REVIEW: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Title: History is All You Left Me
Author: Adam Silvera
Format: Paperback, 294 pages
Publication: January 17th 2017 by Soho Teen
Source: Bought from National Book Store
Genre: Fiction—Contemporary, Realistic
Other classifications: Depression and Mental Illness, LGBTQIA, Young Adult

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Synopsis

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart. If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

Review

In History is All You Left Me, Silvera delivers a surprisingly quiet, thoughtful exploration of friendship, grief, love, and loss.

The book alternates in story lines between ‘History’, where we see Griffin and Theo falling in love and transitioning from best friends to boyfriends, and ‘Today’, where we see Griffin navigating through a Theo-less world. As is the case with More Happy Than Not, the author does what he does best: writing everyday moments with a severe awareness of human connection. It doesn’t matter whether Griffin, Theo, and Wade are browsing the shelves of Barnes & Noble or they’re exchanging gifts or Griffin is talking to Theo’s family, it’s compelling and laced with pockets of emotion. The parents—and all the main characters have parents—are very much a part of the story, to boot, and I like how Silvera doesn’t pull away from the infinite paradoxes of familial love. Sometimes Griffin would adore and hate his parents in one page or he would be annoyed with his dad for being too cold to Jackson but at the same time be annoyed with his mom for being too nice to Jackson or how Mr. and Mrs. Jennings, his parents, only want what’s best for their son but also operate on their own definition of what’s best for him. We still do not often see parent involvement in YA, but I’m glad there are authors like Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli who are gradually taking down the barriers.

“He shrugs, which I know he doesn’t mean as a dismissal. He’s doing that thing I’ve done before where I try to shrink my own feelings, try to make my problems sound smaller to others because sometimes people just don’t get it.”

Two of the many important themes of the book are grief and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I am not personally familiar with the former. The closest to family I’ve lost is my uncle’s wife, and I was eight. But the empathy with which Silvera looks into grief is palpable. You follow Griffin and the messed up things he does and not once do you question if this is uncalled for or unlikely. He is hurt and grieving and confused and lost and seventeen, and this ultimately affects all the relationships he has around him. And then there’s the latter. This, I am not not personally familiar with. I have a self-diagnosed Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)—yes, those two are different and not by the mere addition of ‘Personality’—and I commend how consistent and consistently woven in the narrative OCD is. It plays a big part in Griffin’s story without ever taking center stage. It isn’t an item the author checked off in his list for inclusivity; it is a constant struggle for the MC and this is reality for people dealing with this mental disorder.

“‘I’m ready,” I lied. I’m hungry, I’m drained, I’m over it all, and I’m not ready.”

However, perhaps my favorite element of the whole novel is the dialogues. I don’t exactly know how to classify Silvera’s writing style. It isn’t lyrical but it also isn’t just straight-cut contemporary; there’s something rhythmic about how he plays at words, a cadence poetic all its own. Here is a person with an utter sense of language. And this is evident with the exchanges between the characters, not just between Griffin and Theo, although those are my favourite scenes. Plus, did I mention this book is filled to the brim with nerdy and pop culture references? You don’t need to be a Star Wars fan or a Potterhead, if you’ve felt passionate about something or someone, you speak Griffin’s and Theo’s language. You speak nerd. Or fanboy. Or whatever you wish to call it.

““You’re not someone that just memorizes facts for exams and forgets them the next day. You don’t just have lucky guesses in pop quizzes. You bring textbooks with you into the shower. Basically, you’re a really weird superhero.”
He forces a smile. “One day, Batman is going to take off his mask and, boom, it’ll be me.””

Silvera’s sophomore novel is quieter than his debut but it is no less vivid and heartrending.

4.0 out of 5

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Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked in the publishing industry as a children’s bookseller, at a literary development company, and as a book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. His debut novel, More Happy Than Not, received multiple starred reviews and is a New York Times bestseller. He lives in New York City and is tall for no reason.

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Monthly Bookish Awesomeness: June 2015

In which I recap what went down in the last four weeks here and outside the blog.

#LOVEWINS YOU GUYS!

