Monday, December 29, 2014

Dive Into Diversity Challenge

Monday, December 29, 2014
I've talked about this before, really don't like reading challenges. I know they're fun for some people but, for me, it's one of those things that just stress me out. Reading is an escape for me, and when I have to read something it stops being an escape.

That said, I'm participating in a reading challenge in 2015. The Dive Into Diversity Challenge is hosted by the awesome Magan and Estelle at Rather Be Reading and is inspired by the also awesome We Need Diverse Books campaign.



Unlike some of the other challenges out there, this one is relatively lax- all you have to do is read at least one diverse book a month. A lot of characters who don't fit the mythical norm (white, straight, middle-class, abled, etc.) don't get as much attention in media, including YA books but the We Need Diverse Books campaign (and, by extension, this challenge) seeks to change that.

What is all this diversity talk about? I'll let one of my favorite organizations, the Harry Potter Alliance, explain why representation is not just cool, but really necessary (I added the bold for emphasis):

"1. It gives people a stronger sense of self and affirmation of identity.
2. It gives children somebody to relate to and look up to.
3. It expands people’s assumptions of their capabilities (assumptions that are often relayed to them through constant negative media portrayal).
4. It provides a more realistic look at the world’s population.
5. It fights the idea that straight/white/male = normal and everything else is “other” (think about your local bookstore: there’s probably a section for African American Fiction, Gay and Lesbian Fiction, and Women’s Fiction, and while these can be positive spaces for marginalized groups to find books that include them and portray their issues with honesty and authenticity, it’s important to discuss the reasons why they have to have separate sections, and why they’re not already included in general literature and fiction)."

I was privileged enough to grow up with access to a great library at my synagogue, and reading about other Jewish kids really helped me find my own faith and appreciate my culture. Every kid of every race, religion, social class, etc. should have that chance.

After all, we can only benefit from diversity. The more stories are told, the more we as readers can better understand and empathize with people who may not share our background. Growing up and reading YA books about characters who grappled with their sexuality or gender (like Ask the Passengers or Luna)  is a large part of why I'm a feminist today. Books like Libba Bray's Beauty Queens (one of the most diverse books out there) was honestly a huge factor in my decision to double major in Women's & Gender Studies and Government.



Put very simply, diversity is important because everyone's story is important.

I'm going to start a tab with a bunch of my favorite diverse reads and I'd love your recommendations! Fantasy and realistic fiction are my favorite, but I also love a really great sci-fi, or a thriller...let's be real, I'll read anything.

Anyway, Happy New Year! Let's hope it's a great year, full of great (and diverse) books.

Will you participate in the Dive into Diversity Challenge this coming year?

Friday, December 26, 2014

Opening Up

Friday, December 26, 2014
I'm not good at opening up around new people. I'm a friendly person, but I kind of hold myself back out of fear I'll come on too strong or say the wrong thing. With awesome people in real life, I can usually get over this pretty quickly (*waves at new college friends*) but on the Internet, it's a bit harder for me. It's a lot trickier to break the ice with people in 140 characters on Twitter or in the comments of a blog. I can't recover from something awkward I've said with a quip because my words are out there, in print, and I can't take them back. You know, the Internet is forever and all that.

So I do what I always do: I go for perfection.

As anyone who is a perfectionist will know, a lot about perfectionism is being a people-pleaser. You want to make others happy all the time and feel like a failure if you slip up. Does that sound exhausting? It is. I've been blogging for three years and throughout all this time, I've tried to come up with the perfect formula to please my readers and put all of this pressure on myself until there were days or weeks or months where I didn't like blogging anymore.

The thing is, there is no formula to blogging. Every time I would do something differently or put more work into more features or try a new form of social media, I would end up back at Square One wondering why my blog wasn't good enough.

A lot happened in the last few months - I started college, met a group of wonderful new people, started dating a guy I'm crazy about, took phenomenal classes, read awesome books - that has made me reexamine a lot about how I interact with myself. One of the biggest influences was Amy Poehler's Yes Please, which I would recommend to pretty much anyone. It's a quirky, comedic, really honest memoir that I tore through in about a day.

