young adult books

“I just don’t see how non-white characters would fit into my book. All the characters in my head are white.”

I see this excuse as a crisis of imagination. Particularly if you’re writing SF, often set in a future when anything can change. When everything can be different than it is now. We’ve already seen our first black president. We’ve seen women in ever more powerful roles. Gays and lesbians are coming out in nearly every corner of society, and universal marriage equality is becoming more and more imaginable.

You can’t imagine a black genetic engineer as your main character? An Hispanic lesbian piloting a starship? Then your imagination needs some revamping. You need to start thinking outside the box. Open up your corner of the world to more possibilities.

—  Karen Sandler discusses Five Wrong-Headed Reasons for Not Writing Diverse Characters in Science Fiction at Rich in Color.

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Sleeping Beauty

Beauty and the Beast

The Little Mermaid

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Little Red Ridding Hood

Snow White


Alice in Wonderland

The Goose Girl

Peter pan

Other Retellings

What is your favorite fairy tale retelling? Any retellings that aren’t on the list that you would recommend?

“Not everyone has to be the Chosen One. Not everyone has to be the guy who saves the world. Most people just have to live their lives the best they can, doing things that are great for them, having great friends, trying to make their lives better, loving people properly. All the while knowing that the world makes no sense but trying to find a way to be happy anyway.”

― Patrick Ness, The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Me falling in love with a book:

Choose a book:

Start reading said book:

Start ignoring everything else that’s going on around me: 

Start smiling at the book like a stupid idiot:

Intense emotional response to pivotal scene in the book: 

Wanting to tell everyone what the book is about:

When people actually want to borrow it from me: 

Finally having someone to talk about it with once I let them borrow it:

And I’m in love:

Sunday Shelfie! // Here is my bookshelf that holds the majority of my YA books. 

I’m thinking about getting some Ikea Billy bookshelves to replace this one (even though I really do like it) because a lot of these cubbies are double stacked. Do any of you have the Ikea Billy bookshelves? What do you think of them if you do? 

“I am not worried, Harry,” said Dumbledore, his voice a little stronger despite the freezing water. “I am with you.”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • me:ok i only have money for 1 book
  • me:*grabs 6 books*
  • me:i'll just not eat or something