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Sleepless in Manhattan

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Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

Publisher: HQN Books

Published: May 31, 2016

Rating: 4-stars

Summary: Cool, calm and competent, events planner Paige Walker loves a challenge. After a childhood spent in and out of hospitals, she’s now determined to prove herself—and where better to take the world by storm than in the exhilarating bustle of Manhattan? But when Paige is let go from the job she loves, she must face her biggest challenge of all—going it alone. 

Except launching her own events company is nothing compared to hiding her outrageous crush on Jake Romano—her brother’s best friend, New York’s most in-demand date, and the only man to break her heart. When Jake offers Paige’s fledgling company a big chance, their still-sizzling chemistry starts giving her sleepless nights. But can she convince the man who trusts no one to take a chance on forever?

This was a really cute novel!

I never read a book by Sarah Morgan but I bought a pile of them when I bought this book so I could try them out and I loved this one so I am excited to read future books by her. They’re really cute romance novels, and while they might seem typical, they really aren’t.

At least to me they aren’t.

But I liked Paige and her character. She and her friends were such friendship goals. They supported each other and had each other’s back. They followed Paige in her dream, and Paige was supportive of theirs, and tailored her new job to include her friends and what they love to do.

But Paige being herself is someone I want to be. I strive to be as organized as Paige is in this novel. I am so disorganized it’s depressing.

But I did like Paige and her determination was something I admired in her. She was very determined to get her small business running, and to get herself clients and do her best to really be what each client needed.

Also I know I say this a lot but I love focusing on familial relationships and her relationship with her brother was adorable. She was stifled by his overprotectiveness, and I liked that while she hated it I felt that she appreciated having a brother who cared about her.

And Jake Romero….oh my gosh! I adored him! He must be protected at all costs! I liked seeing how he was stand-offish and looking into his mind and seeing how his complicated and sad past affected him still in the present time of the story. His relationship with his neighbor turned mother figure was so sweet, he treats her so well and admires her for all she’s done for him. It’s one of those things where you see how he is as a person and lover by the way he treats his mother. And he definitely treats her well!

Overall this book was really cute and I loved the romance and everything in it! I hope to continue this series soon though since I have the other books in it! I’ll let you know if I do in the future!

Thanks for checking this out! Let me know your thoughts on the series and if you’ve liked the book as I would love to know!

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Currently Reading

Hello! I’m here with another post to talk about the books I am currently reading and what I want to read this weekend!

Finished Books:

I loved this book! I was very very interested in this book! The magic system was super cool and I liked the characters and everything! Plus I enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel! Can’t wait to start the next book!

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This book broke me! Oh my gosh!  I died! My friend told me to continue so I ended up binging it on audiobook! So good!!! I love it! Starting Clockwork Princess asap! After I finish my current audiobook!

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Currently Reading:

And I am currently reading Lost Crow Conspiracy! I started it today and I’m maybe like 50 pages in right now. I want to get like 100 pages in tonight but that prolly won’t happen. Awkward.

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I started this today and I’m maybe an hour into the book. It’s only 9 hours or so long so I may be able to finish this in a day! I’m excited! I haven’t read Legend so I hope I don’t need to in order to understand this!

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Books I Want to Read:

I also want to read Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz. This looks like it’ll be a light easy read so hopefully Sunday I can start it and finish it Monday! And then start Love and War in time for my blog tour!

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I also want to get started on Clockwork Princess audiobook! And I know I won’t be finishing this up this weekend but I want to at least get it started this weekend! I’m so scared with how this will turn out because I am told that it will kill me so badly…so let’s see how this goes!

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And that is what I plan on reading the rest of the weekend! It’s ambitious but I hope to get most of it done! Wish me luck!

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Flick the Wick Unboxing: A Maas Love Story

So I found Flick the Wick and found out they were doing a Sarah J Maas box with stuff from both ACOTAR and TOG and me being the SJM trash I am I had to buy it and I loved this box!

It came with a bunch of really great items inspired by Sarah’s series.

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This artwork is beautiful!

