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April Quotes

Hey y'all!It's Grace here, writing at the end of my finals week while visiting my twin sister. Although I'm exhausted from the winter (and still have a ton to do), I'm enormously lucky to have the chance to see her again. I'm excited to get to relax since this is the most soul-deep worn down I've ever been. I need to find a way to get back to graceness. Luckily, books are a good way to do that.While I can't quite dial everything back enough to just sink into reading, I've been chipping away at some recent favorites for some comfort. While I could go on forever about my love for the reads, I figured I'd go back to another aspect of these books I adore: the language.At the end of the day, my favorite part of reading is finding lines that completely resonate with me. At the very least, gorgeous phrasing or articulate feelings. Without further ado, here are some of my favorite books with quotes that have affected me lately.Excuse the scattered nature of my post -- some images, some typed highlights. Just want to get to the heart of some excellent words.Novel:Small Damages by Beth Kephart | GoodreadsRelease Date: July 19th 2012Publisher: Philomel

It’s senior year, and while Kenzie should be looking forward to prom and starting college in the fall, she is mourning the loss of her father. She finds solace in the one person she trusts, her boyfriend, and she soon finds herself pregnant. Kenzie’s boyfriend and mother do not understand her determination to keep the baby. She is sent to southern Spain for the summer, where she will live out her pregnancy as a cook’s assistant on a bull ranch, and her baby will be adopted by a Spanish couple.Alone and resentful in a foreign country, Kenzie is at first sullen and difficult. She begins to open her eyes and her heart to the beauty that is all around her and inside of her.

Small Damages is a sparse yet colorful coming-of-age that's all-around stunning. Kenzie is emotionally mature and sorting through complex issues, but roots it all in her thoughtful, quiet reflections on Seville and the surrounding countryside.I wish I could put every quote from this book into this post. Kephart has a way of making small moments resonant and powerful, and the imagery stays with you. Kenzie does too.Novel: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger | GoodreadsRelease Date: 1955Publisher: Back Bay Books

The short story, Franny, takes place in an unnamed college town and tells the tale of an undergraduate who is becoming disenchanted with the selfishness and inauthenticity she perceives all around her.The novella, Zooey, is named for Zooey Glass, the second-youngest member of the Glass family. As his younger sister, Franny, suffers a spiritual and existential breakdown in her parents' Manhattan living room -- leaving Bessie, her mother, deeply concerned -- Zooey comes to her aid, offering what he thinks is brotherly love, understanding, and words of sage advice.Salinger writes of these works: "FRANNY came out in The New Yorker in 1955, and was swiftly followed, in 1957 by ZOOEY. Both stories are early, critical entries in a narrative series I'm doing about a family of settlers in twentieth-century New York, the Glasses. It is a long-term project, patently an ambiguous one, and there is a real-enough danger, I suppose that sooner or later I'll bog down, perhaps disappear entirely, in my own methods, locutions, and mannerisms. On the whole, though, I'm very hopeful. I love working on these Glass stories, I've been waiting for them most of my life, and I think I have fairly decent, monomaniacal plans to finish them with due care and all-available skill."

Franny and Zooey Oxford Exchange can be pretentious at times (come on -- it's Salinger!) but it brings up one of the most philosophically fascinating topics I've ever encountered. When we did this for an teen book club pick that I moderated in high school, the conversation constantly unspooled and re-complicated itself. Are you a good person if you're aware of it?It focuses on two siblings who were raised in a religious hodgepodge of philosophies and now find themselves dazed about what to believe. It's not so much religious as it is existential, and moral. Actions speak louder than words, but do actions speak louder than intention? If you're doing selfless acts and feel satisfied after, does that defeat the purpose -- since technically, the act then becomes selfish as it results in your own happiness? (I'm fascinated by narcissism, and have read some interesting books on the subject.)I'll probably circle back around to this read just to talk about some of the bigger themes in it -- which continually change my perspective, since I've gotten older -- but for now, here are some of my favorite quotes.

“I'm sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.”

“It's everybody, I mean. Everything everybody does is so — I don't know — not wrong, or even mean, or even stupid necessarily. But just so tiny and meaningless and — sad-making. And the worst part is, if you go bohemian or something crazy like that, you're conforming just as much only in a different way.”

