Linktastic!: 4/11/14 Edition

This Linktastic! post has so many cool things that it cannot even be categorized!

In which I share a poem I wrote about friends

I was originally going to pair this poem with a different review–but that one isn’t scheduled until June and upon further thought, this does work with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.

Okay so I love writing poems. And I love using them to tell stories. This is a sad story about a friend who wants to me more than friends and the narrator. Who does not. The idea was bouncing around in my head for a while not quite clicking. Then I looked through one of my old college textbooks on poetry writing (because I am that person) and I saw the format for a pantoum. And it clicked.

I like pantoums a lot because they let me shuffle lines. Sestinas and other poems that only demand word repeats are always harder for me and, often, I don’t like the rhythm as much. In retrospect this probably could have worked as a villanelle but for now I’m happy with this form.

Just Friends: A Pantoum
I tell you again and again.
“You are my friend.”
But you never hear what I say.
You hear murmurs from a life we aren’t in.
You are my friend.
Drowning in moments you refused to take.
You hear murmurs from a life we aren’t in.
I can’t stand still waiting for you.
Drowning in moments you refused to take
Saying things again and again that I can’t return.
I can’t stand still waiting for you.
I can only give this one part of me.
Saying things again and again that I can’t return.
But you never hear what I say.
I can only give this one part of me.
Even if I had more—it wouldn’t be for you.

(This poem is an original work by me. Copyrighted. Please don’t steal it.)

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny HanLara Jean likes a lot of things like baking and scrapbooking. She loves her family and, most of the time, she enjoys spending time with her sisters. Above all, Lara Jean knows who she is and she is happy with that person.

Sometimes, like a lot of girls, Lara Jean has a crush. She might even call it love. But nothing has ever come of that. Any time the feelings get too big or too uncomfortable, Lara Jean just sits down and writes a love letter. She addresses it, seals the envelope, and puts the letter away in the teal hatbox her mother gave her. Easy.

Until the day all of Lara Jean’s most private love letters are mailed.

No one was ever supposed to see the letters except Lara Jean. They were never meant for anyone else. With all of her feelings laid bare for these five boys, Lara Jean isn’t sure how to go back to the girl she used to be before the letters were delivered in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2014) by Jenny Han.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the first book in a planned duology. The second book P. S. I Still Love You is scheduled to publish in 2015.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a delightful breathe of fresh air.

Lara Jean is a realistic, immediately endearing heroine. She, like so many of us, walks a thin line between confident self-assurance and moments of doubt. Although (hopefully) most readers will not find themselves in the same situation, Lara Jean’s story remains totally approachable.

In addition to an original, well-paced story, Han thoughtfully addresses issues of racial identity and family dynamics. Although part of a duology, the story is fairly well-contained with just the right blend of closure and hints of things to come. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a subtle, flawless read. Highly recommended.

Possible Pairings: Nothing But the Truth (And a Few White Lies) by Justina Chen, Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg, The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman, The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson, The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart, This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales, The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

Exclusive Bonus Content: I can’t get over the book design. It’s so fantastic from the cover model and the title that looks like it’s written in sharpie to the way the title and author name appear at the bottom of the page as if a signature is on every page. Genius.

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Books

Top Ten Tuesdays img by Miss Print

Ha. Unique books is really hard because obviously I have a lot of books I like (are you shocked).

But when I saw this prompt really only two books came to mind:

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Both books completely blew my mind and if you stick with the series the way these authors pull together plot threads and world building is simply dazzling.


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

(Image made by me.)

Linktastic! 4/7/14 Edition: Twitter has many awesome things to share Edition

So many cool things on Twitter I needed to make a whole post for them:

Week in Review: April 6


This week on the blog you can check out:

I’ve been sick most of this week with what is either a cold, a horrible allergy attack, or a minor sinus infection. Only time will tell. Right now I’m leaning toward allergy attack from hell.

I’m chipping away at my review queue. Which is great except the entire week of posts I had scheduled for next week had to move to make room for something else (the joys of tying a whole week of posts together!).

I also got a lot of fun book mail this week.

In a complete surprise I got an arc of The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst which is pretty and shiny:

Then from Amazon’s Vine program I got We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn.

I am really excited about both of these and am actually reading We Were Liars  right now.

I briefly was super overwhelmed by the number of books I have to read now that I have committee work and review commitments (not on the blog–more on that in a future post) plus when I need to read something just for me. But I’ll manage it. It’ll be fine.

So that’s been my week. How was yours?

Linktastic!: 4/5/14 Edition with many bookish things

Many bookish things to share today!