Reading, Writing, & Arithmetic

It’s Monday! I accidentally put the milk away in the pantry instead of the fridge! And now I want to pretend we’re at school!

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I don’t see why you wouldn’t take me seriously as a teacher.

Be my students, will you? Today we will cover three subjects: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, and I will cleave to the Oxford comma while we do so.

READING – When it comes to books, I unabashedly veer towards Young Adult Contemporary Fiction and Contemporary Romance. In the past several weeks I have read one fantastic book after another. Here are my recent favourites:

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (YA) – I was first attracted to this gorgeous novel because of all the comparisons made to one of my favourite movies, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Those comparisons are warranted but make no mistake, this story is truly original.

Chasing Crazy by Kelly Siskind (NA R) – I can’t gush enough about this one. It’s steamy, it’s funny, it’s fabulous, it made me swoon. I recommend you scratch that romance itch with this hot adventure across New Zealand. Also, you should follow the author on Twitter, she’s a delight.

Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacy (C R) – This romance novel hit all the right buttons on me while paying respect to the realistic complexities of being a woman in love. It’s lovely.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (YA) – This book is perfect. I read the whole thing on a recent flight and had to keep putting it down so I could get my breath back through my pouring tears and laughter. Read, read, READ it. I DEMAND YOU READ IT.

Should I have warned you students sooner that I’m a pretty bossy teacher?


Writing – Once upon a time I wrote an article for xoJane about a weird job I used to have. Which leads me to our next subject…

Arithmetic – I’m no mathematician, but I do know this:

Being Barbie for Mattel + Writing About It for a Popular Online Magazine = Winding up in the British Tabloids.

Here’s the proof.

People who love me laughed at the experience and then warned me not to read the comments. I know, as a general rule, you should never read the comments. But I did. AND I LIVED. #TheGalWhoLived

School adjourned, my lovelies!

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