Daaang, we’re approaching the other half of the year already! Quite a lot has happened this month not only to me but also to the wider blogosphere (happy blogoversary Hazel @ Stay Bookish, Joséphine @ Word Revel, Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader and Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner!). June, it would seem, is a time for firsts: I went to my first book signing (which was so much fun!), had my first official author interview, had my first taste of a known author and reviewed an adult book on Bookish and Awesome.

Fair warning: this recap is sort-of-definitely-maybe-absolutely lengthy and if that isn’t your thing, you can just jump to the particular topic you’re interested in.

Also? THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all you did with the More Happy Than Not Tag! Your support is heartening!

Books I Read

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Other Stuff I Posted

Book Birthdays

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Happy book birthday to More Happy Than Not (Soho Teen), The Summer of Chasing Mermaids (Simon Pulse), The Witch Hunter (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), Between the Notes (HarperTeen), Every Last Word (Disney Hyperion), The Night We Said Yes (HarperTeen), and Emmy & Oliver (HarperTeen), which all found a place in the shelves this month!

Book Radar

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I only have two titles for Book Radar because, come on, Harper Lee! I’m waiting for Paperweight (7th, HarperTeen) and Go Set a Watchman (14th, Harper) (!!!!!).

Gold Star

“”No longer may this liberty be denied,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority in the historic decision. “No unison is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”” This Adam Liptak wrote for The New York Times on Friday, June 26th, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, by a 5-to-4 vote, made same-sex marriage a right nationwide. I say, yes, America! Finally! Then YouTube shared THIS and excuse me but I’m having ALL THE FEELS. Love, friends, indeed won. ❤

Around the Interwebs

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So, okay. It is no secret to regular readers of Bookish and Awesome how huge a fan I am of Adam Silvera and his debut More Happy Than Not, which came out this month. And, naturally, the dude owned his publication month. From interviews to open letters, I got you covered!

On why More Happy Than Not has not one but four (4!) awful patriarchal figures  On the case of missing fancy suits and why settling on being more happy than not isn’t so bad  On the memory Adam would most like to forget  On exploring nature vs. nurture in regards to homosexuality  On creating his own MFA program and writing his way to publication  On Adam’s favorite TV shows  On why people mistake homosexuality as a choice  On who would be great friends for Aaron Soto outside the book  On learning when something has to go, it goes  On top secret writing tips  On Adam’s writing style and process

How was your June? Any awesome book or film or music or dessert you consumed this month? Or do you have a post I somehow missed but you think I’d like? Let’s talk!

*That’s a legit thing.

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“I Ultimately Stayed True to Aaron’s Story”: An Interview with Adam Silvera

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Today, I am very thrilled to be sharing a Q&A with one of the coolest debut authors of the year, whose first book is a sensitive—if often brutally honest—tale of growing up and finding one’s place in a community not as rational and accepting. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera rings true no matter what your race and gender identity is. And months before its publication, people are already talking. Silvera’s debut in fact received four (4!) starred-reviews, with School Library Journal claiming it “an engrossing, intense narrative.”

We talked about pajamas, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, embarrassing teenage episodes and taking a break from writing when you must. Here’s Adam:

Shelumiel: Give us 3 random facts about Adam Silvera.
Adam: 1) Two of my currently eight tattoos were decided on at the tattoo shop.
2) Pajamas are probably my favorite thing, especially my Grinch pajamas.
3) I hate odd numbers.
4) I love even numbers.

S: I cannot overstate this: you have such a strong debut! What was the hardest scene to write in More Happy Than Not?
A: Thanks so much! I can’t talk about the hardest scene because it would spoil stuff for those that haven’t read the book, but there were TONS of scenes where I just felt like a monster for being the pen behind the scenes, but know that I ultimately stayed true to Aaron’s story.

S: On the flip side, what was the easiest?
A: The easiest scenes were all the fun scenes between Aaron and his girlfriend Genevieve, and Aaron and his crush Thomas. Tons got trimmed from those scenes because I stayed in them for too long.

