway. Elle and Vada have a friendship so consuming it’s hard to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. It’s intense. It’s a little codependent. And nothing can tear them apart.

Until an accident on an icy winter road changes everything.

Vada is left deeply scarred, both emotionally and physically. Her once-promising art career is cut short. And Ellis pulls away, unwilling to talk about that night. Everything Vada loved is gone.

She’s got nothing left to lose.

So when she meets a smooth-talking lothario who offers to set her up as a cam girl, she can’t say no. All Vada has to do is spend a couple hours each night taking off her clothes on webcam, and the “tips” come pouring in.

It’s all just kinky fun till a client gets serious. “Blue” is mysterious, alluring, and more interested in Vada’s life than her body. Online, they open up to each other intimately. Blue helps her heal. And he pays well, but he wants her all to himself. No more cam shows. She agrees, because she’s starting to fall for him. And when he asks to meet, she says yes. Because she’s dying to know the real man behind the keyboard.

Even if one of his conditions is to bring Ellis. The girl who wants nothing to do with her anymore.

Now Vada must confront the past she’s been running from. A past full of devastating secrets—those of others, and those she’s been keeping from herself…

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Soundless by Richelle Mead (November 10th, Razorbill)
For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (January 5th, Sourcebooks Fire)
10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 a.m.
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05 a.m.
Someone starts shooting.

We are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson (January 19th, Simon Pulse)
Henry Denton doesn’t know why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was thirteen, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button.

But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

Since the suicide of his boyfriend, Jesse, Henry has been adrift. He’s become estranged from his best friend, started hooking up with his sworn enemy, and his family is oblivious to everything that’s going on around them. As far as Henry is concerned, a world without Jesse is a world he isn’t sure is worth saving. Until he meets Diego Vega, an artist with a secret past who forces Henry to question his beliefs, his place in the universe, and whether any of it really matters. But before Henry can save the world, he’s got to figure out how to save himself, and the aliens haven’t given him a button for that.

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Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski (February 2nd, Greenwillow Books)
Westing is not your typical school. For starters, you have to have one very important quality in order to be admitted—you have to be dying. Every student at Westing has been diagnosed with PPV, or the Peter Pan Virus. No one is expected to live to graduation.

What do you do when you go to a school where no one has a future? Noah Falls, his girlfriend Alice, and his best friend Marty spend their time drinking, making out, and playing video games on awaywego.com. But when an older boy named Zach (who Noah may or may not be in love with) invites Noah and Marty to join his secret Polo Club, the lives of both boys change as they struggle to find meaning in their shortened existence.

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (February 2nd, Balzer + Bray)
Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is . . . Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender-fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle (March 29th, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before—before Quinn stopped going to school, before his mom started sleeping on the sofa…and before Annabeth was killed in a car accident.

Enter Geoff, Quinn’s best friend who insists it’s time that Quinn came out—at least from hibernation. One haircut later, Geoff drags Quinn to his first college party, where instead of nursing his pain, he meets a guy—a hot one—and falls hard. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending—if, that is, he can finally step back into the starring role of his own life story.

Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki (April 19th, Roaring Brook Press)
Montgomery Sole is a square peg in a small town, forced to go to a school full of jocks and girls who don’t even know what irony is. It would all be impossible if it weren’t for her best friends, Thomas and Naoki. The three are also the only members of Jefferson High’s Mystery Club, dedicated to exploring the weird and unexplained, from ESP and astrology to super powers and mysterious objects.

Then there’s the Eye of Know, the possibly powerful crystal amulet Monty bought online. Will it help her predict the future or fight back against the ignorant jerks who make fun of Thomas for being gay or Monty for having two moms? Maybe the Eye is here just in time, because the newest resident of their small town is scarier than mothmen, poltergeists, or, you know, gym.

I also want to give shout outs to The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa, Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, which I excluded just because they were recently featured in another TTT. I’ve already read Fans and I definitely, definitely recommend it!

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14 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Robyn Schneider

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For someone who’s smart and funny and nerdy in her work, the expectations (of fans) to deliver are set high. Fortunately, Robyn Schneider in person is just that, and more.

On Sunday, the author of The Beginning of Everything and Extraordinary Means (which came out last May!), together with Katie Cotugno (How to Love) and Melissa Kantor (Maybe One Day), treated their Filipino fans to an afternoon of question-and-answer and book signing, in an event hosted by National Book Store. Schneider talked about her latest novel, kissing and the inspiration behind her characters—misquoting a One Direction song along the way—as well as her House and some dream cast. If you didn’t already adore the author, here are fourteen things we learned about Robyn Schneider from #KMRinPH.

She Loves Stories About Firsts…
“Because [when I think about it in my mind] I always remember the first boy who I kissed,” the author revealed. “But, like, maybe the seventh boy? It’s like, oh that—wait, who was that? Wait wait no, you know? [It’s] not quite as impactful.”

