This Week in Recommended Reading: 1/28

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Every week, I give away free books to my students at Peirce College, where I teach freshman composition. I pick these books up for $1 or so at used bookshops, flea markets, sidewalk sales and the like, in an attempt to find fun books my students will enjoy. To try and inspire them to read more. 

For a little more info on why I do this, check out the first post here.

Last week was an online-only version of the class, but this week, we're back in action... with books to giveaway in person! Here are the books I dished out this week and why.

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer: You know, everyone should own a big beautiful chunky hardcover in their library, and this one, as well as The Art of Fielding, are pretty gorgeous. Also, Meg Wolitzer is wonderful. I adored Belzhar. 

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach: I've actually never read this one, but hey, everyone loves it. So here it is in the roundup.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford: This is the... okay, I don't even know how many times I've dished out Jamie Ford's beautiful wonderful book. But this is definitely in the double digits at this point.

Little Children by Tom Perrotta: Man, do I love Perrotta. Dishing out this book gave me a chance to gush about Election and his other novels, as well as talk about the books-to-movies. I think it's amazing that all of his books that have been developed to film have been done so, SO well.

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INKED: One Year Anniversary Blog Tour & Kindle Giveaway

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Oh snap! INKED turns ONE this week!

Where did the time go, you guys? Where?! It seems like just yesterday I was having crippling anxiety attacks over the book coming out, and now here we are, one year later, with the sequel due out in May. My goodness.

To celebrate, I nudged the lovely crew at YA Bound Blog Tours to put together a lil' one year anniversary blog tour this week. You'll see a bundle of reviews, interviews, and guest posts across a bundle of book blogs through the week. You can see a roundup of the spots here on their website.

Big thank you to everyone playing along, and to Sara for putting it together.

And as a big ol' thank you to the amazingly talented authors under the Bloomsbury Spark blanket, I'm giving away a Kindle with a ton of YA books on it. Winners will win copies of these TEN BOOKS:

And FIVE MORE Bloomsbury Spark titles of YOUR CHOICE. You can check out the entire Bloomsbury Spark catalog here on Bloomsbury's website. Lots of amazing books to choose from, by authors I looooove. And those books with stars? Those are pre-orders! They aren't even out yet.

You can enter via the Rafflecopter below, by following any of these authors, my AMAZING editor, or my publisher on the ol' Twitter. You can also like my Facebook page, or the Bloomsbury Spark imprint's FB page.

Good luck! And thanks for an amazing year.

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This Week in Recommended Reading: 1/14

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Every week, I give away free books to my students at Peirce College, where I teach freshman composition. I pick these books up for $1 or so at used bookshops, flea markets, sidewalk sales and the like, in an attempt to find fun books my students will enjoy. To try and inspire them to read more. 

For a little more info on why I do this, check out the first post here.

New Year, new books! The semester started this week, and I'm back dishing out reads to my awesome students. Here are the books I dished out this week and why.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert: Gilbert's Eat Pray Love helped me during a rough patch in my life a few years back, and I love talking to students about the power writing can have. Dishing out her latest novel gives me that excuse. Plus come on, it's Elizabeth Gilbert. Love her.

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen: When you market a book as Downton Abbey meets The Selection, I basically need to have it. It's the first class of a new semester, and since YA is a big part of my life, I brought this one (and the following one in) to talk about it a bit more.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver: So why not kick off that convo with one of YA's rockstars? I heart Lauren Oliver, and was happy to introduce her to some new readers.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: You know, I've never given away Celeste's book in any of my classes... I give it away all the time at home. It's a book I buy again and again, but whenever a friend comes over and says they haven't read anything good lately... BAM. TAKE THIS BOOK. I've lost track of how many times I've bought this one.