S: Your book is not only sexually but also racially diverse. When Aaron Soto popped into your mind, has he always been Puerto Rican or did you decide first that you are going to have a Puerto Rican character?
A: Aaron was always Puerto Rican, even when his last name was Peters. I chose Peters because I was crushing on Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, but that name wasn’t true to his heritage and Aaron being Puerto Rican is more important than me crushing on Andrew Garfield.

S: In an MTV piece, you discussed how growing up in Bronx has informed you in writing Aaron’s story. And, having devoured MHTN, it’s evident how crucial that element played out. But what was your inspiration in terms of books?
A: I was inspired to write More Happy Than Not when I was wondering about if I would’ve changed my sexual orientation as a teenager from homosexual to heterosexual to lead a simpler life. I wouldn’t have to worry about coming out or getting beat up and so many other things. So to explore this nurture versus nature avenue, I looped in the Leteo memory alteration procedure to play with science versus nature.

S: What about the books you wish you had when you’re sixteen?
A: Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, duh. I would’ve been openly gay at 16, or at least less resistant to the idea of coming out, and definitely chasing fewer girls. Simon is such a smart and hilarious and TRUE narrator and I’m positive he’s going to inspire comfort with one’s sexuality for this next generation.

S: The Scorpius Hawthorne books and the phrase “you-know-what” are nods to the Harry Potter series, did I get that right? So let’s play Sorting Hat. Which houses will Aaron, Thomas, Genevieve and Collin go to?
A: Ha! The “you-know-what” did NOT come from HP but I can see how you made that connection, and I shouldn’t rule it out as a deeply subconscious decision. It was more of Aaron being too uncomfortable to discuss suicide and suicide attempts head-on. Scorpius Hawthorne is 100% a nod to HP, though.
Aaron is probably Gryffindor because he does show a lot of courage, even in his inactions, because he’s dealing with trials that are arguably greater than his peers. Thomas is Hufflepuff—cool, passive, and hard-working. Genevieve is tough. I want to say Gryffindor, too. To love someone who may not be able to love you back takes a lot of heart, but she’s also an amazing, well-rounded and genuine person (who makes mistakes, too) that might land her in Hufflepuff. She’s got an edge to her but nothing that would propel her to Slytherin, and her choices aren’t always the wisest so let’s scratch out Ravenclaw. (Though I do love when she puts herself before Aaron—THAT was smart.) Collin isn’t brave, isn’t hardworking by choice, and he’s not a genius. He’s not cunning, but he is very morally questionable. SLYTHERIN it is!
(S: I almost started this question with: “The Scorpius Hawthorne books and the phrase “you-know-what” are nods to the Harry Potter series, obviously.” Oh gods. Do I feel better I rewrote it!)

S: In the book, Aaron thought Jean Grey was stronger than Wolverine and he lost to his brother in an Avengers vs Street Fighters match because he chose Captain America instead of Black Widow. Serious question: which of the ladies will win in a duel?
A: Black Widow, I love you, but Jean Grey would dominate this match from high up in the air. Kind of hard to beat someone who can toss you around without physically touching you.

S: If you were to have a Leteo procedure, what particularly embarrassing teenage episode would you want to forget?
A: Haha! Good question. I’d probably forget the embarrassment that comes with telling a joke that doesn’t land to large crowds. I get really red and embarrassed.
(S: I SO can relate!)

S: Now let’s talk about your writing process. You sold your second book (and that’s really awesome, dude; you rock!) even before your debut got published. Tell us about that and how different, or similar, the experience was writing the two novels.
A: This experience has been very different. I wrote More Happy for myself, and I’m writing History under contract. That’s scary and there are now expectations. Tons of pressure I’m not handling very well so ask me again after I turn in that book.

S: We all know writing (and getting published) is not all fun and games. What one-liner advice would you give us aspiring writers?
A: Take a break when you must, but don’t stretch it out for too long or going back to the page will feel impossible.

S: And lastly, what do you hope readers take away from More Happy Than Not?
A: Tons of things, but mainly that sexuality is very complicated, and choices aren’t always the foundation of it.

Thank you, Adam! It was SO MUCH FUN talking to you and I couldn’t agree more with Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda! Your book comes out today (no pun intended) and I’m definitely sure it’ll resonate with a lot of readers, whether coming from Aaron’s, Genevieve’s, Thomas’s or even Collin’s perspective. You really are killing it, Dude!

