Category: Discussions

Real Talk: A Case for Kindness

Posted May 30, 2018 in Discussions / 7 Comments
Real Talk: A Case for Kindness

Real Talk is an original feature here at Girl in the Pages where I’ll discuss random things that come across my mind in an honest and sometimes spontaneous manner. It may be about books, blogging, life, or anything else! You know what I’m really and truly tired of? All of the negativity and author hate that I see happening when authors decide to continue writing multiple series in the same universe. I’ve seen everything from people claiming these additional installments are no better than fanfiction to the old “they’re just milking the cash cow argument.” While there are definitely series […]


Real Talk: Reading Guilt

Posted January 31, 2018 in Discussions / 13 Comments
Real Talk: Reading Guilt

Real Talk is an original feature here at Girl in the Pages where I’ll discuss random things that come across my mind in an honest and sometimes spontaneous manner. It may be about books, blogging, life, or anything else! The beginning of the year is always a wonderful time for readers and bloggers, because it’s full of new resolutions, reading challenge sign ups, and setting the ever-popular Goodreads goal. I myself always get caught up in the “new-year-new-me” flurry, and this year have set my Goodreads goal higher than ever before at 80 books (though I’m hoping to really make […]


How Do My Reading Habits Fluctuate By Month?

Posted January 12, 2018 in Discussions, Features / 18 Comments
How Do My Reading Habits Fluctuate By Month?

I’ve been having a lot of fun looking back at my reading statistics at the end of 2017, and I’ve already analyzed some information such as Whose Books Am I Reading? and How I Used My Kindle the First Year. However, another piece of data I was interested in looking at was when during the year I was getting the most reading done. Was I reading about the same amount of books every month, or was I fluctuating depending on the month and/or season? I also have a blast making graphs, so this post was the perfect excuse to make […]


Whose Books Am I Reading? | A Discussion Inspired by Lauren @ Bookmark Lit

Posted December 30, 2017 in Discussions, Features / 7 Comments
Whose Books Am I Reading? | A Discussion Inspired by Lauren @ Bookmark Lit

This post has went through a bit of an evolution, as I’m making my own version of Lauren’s post that she in turn made after being inspired by a conversation that we had with each other about where we’re getting our books lately. Since I’ve read 80 books this year (more than I can ever remember reading), I wanted to dive a little deeper, as Lauren did, into where I am acquiring my books, especially as there are SO MANY new releases these days and there’s always the struggle of wanting to keep up vs. wanting to save money. When […]


Real Talk: Book Pushing

Posted July 28, 2017 in Discussions / 26 Comments
Real Talk: Book Pushing

Real Talk is an original feature here at Girl in the Pages where I’ll discuss random things that come across my mind in an honest and sometimes spontaneous manner. It may be about books, blogging, life, or anything else! I’ve noticed something. The second I tell someone I am a reader or that I like to read, it’s like it opens an immediate floodgate for them to list all of the books you ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY have to read. Right. This. Instant. I’m not talking about interacting with other people in the community, where book recommendations are a given and everyone […]


When You Just Can’t Commit | Finding the Energy and Time to Devote to Longer Books

Posted July 26, 2017 in Discussions / 29 Comments
When You Just Can’t Commit | Finding the Energy and Time to Devote to Longer Books

I’ve always proudly said that I’ve always preferred paranormal and fantasy books over contemporaries. I loved getting swept away by the magic, the alternate universes, and the sheer creativity of them. My favorite books/series of all time are usually rooted in the fantasy genres (ACOTAR, Harry Potter, etc.) but I’ve noticed a rather disturbing trend- the older, and busier, I get, the more I reach for contemporary novels. I think this has less to do with the genre itself but rather with the fact that those epic fantasy tales are always so. damn. long. I used to breeze through a […]


Let’s Talk About Unhauling Books

Posted July 13, 2017 in Discussions / 24 Comments
Let’s Talk About Unhauling Books

Every time I move it’s brought to my attention just how many books I own. Compared to a lot of other bloggers, it’s probably not that many, but packing and unpacking them always leaves me feeling like they’ve multiplied. Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE all of my books, and don’t in any way think I own too many. However, many of my books have sat in boxes for years because I don’t have enough shelf space for them. My current shelf situation consists of two large Ikea Hemnes shelves and two smaller bookcases that are more for decorative […]


YA For Different Ages | The Wide Age Spectrum of Young Adult Literature

Posted June 28, 2017 in Discussions / 25 Comments
YA For Different Ages | The Wide Age Spectrum of Young Adult Literature

As a YA reader that started reading the genre when I was nine and am now currently in my mid twenties, I’ve seen the genre evolve and expand in so many ways. I remember constantly rereading my favorite YA series (The Princess Diaries, The A-List, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, etc.) because new books weren’t coming out fast enough to keep up with my reading habits. Now my problem has become quite the opposite- there’s more YA books coming out every year than I will ever have time to read. However, one thing that amazes me is how expansive […]


How Much Are You Reading Annually?

Posted April 20, 2017 in Discussions / 40 Comments
How Much Are You Reading Annually?

Lately I’ve noticed more and more emails from Goodreads popping up in my inbox surrounding my reading progress for 2017. It had been a few weeks since I had finished a book, and I received an email about my reading challenge. I then finished two books and each time I marked a book as “read,” I received another email. While I didn’t find all aspects of these emails troubling (in fact, I enjoyed that it linked to some of my GR friend’s reviews because I love checking out what my fellow bloggers think of books after I read them!) I […]


If I Can’t Have You, No One Can: Why Do YA Thrillers Focus on Unhealthy Female Friendships?

Posted October 13, 2016 in Discussions / 7 Comments
If I Can’t Have You, No One Can: Why Do YA Thrillers Focus on Unhealthy Female Friendships?

*Warning: This post will contain major spoilers for almost all of the books mentioned!* I’m a huge fan of thrillers, but I don’t read them super often because it can be hard to find quality books in the genre. They can be too predictable, too cliché, have an unsatisfying reveal for who the antagonist is, etc. However, when a good thriller comes along it’s really all anyone can talk about and it tends to take the reading community by storm (for example, I currently have The Girl On the Train in my Amazon shopping cart, because I cannot escape the […]