Is Hatred of Love Triangles Really Slut-Shaming?

Is Hatred of Love Triangles Really Slut-Shaming? If you’re a part of the YA reviewing community, you’ll have noticed that there is a distinct, almost pathological, hatred of love triangles among the majority of our readers. It’s so bad, that even a hint of a love triangle can send reviewers running screaming in the opposite […]

I Have Never Read…

I studied English literature at a tertiary level, so I should be pretty well-versed in your basic university reading list. Except that I’ve never read Pride and Prejudice. I don’t pretend to have read it to other bookworms, but I do, however, know enough about the book to hold my own in conversation, even with […]

MBM: Homage vs Rip-Off

What’s the difference when it comes to creativity in the arts? When is something a rip off of something else or a homage? And how do you identify it? When I was perusing Animorphs reviews, I came across a reader who claimed Applegate ‘ripped off’ Sauron from Lord of the Rings in Book 6: The […]

MBM: Respect for all

The complaint that there aren’t enough minorities in literature is entirely valid, because you feel like you can’t ‘see’ yourself in literature that’s full of white cis able-bodied females (or males). And a reviewer who is of the same minority represented will bring their own experiences and may see something in the literature that someone […]

16 Ways I Get My Books

Because I had a tough time reading last year, I noticed I hardly bought any books as well. I only bought 18, and normally I buy a lot more books than that. It got me thinking about all the ways I get my hands on books and for any newbie book bloggers or other book […]

Why Book Reviews Are Still Awesome

Dirty Little Secret It’s a dirty little secret in the book blog community that book reviews, despite largely being the backbone of most book blogs, often draw in less readers and less interactions than, say, a (controversial) discussion post or even a meme. Reviewing is why I got into book blogging. But even then, after […]

Am I A Failed Blogger?

I’ve had a pretty rough reading year and I’ve managed to read less than one book a month. My blog has taken a hit due to my lack of reviews despite my consistent blogging of at least twice a week, even though it’s been a rough year. I’m mostly posting weekly memes but I’ve seen […]

Stop Accusing Everything of Being Instalove

I am so fucking sick of seeing reviewers claiming every single YA with a romance is ‘instalove’. What is insta-love? It’s when the main character meets her (or his) romantic interest and is instantly willing to proclaim love and change the world and risk everything to be with that person. I’ll give you some examples […]

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