Some of my friends like to tell me that I overthink, which is true, but Franny overthinks more than anybody.Novel: Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta | GoodreadsRelease Date: May 9, 2006Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Francesca is stuck at St. Sebastian’s, a boys' school that pretends it's coed by giving the girls their own bathroom. Her only female companions are an ultra-feminist, a rumored slut, and an impossibly dorky accordion player. The boys are no better, from Thomas, who specializes in musical burping, to Will, the perpetually frowning, smug moron that Francesca can't seem to stop thinking about.Then there's Francesca's mother, who always thinks she knows what's best for Francesca—until she is suddenly stricken with acute depression, leaving Francesca lost, alone, and without an inkling of who she really is. Simultaneously humorous, poignant, and impossible to put down, this is the story of a girl who must summon the strength to save her family, her social life and—hardest of all—herself.A compelling story of romance, family, and friendship with humor and heart, perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Lauren Myracle.

I've always been a huge fan of Marchetta's later book, Jellicoe Road, which is more larger-than-life. Saving Francesca is much more subtle, but equally important. She has a way of getting to the heart of things, of stripping down a lot of emotional issues that are part of a coming-of-age, rendering them in a plainspoken way that still has gravitas.These underlines are from the first time I read Saving Francesca over a year ago. I'm rereading it now, and there are so many more that I've highlighted (on an eBook version from the library, since my paperback copy is at home), but I forget that quality of a book: that it can change and take on new layers as I get older and have new experiences. Different lines jump out at me each time.Each one of these quoted books is one of my favorites for vastly different reasons, but I hope you get the same satisfaction from some of the quotes that I do -- and that you might encounter them on your own! I'm hoping to do some more language centric posts in the upcoming weeks, to spotlight books that have extraordinary phrasing.

On Bingeing & Book Series

When it's been a while since I've gotten the chance to read -- or I read only in bits and fragments -- I forget sometimes how a book can take you away from yourself.It sounds poetic, when I put it like that, or overly sappy. But in difficult times (or even just busy ones), it's such a luxury to be able to leave your own skin. To be so caught up in other characters, worlds, or stories. Even sometimes just to feel understood.


Yesterday, I read four books between class and bedtime. In the past two weeks, I've read 23 books. In total, I've read 34 books in 2019. To break it down for you, that's 68% of the books I've read this entire year.Last year, in 2018, I read 101 books, so I'm nearly to 1/3 of that already with only two months in. I've been fully bingeing. When I have time between classes, or need my head to quiet in between homework and bedtime, I've been reading. I'm not sure if I've been tearing through books more quickly than normal because of the pure quantity of reads I've consumed lately, or whether I've just been more focused on them. Regardless, I'm staying on my kick until it ends.


I get in a lot of moods in which I don't want to talk, or create. I don't want to write, or put myself out there. I just want to observe. To listen rather than speak. Absorb a lot of the world around me. Reading is good for that.Although reading is inevitably a huge part of my identity, and why I do what I do, sometimes I like to pick apart why it affects me so much. I am a words person. I have a lot swirling around in my head at a given time, because I fixate on details. Sometimes I read for peace; other times, I read for stimulation. Right now, I'm reading for distraction.I've been reading a lot of my favorite series, recently, for several reasons:

  • it's easy to tear through books when you're primed to the story, characters, and dynamic already
  • it's refreshing to see whole of everything: the lows and the highs
  • in a place as small as my school and town, it's comforting to remember that there's a diversity of experiences and people out there
  • I love rereading and tracking the ways that my reactions to books have changed over time
  • it's a productive way to fill up free time in between classes when I don't feel like doing continuing to do (constant) work
  • they are fun and winter term of junior year is not
  • all my favorite series are engaging and intense, and I love feeling passionate about them again

This semester has tested me, and so I've been dialing back and examining ways in which I can be easier on myself. Reading has been excellent for that. I've loved feeling like I can circle back to myself with the help of my favorite books, or just a really good series.

In My Mailbox -- January 27, 2019

Although I've been bed-ridden and not particularly up for reading lately (flu season has hit W&L and it hit HARD), some of my holds from the library came in! I'm psyched for these, and I genuinely enjoy having a time limit, because it keeps me accountable to build time into my schedule.Curiosity books, for me, are ones I borrow from the library rather than buy because I know I'll likely only read them once. Books that satisfy my continual urge to learn more about science, philosophy, or any other discipline I don't regularly study -- books to feed my pretension.If you don't take advantage of being able to check out books from your local library, DO. Go and get a library card. Download some reads on your e-reader or your phone. (It's my favorite life hack for finding time to read, as well as for not supporting Amazon.)Without further ado, here are some reads I'm psyched about.Novel: Beauty: A Very Short Introduction by Roger Scruton | GoodreadsRelease Date: April 8, 2011Publisher: Oxford University Press

Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference. In this Very Short Introduction, the renowned philosopher Roger Scruton explores the concept of beauty, asking what makes an object--either in art, in nature, or the human form--beautiful, and examining how we can compare differing judgments of beauty when it is evident all around us that our tastes vary so widely. Is there a right judgment to be made about beauty? Is it right to say there is more beauty in a classical temple than a concrete office block, more in a Rembrandt than in an Andy Warhol Campbell Soup Can? Forthright and thought-provoking, and as accessible as it is intellectually rigorous, this introduction to the philosophy of beauty draws conclusions that some may find controversial, but, as Scruton shows, help us to find greater sense of meaning in the beautiful objects that fill our lives.