The thing about Yes Please is that Amy conveys this balance of openness and strength that go together seamlessly. It reminded me of one of her quotes (not from Yes Please, I don't actually know where it's from) where she said, "Vulnerable people are powerful people. Opening your heart and sharing it means you're going to get so much love in your life." 

And I thought about that, and how in real life I'm a fairly open book with those who know me, and I'm going to try and do that more on The Page Sage. I'm going to be open - which is definitely a form of vulnerability, especially on the very, very public world of the Internet. I want to do it for me. I want to have a space where I can be honest and nerdy and relaxed because blogging is not my job, nor do I want it to be. 

Another thing that struck me in Yes Please is how Amy's strength comes from knowing who she is and not being afraid to be ridiculous. I'm a pretty (read: really) ridiculous person at times (read: a lot of the time) and by constantly censoring every sentence I put online, I sap away a lot of  the creativity and fun I have on this blog. That doesn't mean I'm going to start swearing like a sailor on here, but I'm not going to worry if something sounds a little weird or awkward because who cares? 

Who cares if someone thinks my blog isn't good enough? It's my blog, and it's certainly good enough for me. 

As we start to head into the new year, that's where I'm going to try to keep my head. It's hard for me, and this constant need for perfection extends far past my blog, but maybe it'll be a good start to tackle it here. Anyway, wish me, luck (and go read Yes Please if you haven't already). 

(Seriously, it's awesome.)

Do you ever struggle with perfectionism or doubt while blogging? How do you cope?

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

That Blogging Thing I Used to Do

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Hey, remember when I said in October that I was returning to blogging? And then I blogged maybe once before disappearing yet again? Well, about that...

Whoops.


In hindsight, it was ridiculous to think I could handle NaNoWriMo and a return to blogging in November. November, the month during which every professor assigns papers, exams, and presentations all before you head into finals. I realized how fruitless this plan was halfway into the month and at that point, I was not giving up on NaNo.

The Leslie Knope Guide To Get You Through Finals
The Leslie Knope Guide To Get You Through Finals

I won NaNo (yayayayay!) but that meant I had to continue my hiatus on the blog. At this point, I was starting to ask myself, do I even want to blog anymore? I haven't been really present in months, barely anyone is going to read this post, and I don't even know what my blogging friends are up to anymore since I haven't really kept in touch with them. While I'll definitely get back in touch with my friends, I had to ask: is it worth it to keep blogging?


I was this close to saying no. But the truth is I'm not ready to give up blogging. If I have to start from the ground up again then I will because I love talking about books with all of you. I love nerding out and having a space where I can just have fun.


So here's the plan as I head into a New Year of Blogging:


1. Say Hi

Reconnect with people! I'll say hi to my old bloggy friends who I've stupidly neglected (waves at Alicia) and make some new ones!

2. Have Fun

The Page Sage is a pressure-free zone. On here there is no need to be perfect- I just get to write and read and have a good time doing it.

3. Post What I Want

Was there a cool episode of Supernatural I want to talk about, even though it isn't bookish? I'm going to do it. This is my blog, after all- if I want to talk to you guys about something I'm allowed to do that (though it will still be mostly bookish).

4. Have Fun.

This one is important, so I'm listing it twice.



That's the plan anyway. I hope you're all gearing up for a happy holiday and that you get lots and lots of books!

Talk to you guys soon. :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

NaNoWriMo Update: Day 3

Monday, November 3, 2014
Hey there, writers, readers, and/or fellow NaNo-ers!

As you may have read in this post (which features a giveaway, so go win a book, okay?!), I'm doing National Novel Writing Month and so far, it's been an awesome challenge. Of course, it's only Day 3, so it may start leaning towards the latter soon enough. I really like the story I'm telling, even though I never finished outlining it (whoops) and I have an awesome support team.

We'll see if my friends are still so supportive by the end of the month, when I'm pulling out my hair trying to get this story done.


As of tonight, I have approximately seven hundred more words to write, but first I have to write a mini paper for a class tomorrow. No matter how much I want to work on my NaNo project, school still has to come first. I've got caffeine in me now, though, which means I should be able to do it all.

Hopefully (I may actually be immune to caffeine).

Anyway, I hope your Works-in-Progress are coming along nicely, if you're NaNoing (or just writing in general). Add me as a buddy and we can write together!

How are your NaNoWriMo projects coming along?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Blogging, NaNoWriMo, and a Giveaway

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Hey, guys!