…For the Same Reason She Loves Writing Teen Fiction
She loves the fact that someone can take a book and take away something that’s really important to them from it. “[Because you] guys are trying to figure out who you are and trying [to make] sense of the world and [I think a lot of] the answers come from stories and from songs and from things that, you know, that hit you in a big way when you’re a teenager, at least it did for me.”

Her Characters are Very Much Her in One Specific Moment
Lane (Extraordinary Means) is very much how Schneider was in her last semester of graduate school and Ezra (The Beginning of Everything) is very much who she was at twenty four. In fact, she admitted, “I have this theory though that I would’ve been like a really hot [guy, just] based on the fact that I wrote, like, Ezra’s this super emotionally autobiographical character and pulled way too much from my [own story]. And [suddenly the] internet was like, he’s so cute, and I’m like, I’ve never had that experience when I was in high school and everyone being like, you’re so cute. So, like, shame.”

The Beginning of Everything was Written When She was in Medical School
Then, she left to become a full time writer and that, for her, is the best thing she did. (Well, obviously.) “I think, having that in my head, like, it’s okay to not know where you’re going [but deciding] to leave is the first step. Like, deciding to change, you don’t have to have everything planned [out, that’s] enough for now.”

And She Wanted a Character that Doesn’t See Who He is at All
“I don’t think that people oversee themselves accurately.”

She Wrote and Produced the Book Trailer for Her Latest Novel
Extraordinary Means, and it’s directed by Yulin Kuang. Also, I’m obsessed with it.

And Has a “Dream Cast” for the Leads
In it, two teens with a deadly disease fall in love on the brink of a cure. And she sees Chloë Grace Moretz playing Sadie and Dylan O’Brien as Lane.

She’s in the Early Stages of Writing Another Book
It’s about two very, very different girls who dated the same boy a year a part, whom many years later kills himself. And this brings them together, forming a weird, wonderful friendship where they learn you don’t have to impress this boys’s club to be true to yourself and be happy with yourself.

Writing an Authentic Guy Experience Warranted Harassing Her Guy Friends
…to dish what it’s like kissing a girl. “I was like, what kind of fireworks, but like where, but like how long,” Schneider shared. She then had to shamefully acknowledge this at the end of her book.

David Tennant is Her Favorite Doctor
But she thinks she’s Matt Smith.

Ezra was Named as an Act of Revolt
Yes, named after that Ezra from Vampire Weekend (which is also mentioned in The Beginning of Everything). She dated Ezra’s cousin and he casually informed her that she can never use the name Ezra because that’s his cousin’s name and went on to list other off-limit names, naming every single member of his extended family. So she was like, “okay. Well, not only am I not gonna listen to [you, I’m] gonna write a novel and the main character’s gonna be named Ezra. So take that.”

She is a True-Blue (Green?) Slytherin
Although she didn’t consult Pottermore’s Sorting Hat. So there’s that.

She Wants to Collaborate with Jandy Nelson…
Because she thinks The Sky is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun are both amazing.

…But Also, She Wants to Do an Experiment with John Green
Where they’d write chapters together and won’t reveal who’s written which and see if people would figure it out. Just because Schneider thinks her fiction is so often accused of being similar to his. Albeit, she’s quick to recognize that she probably wouldn’t like the book; she’d just love the experiment. A very Slytherin experiment, Cotugno pointed out.

I am not you, clearly, but if I were, I’d read Robyn Schneider’s novels. (Actually, I just reread The Beginning of Everything and loved it even more.)

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Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which book bloggers list their top ten picks for whatever the current prompt is.

Oh my dear Hyped Book. So, okay. I’m fairly certain I don’t have to pull a Sheldon Cooper here—this is, uh, pretentious; I’ve only seen two or three episodes—but in case there are people who missed the hype (yes, I’ve a waffle sense of humor thank you very much*) I’m gonna try to fill you in with a quick analogy: for years, Lady Cupcake and Lady Macaron have been the center of attention in Hypegarden (*winks twice*), until Lady Cronut arrived and, suddenly, everyone wants to wait on her and invite her for sweets and refreshments. Overnight, Lady Cronut’s braid has become everyone’s braid. She, readers, is a hyped lady.

Okay. Whatever.

This week’s prompt could easily exceed a Top 20, that is why I narrowed mine down into books I consider reading eventually. They are arranged by date of publication and, for series, I listed the first title. Also, there’s one here I wish isn’t included but it is.

*Click the cover to be directed to the book’s Goodreads page.*

The Handmaid's Tale 01   HP and the Sorcerer's Stone 01   The Book Thief 01

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling

The Book Thief by Markus Zusack

Cinder 01   Throne of Glass 01   The Raven Boys 01

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Station Eleven 01   The Girl on the Train 01   Red Queen   A Darker Shade final for Irene

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

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