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And here are the two prints that were included in the box. The first is by Monolimeart and I’ll leave her instagram page here for you to check her out because her work is amazing! Link here: Monolimeart

And the next artist is by morgana0anagrom on tumblr. I’ll leave her link as well here! Her work is stunning and I think you should give her a follow and a look! They’re amazing! Link: Morgana0Anagrom

 

So this next designer designed both this beautiful pin and also the bookmark! It’s dreamyandco on Etsy! I love their work and I always get excited when I see that their items are included in boxes! I’ll leave the link here for you here so check here for their page!

Link: Dreamyandco
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Isn’t this bookmark stunning?! It’s double sided!

And we also got this pillowcase by EvieSeo included as well and I’m happy it was! I love this quote and love that it was there. I can’t wait to add it to my collection of Evie’s pillowcases! I’ll leave her society6 page for you to check out. I know I rave about her a lot but she is amazing!! Like so amazing!

Link: EvieSeo

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So Flick the Wick included this heading tea based on Chaol and Yrene! I’m really excited to try it out! I mean I want to keep it locked up and displayed but I also really want to try it out so I’ll try it out anyways hehehehe.

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And my heart broke when I got this beautiful roller perfume bottle. It is just amazing and smells so good! I have it with me in my make up bag because I want to smell like this at all times. And the feels killed me because Sam….the baby Sam….ahhhh!

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Isn’t this so beautiful?! The loves of my life in candle form is stunning! The label is really pretty! And it smells great! I hope there is a larger sized option because I want to buy that one and burn it and save this little one for display because it’s so cute. *Cries* my loves.

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And then we have these amazing couple candles because feels! I adore this so much! And of course these are going on display! They smell good and I want to burn them all but also they’re precious and need to be shown to the world.

Obvs my favorite is Rowaelin because I’m trash for them.

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Here is the spoiler card for you to check out!

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And that was my unboxing of this amazing box! I love it so much!!! I will definitely be buying bookish candles from them in the future because they have really amazing options!

I mean moms mad at me for buying more but I can’t help myself. Don’t judge me…

But let me know your thoughts as I would love to know what you think! What company do you like buying candles from??

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Weekly Reads TBR

Hello! I’m here with my Weekly Reading TBR for you all! I have quite the ambitious TBR since I am going to be off of school for spring break. I have a homework or two to do during the week and that’s about it plus work. But I don’t have class so I am planning on binge reading as much as I can during this week break from classes!

So here is the list of physical books I have on my TBR to read:

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves. I have the first book checked out from my library, and I am almost done with it so I plan on getting this done today and tomorrow and jump right into the sequel as well.

Summary: In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

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I also have the sequel I plan on reading this week, which I have an ARC of so once I finish Blood Rose Rebellion I’ll be jumping right into this book! I won’t leave the summary for this book so save you from spoilers!

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I also have a copy of Alex and Eliza that I plan on reading this week as well, because I have the ARC of the sequel that I received from Penguin for review for a future blog tour post!

I’m excited to read this one because it’s based on Alexander Hamilton and I love the musical Hamilton so I can’t wait to check it out!

Summary: 1777. Albany, New York.

As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball.

Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

Also no idea why I have a picture of the audiobook but whatever….

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And here is the sequel for Alex and Eliza! Love and War by Melissa de la Cruz! I’m excited for this one as well because of course Alexander Hamilton! Stay tuned for my blog tour post I’ll be posting in the future!

Summary: 1780. Albany, New York.

As the war for American Independence carries on, two newlyweds are settling into their new adventure: marriage. But the honeymoon’s over, and Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler are learning firsthand just how tricky wedded life can be. Alex is still General George Washington’s right-hand man and his attention these days is nothing if not divided–much like the colonies’ interests as the end of the Revolution draws near. Alex & Eliza’s relationship is tested further by lingering jealousies and family drama.

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Here is my list of audiobooks I hope to get to this week:

The first is Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare! I am currently binging the series and I am having so much fun! It’s so good and I’m getting obsessed! I forgot how addicting this series could be! I plan on listening to the audiobook and I plan to keep doing that all week and maybe catching up on the series!

Won’t post the summary to save from spoilers!

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I also plan on starting the Young Elites audiobook by Marie Lu. I have never read Legend though so I’m wondering if I have to read that first before reading this…let me know! I have no idea!

