Reading Outside My Comfort Zone

Lately I have been in a reading funk. When someone asks me if I’ve read anything good my response is, “Meh. I haven’t read anything worth more than three stars [on my GoodReads account].” In an effort to get out of this slump, I decided to read outside my comfort zone — realistic YA fiction and graphic novels, epic YA fantasies, and memoirs — and read YA books about dating, dinosaurs, sisters, female musicians and teen detectives.

Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend

Everything changes for a teenaged girl with a perfectly controlled life when she falls for the hot new first-ever interspecies transfer student, a pterodactyl named Pyke.


Despite problems at home, sixteen-year-old conjoined twins Tippi and Grace are loving going to school for the first time and making real friends when they learn that a cardiac problem will force them to have separation surgery, which they have never before considered.

Scarlett Undercover

Scarlett, a sixteen-year-old private detective in the fictional city of Las Almas, finds herself at the center of a mysterious case–involving ancient curses, priceless artifacts, and jinn–as she discovers that her own family secrets may have more to do with the situation than she thinks.

Trouble is a Friend of Mine

After her parents’ divorce, Zoe Webster moves from Brooklyn to upstate New York where she meets the weirdly compelling misfit, Philip Digby, and soon finds herself in a series of hilarious and dangerous situations as he pulls her into his investigation into the kidnapping of a local teenage girl which may be related to the disappearance of his kid sister eight years ago.