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10 Books That Will Make You Laugh

I like when books make me feel things, and I know that a lot of readers agree with me. It's why we aggressively recommend the books that have turned us into sobbing messes. However, I think as a whole, we think of feeling things while reading as feeling sad or angry or frustrated. Why don't we put a little more focus on the books that make us happy? I was very glad to see that this week's Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly feature at The Broke and the Bookish) was top 10 books that will make you laugh. So take a break from the tearjerkers, sit back, and relax. (You'll laugh till you collapse! This is what happens to me now that Animaniacs is on Netflix.)

1. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (Shades of London #1) - Maureen Johnson is one of the funniest YA authors I know of. I don't think I've ever read a book by her that hasn't made me laugh. This one just happens to be the one I read the most recently. I'll admit that this doesn't really look like a fu…

The YA Lover's Guide to Classics

I mostly read YA. It's what I'm the most consistently interested in. Still, every once in a while, I dive into the admittedly intimidating world of classics. I definitely don't like every classic that I read - see my school reading list for just a few examples - but I've been surprised by more than a few books.

There are a lot of people who are like me in that they usually reach for YA. Some of those people have probably decided that they want to stick with YA, and that's completely fine! I will be the last person to ever judge you negatively based on your reading taste. But maybe some people want to branch out a bit more, and that's great, too! And if some of those people don't quite know where to start, I hope that this post will help. I picked a few YA books and found classics that remind me of them.

This post works the other way, too. If you're an avid classics reader who's somehow found your way onto my blog, maybe you'll want to try some YA!…

Book Math

A couple of months ago, Raeleen of padfootandprongs07 on YouTube did a challenge that I though was really interesting: book math. Which books would you fuse together to make another book? Would you subtract a book from that? She challenged people to figure out what multiplication and division would be, but I didn't quite get that far. Maybe if I do another one of these.

I decided to give it a try, and I came up with three pretty good equations, and I wrote a bit of an explanation for each of them. This is much simpler (and much more fun) than actual math.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children+ A Death-Struck Year = In the Shadow of Blackbirds
 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - creepy historical fiction with photos throughout the book. The photos in Miss Peregrine's are a bit more directly related to the plot, but they're important in both books.A Death-Struck Year - the setting (the West Coast of the U.S. during the Spanish Influenza), and a main cha…

An Explanation

I haven't been a particularly active blogger lately. You can probably tell that from the fact that it's now more than a week into April and my March wrap-up isn't up yet. And as much as I'd like this post to say that this was a short-term thing and that I'll be back to posting multiple times a week starting now, I can't do that.

Why not? There's the fact that I'm a lot busier right now than I thought I would be. I thought that second semester senior year was supposed to be easy, but there's just so much going on right now that I can't find the time I want to write new posts.

There's also the issue that writing is taking me a lot longer than it used to because of another fun development of the past few weeks: I have tendinitis. I injured myself playing piano right before my school band's competitive season. I'm supposed to be using my left hand as little as possible, which includes both piano and typing. I can type one-handed, but it ta…

Book Review: These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Title: These Shallow Graves
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Series: N/A
Length: 488 pages
Published by: Random House Delacorte
Publication date: October 27th, 2015
Diversity: none confirmed (see review for more details)
Rating: ★