It's been far too long since I've done anything blog-related, but I have a good reason: college. The past 2 months of my freshman year have been crazy (but awesome) as I've adjusted to life on campus. Honestly, it's been a pretty easy transition, which I'm thankful for, though that hasn't kept my schedule from becoming packed. And on top of midterms, papers, talks, activities, etc., I got really sick the week I had planned on returning to blogging, which was not fun (do not recommend, 0/10).

But I'm back! I'll be continuing my sporadic posting, but in a more consistent way (don't think about that too much). I haven't had much time for reading - okay, I haven't made that much time for reading - but right now I'm reading I Am Malala and Wide Awake, both of which I'm really enjoying. I've also done a ton of reading for my classes, but something tells me you won't want to hear about Global Political Economy.



So I'll be blogging about the much more interesting books. And also about my progress with NaNoWriMo!

"But Sara!" you say. "You've barely had time for blogging let alone writing a whole novel in a month!"

And to that I say, yeah, you're probably right. But I've got to give it a go, anyway! If any bloggers want to coordinate NaNoWriMo posts with me so that it's more like a NaNo party, just reach out! (Call me, beep me, if you want to reach me, and all that.)

Anyway, since I've been woefully negligent of the blog, I've decided to do a giveaway to make up for it. Hope that's okay. ;)

You can enter to win one of the books below in the Rafflecopter (if the books are part of a series, you can select a different book in the same series instead). These are some of my favorite Feminist Reads and since this has been a feminist YA book blog for a few months now, I thought it'd be fitting. This giveaway is open to any country where the Book Depository ships.

Now, go enter away! And let me know what I've missed in the blogosphere!


The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns #1) by Rae Carson
Graceling (Graceling #1) by Kristin Cashore
A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle #1) by Libba Bray
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Anatomy of a Boyfriend (Anatomy #1) by Daria Snadowsky

Monday, September 1, 2014

Boys, Books, and Marketing

Monday, September 1, 2014
While the "broken record" line might be a cliche, it's certainly fitting when talking about Hollywood or sports. The same excuse is said time and time again, that "more men see _____ movies" or "only men like sports." It doesn't matter how many times this has been disproved. Even with female-driven movies such as Frozen dominating the box offices - and the fact that "since Title IX, the number of high school girls who participate in sports has gone from 1 in 27 to 1 in 2.5," - movie and sports marketing is still geared towards men, with the alleged philosophy that this is what makes money. 

And then you have the book industry.

In YA lit, female authors are in the majority, certainly more so than in adult fiction. And studies have shown that more adolescent girls read than boys. Now, if the marketing heads were to follow the example set by the two industries above, the plan should be simple: gear advertising towards women and girls, because they're the ones who bring in the money.

But that's not really what happens.

It's not enough that women make up 60% of book buyers- no, marketing is still geared towards men. This goes hand in hand with what has become known as the "John Green effect"- the idea that something is only literary if a man writes it. (Just look at this week's New York Times best sellers- the teens list is composed of a majority of male authors.) Conversations are all about how we need more "boy books" and how to get boys reading and while I'm all for more male readers, why does it have to be at the expense of women and girls? 

And why does an industry whose main demographic is women and girls need to market to men? Why doesn't the same philosophy that runs the movie and sports industries apply here? If it's supposedly all about making money, shouldn't you work to appease your consumer base? 

The answer lies in, of course, the structured sexism that oils the cogs of our society. As the brilliant Kelly Jensen said over at Book Riot, "In 2014, there are still people who are fine with women’s success as long as it’s not too successful.

And what this ultimately means for the movie and sports industries' excuses is that they're just not true. Marketing departments choose to target men. They decide that men are the more important demographic, leaving women on the sidelines (no sports pun intended). 

To say this is disheartening would be an understatement, especially since very little is changing. How many times must women prove that there is an audience for their stories before our media starts listening? 

That's the thing, though: in an ideal world, women wouldn't have to prove anything- we'd already be considered equally important. 