Summary: I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

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I also want to read Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare but I am not planning on finishing this book this week. I am planning on starting this book and finishing it next week. Since it’s such a massive book I will be taking a bit to read it. But this is what I plan on ending my week with! I’m obsessed!

No summary again because spoilers!

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And that is my massive TBR for this week! I am so excited! I am so excited to be reading these and I can’t wait to see what I think of them all! Stay tuned for my upcoming reviews! I can’t wait for you to read them!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments and if you’ve read them, and what your planned TBR is this week!

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Glass Sword

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Publisher:

Published:

Rating: 5-star-rating-clipart-1

Summary: If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

So it’s been a while since I read Red Queen and I thought that book was okay. Not super life changing or anything. So I kind of went into this book with a hope that this one would be better and it so was!

It was honestly just amazing!!

I know people think that this series reminds them of many different ones and such and that’s why they don’t like it. I honestly didn’t get that vibe! This felt unique to me, and I felt genuine shock and surprise during events in this novel!

A lot of books suffer from second book syndrome and end up not being as good as the first novel, and that so wasn’t the case with this one.

You got to see into the mind of the Scarlet Guard, you saw Mare try to find herself in this harsh world and you saw her step up and become someone who was wrestling with herself and her mind. She did good things, and she did bad things. She was a very complex character for me and I thought it was awesome reading about her struggling to stay good and do what was morally best even when that might not have been the best route; and she took risks and struggled with the guilt she had. That was how I knew she was a good person deep down. She felt despair and guilt, and fought for it to not take her over.

I honestly felt her pain and it killed me having to read it and not be able to help and comfort her.

I think one thing I appreciated in this novel was that Mare was able to set up barriers in her relationship with Killorn, and while he didn’t like it, in the end he respected it. He never pushed her to feel differently for him, never tried to push them. He stayed away out of hurt and such, but he never attempted to make her change her mind. And their friendship thrived in the end.

Cal is frustrating in a way. He holds too hard to his need to save the silvers but also side with the Scarlet Guard. I liked reading that battle he had; but I wish we had gotten to see it through his eyes; because I feel I would have felt differently had we gotten that insight. But maybe that was the point?? He’s still cute though even though he has issues choosing sides. Still a cutie with a cute relationship with Mare.

Maven is insane!!! Oh my gosh! I was shocked at what he was doing, and how he felt about Mare still after everything they had been through. But oh my gosh he is crazy! I mean we technically barely saw him, but somehow he was present in the book! His mother though I hate just as much as I hate Levana from the Lunar Chronicles. And I hate her so so much! With a fiery passion! But his mother was just horrible! Hated her from the get go.

Cameron was also an interesting character we got introduced to in this book. She was fierce and angry, and on a mission. I do agree that she has a reason to be angry with Mare, but at times she got very vicious and wouldn’t open her eyes to what was going on around her. I like her enough, but sadly in this book she’s not my favorite. Mainly because her anger would get the best of her and she would lash out and such. I just felt that she could have controlled herself better and she would have understood why Mare does what she does. It doesn’t excuse Mare not giving her a chance to choose for herself what she wanted to do, but at the same time she also needs to see the other side of things.

Anyways overall this book was just a fantastic continuation of this series and I really think its interesting how far this book progressed, and how the action was written down. There was a lot of action going on, and I think it helped this book flow so much better; it felt fast paced, and the stakes were raised and I was constantly on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next! If you didn’t like the first book I definitely suggest giving the second book a try because you won’t be able to put it down!

I finished King’s Cage as well and I can’t wait for War Storm! I need to know how it all ends! 2 more months!!

Let me know your thoughts on this book! I know many people were on the fence on the series and I would like to see who liked it and didn’t like it! What do you think of this book compared with the first??

 

 

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Throne of Glass- One Time Box

Hello! I’m here with an unboxing of the One Time Throne of Glass box from The Bookish Box! I currently subscribe to their boxes, but currently I am only getting their shirts monthly rather than the whole box. But they do One Time Boxes and I was lucky enough to be able to purchase the Thorne of Glass box. I purchased a while back the ACOTAR box and loved it so I’m happy to be able to have both!