We read a few out of this "short introduction" series for my history class -- granted, those were about Puritanism and the Protestant Reformation -- and I really enjoyed the plainspoken overview of a topic. I'm really fascinated by the idea of beauty as a whole. What attracts you, how to quantify it, how to speak about it. Because I'm so fascinated by aesthetic, I figured I'd venture into some new nonfiction explanations.Novel: What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund | GoodreadsRelease Date: August 5, 2014Publisher: Vintage

A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading-how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader. A VINTAGE ORIGINAL.What do we see when we read? Did Tolstoy really describe Anna Karenina? Did Melville ever really tell us what, exactly, Ishmael looked like?The collection of fragmented images on a page - a graceful ear there, a stray curl, a hat positioned just so - and other clues and signifiers helps us to create an image of a character. But in fact our sense that we know a character intimately has little to do with our ability to concretely picture our beloved - or reviled - literary figures.In this remarkable work of nonfiction, Knopf's Associate Art Director Peter Mendelsund combines his profession, as an award-winning designer; his first career, as a classically trained pianist; and his first love, literature - he thinks of himself first, and foremost, as a reader - into what is sure to be one of the most provocative and unusual investigations into how we understand the act of reading.

I used to always see this title when I was a bookseller at Oxford Exchange, and I was always tempted to buy it. As proven by the past seven and a half years, I love to read for plenty of reasons, and I'm fascinated by the science behind it. I feel like I'd derive a lot of comfort from understanding the mechanisms that are in place for it, as well as what cognitive benefits it provides.Novel: How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price | GoodreadsRelease Date: February 13, 2018Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Packed with tested strategies and practical tips, this book is the essential, life-changing guide for everyone who owns a smartphone.Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up "just to check," only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone--but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely? If so, this book is your solution.Award-winning journalist Catherine Price presents a practical, hands-on plan to break up--and then make up--with your phone. The goal? A long-term relationship that actually feels good. You'll discover how phones and apps are designed to be addictive, and learn how the time we spend on them damages our abilities to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. You'll then make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment, and mindset that will ultimately enable you to take back control of your life.

On a more practical note, I spend a lot of time on my phone. I'm conscious about the role that photo-taking and scrolling through inspirational feeds has in my life. While I think I have a pretty good balance (sharing what makes me happy but not sharing much of my personal life aside from the occasional formal photo), I'd love to be less dependent on the security of my phone. My goal is to automate my Instagram as much as possible, via content planning and consistent photoshoots and all of that. Getting less screen time would be a good thing.Novel: You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice by Tom Vanderbilt | GoodreadsRelease Date: May 10, 2016Publisher: Knopf

From the best-selling author of Traffic, a brilliant and entertaining exploration of our personal tastes--why we like the things we like, and what it says about us.Everyone knows his or her favorite color, the foods we most enjoy, and which season of House of Cards deserves the most stars on Netflix. But what does it really mean when we like something? How do we decide what's good? Is it something biological? What is the role of our personal experiences in shaping our tastes? And how do businesses make use of this information? Comprehensively researched and singularly insightful, You May Also Like delves deep into psychology, marketing, and neuroscience to answer these complex and fascinating questions. From the tangled underpinnings of our food choices, to the dynamics of the pop charts and our playlists, to our nonstop procession of "thumbs" and "likes" and "stars," to our insecurity before unfamiliar works of art, the book explores how we form our preferences--and how they shape us. It explains how difficult it is, even for experts, to pinpoint exactly what makes something good or enjoyable, and how the success of companies such as Netflix, Spotify, and Yelp depends on the complicated task of predicting what we will enjoy. Like Traffic, this book takes us on a fascinating and consistently surprising intellectual journey that helps us better understand how we perceive and appreciate the world around us.

I'm both personally and professionally interested in the idea of "taste" -- curating it, reviewing it, all that jazz. I'm in an advertising class this term, and I'm so curious about how taste functions. Plus, the bit about being overwhelmed is really helpful to read about in this day and age. Always on the hunt to learn more about it.

What books have y'all gotten this week?

Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand

Novel: Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand | GoodreadsRelease Date: October 2, 2018Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)Format: HardcoverSource: Bought

Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.Who are the Sawkill Girls?Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.

I've been looking forward to this read for a while. It was one of my top picks from ALA 2018 this summer, and I also featured it in my October releases spotlight. Still, Sawkill Girls is one of those books I wanted to own in hardcover. As someone who flat out refuses to order print books from Amazon, I suffered in my small town (which doesn't have any good bookstores.)Within a few pages, it was worth the wait. Claire LeGrand's fierce setting and bloodthirsty premise make for an engaging read right away; throw in some twisted character dynamics and some stunning language for flavor. The Rock itself has a persona, and it reminds me a little of The Scorpio Races.The plot begins with Marion, who introduces herself as a "mountain," suffering through the recent death of her father. As a way of dealing with their grief, her family uproots to the money-saturated Sawkill Rock. Once there, the charismatic pull of the Mortimer family is obvious over the rest of the island. Their horses are beloved, and their daughter Val has a magnetism that draws everyone closer.A magnetism that Zoey, the tough and noble sheriff's daughter, keeps trying to tell everyone isn't normal. Thora, her best friend, wouldn't be missing if not for having become best friends with Val. But as everyone keeps telling her -- including her ex-boyfriend and best friend, Grayson -- everyone on the island has a connection to the Mortimers, so she has no definitive evidence.But when Marion's sister, Charlotte, gets tangled up with Val, and Mairon starts hearing voices, their paths collide in ways that make it clear that whatever force is on the island is only getting stronger.For one, I'm weak for books with weird, alluring characters. Additionally, Val was complicated, and so I actually ended up loving her. The Collector (bogeyman) and her mother beat her down, but she's also so desensitized to the killings. She's morally gray, and beyond well-written. The book revolves around the Mortimers, and everything else that happens is an offshoot of that.I feel like most supernatural books like this -- that feel straight out of a horror movie -- tiptoe around the subject a little too much, but Sawkill Girls plunges straight in. People die, and disappear. Val knows about it. Ensue shenanigans.Sawkill Girls doesn't hold back with the violence. The bogeyman feeds, and the aftermath isn't made into a euphemism. The taken girls suffer; the narrative mentions body parts, screaming, and plenty of gory details that make it even more painful to read about girls fighting back against the monster.Zoey and Marion were both great characters as well, for different reasons. Zoey was angry and outcast, but also pretty normal and relatable. Plus, her relationship with Grayson was confused but built on a ton of affection and history that was appealing and well-developed. Marion was grieving and tough, but also down-to-earth and accessible. Each of the points-of-view feels distinct but fits with the tone of the book.The lore and the pacing are executed phenomenally. On one note, the magical bits of it are folky and all-encompassing -- my favorite. The setting feeds the atmosphere which feeds the language. And normally, with books like this that are so writing-heavy, it feels like the plot or logic goes to the wayside. With the exception of some scatteredness at the end, the narrative itself was pretty tight. Towards the end, spots of it could feel a little too drawn out.The tone of the book does change. It's always dark and sinister, with a lot of mysticism. In some patches, it gets brutally harsh. Still, the language softens it and captures a lot of the island persona. ("Place as character" is one of my favorite tropes.) Towards the end, it gets a little whimsical, and I lost hold of the plot. Still, the character dynamics, prose, and setting were enough to keep me rooted to the story.The bogeyman was terrifying. The force described was powerful and threatening, but never felt flat. Its behavior was always unhinged, and unsettling, and the verbs used to describe the creature made it really potent. (Weird compliment, but I'm going to roll with it -- LeGrand's control and precision of her language really shone in this regard.)I will note that although it's a powerful feminist narrative -- and has gotten a lot of praise for its queer relationship, as well as its girls-fighting-with-girls focus, which is awesome -- it could occasionally feel a little too aggressive in that regard. We get it, men are evil. Also, certain elements of the plot felt too heavily manipulated to fit this theme, which seemed to disrupt the flow of the story.Overall, I loved Sawkill Girls. It was so up my alley -- chilling, malevolent antagonist; a gripping supernatural mystery; complicated, morally gray characters who were all equally engrossing; stunning writing; place as character. Its quick pacing paired with the thoroughly dark, saturated atmosphere made it an escapist read. It reminds me a lot of Stranger Things meets The Babadook meets TheGraces, with some possession thrown in for good measure. Huge fan.

