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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Required Reading: YA Retellings of the ‘Classics’

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Most of us at one time or another have had to do some dreaded required reading for HS or college level English classes where we were forced to read not so interesting books. Or maybe you’re in HS right now and dreading that book you have to read over the summer for class. In any case, some people say that they’d rather watch the movie than read the book and I say, why not read the YA retelling instead? 

1. Sometimes We Tell the Truth by Kim Zarins: A retelling of The Canterbury Tales

If you’re read The Canterbury Tales, you’re probably well aware that the stories are HARD to read. Especially if you, like me, had to read them in MIDDLE ENGLISH. UGH. Give me the YA version literally any day but also why don’t we have more retellings of this classic?

2. Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine: a retelling of Romeo & Juliet

The world has been flooded with various retellings of this classic love story but I tried to choose one that isn’t ~as~ well known as the others. This cover is also gorgeous so there is that….

3. First & Then by Emma Mills: a retelling of Pride and Prejudice

Okay, to be fair, Pride and Prejudice is perfect and a novel I adore (Jane Austen is clever as fuck and I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise) but YA retellings of Pride and Prejudice are 110% welcome in my humble opinion. First & Then is only one of many wonderful retellings of this novel out there. And yes, I did actually have to read Pride and Prejudice in school and am fine with that.

4. Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan: a retelling of A Tale of Two Cities

The Infernal Devices series by Cassie Clare is also technically A Tale of Two Cities retelling but I am biased so I picked Tell the Wind and Fire (biased because The Lynburn Legacy is one of my fav series EVER.)

5. Dark Companion by Marta Acosta: a retelling of Jane Eyre

I DIDN’T EVEN REALIZE this book was a retelling of Jane Eyre when I read it but after I actually read Jane Eyre, I reflected more on the novel and could appreciate Acosta even more for her brilliance in the parallels she had created. This book definitely has those gothic vibes but it takes a drastically different direction than Jane Eyre does with certain things 😉

6. This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzie Lee: a retelling of Frankenstein

Frankenstein terrified me when I was a kid and it terrifies me now that I am a psuedo adult. REGARDLESS, this should be on your list because it is Frankenstein, but with a twist.

7. Great by Sara Benincasa: a retelling of the Great Gatsby

One of the major appeals of Great is that it’s a non-het retelling of The Great Gatsby!! HELL YEAH. Throw in some social media and a scandal and you have a book you won’t mind taking back home.

8. Railsea by China Miéville: a retelling of Moby Dick

Like The Canterbury Tales, not a lot of YA retellings exist for this commonly assigned book. So, we need more retellings but in the meanwhile Railsea is a good place to start.

9. Conversion: a retelling of The Crucible

TBH, at this point in my life, I keep track of a lot of classic novels by recounting retellings and since I haven’t actually read any of The Crucible, I am adding ~Conversion~ to mine. Plus, it’s set in a prep school and I ADORE books set in prep schools.

10. Going Bovine by Libba Bray : a retelling of Don Quixote

I feel like everyone has heard of Going Bovine but Libba Bray is a great person should be included on all the lists so Going Bovine it was. Also it has an adorable cover and that is all it takes on most days to get me to want/read/need/talk about anything.

A Poignant Novel That Deals With Immigration: The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah

A Poignant Novel That Deals With Immigration: The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Posted by on 06/16/2017 • 2 Comments

Maybe you know or maybe you have no idea who I even am or how you ended up on this site but Randa Abdel-Fattah changed my life when I was a kid. On more than one occasion, I’ve talked about how Does My Head Look Big In This is one of the three most important books in my life that helped redefine how I felt about my identity and about myself as a human being. So, when I heard that she had a new book coming out, I was over the moon. Of course, this was ages ago and this was when the book was coming out in Australia and I was all the way here, sad because I didn’t think I’d get to read the book. Then I found out…

For the summer feel-good vibes: I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

For the summer feel-good vibes: I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Posted by on 06/15/2017 • 1 Comment

I honestly cannot believe I haven’t seen more hype for I Believe in A Thing Called Love because it is one of my favorite books of the year (out of the 100 I’ve read so far.) It’s charming, a little unrealistic but PACKED with fun, joy, and general happiness.

