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Holiday Gifts for Your Bookish Friends

The holiday season presents a daunting task to the bookish gift giver.  The biggest question of all:  What do I get for my book-loving framily member when I’m not sure of their favorite author?  Since we’re YA-inclinded, we’ve attempted to compile some YA-related suggestions for you from the deepest, most obscure corners of the web (because the last thing we want is for you to give the YA lover in your family ANOTHER Fault in our Stars t-shirt). Good luck, happy shopping and don’t forget to SHOP LOCAL wherever possible! Continue reading “Holiday Gifts for Your Bookish Friends”

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Nothing Really Matters Except Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On

We know, we know, it’s Friday, not Wednesday.  But we have plenty of excuses: Book Club was moved to Thursday this month, we accidentally drank too much wine afterwards and got home too late. Nevertheless, here’s our November Book Club pick review, Carry On By Rainbow Rowell.  It also happens to be our first tag-team review! Continue reading “Nothing Really Matters Except Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On”

10 Things We Learned About Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan

YA Wednesdays (and about 99 other fans) spent last night with Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan at the Orange County Public Library. We drove over from Tampa, a one hour road trip, and snacked before the main event.

I-4 road trip
I-4 road trip

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November Book Club Selection: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Our November Book Club selection is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here–it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.

Join us at Inkwood Books at 7pm Thursday, Nov. 19th.

(Due scheduling conflict November’s book club meeting will be November 19th rather than the 3rd Wednesday of the month.)

Get ready to Carry On with a Simon and Baz Emergency Book Party Kit!

The summer of 2013 at YAW was unofficially dubbed “The Summer of Rainbow”. We fell in love with Eleanor and Park and decided to binge read the Rainbow Rowell canon. Attachments, Eleanor and Park, Fangirl, Landline, we read it all, but Fangirl was definitely a favorite amongst the Rainbow offerings. Fangirl centers around the relationship between twin sisters Cath and Wren as they set off to college. Cath is more introverted while Wren is outgoing. Cath thinks their college experience will be a shared one, just like they share a birthday, an absent minded father and a completely absent mother. Just like they share an obsession for the Simon Snow books which are like Harry Potter if Harry and Draco were roommates / frienemies. But Wren wants college to be a chance for her to live a life separate and apart from her twin which means separate rooms, separate friends and no more Simon Snow. Cath and Wren must figure out if growing up has to mean growing apart from your best friend.

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