Category: Discussions

Why Bad Reviews Don’t Mean Regrets

Posted February 26, 2015 in Discussions / 24 Comments
Why Bad Reviews Don’t Mean Regrets

As a book blogger, negative reviews are ultimately something that are going to wind up on my blog. Not every book is going to click with me, and I’m very upfront how I feel about what I read. My reviewing guidelines for books is to always be honest while being respectful. I don’t trash talk authors, and if a book overwhelmingly didn’t work for me but there were still elements I liked, I am sure to mention the good and the bad aspects. Writing negative reviews is inevitable, and usually isn’t fun for the blogger to write or for the […]


Cristina’s Close Look [2] Boyfriend Knows Best: On Oppressive YA Relationships

Posted February 11, 2015 in Cristina's Close Look, Discussions / 25 Comments
Cristina’s Close Look [2] Boyfriend Knows Best: On Oppressive YA Relationships

As someone in their twenties, I’m often considered to be an “older” YA reader, as publishing houses market the YA demographic as targeting those who are 12-17. Being a YA blogger makes this difference and age range seem insignificant, as many of those who primarily read and purchase YA span an age range well into the 40s and 50s. Most of the time I don’t feel disconnected from YA novels due to being a bit older than the characters, but one of the exceptions can be romance. Since I’m out of my teen years I have a wider range of […]


Are You a Seasonal Reader?

Posted January 30, 2015 in Discussions / 27 Comments
Are You a Seasonal Reader?

It’s the cusp of February, and my local weather is having a nice little glimpse of spring. The sun is shining and various little woodland creatures have started appearing in my yard to taunt my cats through the windows. The temperature is just a hint shy of being short-sleeve weather. I’ve noticed this turn in weather just doesn’t alter the type of activities I want to do and clothes I want to wear, but it alters what I’m in the mood to read as well. This got me thinking: are there patterns in what I read depending on the season? […]


Cristina’s Close Look: Marginalized Identities and Intersectionality in Eleanor & Park

Posted January 16, 2015 in Cristina's Close Look, Discussions / 22 Comments
Cristina’s Close Look: Marginalized Identities and Intersectionality in Eleanor & Park

I’m really excited to launch this new feature! 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: Marginalized Identities and Intersectionality in Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell *Warning: This post will contain spoilers for the novel Eleanor & Park. Just a heads up if you haven’t read it yet! I picked up Eleanor & Park […]


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater Review & Discussion

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater Review & Discussion

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater My rating: 4/5 Stars Publisher: Scholastic (2009) Length: 390 pgs Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls (#1) Genre: YA Paranormal Fiction/Romance Format: Paperback Goodreads Synopsis: For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy […]


YA Imprints: Expectations or Extras?

Posted November 21, 2014 in Discussions / 10 Comments
YA Imprints: Expectations or Extras?

No doubt YA books have started to occupy a larger and larger portion of the book market. Whether you notice the expanding shelf space in bookstores dedicated to YA novels or the fact that a good chunk of movie blockbusters this year have been film adaptations of popular YA novels (Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, If I Stay, The Mazerunner, Mockingjay…) it’s impossible to not see the growing mark YA novels are making. Though I’ve only been officially YA book blogging for about a year, I’ve been reading YA since about 2001-2002 (I started young) and it’s exploded from […]


Discussion: New Adult Fiction

Posted June 13, 2014 in Discussions / 9 Comments
Discussion: New Adult Fiction

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about the new(ish) genre “New Adult Fiction,” with many varying opinions regarding whether it’s a great new idea or just another way to compartmentalize younger readers out of the adult fiction section. It’s still somewhat debated as to whether “New Adult” is an actual genre or a marketing term, but the idea (from what I’ve read and researched) is that it’s a midway point between YA and Adult, focusing on the age range of 18-25 and covering issues such as college, first jobs, starting families, etc. My primary problem with the concept of “New […]


Discussion: Buy Vs. Borrow

Posted May 13, 2014 in Discussions / 8 Comments
Discussion: Buy Vs. Borrow

As most voracious readers and book bloggers probably encounter, I’ve recently had to put a lot of thought into how to budget for books the past few years. As much as I’d love to purchase every book on my TBR list, the reality is that textbooks have had to come first for the last few years, and I honestly am starting to run out of room for storage and display of my beloved books despite several book purges over the past few months. So my fellow readers, how do you deal with this dilemma? I’ve definitely been utilizing my local […]


Free Yourself: The Pressure to Be “Well Read” and Why It Shouldn’t Matter

Posted April 18, 2014 in Bookish Thoughts, Discussions / 5 Comments
Free Yourself: The Pressure to Be “Well Read” and Why It Shouldn’t Matter

I’ll let you in on a secret. I’ve never felt that I’ve been “well read” enough to be an English major. Let’s face it- English majors are often literary elitists. They scoff at reading King Lear or The Wife of Bath in Brit Lit 201 because they’ve already done in it high school. They line up to take that voluntary Shakespeare class. They’ll respond to something that happens with the phrase “Oh, that’s very (enter author’s name here).” It’s intimidating, and often discouraging, when you’re the only one who has to read The Great Gatsby sophomore year of college in […]


Serial Series: The Problem with series that just won’t quit.

Posted March 30, 2014 in Bookish Thoughts, Books, Discussions / 10 Comments
Serial Series: The Problem with series that just won’t quit.

I recently moved last summer, and in the long process of unpacking and setting up my new living space I’ve acquired three lovely new bookshelves and a neat loft area to serve as my at-home library. In the process of unpacking, purging, and organizing all of my beloved books (which I generally find to be a soothing activity), I’ve noticed a rather growing (literally) trend on my bookshelves: series that turn into twelve book monstrosities that I lose interest in halfway through. This is really quite a shame, because I’ve invested money in and no doubt enjoyed the premise of […]