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MALLORY PIKE’S LAST STAND

Baby-Sitters Club, this is Mallory. 

Hi, Mrs. Rodowksy.
No, sorry, I can’t come tonight,
first of all because I’m eleven,
so paying me to care for your child
would be, like,
a really questionable parenting choice,
& also second of all because
these other bitches
don’t let me babysit at night
because I’m eleven
& also because Kristy Thomas says so.

Kristy Thomas?
No, she can’t babysit tonight either, Mrs. Rodowsky,
first of all because she’s busy
telling everybody else they’re bad at things
& second of all
because your kid is a nightmare
& always getting hurt
& ending up in the hospital and shit,
which maybe wouldn’t happen
if you didn’t hire babysitters
who were eleven.

Dawn?
Dawn’s not available tonight,
Mrs. Rodowsky,
she’s throwing everyone’s food away
while scowling
& then judging her mom for trying her best.

Stacey is free tonight,
do you know she’s from New York?
Oh actually turns out
she’s not in the Club anymore,
Mrs. Rodowsky, sorry,
it changes literally minute to minute
and I forgot to ask.

Mary-Anne is busy
being everyone’s least favorite character
by having an aggressively dull personality,
sorry.

Claudia would love to come,
but unfortunately
she trapped herself under a pile of
Dibbly Fresh Vintage Clothes 
& Dried Vegetable Jewelry She Made Herself. 

Abby?
How do you even know about Abby,
Mrs. Rodowsky, no one read that far.
Did you know she has a twin, Mrs. Rodowsky?
so did I,
that’s all I or anyone else knows about her.

Jessi could come over,
except for she’s also eleven
and not allowed,
and also she has better shit to do
than hang out at this shambley “business.”

Did you know
they made me take a test to join, Mrs. Rodowsky?

Did you know they made me tie a tourniquet?

Do you know how to tie a tourniquet, Mrs. Rodowsky?

Do you know under what circumstances
an eleven year old should tie a tourniquet, Mrs. Rodowsky?

Zero.
Zero circumstances.

Did you know I have seven younger siblings, Mrs. Rodowsky?

Do you know how loud it gets
inside that house?

Did you know most of the time
you use a tourniquet,
you end up sacrificing the limb?

But what’s one arm
in eight messy bodies, Mrs Rodowsky?

Or even, what’s one girl?

tiredofbeinghighstrung  asked:

Top 3 books you would recommend a your daughter/ niece (if you're like me &not sure you want children) read before she dies? Also top five novels? The lists may intertwine.

For my niece:

Binti by Nnedi Okarafor
Just As Long As We’re Together by Judy Blume
The Babysitters Club series by Ann M. Martin

Top 5 novels

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
Drown by Junot Diaz

backbackforward replied to your post:

‘READER’S REQUEST’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I KNOOOOOOW!!!! Like, I WISH we could request that Ann M. Martin rewrite the entire series replacing all the main characters with members of One Direction. Because when you think about it, they fit PERFECTLY:

LOUIS TOMLINSON is 100% Kristy Thomas. Loyal, bossy, competitive loudmouth with a heart of gold who is good with sports and children:

He may also be slightly in love with his best friend…

LIAM JAMES PAYNE, aka Mary Anne Spier. Responsible (daddy direction??), competent, and kind to a fault, but often willing to go along with Louis/Kristy’s “great ideas.” Also, has anyone ever been more the club secretary than Liam?? Lest we forget, he is the BELEAGUERED LEADER OF THE BIRTHDAY CLUB:

Liam Payne. Keeping TRACK of his people. He is also very tight with his step-brother…

NIALL HORAN, aka Dawn Schafer. Think about it: blonde. Sunny, laid-back personalities. Casual clothes. Transplants from far-off lands (Ireland and California, respectively). Militant environmentalists…

I mean, just look at this boy selflessly saving (some might say RESCUING) that sad, lonely leaf! PS- whatever is in his mouth PROBABLY isn’t red meat, so. Dawn Schafer.

And then we have HARRY STYLES as sophisticated, stylish, slightly above-it-all dork (I mean, she’s in a babysitting club…) Stacey McGill. She’s a little bit posh and a lot weird and all the boys love her. Let us also never forget:

You know who ELSE doesn’t eat sugar?? Stacey McFuckingGill. Now, he says he’s joking afterward, but I hope we can all recognize that as the lie it clearly is. And Harry’s best friend, of course, is the beautiful…

ZAYN MALIK, as Claudia Kishi. Artistic. Talented. Trend-setting. Gorgeous. Fetishized as “exotic” for being non-white:

I rest my case.

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Middle Grade Books
Harry Potter shaped a generation, and yet plenty of people still judge a book based on it’s “recommended reading ages”. Here are some Middle Grade books that are enjoyable for any age.

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THE WALKING DEAD Comic Con 2016 Panel Highlights Pt1

booksthatbleed10 Books That Stayed with me

I chose ten books that I read and re-read during childhood since these were the books that turned reading into a full-blown obsession. As you can see these books have been through a lot!

  1. Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume. 

  2. Matilda by Roald Dahl.

  3. Fudge-A-Mania by Judy Blume.

  4. Charlie and The Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl.

  5. The Tap Dance Mystery (Eagle-Eye Earnie series) by Susan Pearson.

  6. The Cartoonist by Betsy Byars.

  7.  Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar.

  8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

  9. The War With Mr.Wizzle by Gordon Korman.

  10. The Baby-Sitters Club (series) by Ann M. Martin.

The Goosebumps/BSC Mashup Book Titles You’ve Been Waiting For | Mallory

Hi, everyone! This is Mallory with my first official post on the BSC blog.

