1. The Fourth Wall by Elizabeth Maria Naranjo is a new debut YA fantasy novel from WiDo publishing. You can enter the giveaway at the Lit Ladies blog: http://www.thelitladies.com
Here’s more about the book: “Essentially, the book is about the power of grief, and how holding onto it can do damage. It’s about the importance of moving on.”
Here’s a summary: When Marin was little and monsters chased her through nightmares, she learned to weave her own dreams. Her mother called the lucid dreaming a gift, and when an accident takes her mother and leaves her baby brother an empty shell, Marin uses this gift to spin a new reality for herself. One without time or sorrow. A world without memory. But just when Marin thinks she’s safe in her make-believe fantasy world, the monsters come back and her dream turns to a nightmare. Something in the dream doesn’t want Marin to wake up. In order to heal herself and her family, Marin must face the truth she’s forgotten and conquer what lies behind the fourth wall.
Here’s a comment about the main character, Marin: Marin’s strengths include independence, a creative mind, and a strong will. All three strengths contribute to her greatest moments of weakness. She is deeply introverted—and I hate to call that a flaw—but certainly it hurts her to stay wrapped inside herself. I guess her main character flaw would be indulgence, and she works on that by slowly opening up, letting the world back in, and allowing herself to heal.
http://www.thelitladies.com/the-fourth-wall-by-elizabeth-maria-naranjo-ya-book-giveaway/

    The Fourth Wall by Elizabeth Maria Naranjo is a new debut YA fantasy novel from WiDo publishing. You can enter the giveaway at the Lit Ladies blog: http://www.thelitladies.com

    Here’s more about the book: “Essentially, the book is about the power of grief, and how holding onto it can do damage. It’s about the importance of moving on.”

    Here’s a summary: When Marin was little and monsters chased her through nightmares, she learned to weave her own dreams. Her mother called the lucid dreaming a gift, and when an accident takes her mother and leaves her baby brother an empty shell, Marin uses this gift to spin a new reality for herself. One without time or sorrow. A world without memory. But just when Marin thinks she’s safe in her make-believe fantasy world, the monsters come back and her dream turns to a nightmare. Something in the dream doesn’t want Marin to wake up. In order to heal herself and her family, Marin must face the truth she’s forgotten and conquer what lies behind the fourth wall.

    Here’s a comment about the main character, Marin: Marin’s strengths include independence, a creative mind, and a strong will. All three strengths contribute to her greatest moments of weakness. She is deeply introverted—and I hate to call that a flaw—but certainly it hurts her to stay wrapped inside herself. I guess her main character flaw would be indulgence, and she works on that by slowly opening up, letting the world back in, and allowing herself to heal.

    http://www.thelitladies.com/the-fourth-wall-by-elizabeth-maria-naranjo-ya-book-giveaway/

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  2. huffingtonpost:

Happy 7 year anniversary to “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows”
Incase you missed it, catch up with your favorite boy wizard with J.K. Rowling’s glimpse into middle-aged Potter’s life. 

    huffingtonpost:

    Happy 7 year anniversary to “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows”

    Incase you missed it, catch up with your favorite boy wizard with J.K. Rowling’s glimpse into middle-aged Potter’s life. 

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  3. libraryjournal:

It’s casual Friday! Your Friday fashion statement!

    libraryjournal:

    It’s casual Friday! Your Friday fashion statement!

    (Source: etsy.com)

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  4. FOOD ART at Culver’s

    FOOD ART at Culver’s

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  5. of-castles-and-converses:

Damn straight.

    of-castles-and-converses:

    Damn straight.

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  6. Fun at the library with the summer reading program!

    Fun at the library with the summer reading program!

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  7. Beautiful weather for St. Louis Zoo Jungle Boogie! #solucky

    Beautiful weather for St. Louis Zoo Jungle Boogie! #solucky

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  8. Anonymous said: Hey I want to read this summer at least 10 books ( I finished 4) and I wanted to ask you for some recommendations. :) I love john green, some life changing books that make you think about the world.

    penguinteen:

    Ask and ye shall receive! Try:

    If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman

    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

    Hold Still by Nina LaCour

    The Impossible Knife of Memory, Speak, and Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (really, anything by Laurie Halse Anderson)

    Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (really, basically anything by Sarah Dessen)

    Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys 

    As always, dear followers, reblog with your own suggestions!

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  9. Late to the John Green fan club

    So, John Green wrote a book about cancer patients falling in love thanks to their mutual adoration of a book about kids with cancer. What a hook. This book is brilliant. I swear on the Literal Heart of Jesus.

    I resisted it for so long because I didn’t want to read a sad book.

    But I’m glad I woke up and joined the fan club. Going to check out his Alaska book too. FB FRIENDs say it is also very good.

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  10. halftheskymovement:


Danae Mines became one of the few female firefighters in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) 11 years ago, despite her family telling her that only men joined the department. This year, she broke down another barrier by becoming the first woman to be featured in the FDNY’s 2015 Calendar of Heroes. She had been told that the honor was reserved for men, but when she saw the open call for firefighters, she went, despite feeling a little intimidated standing in line with more than 100 men. There are currently only 41 women in the department, but perhaps the attention Danae is getting will increase that number. “I wanted my picture in the calendar so that young girls and young women can see me and know that they can do this job,” she told the New York Daily News.


What an awesome role model for girls!

    halftheskymovement:

    Danae Mines became one of the few female firefighters in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) 11 years ago, despite her family telling her that only men joined the department. This year, she broke down another barrier by becoming the first woman to be featured in the FDNY’s 2015 Calendar of Heroes. She had been told that the honor was reserved for men, but when she saw the open call for firefighters, she went, despite feeling a little intimidated standing in line with more than 100 men. 

    There are currently only 41 women in the department, but perhaps the attention Danae is getting will increase that number. “I wanted my picture in the calendar so that young girls and young women can see me and know that they can do this job,” she told the New York Daily News.

    What an awesome role model for girls!

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