Dog Days of Summer

It's still summer, but even now I've noticed some leaves turning colors and dropping.  I think of late summer as being the frivolous time of year.  Trips have been taken, hikes hiked, gardens maintained, house projects conquered (or we've been conquered by...) and pesto/jam/etc. has been dutifully preserved.  Fall projects are banished for cooler days.  So in…
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6 YA Romance Authors to Know

There's nothing quite like first love. The passion, the uncertainty, and the newness of teen romance makes it especially poignant. When I'm looking for a particularly swoon-worthy read, I turn to young adult literature. Luckily for readers like me, there is an abundance of fantastic authors creating memorable characters and stories to enjoy. Here are…
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Coming-Of-Age Thrillers & Chillers

Ever since I watched the made-for-TV adaptation of Stephen King's It at a middle school slumber party, I've been captivated by coming-of-age horror stories and mysteries. Sure, I also devoured all of Judy Blume's candid yet wistful novels of adolescence as ravenously as any other precocious prepubescent with a library card. But the coming-of-age horror/thriller subgenres particularly appealed to me by…
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