If you’re an aspiring writer and you want to be a published author, it’s so important to know that these things don’t happen overnight, even if they seem like they happen overnight.

Tahereh Mafi, New York Times best-selling author of FURTHERMORE (out now!) and the SHATTER ME series.

Listen to the full interview here, or download it on iTunes or Stitcher.


It’s A Long Life by Samm Dewaele



Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

“A brilliant story about the courage it takes to keep living after your world falls apart. A heart-wrenching celebration of love and friendship and family.”  – (Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak)

For an English class assignment, Laurel is asked to write a letter to a dead person. She naturally chooses to write to Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. Also, May died young like he did. Throughout time, Laurel compiles a series of written letters in her notebook to Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger and more. Although she never hands her assignment into her teacher, she opens up starting high school, falling in love and her crumbling family life on paper. Through her letters, she begins to rediscover May. May failed her as a sister when she was suffering, but she eventually accepts that May was as human as she is now.

If you enjoyed The Perks of Being a Wallflower, you will revel in Love Letters to the Dead’s sentimentality. Dellaira’s prose urges you to stop and ingest every word. Love Letters to the Dead will make you cry with the tenderness that Dellaira weaves in each page. The book contains an anguished beauty, which is difficult to find, but an anguish, which fills you rather than leaving you empty.

Read excerpts from the book here!

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Today, I’m going to spotlight an amazing publishing company, @harpercollins / @epicreads! They’ve been sending me some “epic” reads this month and I wanted to share them with you!

📚Meet Me Here by Bryan Bliss (happy release day!)
📚The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
📚The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee
📚My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
📚Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn
📚Dreamology by Lucy Keating
📚Unrivaled by Alyson Noël


Also, I have never taken a photo from this angle before! Mostly because my bed isn’t anything special… But you want to know a secret?

I hung up the photos and lights right before I took this picture LOL! Actually, this photo is exactly why I made my bed area pretty hahahaha.

That’s one of the many secrets of a bookstagrammer😂. I don’t really decorate a certain way unless it will look good in photos. And sometimes, a set up is just for show! Say for example a cup of coffee is in the photo - Of course I will end up drinking it (because I’m so obsessed), BUT 50% of the time I made that cup of coffee specifically for a photo lol.

Hmm maybe I will do a blog post or youtube video about this in the future 😏

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It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

“Insightful and utterly authentic … This is an important book.“ – The New York Times Book Review

Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story is our favorite YA book about depression, which is actually NOT DEPRESSING. Meet Craig Gliner, an ambitious New York City teenager with dreams of success. When he realizes that he has a shot at entering Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, he studies day and night to ace the entrance exam. Once he is admitted, Craig comes to the hard realization that he is not as bright as the other students. The future he used to wish for is now crumbling apart. He stops eating, studying and sleeping until one day he nearly kills himself. His suicidal episode lands him in a mental hospital, where he is forced to confront his anxiety.

Vizzini’s allure in It’s Kind of a Funny Story lies in its authenticity. In December 2005, Vizzini, too, spent five days recovering in a mental hospital after having suicidal thoughts. After he was released, he wrote It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Although the theme of depression reigns in the novel, Vizzini gives his readers and Craig reasons to live. Craig even forms a deeply meaningful relationship with a girl.

You won’t find yourself upset or angry. As you read the book, you will smile and appreciate Vizzini’s sincere and eloquent account on teenage depression.  It’s Kind of a Funny Story along with his other novels established him as one of the finest authors in young adult fiction.

Read excerpts from the book here!

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