Blue tier

Rachel D.

New York, NY



Growing up in rural Oregon, books were my way out. Now, books are my way of reconnecting with my home. I'm most passionate about stories of found families and friendship.

Favorite Books

Harry Potter by JK RowlingThe Raven Cycle by Maggie StiefvaterWhen You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Favorite Quotes

"Blue was perfectly aware that it was possible to have a friendship that wasn't all-encompassing, that wasn't blinding, deafening, maddening, quickening. It was just that now that she'd had this kind, she didn't want the other." - Maggie Stiefvater, Blue Lily Lily BLue

Favorite Genres

Most Recent Blog Posts

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

So You Finished NEVER HAVE I EVER. What’s Next?

Like many people, I’ve been turning to TV for entertainment in these trying times. I have a “to watch” list almost as long as my TBR pile is high, and suddenly so much time to catch up on watching. Except... I’ve discovered that I’m having a really difficult time with anything new, and particularly with your standard 45-minute drama. I … Read More


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Friday, April 10th, 2020

3 Ways to Get Bookish at Home

Let’s be honest: we here at Swoon HQ are getting a little bit of cabin fever. Like most of the country, heck, a lot of the world at this point, we are working from home and trying to stay inside as much as possible to keep ourselves and others safe. While this has put a bit of a damper on … Read More


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Friday, February 21st, 2020

Writing Historical Fiction: How Much Research Is Too Much?

I love historical fiction, and particularly YA historical fiction—it’s so fun to get to immerse myself in a different time and place and learn more about it through a story (my preferred form of learning, of course). That said, I sometimes struggle with reading historical fiction—I’m in it to be immersed in a different time period, sure, but I’m not … Read More


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