I miss school.
I’m a social baby who loves to learn.
I’m flashing back to my senior high of school, which suuuucked.
The start of school, though, was ALMOST ALWAYS great.
My outfits K I L L E D I T.
To celebrate the start of school again, I’m doing the Back-to-school Back Tag as seen on Ace Reader. (Good luck with the start of school!)
Name your favorite author’s writing style
Maggie Stiefvater’s prose bowls me over.
She includes throwaway lines that communicate so much emotion.
I got back into The Dream Thieves and spent fifty pages weeping, stroking the pages, and whispering, “My baby…”
Adam, Ronan, and Noah fill my heart with so much love.
I wish I could write like Stiefvater.
A book that made you frustrated
I hate it when a romance distracts from an interesting plot.
Numbers has a fascinating plot that gets overtaken by a teenage relationship.
If you’re going to shift focus to “true love,” I’m going to lose interest.
Also, I didn’t like the cruel twist ending or the sequel hook.
This book reminded me of a Kevin Brooks novel.
I think, at the time I read this book, I was tired of feeling sad.
A book that really made you think or question things
I read a lot of “Progressive Christianity for dummies”-type books for Spiritual Health Month last year.
Nadia Bolz-Weber’s books have long been my favorite.
She makes faith and friendship feel so accessible.
I found her book on sexuality especially interesting.
One of her parishioners makes an interesting point: purity culture and a traditional sexuality ethic work for the “inner circle” and neglect everyone on the edges.
I’d never considered that before.
Your favorite book from a different time
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages is magic-lite historical fiction and I love it.
Highlights from All Out:
- a Red Riding Hood retelling based on the life of revolutionary Leonarda Emilia
- a story set after Kurt Cobain’s suicide in which two grunge-loving teens fall in love
- a twisty Robin Hood thriller by trans author Elliot Wake
- an adorable asexual love story set during the ’70s
I will never stop recommending this book.
Your favorite book with pictures
My grandma told me the Magic Eye books would ruin my vision.
Once I figured out the trick, though, I couldn’t put these books down.
If YOU discovered a superpower, would YOU ignore it because your grandma was worried about your eyes?
YOU WOULD NOT.
Also, this book claims to IMPROVE one’s vision.
THAT MUST BE A TRUE CLAIM.
A book you would love to see turned into a movie
CAN I HAVE MY RAVEN CYCLE TV SERIES YET???
A movie wouldn’t be as good, but I’d TAKE IT.
A Scorpio Races movie would be just dandy.
Or a All the Crooked Saints film.
JUST GIVE ME ALL THE STIEFVATER MOVIES.
A character with a similar music taste to you
The Reece Malcolm List contains MANY showtunes.
Sondheim is my FAVORITE Broadway composer and Merrily, We Roll Along features some of his BEST songs.
Devan and I both love Sondheim and wish Sai would get his act together and stop screwing up “Franklin Shepard, Inc.”
Ugh, I HAAAAATE Sai!
“i KeEp MeSsInG uP!”
Here’s a thought: STOP.
A food from a book you would love to try
The cakes in the recipe didn’t match what I’d imagined at ALL.
Real November Cakes don’t sound that great to me, but I’d gladly try what I imagined when I first read the book.
I pictured gooey, oozy, thickly-iced, honey-soaked, spicy pumpkin bread.
DOESN’T THAT LOOK GREAT???
Bus Ride Home
A book or author that is relaxing
Some of my go-to comfort authors are:
- Meg Cabot
- Nina LaCour
- Lucy Knisley
- Lauren Graham
Sinking into one of their books is my favorite vacation.
Maybe, this fall, I’ll go on a months-long “trip” and revisit some of my favorites.
Hahaha I say this every season and never do it…
A book someone recommended that you enjoyed
I stayed up pretty late to finish The Seafarer’s Kiss.
My friend Shane lent me his copy, knowing how much I love
- bi characters
- queer romance
The story might have been silly and cheesy and thin and I still had so much fun with it.
On second thought, let’s not go back to school.
’tis a silly place.
This is a perfect tag for people who miss school and have no desire to go back.