On Classics, YA, and High School English: Why Teens Avoid Classics

With the whole "Book Opinion" thing on Twitter last month (if you were on near the holidays, you know what I mean), there's been a lot of hot takes on classics and the classroom and how they apply to modern teens. And so, I'm here to bring a little perspective as a modern high schooler … Continue reading On Classics, YA, and High School English: Why Teens Avoid Classics

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Writing ARC Requests + Why It’s a Dying Art

I think you all probably know that I have hadย shockingly little success with writing ARC requests, despite me being lucky enough to receive a lot of ARCs in general. If you haven't read my transparency post about stats (find it here!), I talk a little bit about requesting physical ARCs and my success rate. Which … Continue reading Writing ARC Requests + Why It’s a Dying Art

Bookish Musings & Discussion Time // “How Objective are ARC Reviews?” by Vicky Who Reads

I wrote a thing! If you want to read my thoughts on ARC reviews & if they’re objective, check out my guest post on Lily’s (Sprinkles of Dreams) blog!

I touch on four reasons why I think ARC reviews seem more positive than regular reviews, as well as a bunch of other topics on the objectiveness of these reviews.

So give it a peep + don’t forget to check out lovely Lily’s blog! See you tomorrow with a new post! ๐Ÿ’–

Sprinkles of Dreams

Hi everyone, and welcome to another brilliant guest post on my blog! ๐Ÿ’Ž

Iโ€™m extremely excited for you to read this incredible, insightful post today, written by the one and only Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads.

When I first started blogging, Vickyโ€™s blog was one of the first ones I discovered, and I was (and still am) so in awe of the way she talks about relevant and important issuesโ€”so of course sheโ€™s one of the first people I reached out to about a guest post, when I thought of introducing theย Sprinkles of Dreams Blogger Featureย on my blog.

Not only is Vicky an extremely outspoken and eloquent blogger, she also spreads her wisdom on Twitter, is a visual artist (Vicky Who Draws), and even helped organize a blog tour for The Weight of Our Sky,ย which Iโ€™m so excited to be a part of (putโ€ฆ

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The Double Standard Applied to POC in the Book Community

This is a post largely inspired by what went on with Tomi Adeyemi and Nora Roberts. If you're not familiar with the situation, that's fine. If you are, please don't bring mob drama to my doorstep. Because although this post draws on what happened between Tomi Adeyemi and Nora Roberts, there is a bigger takeaway … Continue reading The Double Standard Applied to POC in the Book Community

The Many Ways YA Books & The Community Isolates Teens

I think (I know) some people will probably disagree with me on this, but a fundamental assumption made in this post is thatย first and foremost, YA's audience are teens ages 13-18. This isn't supposed to be a "adults can't read YA!!!" post, nor is it supposed to argue who YA is for. I'm telling you … Continue reading The Many Ways YA Books & The Community Isolates Teens

It’s Been More Than a Year–So What’s Changed?: A Transparency Post feat. Stats & (Too Much?) Honesty

When I asked about whether people wanted to see this post, I definitely didn't understand just how much personal information it would involve. I spent a while thinking about whether I wanted to share a lot of very real, very solid numbers, because there are a lot of ways people could react. (Also, I contemplated … Continue reading It’s Been More Than a Year–So What’s Changed?: A Transparency Post feat. Stats & (Too Much?) Honesty

Murder? No Biggie!: The Desensitization of Murder in Young Adult Literature

Death. Destruction. MURDER. It's all just a day's work...right? WRONG. Murder & violence in young adult fiction is something that's becoming increasingly more common (especially as characters in books become more and more mature yet remain the same age--another post on this next month), but it seems to shock readers less and less. Yet, as … Continue reading Murder? No Biggie!: The Desensitization of Murder in Young Adult Literature

An Open Letter to Anyone Who Reads Reviews

Honestly, today's discussion is pretty straightforward and can be boiled down into one phrase (at the end, of course), but I still feel the need to emphasize certain points forย any person who reads reviews. There's a whole entire community (aka the book community) dedicated to books and also reviewing books and reading reviews. And this … Continue reading An Open Letter to Anyone Who Reads Reviews

Problematic vs. Plot: When Bad Things Happen & People Act Badly, but It’s a Consequence of the Book

This is a topic that I've never seen discussed, but has been on my mind a lot recently. I'm bringing this up after seeing some controversy last month over a recentย science fiction novel release,ย Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie, which I'll be taking examples from, but this applies to a wide variety of novels who have … Continue reading Problematic vs. Plot: When Bad Things Happen & People Act Badly, but It’s a Consequence of the Book

What NOT to Do When Describing Race in Novels

A lot of you have probably heard about those books the bookish community blows up about--books with harmful representation of minorities. It's happened on countless occasions--for different racial minorities as well as disabilities and LGBTQ+ rep and almost every minority under the sun. Harmful rep sucks and we want writers to write books that represent … Continue reading What NOT to Do When Describing Race in Novels