literary tbt

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It’s Throwback Thursday time again and here’s a couple more old books from the shelf: THE BLUE SWORD and THE HERO AND THE CROWN by Robin McKinley. There aren’t many sets of companion novels where both books have a Newbery recognition–an honor for SWORD and the win for CROWN–but it’s hard to argue with the committee here. I’m not complaining anyway:)

True story: a lot of the time when I walk up a long flight of stairs I think of “Aerin: the God that Climbs”.

Do you think I’m pretty?”
“I think you’re beautiful.”
“Beautiful?”
“You are so beautiful, it hurts sometimes.
—  Rose Hathaway & Dimitri Belikov, Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, Richelle Mead)

These two had one of the alternately best and worst relationships in a YA book. Best because they suited each other nearly perfectly, worst was the age thing. Gotta admit I never know how I preferred Rose with Dimitri or Adrian.
VA is 10 this year, hard to believe.
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When she was little my mom was bribed to get good grades with Eloise books.  She only has four of them so I don’t know what her parents used after Eloise…

There are many reasons to fall for Eloise but three reasons I always liked her were 1) she was looked after by a very fantastic Nanny like I was 2) she lived in NYC, also like I did, and 3) she wore a uniform much like the one I had to wear to school. I’m now seeing a very common theme to all these reasons… I guess that’s what’s important to a 5 year old?

Another installment of Throwback Thursday for the book nerds: LAST DAYS OF SUMMER by Steve Kluger. I’ve already gone over how much I love summer, New York City, and baseball so it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that this book got lots of reads over the years. I’m not sure the wear and tear is showing this time around, but trust me, it’s there:) Also, it’s a pretty great example of a coming of age story – and not the character you think it will be.