What do you think about the marketing for YA books? 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Feminist Review: YOLO by Lauren Myracle

Thursday, August 21, 2014
yolo 
Through texts and messages, the mega-bestselling, beloved Internet Girls series followed the ups and downs of school for three very different, very close friends. Now it’s freshman year of college for the winsome threesome, and *everything* is different. For one, the best friends are facing their first semester apart. Way, way apart. Maddie’s in California, Zoe’s in Ohio, and Angela’s back in Georgia. And it’s not just the girls who are separated. Zoe’s worried that Doug wants to break up now that they’re at different schools, and Maddie’s boyfriend, Ian, is on the other side of the country.In the face of change and diverging paths, Maddie’s got a plan to keep the friends close, and it involves embracing the present, making memories, and . . . roller derby! Using of-the-moment technology, Lauren Myracle brings her groundbreaking series into the brave new virtual world of texting and tweets.
Summary from Leafmarks 


The Quick of It: This is book #4 in the Internet Girls series. Also, I received this from the publisher, which in no way affected my review. (And now onto the fun stuff.)



I can't tell you how excited I was when YOLO showed up at my door one afternoon. The TTYL books were a huge defining force throughout my middle school years. My three best friends (of the time, we grew apart during high school) and I read them together, and we all had a favorite character and would pass around our copies of the books to share. Reading YOLO allowed me to remember how much those friendships meant to me, even if we're not close now. It was doubly perfect because YOLO is set when these characters are going off to college, which I'm doing, well, today! (This was written well ahead of my departure, to spare you any freak outs. Wish me luck!)

"mad maddie: in self-defense, I am very good friends with Netflix"

Demerits: None!


Making the Grade

You probably saw this one coming, but can you blame me? The friendship is pivotal to this series, and it remains just as heartwarming and positive as I remembered. The way the girls lift each other up and support each other no matter what is just awesome but I really love how they stay honest, too. Basically, they're not afraid to be blunt with each other, if that's what's needed. The whole friendship dynamic is just spot on- these girls annoy each other and tease each other and make each other laugh, but most importantly, they all love each other. I want to see more friendships like this in YA!

Extra Credit

While this book is, overall, light and fun, Myracle still manages to touch on Greek life mentality (hazing and the sexism that often comes with it) and sexual assault on campus. It's not a huge surprise that Myracle is handling relevant and sensitive subjects with tact (she's a pro at it), but it's still highly appreciated.


Don't Forget: it comes out on August 26th!



Final Grade: A- 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dating Books

Friday, August 15, 2014
I just finished Isla & The Happily Ever After which is probably one of the most emotional, beautiful books I've ever read. Seriously, it left me feeling like I'd been scraped raw after reading it (in a good way, I swear)... and with a wicked book hangover. I've wanted to start reading new books, but I can't, and all of this has made me realize that reading a really good book - or book series - is kind of like being in a relationship.

How so? Well, there are 7 stages.

1. The Honeymoon Stage

You are so in love with this book that you want to spend every minute with it. Your parents keep telling you you should spend more time with friends, but you have to keep reading.

2. Tearful Ending

i-wear-ray-ban-knock-offs:

After my first day of school.

Despondence. 
And then the worst happens: it's over. It's not you, it's the book- it just doesn't have any more pages to give.

3. Gloom Sets In

You are convinced you will never love a book that way again. What's the point of reading anyway? All stories just end.

4. Slow recovery

After awhile, you start to think that maybe - just maybe - you should put yourself back out there again, try other books. There are hundreds of books in the library, right?

5. Speed dating

In this case, "him" is a book.
You have a few flings with a couple of books, but you can't seem to buckle down.

6. Commit to a book

At last, you think you've found The One! The book that can make you forget about all those other books!

7. Rinse & Repeat


Have any tips for getting through a book break-up?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Running through YA

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
High school was not the best time for me when it came to exercise. I packed my schedule with homework and extracurriculars and volunteer work and a job, but didn't put any time aside for exercising, except the 20-30 minutes I got in gym class (provided I had gym that marking period). So when I graduated this June, I made a pact with myself that I would start working out.

Schoolwork, activities, volunteering, working- all of it is important, but so is taking care of myself. And if I don't take care of my body, it's going to make all of that other stuff a lot harder to do. This is my new mentality, one I'm taking with me to college in just a couple of days (Side bar: oh sheesh I'm going to be a college student in a couple of days when did that happen aaaaaaaaaah but yaaaaaaaay.)

