My ideal panel

Hey! I'm super excited about this post, because I get to basically build my ideal author panel. The idea of meeting these authors even just by themselves is CRAZY but all of them together- I'd probably scream from excitement, and they'd run away haha. 

Special thanks to Eventbrite for giving me the idea for this post- and let me know if you decide to do something similar :) 

Here we go: (I'm assuming this is surpassing time, so going to pull some people from the past)
I've got to start off with the best of the best. "What's your favorite book?" used to be my most dreaded question but now I have an answer- three, actually. The Book Thief, All the Light We Cannot See, and The Shadow of the Wind, written by these authors in order, are absolutely stunning. They also all happen to be historical fiction, with beautiful, lyrical language and all involve the power of literature directly too. I've been able to see Anthony Doerr (it was so exciting!!) but to see all three of them talk about books and history- I might cry. 
Here are the six YA Gods on my shelf- writers whose books have truly changed the idea of what YA can be for me. They are all so good at expressing the complexity and beauty of YA and really spurred my love for reading as I got older. 
As you know, I am trying to read a book from every country in the world. These five authors are my absolute favorite so far. To get them together to talk about politics, identity, history, and using stories to impact and explore the world would be such a DREAM. Bring on the translators, of course. 
I also started a feminist literature club at my school, and have found some true gems through it. From all walks of life and historical points, these four women would have such interesting ideas about gender equality and writing as a way to tell women's stories...a young feminist's dream.

Of course, the absolute world-recognized gods of literature must be included. These are my favorites. All are not entirely related, but I'm sure they'd make even a panel on cheese the most fascinating conversation ever, because all four are so intelligent, thoughtful, and genuinely incredible.

What would be your ideal panel? Let me know :)

CHILE: The House of the Spirits Review

Title: The House of the Spirits
Author: Isabel Allende
Genre: Classics, Magical Realism

BlurbHere is patriarch Esteban, whose wild desires and political machinations are tempered only by his love for his ethereal wife, Clara, a woman touched by an otherworldly hand. Their daughter, Blanca, whose forbidden love for a man Esteban has deemed unworthy infuriates her father, yet will produce his greatest joy: his granddaughter Alba, a beautiful, ambitious girl who will lead the family and their country into a revolutionary future.

The House of the Spirits is an enthralling saga that spans decades and lives, twining the personal and the political into an epic novel of love, magic, and fate.

My Perfect Night In

I don't know about you, but I'm always incredibly bogged down by deadlines and commitments this time of year. With everything important happening in a matter of days, that one peaceful, ideal night-in reading is more appreciated than ever. Here's just what that looks like for me: 

Native Son Review

Title: Native Son
Author: Richard Wright
Genre: Classics, African-American Literature

Blurb: Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic.

Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America.

Me: This absolutely blew my mind. I don't know if I've ever gained so much insight, voice to my own conflicting thoughts, and yet such an entertaining reading experience from one book before.

February TBR

Hey! In case you don't know, every month I plan out my reading to fit a few goals and challenges I have running throughout my schedule. Last month, I didn't get to read as many books as I'd hoped (which, because I'd wanted to read like 10, is not super disappointing) and especially because I didn't read any from my Victorian Classics goal, I want to make February AWESOME. So though we're almost two weeks into February, here's what I want to see myself reading: 

Soundtrack to My Life: Good Music

Hey everyone! Recently I watched a video on one of my favorite youtuber Lucy Moon's channel called the Soundtrack to My Life Tag. While I didn't want to necessarily answer the same questions, I really wanted to create a record of all the music I've been loving recently for both myself in the future, and for you to give me some feedback and recommendations! (I might add to this list later)
Let's jump right in!

FemLIT for Feburary: The Color Purple Review

Hey! If you didn't know, I started a feminist literature club at my school, where we read monthly books that we feel depict diverse interpretations and perspectives of women and gender across time and distance. The book for February was The Color Purple, and as I've read it, I thought I'd share my thoughts with you!