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yalsa teens top ten list, & some blogs you should read

I’m so excited that MATCHED is nominated for the YALSA Teens’ Top Ten List! It’s a huge honor to be nominated and there are so many great books up for the honor this year.

You can vote herebut only if you’re a teen!

And since I am linking to things in today’s blog post, I thought I’d send you in the direction of three of my favorite blogs to read.

Brodi Ashton, author of the upcoming EVERNEATH, blogs here. You guys. She writes the funniest blog in the world. I laugh out loud while reading every single one of her posts. Often I laugh more than once. This is big for me. Because I think I am quick to laugh in real life, and there is NOTHING I love more than laughing, but sometimes I feel like it takes a lot to crack me up when I’m reading something. I smile a lot when I’m reading funny things, but guffawing? Doesn’t happen much. Unless I’m reading Brodi’s blog.

Becca Wilhite, author of BRIGHT BLUE MIRACLE and MY RIDICULOUS ROMANTIC OBSESSIONS, has what I think is the best slice of life blog, where she talks about writing, but also things she likes to cook and fun experiences substitute teaching and her cute kids and happiness and all the little good things in life. I love her blog because Becca is a writer–but she is also many other things (mom, teacher, chef) and she is completely unapologetic about it and glories in it (in a fun, non-gloating, you-want-to-be-her-friend-way). You can find Becca here.

Chelsea Parsons is a photographer in Tasmania and our paths crossed when we both lived in Ithaca for several years. Chelsea is one of those people who is incorrigibly creative in every aspect of life and she has the most beautiful blog. I like to go there when I want to see unique, pretty, different things. Click here for Chelsea.

Enjoy! And now I am going to go freak out about the first day of school, which is today, and which I am not entirely sure we are prepared for. Although I did make the traditional baked oatmeal for breakfast, so at least there’s that…




+ comments (11)
  • Ali
    August 23, 2011

    Summer can’t really be over yet can it? It’s strange to have the kids back in school already. What a great mom for you are for making a healthy breakfast. My kids are in Jnr. HIgh and high school so they typically make their own. I got them organic Poptarts though!



    • ally
      August 24, 2011

      Ali, the first day of school is pretty much the only day I make a hot breakfast. I am all about cereal too! πŸ™‚



  • Carolyn V
    August 23, 2011

    Congrats Ally! Whoop! =)



    • ally
      August 24, 2011

      Thanks, Carolyn!! πŸ™‚



  • Brodi Ashton
    August 23, 2011

    Thanks for the mention, Ally. And huge congrats on the YALSA Top Ten! That is amazing!



    • ally
      August 24, 2011

      Brodi, of course! I love your blog. And I’m not actually *in* the Top Ten. Just nominated. Maybe I should have clarified that…



  • becca
    August 23, 2011

    You are always in *my* top ten.

    (And thanks. I’m honored.)



    • ally
      August 24, 2011

      Aw, Becca. of course! Your blog is awesome.



  • warnagirl
    August 24, 2011

    Congratulations Ally! And thanks for the links to those great sites.



    • ally
      August 24, 2011

      No problem, warnagirl! And many thanks for the congrats!



  • anndee
    August 26, 2011

    Yay Ally!




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