With this in mind, I've been running a lot this summer and on Saturday I'll be running a 5k with a couple of friends. I've discovered I really like running- it makes me feel strong and healthy and at peace with myself. So naturally, I have to relate it to YA.

Below are the best YA books for running inspiration.





Are you into running? What YA lit running tips do you have?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Percy Jackson: The Musical?

Monday, July 28, 2014
This weekend was awesome because I finally got a couple of days off to go into the city with my brother. Back when he was starting college and I was finishing up elementary school, I read the first few Percy Jackson books and passed them along to him. They filled the gap between Harry Potter books, but they were also really fun and something we could both share, regardless of our age gap.

Fast forward to 2010, when the Percy Jackson movie came out. Of course, we saw it together, and I'm not really going to rehash how I felt about it because I've said often enough what a putrid, terrible, racist, sexist, idiotic, piece of trash that movie is. 

Needless to say, we did not see the sequel.

But then! My brother's girlfriend's voice teacher told my brother's girl friend that his husband (hope you're keeping up) had written the music for a Percy Jackson musical. It was going to be a kid's show, it was at a theater in Manhattan, and the tickets were free! 

Obviously, we were in, and we got to the theater an hour before the box office opened (the theater gives preference to groups, so we went on a Sunday when there would be fewer groups, but that didn't stop the line from stretching down the street). 

Going in, we weren't really sure what to expect ('cause, I mean, The Lightning Thief: The Musical has plenty of potential to be reallllly bad), but the end result?

PURE, UNADULTERATED AWESOMENESS.

Seriously, this show was smart, funny, energetic- ugh, it was just great. All of the actors were incredible, and even though there was just a five person cast, the show hit every important character and every important scene from the book. All in just an hour, which is doubly remarkable when you consider that a) it didn't feel rushed or cramped with too much stuff at all and b) the movie completely and utterly failed to do this in double that time. 

Oh it was just so good!

If you're in/around New York, definitely go see it! It's going to be at the Lucille Lortel Theatre until August 22nd, and here's a handy dandy link to the rest of the info.

Meanwhile, I'm praying that there will be a CD or something, because I have all of the music stuck in my head. "So if you think you are a half-blood..."

Would you want to see The Lightning Thief the musical?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fictional Roommates

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Since I have about a month left until I start college (AH, but also YAY), I've been thinking about, well, college a lot. And one of the most novel parts of school (no pun intended) will be the whole roommate situation.

I'm not too worried, especially since my roommate seems pretty cool, but it got me thinking: what if I could room with any of my favorite fictional characters? Who would I choose? Who would I never, ever room with?

I think it's time for a list.

Livin' in Harmony:

Karou and Brimstone by Calivel
By Calivel
1. Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Karou doesn't seem like she'd be too uptight about the room situation, and can you imagine how beautiful she'd make it with her artwork??

By Simini Blocker
2. Elisa from Girl of Fire and Thorns 
Late night gossip sessions like with Mara? Count me in!

Asking for a roomie switch:

By agusmp
1. Hermione from Harry Potter
I love Hermione, but I am far too similar to her to room with her. We'd probably end up killing each other.

This series needs some fan art, stat.
2. Audrey from Audrey, Wait!
Again, love Audrey. But "she likes her music loud" and I like being able to study in peace and quiet.

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I also asked you guys who you'd like to room with- here are some of your answers!


So, who would your fictional roomie be?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Feminist Review: Pawnee by Leslie Knope

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Welcome to Pawnee: More Exciting than New York, More Glamorous than Hollywood, Roughly the Same Size as Bismarck, North Dakota In Pawnee, Leslie Knope (as played by Amy Poehler on NBC's hit show Parks and Recreation) takes readers on a hilarious tour through her hometown, the Midwestern haven known as Pawnee, Indiana. The book chronicles the city's colorful citizens and hopping nightlife, and also explores some of the most hilarious events from its crazy history--like the time the whole town was on fire, its ongoing raccoon infestation, and the cult that took over in the 1970s. Packed with laugh-out-loud-funny photographs, illustrations, and commentary by the other inhabitants of Pawnee, it's a must-read that will make you enjoy every moment of your stay in the Greatest Town in America.
Summary from Leafmarks 


The Quick of It: Reading Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America (allegedly written by the fictional Leslie Knope) is kind of like watching one really long episode of Parks and Rec. While also rewatching all of your favorite episodes. While hanging out with the characters. Basically, if you're a Parks and Rec fan, this book will be a lot of fun. And if you're not a Parks and Rec fan...why the hell are you reading this book??

