Today marks just over the halfway point of Scholastic’s I Read YA Week.  This year’s theme is What Does YA Stand For?  For us, it means Limitless Boundaries. We have expanded our world beyond the scope of our friendship.  We have met and fallen in love with fierce characters, traveled across the universe, to new lands, and made friends all over the globe in the YA community. Today, we look back on the our bookish adventures and how we’ve expanded our boundaries, we tell you the history of how we immersed ourselves in YA, plus we swap books with each other!


There have been so many firsts in our bookish adventures as we’ve expanded our boundaries and done things together we wouldn’t have thought when we first met.

We started a local book club.

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We attended our first author event.

Rainbow and the ladies of YA Wednesdays


We attended our first Comic Con.



We had our first author brunch with Martha Brockenbrough (plus travelled 500 miles to visit other YA authors in the same weekend).



We attended our first ALA.



And it all this wouldn’t have been possible if we hadn’t swapped book recommendations all those years ago…

Twilight.  I wonder if you collected YA reader’s stories, how many began with this series?

Around 2009, we separately, and without each other’s knowledge, read Twilight. We both walked around in a fog for days, weeks, months, having no idea who to commiserate with.  We both figured we’d never find someone  else our age who would have read this series.

One night, we were at a party when Ann leaned and asked, “Have you read…….Twilight?”  Carmen immediately grabbed Ann’s hand, dragged her into a quiet room where they were FINALLY able to discuss their book  hangover to someone who could relate. And the rest, as they say, is history…




We are book besties and definitely sisters from another mister, which makes all the travel and work we do on the blog tremendously fun. We swap book recommendations all the time.  So, what have we been recommending to each other recently?



Carmen has recently been swept off her feet by a genre she never thought she’d enjoy: Contemporary YA.  She’s always wanted to read to escape daily problems, not read about them, but these books have engrossed and obsessed her to the point where every time she sees Ann, she asks her if she’s picked any of these up.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

A Million Junes by Emily Henry


Ann has been ALL MERLIN ALL THE TIME ever since she watched the Merlin series a few months back, but that hasn’t stopped her from reading some really fun recent YA as well.

Avalon Series by Marion

Gentlemen Bastards Series by Scott Lynch

Flight Risk by Jennifer Fenn



Our 2016 New Year’s Eve resolution was to be more generous and we’ve continued the trend into 2017.  In partnership with I Read YA, you can win the following prize pack including 21 books (finished copies AND hotly anticipated ARC’s) + swag from Scholastic listed below:

—I Read YA tote bag

—I Read YA pin

—I Read YA beach ball

—12 finished copies of some of our favorite YA reads:

No Good Deed by Goldy Moldavsky
Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg
Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg
Horizon by Scott Westerfeld
Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
The Beautiful Lost by Luanne Rice
Run by Kody Keplinger
In Case Your Missed It by Sarah Darer Littman
Trapped by Michael Northrop
Sit, Stay, Love by J.J. Howard
Bionic by Suzanne Weyn
Two Summers by Aimee Friedman

—9 of our hotly anticipated galleys for books coming out this fall:
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
The Date to Save by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel José Older
The Knowing by Sharon Cameron
Vanillaby Billy Merrell
Sparrow by Sarah Moon
Mean Girls by Micol Ostow
R.I.P Eliza Hart by Alyssa Sheinmel
A Very, Very Bad Thing by Jeffery Self

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  5. Entries are due no later than midnight EST Tuesday, July 18, 2017
  6. US residents 13 years old and older only
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Good luck and happy reading!