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So an item I’m really happy to receive is another Book Beau! I have quite a few of these and I honestly use them all…so I can always use more for my collection! I love this color and the design is cute! Plus the quote is from my favorite out of the series because Heir of Fire broke me…

Definitely check Book Beau out though! Shop link here: Book Beau

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I’m really happy about this tumbler, because I had to throw all my others away since I used them so much. I’m trying not to use this one that much because I want to keep it for as long as I can but I do want to use it every once in a while. It’s so pretty!

It was created by Bookworm Boutique and I’ll leave their shop link for you here: Bookworm Boutique

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So I think this is the item I am most excited for! It’s an enamel pin from Ink and Wonder and I love it so much! I love their items and I shop from them often so I was over the moon when this item was included! I also got a pin from their most recent box and it was ACOTAR themed (the pin/not the box).

I’m so happy to add this to my collection! It looks beautiful on my pin board!

Shop link: Ink and Wonder

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So the next item is this really great candle that’s based on the character Manon! It was created by Whiskey Diamond Co off Etsy. It smells so good and while I like to keep my candles from my favorite fandoms unused I really want to burn this since it smells fantastic!

Shop link: Whiskey Diamond Co

We also have this Eilde print by Gabrielle Bujdoso and I love her art work and gah it’s so beautiful! I got distracted while typing this because I went to look for her site page to link so you can check her out and I was distracted for almost an hour because her work is so amazing.

CHECK HER OUT PLS…She’s amazing!

Link: DeviantArt Page

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Lastly is the shirt they always include! And it’s beautiful! I love it and I’ve worn it a few times already and I can’t even. One of my favorite quotes by Sarah! It’s amazing!!!!! Love their shirts! It was created by the Bookish Shop!

Shop link here: The Bookish Shop

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Spoiler card for you to check out!

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And that is my unboxing for you all! Hope you enjoyed it and let me know your thoughts as I would love to know!

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Night Diary Blog Tour

The Night Diary

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

Publisher: Dial

Published: March 6th 2018

Rating:

Summary: It’s 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders.

Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn’t know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore. When Papa decides it’s too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home. The journey is long, difficult, and dangerous, and after losing her mother as a baby, Nisha can’t imagine losing her homeland, too. But even if her country has been ripped apart, Nisha still believes in the possibility of putting herself back together.

Wow. This was a very good book. And so sad and powerful. It amazed me how invested I was in the lives of these characters and their struggles and what they were going through. I never have been through something like they have but this gave you a very real look into the fear and the trauma that was going on at the time.

I really enjoyed the diary form of this novel. It really seemed to go with what the author was trying to show the reader. It was very effective!

I also enjoyed the characters. I thought Nisha was so cute and sweet. I felt so protective of her during this novel, because she was so young going through such horrible things. And her feelings about not speaking at the end broke my heart. I got so mad when her brother and father would tell her they would be better off not speaking. That broke my heart and it was so powerful after that reading about her feelings of self-worth and that she felt that they were right that she was better off not talking.

But I loved her love for her brother and her family. She might not have been close to her father most of the novel but she did love him and was always wanting him to be safe. Her love for her grandmother was sweet too. She was always mindful of her and wanted her to be safe. But I think it was her love and relationship with her brother that I loved the most in this novel. They were together all the time, and were concerned for each other; and they really knew each other. Amil knew when she was lying and what she was feeling without her even knowing herself.

Also her mother’s brother Rashid Uncle was so nice and I liked seeing them interact, especially since he wasn’t able to talk. It was cute when he talked to Amil and Nisha about their mother, and how he opened up to them. I wish we had no closure on that front because they had to leave and he wasn’t introduced back into the story after that. I wanted to know more about if they got back in contact with him or not. I felt like that part was left unresolved.

But I am glad that storyline with Kizi was solved. That was my favorite character honestly. He was such a big brother to Nisha and Amil, but especially to Nisha. He was important to her and I was glad they got to see each other again. I was so sad when he stayed behind so I was glad he got his chance to see them again.

Overall this book was so powerful and important. I loved it a lot and I thought it was definitely a story that needed to be told. The writing was beautiful, the characters felt real, and the overall feel of the book was just fantastic. A solid novel that I recommend to everybody.

Definitely check it out.

About The Author: Veera Hiranandani earned her MFA in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl, which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asian Book Award Finalist. A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute and Writopia Lab.