And while you’re at it, Adam wrote an unabashed piece for Gay YA on never selling your heart out. Check it out!

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The Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-relief procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto—miracle cure-alls don’t tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. Aaron could never forget how he’s grown up poor, how his friends aren’t there for him, or how his father committed suicide in their one-bedroom apartment. Aaron has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it’s not enough.

Then Thomas shows up. He has a sweet movie-watching setup on his roof, and he doesn’t mind Aaron’s obsession with a popular fantasy series. There are nicknames, inside jokes. Most importantly, Thomas doesn’t mind talking about Aaron’s past. But Aaron’s newfound happiness isn’t welcome on his block. Since he can’t stay away from Thomas or suddenly stop being gay, Aaron must turn to Leteo to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he is.

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Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx and is tall for no reason. He was a bookseller before shifting to children’s publishing where he worked at a literary development company, a creative writing website for teens, and as a book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. He lives in New York City.

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REVIEW: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

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Title: More Happy Than Not
Author: Adam Silvera
Format: E-ARC
Publication: June 2nd 2015 by Soho Teen
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (thank you Meredith Barnes, Soho Press and Edelweiss!)
Genre: Fiction—Coming of Age, Contemporary
Other classifications: LGBTQIA, Young Adult

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Synopsis

The Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-relief procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto—miracle cure-alls don’t tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. Aaron could never forget how he’s grown up poor, how his friends aren’t there for him, or how his father committed suicide in their one-bedroom apartment. Aaron has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it’s not enough.

Then Thomas shows up. He has a sweet movie-watching setup on his roof, and he doesn’t mind Aaron’s obsession with a popular fantasy series. There are nicknames, inside jokes. Most importantly, Thomas doesn’t mind talking about Aaron’s past. But Aaron’s newfound happiness isn’t welcome on his block. Since he can’t stay away from Thomas or suddenly stop being gay, Aaron must turn to Leteo to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he is.

Review

I received a review copy from the publisher which in no way swayed my opinion about the work.

More Happy Than Not is a strong debut from YA newcomer Adam Silvera. It is as unrelenting as it is hopeful, as gut-wrenching as it is absorbing.

Set in a Bronx neighborhood that is a character of its own and with a bit of a speculative tinge, Aaron Soto’s story may seem ordinary, another of those teens navigating the firsts—first love, first kiss, first sex. But it’s not before long ’til Silvera starts tearing down expectations, busting one assumption after another. The plot twist sucker-punched me and, just when I thought he’s exhausted his arsenal, he delivers the final blow. He paints the extent to which being gay in a close-minded community may lead to all sorts of horror with severe, and often brutal, honesty. There were multiple instances I had to stop reading because his words cut deep.

“This is one of those times where you swear you have to be sleeping and living a nightmare because it’s so impossible that your life can only be a string of bad things until you’re completely abandoned.”

In More Happy Than Not, the author plays at one of the oldest societal debates: nature vs. nurture. Aaron firmly holds that his being a “dude-liker” is something he didn’t choose but rather something he had to deal with. It’s refreshing to view sexuality through this lens, especially in line with homophobia. And especially considering how this novel wins at diversity. Not only does it have a gay MC, it has a Puerto Rican gay MC. But that’s not all of it. In one scene, Thomas tells Aaron, “I was the only brown Scorpius Hawthorne” and it doesn’t feel forced. I think Silvera’s voice—unabashed and observant as it is—is a promising addition to an important conversation.

“It’s not like my heart is in running or anything like that, but at least I learned that you can’t always choose who you’re going to be. Sometimes you’re fast enough to run track. Sometimes you’re not.”

Then, you have the characterization. One thing that’s remarkable is the chemistry between the characters. They are complicated, thrown in further complicated positions, but Silvera successfully balances the complexity with relatability. He didn’t try to redeem the bad guys (for lack of a better term) and that’s a major score. And there’s family dysfunction. Aaron comes from a poor family (which, I cannot overstate this, is scarce in literature but is a reality) and it’s not an easy household.

