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Val O.

New York, NY



Book-lover for fun and profit. Ask me about Pennsylvania.

Favorite Books

My longtime favorites include Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld, Animal Farm by George Orwell, and The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. Recent loves are Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick and Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle.

Favorite Quotes

"Life imitates art far more than art imitates life." —Oscar Wilde

Favorite Genres

Most Recent Blog Posts

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Bookish Spring Cleaning: Tackling the TBR

You may or may not know that it is officially springtime. Since here in New York we’ve gotten nothing but brief interludes of sunlight amid a merciless onslaught of inappropriate precipitation, I have forgiven myself for not cleaning out my apartment as I’m told folks are wont to do in this season. Instead, I cleaned out my TBR ... Read More


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Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Bookish Blends: The Perfect Tea to Sip While Devouring Your Next YA Read

If you’re anything like me, you might spend a lot of time trying to achieve the perfect level of coziness so you can really dive in to your current reading material. Maybe you need to light the perfect scented candle or wrap yourself entirely in blankets. Personally, I like a cup of tea for coziness. Here are a few ... Read More


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Friday, January 19th, 2018

Be Your Own Muse: 3 Inspiration Hacks for When It’s Just Not Coming to You

Finding the motivation to write is easy when you're bursting with ideas—or better yet, when you find yourself excited about one particular idea and absolutely must write it down. Unfortunately, if this was the only instance in which writers sat down to write, no one would ever finish writing anything. Inspiration needs to be backed up by other ... Read More


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Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Historical Fiction Tips: Getting Started with Research

As a reader, I love historical fiction. When executed well, a work of historical fiction has the power to transport the reader to a world as lush as fantasy but grounded in a realistic setting that was very real and in some ways informs our world today. But pulling this off is a difficult feat for any first-time author, and ... Read More


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