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

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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 for 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 recent science fiction novel release, 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

A Discussion on BooksForTrade & How It Fits into Inclusivity in the Community

Last Tuesday I posted a short skit/screenplay thing I wrote about #booksfortrade that I hoped was a more humorous, different take of opening up the discussion for today's post! (If you haven't read it yet, you can find it here! It's a good precursor to this discussion, but I do admit it's probably not necessary … Continue reading A Discussion on BooksForTrade & How It Fits into Inclusivity in the Community

Things that Are Iffy to Me in the Book Community (From a Teen’s Perspective)

Alright, look. You know the sayings about kids being overly honest or whatever? Well, this is an instance where I'm calling you adults out. #sorrynotsorry Even though I'm a teen, not technically a "kid," teen books still falls under #kidlit so teenagers must still qualify as kids. Semantics. Anyways, sometimes things in the book community are … Continue reading Things that Are Iffy to Me in the Book Community (From a Teen’s Perspective)

Tips and Tricks for Getting More ARCs at Book Con & What an Haul Looks Like (2018)

I preemptively apologize for how US centric this post is, but also I'm the type of person who likes to torture myself reading about cons I could never go to and plan trips that will never happen (aka me watching the ALA posts last weekend) and I thought I'd never make it to BookCon, but … Continue reading Tips and Tricks for Getting More ARCs at Book Con & What an Haul Looks Like (2018)

Privilege in Publishing, Blogging, & the Book Community

As much as the whole book community is a really wonderful place full of really amazing bookworms, it's not perfect. There's a lot of disparity between groups of people, which obviously reflect real life prejudices within society, even if they're unconscious ones. Whether it's against international bookworms or non-white bookworms, this is something that needs … Continue reading Privilege in Publishing, Blogging, & the Book Community