Last month, I listed twenty-five YA books that are lesser-known (with fewer than 2000 ratings on Goodreads) but that I recommend. I wasn't able to share all of the lesser-known books I'd like to, so today I'm continuing that post! I'll start with a couple of books that I've read since I published that post, and then I'll pick up where I left off, with books published in mid-2015. Remember, these books are in reverse order by publication, so the most recently published are first!
1) The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh. This YA contemporary follows a girl whose feminist upbringing allows her to become a source of knowledge for her fellow students when their abstinence-only sex education program fails them. The book takes on an important issue and is full of fantastic characters. It does, of course, have a fair amount of sexual content, but that content is primarily educational in nature.
2) The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby. This quiet YA contemporary is about a girl who loses her memory in the wake of a car crash. The story follows her as she struggles to piece together her old life and regain her past self. It's a soft, sad story, but a lovely one, too, with a lot of resonance.
3) Vanguard by Ann Aguirre. This YA sci-fi is a standalone addition to Aguirre's Razorland trilogy. It follows a side character from the original series on a romance-filled exploration as the world adjusts to the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse/war. The romance in this story is just my style, and I really enjoyed it!
I've given a fair amount of college-related advice in the past, but today, I've decided to go into detail about living with roommates (and/or suitemates). This is a uniquely difficult part of living away from home for the first time, because you're accustomed to the way your family does things. It takes a real adjustment to live with people who were raised differently. (All the more so if you didn't share a room at home.) Some of the biggest issues I had in college were related to roommates. So I thought I'd give you a peek into the experience.
I was raised in a family where cleanliness is not a terribly high priority. The guys in our family tend to be very messy and rather unaware of the fact that other people have to live in the same house. The girls are a bit more self-aware and better at cleaning up obvious messes, but even we aren't the sort to scrub walls and polish silverware. I do pretty good at keeping my own space clean, but due to my fibromyalgia, post-9th grade, I didn't do many household chores.
My family's also not the sort to have "family time"--we do better one on one. We don't have guests or visitors very often, due to my youngest brother's autism and the fact that the rest of us are introverts. I spend most of my free time alone in my room, and after elementary school, being the only daughter, I didn't share my room with anyone. Thanks to the fibromyalgia, I had to go to bed early so I could make it to school, and my family was pretty respectful of that.
That was my personal experience in living with others prior to having roommates. When I went to college, I discovered that other people had very different experiences, and this affected not only their actions, but their expectations for the people they lived with. Thus my number one rule for having roommates is to be respectful of different people's experiences. They might not know how to do things the way you do. I certainly had to have a few things explained to me--and it's always weird trying to figure out a new shower, haha.
It's been a little over a year since I last listed, for a Top Ten Tuesday, the ten books that had been on my Goodreads TBR the longest. So I figured it was time for an update! The first seven of these books are carried over from last year, but this time, I'm listing fifteen books total, which means there will be eight books I haven't listed before.
1) After the End by Amy Plum. This is a YA sci-fi dystopian about a girl who grew up believing that the rest of the world had been destroyed by nuclear bombardment--only to find out it's not true. I added on to Goodreads in February 2014, after joining Goodreads in November 2013.
2) Blood and Salt by Kim Liggert. This one is a YA horror novel where Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn. I added it on Goodreads in April 2014.
3) The Tempest by William Shakespeare. This is, of course, a classic play in which a magician on an isolated island uses his gifts to manipulate people.
4) SYLO by D.J. MacHale. This YA sci-fi is about a secret branch of the government that takes over an island. It's written by the author of the Pendragon series, and I added it on Goodreads in May 2014.
5) The Cage by Megan Shepherd. This is another YA sci-fi, about a human zoo created for aliens.
Hello everyone, and welcome to our humor roundup for this quarter, in which I share the twenty-five funniest posts and the single funniest video I saw across the last three months. Check them out!
Hey everyone! Since it was my 25th birthday yesterday, I figured today I'd share twenty-five of the most important lessons I've learned from my life so far.
1) It's okay to not be okay. This is the top thing that I would want to tell my younger self. I spent so much of my life so far feeling guilty about my own emotions, but it's okay to not be happy. It's okay to struggle.
2) Don't be afraid of "wasted time"--you're always learning something. When I was at my sickest, I was distraught at the thought that I wasn't learning or growing or developing as a person. But afterwards I realized that I'd actually matured quite a bit, even though all I "did" was sit in bed and watch TV. You don't have to always be accomplishing things in order to learn.
3) The world is both a horrible and a beautiful place. That's what comes of imperfection. It's important to see the beautiful, but ignoring the horrible is not the way to live either. Some people will try to do that anyway. You cannot force them to recognize reality.
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