Demerits: 
Yes, unfortunately, self-declared feminist Ms. Knope strays from her ideals when discussing the women's rights hero of Pawnee, Dorothy Everton Smythe (though the rest of the section is, admittedly, pretty amusing). According to the book, Smythe had to educate herself in secret since women's education was outlawed and so she "'traded kisses for books.'" Leslie goes onto comment that "Basically, she was a little slutty, but for a good cause."

At which point, I was kind of like, HOLD UP. I mean, it's not the biggest thing in the world - it's a throwaway joke in a comedy book - but why is a female character's sexuality being judged or explained away? And by a feminist, no less? 

A demerit for you, Leslie Knope.

Making the Grade: 
I mean, if you want to see an awesome female friendship, just look at Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins. While Ann Perkins is only featured in a short section of the book, I'm giving points because of how great their friendship is on the show, which may be cheating but, well, it's my blog.

"She's my best friend and I love her" ~Ann Perkins on Leslie Knope

One thing I really want to point out is that besides being hilarious, Leslie Knope is a really important figure in our media. She's a woman with amazing leadership skills who is determined and gets stuff done (while still being a bit nutty and endearing and nerdy), which is why Parks and Rec is one of my all-time favorite TV shows.

Other Notes: This book is funny- like, really really funny. Every few pages I would put it down and stop whoever was nearby so I could read a particularly chuckle-inducing passage out loud, which probably got a little annoying for my mom after awhile (especially considering she doesn't watch P&R). But seriously, if you're looking for a break from heavy duty reading and want something enjoyable, Pawnee is a good choice.

Get a Copy (you know, if you want)

Final Grade: B-

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Author Adoration: Kristin Cashore

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
You know when you're reading a book by an author you've read before and you're struck by how amazing it is? And you're doubly amazed because it's just as good as the author's other two, three, ten books? This feature will highlight those authors, those whose books are an automatic purchase, who you recommend to all of your friends, and push on your book clubs. There's no set schedule for this, but there will probably be about one of these posts a month. (Blogger's Note: hahaha the last time I did one of these was January, whoops)

Kristin Cashore

My love for Kristin Cashore's books knows no bounds. Seriously, every time I see these books in a bookstore, I end up yacking my friends' ears off over HOW AMAZING her Graceling series is. And then I bemoan the fact that I still don't own Bitterblue (though I will. Soon. Hopefully.). 

Her published worksGraceling (YA, 2008), Fire (YA, 2009), Bitterblue (YA, 2012)
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)

What's to love: 


  • These books are off the feminist charts. Seriously, I could go on and on (as my friends will tell you) about the characters' diversity and her exploration of femininity, or you could just read them. (I highly recommend that.)
  • Katsa is a girl after my own heart in so many ways. In fact, she and this character inspired me to lob off my hair two years ago. (Okay, so I had a professional do it. There was no way I was giving myself a pixie, let's be real.)
  • All of the characters, really, are just amazing and wonderful and awesome. Fire is not the traditional fantasy heroine (oh gosh, seriously you could write a 20 page paper all about Fire), and Bitterblue is at once a queen and a teen (points for a rhyme?), and then there's Po (swoon), and Brigan (ditto), and all of their friends, and GAH.
  • The world-building. Seriously, there's magic Graces and beautiful monsters and evil and royalty and castles and fancy bridges and hidden chambers. When you read these books, it's like you're really there.

Some Favorite Quotes

"Bacon improved things dramatically."
~Bitterblue

"But you're better than I am, Katsa. And it doesn't humiliate me. It humbles me. But it doesn't humiliate me."
~Po in Graceling

"The world may be falling to pieces, but at least the lot of us can have a bath."
~Brigan in Fire

So you might want to follow her blog


And definitely read her books:

(I'm a Better World Books Affiliate now, so if you use the links below to buy her books I'll deeply appreciate it and you'll be supporting literacy programs and the environment!)

Fire 


What is your favorite Kristin Cashore book?