“This is the most painfully confusing time in my life and he’s the first person who said all the right words to me and reminds me of the first days of summer where you leave home without jacket, and my favorite songs playing over and over.”

I want to point out, as well, how geeky the book is. There are several pop culture references—leaning heavily on comics—and you don’t need to know that the author is a potterhead to observe the winks and nods to the Harry Potter series. Plus, I really enjoyed moments when Aaron and Genevieve (I’m going to use “the girlfriend” as a descriptor but, trust me, you’d want to get to know her) would hang out or when Aaron and Thomas would and, this is me being nostalgic, I love how street games are a big part of the community Aaron lives in.

“Do you think there’s a chance you were someone really awful in a past life? Like Darth Vader? I feel like you can’t catch a break.”

With characters as unforgettable as the book is unflinching in its portrayal of confusion, love, homophobia, family, friendship and a lot more, Silvera is set to win many, many fans. He’s barely started, too. Readers who adore Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe will come upon another favorite.

4.5 out of 5

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Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx and is tall for no reason. He was a bookseller before shifting to children’s publishing where he worked at a literary development company, a creative writing website for teens, and as a book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. He lives in New York City.

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 Have I convinced you to pick up this title when it comes out (2 weeks from today!)? Are you a fan of heartrending coming-of-age stories? And will you take the Leteo procedure if you can? There’s an amazing pool of emerging new voices in the book industry, especially in YA, who are your recent favorites? Tell me in the comments below! I always want to hear from you! Also, while you’re at it, you may want to participate in The “More Happy Than Not” Tag?

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I Am More Happy Than Not

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UPDATED: Until now, I’m still overwhelmed by Adam Silvera’s and Becky Albertalli’s reactions to this post, not to mention the generous comments left by other bloggers (thank you!). So I’ve decided to turn this into a tag (well, not without encouragement from fellow bookworm/friend Dianne of Oops! I Read A Book Again)! There are only three simple rules: (1) answer the question “What makes you more happy than not?”, (2) link back to this post (so I can read your entry) or to the person who tagged you, and (3) have FUN.

Whenever I see piles of books everywhere, though at this point it is ridiculous how I still don’t have bookshelves, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I drink coffee, though almost always the instant kind, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I spend time with my now two-year-old godson Carlisle, though seldom and inevitably leads to me feeling like five hundred pounds of exhausted (I’m exaggerating but you get the point), I am more happy than not.

Whenever I listen to music, though the same albums again and again, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I go through the comments in my blog, though far from reaching the count worth speaking of, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I eat, though a basic necessity but especially when it’s time for dessert, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I get a tweet from someone I look up to one way or another, though rendering me a big mess of fanboy incoherence often times, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I write, though not as productive as I wish I were, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I daydream of one day walking across the streets of Paris, though a hackneyed portrait, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I’m reminded that I have a loving family (grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins included), though my parents parted when I was eleven, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I am hit by the realization that I have this diverse bunch of wonderful people I call friends, though the half I suck at getting in touch with and the other half I have yet to meet in person (yes, don’t talk nonsense, our friendship built through the internet is legit), I am more happy than not.

Whenever I watch a film, though not as regularly as I used to and especially when I go alone, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I sing and dance in the shower, though sounding nowhere near decent, I am more happy than not.

Whenever I reflect to that one fortuitous summer day when I picked up To Kill a Mockingbird when I could’ve chosen something else, though there was no way of knowing then how it’ll change my life forever (okay that’s super cheesy, whatever), I am more happy than not.

And whenever I read, I am perpetually more happy than not. (Though, yeah, some characters are vexing.)

What makes YOU More Happy Than Not?

