Category: Discussions

How Much Are You Reading Annually?

Posted April 20, 2017 in Discussions / 14 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 […]


Down the Reviewing Black Hole: Do You Review Every Book You Read?

Posted August 30, 2016 in Discussions / 21 Comments
Down the Reviewing Black Hole: Do You Review Every Book You Read?

Hello! Yes, I am indeed alive! After a seriously crazy summer season at work, I am returning to talk about one of the most integral parts of being a blogger…reviewing. I’ve talked before about how important and enjoyable I find writing and reading reviews, and I usually feel duty bound to review every single book I read here. Considering I read anywhere from 50-75 books a year, this is a ~somewhat~ manageable goal. However, I know there are bloggers who read hundreds of books per year, and it got me thinking….how many bloggers review ALL of the books they read? […]


Just Call Me a Potter Purist

Posted June 30, 2016 in Discussions / 29 Comments
Just Call Me a Potter Purist

2016 seems to be the year of the revival of Harry Potter fans. Cursed Child is debuting on stage, the screenplay is being released, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Universal Studios Hollywood, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to hit theaters this fall. It seems like everywhere one turns Harry Potter has come back into the forefront of the media. However, I’ve found myself completely apathetic to almost everything that’s going on. As much as I have always and will always love Harry Potter, I can’t shake the wrongness that I feel when […]


Cristina’s Close Look [4]: Abuse and Assault in Fantasy Featuring A Court of Mist and Fury

Cristina’s Close Look [4]: Abuse and Assault in Fantasy Featuring A Court of Mist and Fury

 Cristina’s Close Look is a more specific type of discussion here at Girl in the Pages, where I find a trope, topic, or theme and explore the topics more in depth with a little bit of analysis and a lot of enthusiasm. Feel free to join into the discussion in the comments! Topic: Abuse and Assault in Fantasy Featuring A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas *Warning: This post will contain spoilers for the novel A Court of Mist and Fury and A Court of Thorns and Roses. Just a heads up if you haven’t read it […]


The Importance of Personal Aesthetic in Literature

Posted May 11, 2016 in Discussions / 19 Comments
The Importance of Personal Aesthetic in Literature

There are so many elements I love about the young adult genre, especially themes such as acceptance, self-exploration, and the valuation of personality over aesthetic. However, it’s also come to my attention that in some ways the genre has tried so hard to elevate the normal protagonist or fight for the underdog that it’s created inverse stereotypes in order to break others: pretty girls are mean girls, wealthy people are evil, privileged people don’t have problems, those who care about their appearance are vain and shallow (generalizations, but you see the point). The breaking of stereotypes in favor of implementing […]


The Science of Swooning

Posted March 28, 2016 in Discussions / 11 Comments
The Science of Swooning

Like most YA book bloggers, I read a LOT of books within the same genre. Sure, I read a lot of sub-genres within Young Adult (fantasy, paranormal, contemporary, etc), but the I read so much from the overarching Young Adult genre that sometimes I worry that I am becoming desensitized to certain elements, particularly my level of investment and intrigue in the romantic relationships. I feel like lately I tend to miss out on the emotions that these relationships are supposed to evoke, and I had come to the conclusion that I either: Was outgrowing these relationships now that I’m […]


Bookish Standards: What Do You Consider Acceptable Physical Conditions?

Posted March 7, 2016 in Discussions / 34 Comments
Bookish Standards: What Do You Consider Acceptable Physical Conditions?

As a book blogger and lifelong voracious reader, I’ve always purchased a lot of books from various vendors. Many of my book purchases are made online, as they fit into my budget and the delivery method is convenient for my busy schedule. However, I find that more often than I’d like, my books come in semi-damaged condition that I cannot control since I am not picking them out myself (I am totally that person who checks every single copy at a bookstore to ensure I’m purchasing the most flawless one). I don’t crack spines, don’t dog ear pages, etc. so […]


Considering My Culture When Reading

Posted January 13, 2016 in Discussions / 20 Comments
Considering My Culture When Reading

This past weekend I came across a School Library Journal article about the Pura Belpré award, which is given to outstanding literature for young people written by Latino authors living in the United States, which focuses on the Latino cultural experience. The award this year will be awarded at the ALA Annual conference over the summer. This article and award resonated with me, as I realized that since graduating from college I haven’t been exposed to as much culturally diverse literature, especially that of my own Latino heritage. While not something that’s always apparent upon my appearance, I am of […]


Unsettling Chills or Slow Burn Thrills? A Halloween Discussion

Posted October 30, 2015 in Discussions / 13 Comments
Unsettling Chills or Slow Burn Thrills? A Halloween Discussion

With Halloween a mere sleep away, spooky book recommendations are flooding the internet, from classic horror literature picks to unnerving psychological thrillers. Yet I find that there’s a stark difference in the appeal of a thriller novel and a horror story, a line that separates two distinct experiences a reader has when choosing one of the two genres. While some may welcome both horror and thrillers and discriminate against neither, I find that my personal reading preference lie firmly on one side of the two common Halloween genres. I love thrillers, but 99% of the time I will run in […]