Book Reviews Category

Entering into the world of pictures

I never thought I’d be someone who enjoyed reading graphic novels. But have you thumbed through one before? Because they’re actually pretty incredible. During my time in New York, I heard Leigh Walton from Top Shelf Comix speak about graphic novels in the publishing industry. Through Walton’s passion, I realized there is more to the graphic novel genre than comic […]

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On Writing and Leaving New York

I’m having New York withdrawals. Big time. Don’t get me wrong. I still think I made the right decision returning back to the midwest, cornfields and all. But that doesn’t mean I can’t miss the big city. On my 30-minute morning commute to work, sometimes I miss the bustle of people and the sound of […]

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It’s a love story….but not

During the month of August, I fell into a very deep rut…of love stories. For weeks I binge read love stories. I couldn’t get enough. Finally, someone recommended Daniel Handler’s Why we Broke up. A love story flipped upside down. Now for those of you unfamiliar with Daniel Handler, Handler is the infamous Lemony Snicket himself, publishing under his real name. […]

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Eleanor and Park

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I saw the name “Rainbow Rowell” everywhere when I was in New York. In fact, Rainbow Rowell promoted her new book, Landline, while I was living there this summer. (And yes, I can’t just call her Rainbow or Mrs. Rowell. It’s Rainbow Rowell.) But, admittedly, I didn’t understand what people were fussing about. Or exactly […]

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A Colorless Life

Haruki Murakami has done it once again with Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage. The title is a mouthful, but it was a mystical story nonetheless. While it’s just topping the charts in America, it was published in April 2013. In Japanese. I waited the grueling 17 months until it was translated and published in America. […]

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Curiouser and Curiouser

I spent a month this January studying Theater in London, England.  I visited the British Library where I saw the original, handwritten copy of Alice in Wonderland. After returning from England, I felt inspired to re-read the childhood classic. But once I picked it up, I remembered how strange Alice in Wonderland really was. And […]

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Before my eyes: Witnessing the unexpected

I was fortunate enough to receive Before my eyes by Caroline Bock from a GoodReads.com giveaway, complete with a personalized inscription from the author herself. The cover is a beautiful bright blue, making it pop on the shelf. That’s what drew me towards the giveaway in the first place. The story is told from 3 different points of view: […]

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The day I finally met John Green

John Green. The name ignites alarms and puts girls under a spell. In the publishing sphere, it doesn’t get much better than him. Young adult authors aspire to write the next “John Green” novel. During my NYU Publishing Institute, John Green came up many times. Some art directors bemoaned the fact that all their authors wanted their […]

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The Vault of Dreamers, the truth behind our dreams

After a wonderful tour of Macmillan Children’s office at the Flatiron building, we were given advance reader’s editions of coming books. I received The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien and started reading it on the plane home. And I couldn’t put it down. O’Brien welcomes you into the futuristic world of  Rosie Sinclair. It’s […]

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Chris Colfer: Actor, singer, and writer

I watched Chris Colfer for years on Glee, falling in love with Kurt. He was such a genuine and true character. He was a supportive friend and charismatic. Chris Colfer brought him to life. Recently, I discovered that Chris started writing his own young adult books. As an aspiring children’s book publisher, I was ecstatic and raced […]

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