YA Series Insiders: What song best fits Gia? (If possible, please provide a link (youtube, soundcloud, spotify, etc.) to the song!)

Brenda: The song that best fits Gia came from a wonderful reader, Page_Flipping_Ninja (@SaundraDee on Twitter). It’s The Way I Was from the Jem and The Holograms soundtrack. With lyrics like “I’ll go, but I won’t go quietly. Go down, but I’ll go down fighting” and “But I can’t go back, back to the way I was.” It’s a perfect fit!

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John Green: *writes about women as though they are people*

John Green: *deliberately and vocally rejects the idea that teenage girls are vapid and beneath the rest of intelligent humanity*

John Green: *consistently advocates for imagining people complexly, and not simplifying people to your convenience*

Tumblr: Isn’t it kind of creepy how John Green caters to teenage girls? Clearly this white male cannot possibly have good intentions?? He’s a pedophile????

the process of reading

stage one: before beginning

stage two: you meet the main character, who easily becomes the love of your life

stage three: relationships grow, characters develop, plot building, ALL THE GOOD THINGS

stage four: climax and plot twist

stage five: in denial

stage six: cliffhanger and another year until the release date

stage seven: book hangover

final stage: reread

I’d totally like to see a YA story where the epilogue is like “oh, and they broke up three months later; once the we-saved-the-world-together high wore off, they released they literally had nothing in common, and also that shared life-altering trauma is a poor basis for a stable relationship”.


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Resource: Should You Swear in YA? (And Other Rules About Cursing)

Your mother probably taught you not to curse when you were a child; as a teenager, you learned the freedom in screaming FUCK at the top of your lungs. Now you’re an adult (or at least a focused, responsible writer), and the problem with swearing has snuck back up on you: what is too much, and where do you draw the line between authentic and vulgar? While there’s no single rule for when to swear and when not to in literature, here are some resources I hope will help you avoid that long debate with your editor in the future. 

Rules For Swearing In Literature:

Should You Swear in Young Adult Literature?

Swearing Around the World:

There’s no life lesson here, no “remember” this for me to wrap up this post with. Use your discretion, Folks. At the end of the day, authenticity is key, and if it’s really an unacceptable word, well, editors are trained to remove it for you (try to avoid it in the titles). 


Recently we got an inquiry through our Book Drop recommendation service - which is open all year round for personalized reading suggestions, perfect if you’re stuck for a weekend read! Or, you know, anytime -  for a fan of The Sky Is Everywhere and Fangirl. And the first thing we thought of (after replying, of course!) was, that would make such a good booklist - books about the bookworms, word nerds, enthusiasts, and all-around talented characters who make up some of our favorite books.

So here it is, in customary gigantic booklist fashion!  And really, this is just a starter - there are still many, many more books that you can find on our two Goodreads pages, on Riffle, on our Pinterest boards (like our Once More with Feeling and Books about Libraries, Readers, and Reading boards), and of course, at the Book Drop. Happy weekend reading! :)


  • Breakfast Served Anytime, Sarah Combs
  • The Book Thief, Markus Zuzak
  • The Book of Lost Things, John Connolly
  • Inkheart, Cornelia Funke
  • White Space, Ilsa Bick
  • The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin
  • Out of the Easy, Ruta Sepetys
  • Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, Evan Roskos
  • Belzhar, Meg Wolitzer
  • And Then Things Fall Apart, Arlaine Tibensky


  • Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld
  • Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
  • Dying to Know You, Aidan Chambers
  • The Start of Me and You, Emery Lord
  • Under the Mesquite, Guadalupe Garcia McCall
  • The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, Karen Finneyfrock
  • And We Stay, Jenny Hubbard
  • Words and Their Meanings, Kate Bassett
  • The Language Inside, Holly Thompson
  • Sloppy Firsts, Megan McCafferty
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, Sherman Alexie
  • I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
  • Ketchup Clouds, Annabel Pitcher
  • Love Letters to the Dead, Ava Dellaira


  • Just One Day/Just One Year, Gayle Forman
  • Eyes Like Stars, Lisa Mantchev
  • Don’t Touch, Rachel Wilson
  • Everything Leads to You, Nina LaCour
  • Evil Librarian, Michelle Knudsen
  • The Reece Malcolm List, Amy Spalding
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green and David Levithan
  • This Is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. Smith
  • Love Lucy, April Lindner
  • Famous in Love, Rebecca Serle
  • Between You & Me, Marissa Calin

Musicians and Music Lovers

  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  • All Our Pretty Songs, Sarah McCarry
  • Open Road Summer, Emery Lord
  • Wildflower, Alecia Whitaker
  • Get Happy, Mary Amato
  • The Disenchantments, Nina LaCour
  • Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys), Amy Spalding
  • No Place to Fall, Jaye Robin Brown
  • Girl Defective, Simmone Howell
  • This Song Will Save Your Life, Leila Sales
  • Playlist for the Dead, Michelle Falkoff
  • The Lucy Variations, Sara Zarr
  • The Sky Is Everywhere, Jandy Nelson
  • Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, Morgan Matson
  • If I Stay/Where She Went, Gayle Forman


  • I’ll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson
  • The Astonishing Adventures of Fan Boy and Goth Girl, Barry Lyga
  • I’ll Meet You There, Heather Demetrios
  • Fan Art, Sarah Tregay
  • A Mad, Wicked Folly, Sharon Biggs Waller
  • Wanderlove, Kristan Hubbard
  • The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • Now That You’re Here, Amy K. Nichols
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After, Stephanie Perkins
  • Audacious, Gabrielle Prendergast
  • Graffiti Moon, Cath Crowley
  • Gone Too Far, Natalie Richards
  • Glory O'Brien’s History of the Future, A.S. King

Gamers and Hackers

  • Erebos, Ursula Poznanski
  • The Aftermath, Jen Alexander
  • Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
  • Life in Outer Space, Melissa Keil
  • Scott Pilgrim series, Bryan Lee O'Malley
  • Little Brother, Cory Doctorow
  • Cress, Marissa Meyer
  • Don’t Turn Around, Michelle Gagnon

Miscellaneous Geekdom :)

  • Geek Girl, Holly Smale
  • Love and Other Foreign Words, Erin McCahan
  • Bitterblue, Kristin Cashore
  • Between Us and the Moon, Rebecca Maizel 
  • The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak, Brian Katcher 
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart
  • Geektastic, edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci


Do you like:

  • LGBT+ characters
  • Biblical style, terrifying angels with millions of eyes
  • YA fiction, packed with twists! and action! and jokes!!
  • Misery.



Erika doesn’t know why the angels spared her. She’s not sure if she wants to find out.

When she catches the radio signal of a human settlement, she sets out to find the others- and answers


From publisher
Barnes + Noble

Don’t forget to add it to your to-read list on Goodreads!

This is through a small, LGBT+ exclusive press- every reblog really counts in spreading the word, and I love and appreciate all of you very much


Anyone else having trouble believing that 2014 is nearly over? We’d be sad about it, this being an exceptional year for books, except 2015 is poised to be equally terrific - for example, the books we’ve listed here as some of those that we’re really, really looking forward to. :)  

And this is just for the first part of the year! There are so many more books debuting next year (new A.S. King, anyone? New Leila Sales?), and these are (mostly) standalones with just a couple of series kick-offs, but what about all of the series entries, companions, and starters? Books that don’t even have covers yet but we don’t care - we just can’t wait to read them???? Visit our Goodreads shelf for all of our TBR in 2015 reads, or our Pinterest board for YA Next-In-Series titles, and click on the book titles below for those currently listed in catalog.

Happy new year reading! :)