Category: Discussions

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 […]


Second Chances and Second Glances: Spin Offs

Posted September 16, 2015 in Discussions / 17 Comments
Second Chances and Second Glances: Spin Offs

A trend in the YA community that I’ve seen gaining more and more traction is spin off series and stand alones, with several well-known authors choosing to continue a peripheral character’s story or expounding upon other elements of their fictional universe with a new cast of characters. It’s familiar to readers, and many readers find the prospect of getting to see a secondary character they loved have their story continued a wonderful treat. I’m personally on team pro-spin offs, as I’ve not only read many spin offs, but oftentimes I’ve enjoyed such spin offs even more than the actual series […]


Parents in YA Literature: Can’t Read With Them, Can’t Read Without Them

Posted June 25, 2015 in Discussions / 20 Comments
Parents in YA Literature: Can’t Read With Them, Can’t Read Without Them

If you’re a long time reader of YA, you know the gripe: readers constantly complaining that the parents are never involved, too conveniently absent, or just nonexistent, period. However, I think there’s been a recent shift in the role of parents (at least in contemporary YA) where authors may be overcompensating by making parents who are TOO overbearing. A balance is nice and definitely makes for good family dynamics, but I find that this “helicopter parenting” in books, while sometimes part of the plot, tends to overwhelm the book as much as a lack of parental authority can. Some recent […]


ARC Appreciation: A Discussion on the Rewarding ARC Experience and Balancing Review Copies

Posted June 4, 2015 in Blog Tips, Discussions / 16 Comments
ARC Appreciation: A Discussion on the Rewarding ARC Experience and Balancing Review Copies

As a book blogger, the existence of ARCs is hard to ignore. Reviews go up weeks and months before a book is released. Bookmail tweets and Instagram snapshots are posted daily. Giveaways for ARCs appear everywhere. With BEA recently happening and ALA on the horizon, the book blogging community is abuzz with people grabbing much anticipated titles months before they’re published. ARCs are everywhere. Personally, I love seeing ARCs so prevalently featured on my fellow blogger’s social media platforms because it makes me more aware of new titles, gives me insight on what to read and what to skip, and […]


Are We Too Hard on Our Heroines?

Posted May 20, 2015 in Discussions / 42 Comments
Are We Too Hard on Our Heroines?

For the first time in about a year, I opened a word document with my current work in progress, determined to get back into writing now that I’m a post-grad (for undergraduate, anyway). While rereading my 12,000 word draft, I realized that the character who I found hardest to write was my protagonist. While I knew her struggles and reasons behind her behavior and dialogue, I realized that her motivations may not be as transparent to readers, and that she could come off in less than ideal ways without the right context or background knowledge. This got me thinking about […]


Cristina’s Close Look [3]: Gender-Bending Villains

Posted April 29, 2015 in Cristina's Close Look, Discussions / 8 Comments
Cristina’s Close Look [3]: Gender-Bending Villains

This post was in part inspired by Cait @ Paper Fury’s post “Are You a Fan of Gender Swaps?” Thinking about her post made me start looking at which characters in popular stories transcend their gender boundaries, or exhibit traits of different genders, which I found to almost always be villains. If you like this post, go check out Cait’s discussion as well! Looking at popular stories, villains always have more of a license to break social norms and taboos, as they’re already “bad,” and such “misbehavior” won’t cause readers too much discomfort because they’re not supposed to root for […]


Why I Still Read and Write Reviews

Posted April 15, 2015 in Discussions / 48 Comments
Why I Still Read and Write Reviews

Lately there seems to be a consensus that review writing is sort of the “chore” aspect of running a book blog. People seem to think have to do it to be a blog, but it’s not the “fun” part of being a blogger. Many complain that review posts don’t drive as much engagement to their blog as features or discussions, or they feel that readers are more likely to skip them. It seems more bloggers are turning away from writing reviews or trying to find alternative formats for review writing. There’s nothing wrong with either of these approaches, or having […]