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Books on My Christmas List

Hey y'all!Grace here, finally home and settled after finals and a bad bout of the stomach flu (read: me catching the bug about five minutes before boarding a flight home. Brutal.) Regardless, now I'm just getting over the exhaustion and deciding how best to spend the roughly two and a half weeks until I get back to school.Recently, I've had some books swimming around in my head -- but I never get books for Christmas. Most of my family shies away from getting me books because they know I'll buy them for myself, and/or I'm picky about which ones to get. Realistically, getting me a book is probably not the best idea. Still, I've compiled a few wishlist reads I've been dying to get my hands on, or will try to hunt down during my winter break.

The Books

Novel: Useless Magic by Florence Welch | GoodreadsRelease Date: July 5, 2018Publisher: Fig Tree (PRH)

Lyrics and never-before-seen poetry and sketches from the iconic vocalist of Florence and the MachineSongs can be incredibly prophetic, like subconscious warnings or messages to myself, but I often don't know what I'm trying to say till years later. Or a prediction comes true and I couldn't do anything to stop it, so it seems like a kind of useless magic.

This is a hard book for me to justify buying, because I know that flipping through it won't be more than a 30-minute experience. The problem is that I love Florence + the Machine and am completely fascinated by how otherworldly Florence Welch is as a person. It's an aesthetic volume, with images and fragments and poetry -- so up my alley. I often complain about how I'd read more biographies if they were of modern musicians, because magazine segments just don't cut it for me, but I think their stories and inspiration are so interesting. In any case, this has been a coffee table book that I hardcore covet. I told myself in August that if I was still thinking about it a month later, I'd buy it -- but I haven't quite gotten around to it yet.Novel: Figuring by Maria Popova | GoodreadsRelease Date: February 5, 2019Publisher: Pantheon Books

Figuring explores the complexities of love and the human search for truth and meaning through the interconnected lives of several historical figures across four centuries--beginning with the astronomer Johannes Kepler, who discovered the laws of planetary motion, and ending with the marine biologist and author Rachel Carson, who catalyzed the environmental movement. Stretching between these figures is a cast of artists, writers, and scientists--mostly women, mostly queer--whose public contribution has risen out of their unclassifiable and often heartbreaking private relationships to change the way we understand, experience, and appreciate the universe. Among them are the astronomer Maria Mitchell, who paved the way for women in science; the sculptor Harriet Hosmer, who did the same in art; the journalist and literary critic Margaret Fuller, who sparked the feminist movement; and the poet Emily Dickinson.Emanating from these lives are larger questions about the measure of a good life and what it means to leave a lasting mark of betterment on an imperfect world: Are achievement and acclaim enough for happiness? Is genius? Is love? Weaving through the narrative is a set of peripheral figures--Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charles Darwin, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Walt Whitman--and a tapestry of themes spanning music, feminism, the history of science, the rise and decline of religion, and how the intersection of astronomy, poetry, and Transcendentalist philosophy fomented the environmental movement.

This is my dream book. Maria Popova is my queen. If you haven't heard me gush about Brain Pickings, you haven't been around the blog for long enough. Somehow, she always curates exactly what gets to me -- framed under the phrase "an inventory of the meaningful life." All her pieces on scientists, novelists, and other important figures and concepts contribute to the narrative of what it means to be human, and are strikingly poignant. At school, I'm much less existentialist than I used to be, because my world is a little smaller. Having one volume that gets to the heart of it makes my heart beat faster! No matter what happens, I'll be dropping everything and reading on February 5. I've been trying to persuade somebody in my family to gift me a preorder but a book is "too predictable."Novel: One Day in December by Josie SilverRelease Date: October 16, 2018Publisher: Broadway Books

A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick“Get ready to be swept up in a whirlwind romance. It absolutely charmed me.” —Reese Witherspoon“Josie Silver writes with a warmth so palpable her characters sneak their way into your heart and stay for a long time.”—Jill Santopolo, New York Times-bestselling author of The Light We LostTwo people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away.Certain they're fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn't find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they "reunite" at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It's Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

I've gotten a lot better about reading hyped up books lately. I came to the conclusion that hyped books are usually hyped for a reason (with the exception of The Little Paris Bookshop, which I hated.) And I'm a fiercely seasonal person, always hunting for something that fits the holiday. Recently, a lot of the bookstagrammers I follow have posted about One Day in December, praising it in ways that have seemed genuine. I could use a good "whirlwind romance" book, especially one that gets me in the mood for Christmas. Also, I'm a sucker for a good missed-connections trope.I'm cheating on this pick, because I succumbed at Barnes & Noble two days ago. My mom dragged me out of the house after the stomach flu by shamelessly bribing me with a new book. I'm only on about page five, but I'll likely post a review when I'm done!

Which books are on your wishlist?