Those are very general, descriptive terms that could describe any fluffy book that some people might write off all together but you know what? They would be missing out. For one, ‘fluff’ isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Charles Dickens wrote commercial fiction (and while it wasn’t fluff, he was getting paid by the sentence so those painfully boring pages weren’t because he was being ~literary~), Shakespeare’s works were definitely mean for entertainment, etc etc.

On the surface, I Believe in a Thing Called…

5 Books to Cool Down With in the Summer Heat

5 Books to Cool Down With in the Summer Heat

Posted by on 06/13/2017 • 2 Comments

🎶It’s getting hot in here so take the dust jackets off all your books🎶

It was 90+ degrees here today and I cannot deal with anything in this heat so TODAY, I am bringing you a list of 5 books that look like a good way to cool down in this summer heat.

1. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch 2. See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles 3. The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Alan McVoy 4. Rocky Road by Rose Kent 5. Shug by Jenny Han Do you have any book recommendations for this heat? Please tell me because I will die soon from being overheated and want to get some reading done before that happens.

Blog Tour: Like/Try/Why And Then There Were Four by Nancy Werlin

Blog Tour: Like/Try/Why And Then There Were Four by Nancy Werlin

Posted by on 06/07/2017 • 5 Comments

Today Xpresso Reads is on the blog tour for AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR and I am going to be doing a round of Like/Try/Why. Lez goooo

Like Rocks Fall Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar –> Try And Then There Were Four by Nancy Werlin

Why: So ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES is actually a very underrated title that needs more love so I am trying to push both books with this rec. Both books have families that cannot be trusted, secrets and psychological thriller vibes.

Like Mystic River by Dennis Lehane –> Try And Then There Were Four by Nancy Werlin

Why: MYSTIC RIVER is somewhat of a classic psychological thriller AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR has similar vibes complete with bizarre twists you didn’t really think would occur.

Like Pretty…

Author Interview: Sandhya Menon

Author Interview: Sandhya Menon

Posted by on 06/02/2017 • 0 Comments

HELLO and welcome back to this fancy feature that Nick (Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist) and I are collaborating on! This month I am sharing an interview I did with Sandhya Menon! So PLEASE GIVE HER a virtual round of applause.

1. If Dimple and Rishi’s romance could be set to only one bollywood song, which one would it be?

Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, definitely. 🙂

2. What is one book you think the world would just not be the same without?

Ahhh, really, just one?! Hmm…I guess I’d pick The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

3. If Dimple and Rishi were a food pairing, what would they be? (I AM JUST CURIOUS, OKAY)

Haha, this is an amazing question! I’d say…sea salt and…

Blog Tour: Lemons by Melissa Savage

Blog Tour: Lemons by Melissa Savage

Posted by on 06/01/2017 • 1 Comment

Lemons is an unaccepted gem of a novel. It sounds all cutesy because on the surface it is about two kids searching for Bigfoot but really it is a novel about grief and family. Lemons is about redefining family, dealing with loss and also friendship (because the best ship is a friendship.)

Here are 5 reasons to read Lemons

1. Bigfoot. Whether or not you believe in Bigfoot, it is an interesting conspiracy theory and I love all the fun Melissa Savage clearly had with it. She has done her research and it shows in her writing.

2. Lem. I LOVE LEM and I love how complex her character is. I love that she isn’t just the ‘odd ball’ or a typical, displaced child trope. Lem manages to ‘fit’ in (and not in…

Non-Fic Recommendation Based on YA Fiction Favs

Non-Fic Recommendation Based on YA Fiction Favs

Posted by on 05/24/2017 • 3 Comments

I read mostly fiction but the ‘older’ I grow the more I find my reading tastes shifting. Over the past year, I’ve gone from never reading non fiction books to actually, actively seeking them out. I am still primarily a YA reader though so today, I decided to combine these two vastly different areas of the market and do a little recommendation post based on fav YA books!

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