highlight from my reading list
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson | Goodreads
From the first chapter, this magical realism-meets sci-fi story had me more enthralled and obsessed than I've been with a book in quite a while. It follows a boy named Henry who's spent the last several years being periodically abducted by aliens—aliens who tell him the world will end on January 29, 2016, aliens who tell him that he (and only he) has the power to halt this doomsday simply by pushing a button. As Henry tries to decide whether or not the world is worth saving, Shaun David Hutchinson makes readers ponder the significance (or lack thereof) of the human species as well as feel every emotion his complex characters encounter. Interspersed with vividly written possible-doomsday-scenario vignettes, Henry's story is thought-provoking, heart-wrenching, and fascinating.
highlight from my tbr
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway | Goodreads
I'm not sure why it took me so long to realize Robin Benway had a new book coming out, but I added it to my to-read list as soon as I did. I've loved the author's fun-yet-emotional writing style for years (her debut novel was one of the first YA books I ever read), and this story about three long-separated siblings meeting for the first time sounds amazing. Far from the Tree comes out in October, and I'll pass the time until then admiring its stunning cover.
highlights from my life
- I survived midterms, then went on a short spring break road trip with a group of friends. We wanted a trip that would be fun but inexpensive, so we decided to drive down to southern Indiana and spend a day hiking in Clifty Falls State Park. After a few quick and leisurely trails, we embarked on a three-hour long rugged trek along the riverbed to the park's namesake waterfall. Despite getting our shoes a bit wet (well, "soaked" would be more accurate), we had a wonderful time unwinding in the wild after a week of exams.
Highlight of spring break 2017: a hike full of slips, splashes, and scares—and a beautiful waterfall view! 🌿💙 cc: @nicolemarley_ @RilesMarch pic.twitter.com/GTBOoGcK9n— Emily Rasmussen 🇺🇸 (@emjrasmussen) March 15, 2017
- Stay Bookish, the digital YA magazine I contribute to, launched its very first issue! The entire team worked tirelessly on the final product, and we've already started creating on our June 21 issue. I'm the managing editor—and I write articles and help with the marketing efforts—and I'm so thankful I get to work with such a talented, diverse team. We also hosted a Twitter chat (which I moderated) to celebrate our first release, and we gave away copies of The Hate U Give and The Upside of Unrequited. (If you missed the chat, don't worry; stay tuned for another giveaway coming soon on our editor-in-chief's blog.) You can read our first issue here, and you can follow us on Twitter here.
- I attempted to finalize my summer plans. I've been applying and interviewing for jobs and internships all semester, and I'm so close to knowing what I'll be doing this summer in terms of employment (and in terms of Book Expo, which I'm really, really hoping to attend). Stay tuned, and I hope to potentially see some of you in May!
How did your March go? Did you read anything particularly amazing or (for my fellow students) go anywhere for spring break? Let me know in the comments.