RTW: Best Book of the Month

I hate it when they do this, I really do. Those sadists over at YA Highway always like to make us choose favorites, and I hate that. (I have a real problem with any hierarchical ranking…I realize this about myself. I don’t even like to rank my favorite breakfast cereals, let alone songs, books, […]

Monday Book Love: Finnikin of the Rock

(source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vipulmathur/471634239/)

Well, it is Monday, which means it’s time for Book Love (and coffee…but that’s another story). Anyone who has either had the good luck to talk books with me, or ask me what time it is, really, knows how much I love Melina Machetta’s Jellicoe Road. I blogged about it here and […]

RTW: Who Deserves the Spotlight?

It’s been a while, but I’m back on the road with with YA Highway gang. Today’s question: What supporting character deserves his or her own starring role?


*blink blink* I know, right? There are literally hundreds of stories I want to hear, stories that are hinted at but never told. For most highwayers, the […]

Fight the Power! Read a Book!

It’s Banned Book Week again, my favorite time of the year to remember how outrageous it is that morons judge and disqualify literature they often haven’t even read. Needless to say, this makes me nuts.

It’s easy to go nuts over this. But what do we do? What actions can we take that make […]

Monday Book Love: Raw Blue

Those of you who have either read or heard about SWIM, my paranormal YA book, know that I have no small obsession with the ocean. It was surprisingly and perhaps frighteningly easy to imagine myself in a world where water was strength and power, and land a lovely and mysterious danger. Makes perfect sense for […]

Let Us Talk for a Few Moments about Neville

For the record, I have always been a huge Neville Longbottom fan. HUGE. From the beginning, from book one, when his bravery in standing up to his friends when he truly believed they were making wrong and dangerous choices, I knew he was more than just a stereotypical pudgy sidekick.

In other words, it’s not […]

RTW is Trying to Torture Me

Usually I’m a big fan of those talented folks over at YA Highway but today I’m just annoyed. Today’s Road Trip Wednesday? What is the best book you’ve read in June?

Gah…it’s like asking which kid I loved best this month. Not. Cool. But I’m going to do it anyway, largely because I wanted to […]

Monday Book Love: Father’s Day Edition

While there are a lot of children’s and young adult books with terrible fathers. the biggest challenge facing fictional children is dead or missing ones. Forget the single parent crisis in the real world; try being a fictional kid. These guys suffer mightily from what some editors and agents call “dead parent syndrome,” – the […]

Monday Book Love: Jellicoe Road

It’s another Monday, and another chance to gush and squee over a book that I love. Truly, I could do this every day of the week…

But today’s book: Jellicoe Road by the uber-talented Australian author Melina Marchetta

As can be seen by the shiny gold sticker on the cover, I’m not the only one […]

Monday (or Monthly) Book Love

I’ve decided to add a new feature to the blog…Monday Book Love, where I rave about a book – new or old – that I absolutely adore. It might be every Monday, or it might be monthly, depending on how I do. Let’s be honest, I’m not so great at keeping up with this thing. […]