Here’s what makes other people More Happy Than Not:

Summer @ Xingsings
Wesaun @ Oreo And Books
Miguel @ The Quirky Reader
Randstein @ Hyperion Sturm
Michelle @ Putting My Feet In The Dirt
Joey @ Thoughts And Afterthoughts
Danni Mae @ Danni Mae
Stefani @ Caught Read Handed
Liam @ Liam’s Library
Dianne @ Oops! I Read A Book Again
Katherine @ Neon Yeti Reads
Josephine @ Josie’s Book Corner
Ashley @ Dear World…
Josh @ Been There, Read That
Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout
Maren @ The Worn Bookmark
Marie @ Drizzle And Hurricane Books
Aimee @ Deadly Darlings
Faye @ Written In Blue
Lauren @ SERIESous Book Reviews
Casey @ Inspired By The Page
Chiara @ Books For A Delicate Eternity
Romi @ Where The Writer Comes To Write
Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams
Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland
Christina @ Fairy Skeletons
Lia @ Book Land
Raven @ Dreamy Addictions
Analee @ Book Snacks
Victoria @ Escape Into Pages
Kimsiang @ The BookRabbicorn
Joey @ Bloggin’ Books And Stuff
Rose Marie @ A Reading Writer
Erika @ Rickus Bookshelf
LJ @ All My Love, LJ
Aetheristrux @ The Amazing Life Of A Bookworm
Alexia @ Booklexia
McKenzie @ Bookish Things And Tea
Stephanie @ A Reader’s Oasis
Tasha @ The Bookie Monsters
Cassandra @ Life With Cassandra
Kate @ The Book Goddess
Ashley @ Dreaming Through Literature
Charley @ Booksandbakes1
Caz @ Travelling In My Bookcase
Shannon @ In A Wonderland They Lie
Lizzy @ Lizzyreadsbooks
Amy @ Curiouser And Curiouser
Victoria @ Addlepates And Book Nerds

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Ten Authors I Really Want to Meet

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 can easily replace the title of this article with “The Ultimate Fanboy’s Bingo Card.” And by “The Ultimate Fanboy” I’m referring to myself (I’m modest like that).

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Just so we can talk about coffee and pizza. I mean. No big deal, coffee and pizza. We’ll probably give shout-outs to Ezra Faulkner and Toby Ellicott, too.

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If reading eleven (11!) books written by someone isn’t a sure sign that you want to meet that someone, I don’t know what else is.

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(I can’t find him in a solo, clear photo but it feels wrong to post the ones where he’s with his friends. And, yeah, that’s Platform 9 3/4.)

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Will-adorable-Walton (I just get this vibe from his tweets) is the only one in the list whose work I haven’t read. But that wouldn’t be for too long; his debut is set for a May 26th release! We’ll bond over Taylor Swift and Four Eyes. Possibly Olive Kitteridge as well.

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DUH. If the name surprised you, you either haven’t been paying attention or are a newcomer (in which case hello!). We’ll determine how he can proceed with “the extortion”* because right at this point I’ll buy anything he publishes (though I’m still worming my way through his backlist). Bonus point: he digs my obsession with Winger. He is impressed you guys!

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This dude rocks! Seriously. We’ll discuss strategies on how to kill it in the industry. Because, if you’re not aware, he sold his second book before his debut STRONG debut (More Happy Than NotJune 2nd 2015) even got published. And have you seen his planner? He shares his word counts from time to time. He also happens to agree that Jean Grey is way badass-er than Wolverine.

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How can I NOT want to hang out with the very person who taught me to embrace my inner fanboy? “Never apologize for fanboying!” he told me once on Tumblr. “It’s a wonderful thing to be excited about stuff.” And I’d pester him into writing a Proxy short story or two just. for. me.

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I created my own Rainbow Rowell Week here on the blog to celebrate her birthday. NUF SAID.

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I mean. I would let my Google search history be made public if it meant I could be best friends with this author. But, really, he’s the reason I got into YA to begin with.

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*Copy-pastes first two sentences from Andrew Smith’s.* I can’t even begin to articulate how much I want to hug Becky! I imagine Twitter is considerably tired of our exchanges. Oh well. We’ll have an Oreo Party. STRAWBERRY-AND-CLASSIC Oreo Party, just to be clear.

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Why, I’d thank the woman who made me fall in love with reading! I wouldn’t be the reader I am today if it weren’t for the Finches and Maycomb County.

Wow. This Top Ten Tuesday is more telling than I initially considered.

Who made it into your list? Link me up so I can see it! Serious question: what if you had to pick ONLY one? *Laughs deviously.*

*That’s a Winger reference for you.

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