Home again!

I’m back! Got in from Istanbul last night; still recovering from the time change. I expect to have a trip report written up with lots of pretty pics in the next week or so. 🙂

In the meantime, I’d like to share a few recs with you. As well as sightseeing, I used my vacation time to catch up on my reading, which has sadly fallen behind at home. I read eight books and started a ninth in the twenty days I was gone. Lots of good stories, but my absolute favorite of the bunch, the best book I’ve read so far all year, is Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity.

You’ve probably already heard lots of wonderful things about this book. They are true. All I’ll say for myself is the book has so many elements I love in fiction but haven’t seen a lot of in YA lately: a story focused more on friendship than romance, strong but not invulnerable female main characters, unreliable narration, and heart-wrenching sacrifices. *happy sigh*

I also managed to stumble on some new music to put on repeat. Somehow I never happened to listen to Sara Bareilles before now, and her new EP is just lovely. Particularly fond of “Bright Lights and Cityscapes” and “Lie To Me”. Give ’em a listen!

What have you been reading and listening to while I was gone?

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