NY Comic-Con this year brought together two of the biggest YA authors of our time, Ann M. Martin and R.L. Stine. They spoke together on a panel and even joked about a crossover of their two book series. 

We can’t help but wonder what those books might look like so together with Claudia, we did some mock book covers to get the ideas rolling. Feel free to leave your own suggestions with us in the comments below!

Claudia and the Blob That Ate Everyone

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Desafío de Lectura 2016: 50 libros | Por This Book Affair

Esta será la publicación en la que estaré actualizando mi progreso. También pueden verlo en mi página de Goodreads.

Desafíos anteriores: 2015 - 2014 - 2013

Total de libros leídos: 37/50

Ultima actualización: 04/11/2016

- ENERO -

  • The Wrath and the Dawn de Renée Ahdieh (5/5)

- FEBRERO -

  • Blackmoore de Julianne Donaldson (4/5)

- MARZO -

  • Radiance de Grace Draven (4/5)

- ABRIL -

  • El Regalo de Eloy Moreno (4/5)
  • Bajo el cielo eterno de Veronica Rossi (4.5/5)
  • The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking #2) de Patrick Ness (5/5)

- MAYO -

  • Hijas de la luz del norte de Christine Kabus (3/5)
  • That Thing Between Eli & Gwen de J.J. McAvoy (4/5)
  • Moren Than Scars de Sarah Brocious (3/5)

- JUNIO -

  • Living in the Light de John Piper (5/5)
  • Steelheart (The Reckoners #1) de Brandon Sanderson (4/5)
  • Cuando no deseo a Dios de John Piper (5/5)
  • Orgullo y Prejuicio de Jane Austen (5/5)
  • The Winter King de C.L. Wilson (4/5)
  • The Rose and the Dagger de Renne Ahdieh (5/5)
  • The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories (Vol. 3) de Joseph Gordon-Levitt(5/5)
  • Loco Amor de Francis Chan (5/5)

- JULIO -

  • The Contract de Melanie Moreland (4/5)
  • The Substitute de Denise Grover (3/5)
  • The Unwanted Wife de Nnatasha Anders (3/5)
  • Just the Sexiest Man Alive de Julie James (4.5/5)
  • The Do-Over de M.K. Schiller (4/5)
  • Practice Makes Perfect de Julie James (3.5/5)
  • Silver Lining de Maggie Osborn (4/5)
  • El Premio de Julie Garwood (3/5)
  • A Lot like Love (FBI/US Attorney #2) de Julie James (4/5)

- AGOSTO -

  • Something About You (FBI/US Attorney #1) de Julie James (5/5)
  • Unequal Affections: A Pride and Prejudice Retelling de Lara S. Ormiston (4/5)
  • About That Night (FBI/US Attorney #3) de Julie James (5/5)
  • Love Irresistibly (FBI/US Attorney #4) de Julie James (5/5)
  • Bajo la noche eterna (BCE #2) de Veronica Rossi (4.5/5)
  • It Happened One Wedding (FBI/US Attorney #5) de Julie James (3.5/5)
  • Una niña llamada Rose de Ann M. Martin (4.5/5)
  • La locura de Lord Ian Mackenzie de Jennifer Ashley (4/5)

- SEPTIEMBRE -

  • Passion and Purity de Elisabeth Elliot (5/5)
  • The Thing Beneath the Bed de Patrick Rothfuss (4/5)

- OCTUBRE -

  • Ningún libro leído.

- NOVIEMBRE -

  • Wife by Wednesday de Catherine Bybee (3.5/5)

anonymous asked:

Do you know of any books specifically about autistic people? That aren't eight year old white boys? Specifically YA girls/nb ppl? That'd be awesome

Absolutely. Take a look at our Goodreads list featuring MG/YA novels with autistic characters (both as primary and secondary characters). 

We’ll review several novels featuring autistic protagonists this coming April*, and will also put up several autism-themed lists at that point, but in the meantime, I’ll see what I can come up with. I don’t know of any MG/YA novels featuring non-binary autistic people, but here are some with female autistic protagonists:

And here are two with autistic boys of color as protags:

We haven’t read most of these, so please don’t take these as recommendations–we just want to let people know what’s out there. It should also be noted that not all of these characters are diagnosed as autistic, but they are overwhelmingly read (and very likely intended) as such.

Additions welcome.

* We’re currently actively recruiting autistic reviewers who are savvy about representation, tropes, and stereotypes. Please email us if you’re interested!

#readwomen Book Recs, pt. 1

#readwomen is an idea @ladybookmad had to read only books by female authors during the month of December. This is an amazing idea to support female authors and female voices. Here are some ideas for books to read if you need a little inspiration :)

I have organized the list by genre and alphabetized by title within genre

Bolded = On my TBR
*** = Written by an author of color or features diverse characters/themes such as race, sexuality, or mental illness. Feel free to ask me for clarification :)

Contemporary Adult:

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley 

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

Contemporary Young Adult:

A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin***

Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell***

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour***

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen***

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Speak by Laura Halse Anderson

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han***

Dystopia

Divergent series by Veronica Roth

H2O by Virginia Bergin

The City of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau

The Giver series by Lois Lowry

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

The Selection series by Kiera Cass

Fantasy

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell***

Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor

Frostfire series by Amanda Hocking

Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Shadow and Bone series by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni***

The Diviners by Libba Bray***

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh***

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Tides by Betsy Cornwall***

Waterfall series by Lisa T. Bergren

Historical Fiction:

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The Help by Kathryn Stockett***

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare***

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

This got long, so be on the lookout for part 2!