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This Week in Lady Reads

What do butts, sea turtles, and disconcerting wedding dress names have in common? You’ll find them all in this week’s lady reads!

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Book Review: Ignite (Defy, Book 2) by Sara B. Larson

Last year, when I finished reading Defy, I really hoped that it would be the start of a series because I wanted to know what happened once everyone knew Alexa’s secret. My wish came true, and Ignite is a fantastic follow-up that once again left me wanting more.

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Unpopular Book Review: “Divergent”

I know I’m late to this party, but, well, it’s no Hunger Games. (Warning: spoilers!) 

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Book Review: 3 YA New Releases from Entangled Teen

When people complain that young adult novels have nothing to offer the serious reader, it’s pretty clear to me that they’ve never actually read any YA. These new releases from Entangled Teen deal with issues ranging from human cloning and reproductive coercion to arranged marriages and people who ostracize anyone with “impure” bloodlines. Plus, dragons, […]

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Book Review: Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Have I mentioned I love dystopias? Of course I have. They are my biggest guilty pleasure reads. The only problem is they’re all really dark and depressing and the world is a terrible place.  They are not typically uplifting, and everyone you ever loved will die. Then I read Bumped.

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Book Club for Kids for Adults

Full disclosure: This is not my idea, but my friend’s. But it’s too awesome not to share!

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Sarah Dessen, Or How I Grew Up With a YA Author

Sarah Dessen and I have never met. Someday, hopefully, that will change. In the world of young adult fiction, she’s nothing short of a rock star, she’s also a frequent fixture on The New York Times bestseller list. People have literally run after her at book signings and events. Can you imagine?

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What I’ve Read So Far This Year

At the beginning of this year, I challenged myself on Goodreads to read an average of one book a week. I did the same thing last year and hit my goal in December, eventually finishing with 59 or 60 books officially read. (I’d left off a few that were so bad I didn’t really want […]

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Dispatches from Ladyblogland Have a Biological Clock

I promise there is a picture of a cat at the end of this post.

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Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness II: Narrowing the YA Categories

We have assembled one hell of a list of contenders for this year’s Middlemarch Madness. Never mind the bracket itself, picking who we want in the bracket itself is going to be pretty difficult. Sharpen your #2 pencils and grab some coffee (or something stronger) because it’s about to get all kinds of real in […]

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Banned Books Confessions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Monday’s LTP got me thinking about the best banned books. In the grand tradition of fandom confession blogs, I thought I’d share my gut reaction for seven of my favorites. Below the jump, some covers and secrets, plus bonus excerpts.

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Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch: YA Fiction Elimination

This is our smallest group, so only one of these badasses of YA fiction will have to be sent packing before the fun begins.  Yet, I think this may end up being one of our toughest races.  I know I am personally attached to many of these young women, and I know many of our […]