On Reading 500 Books A Year

Reading is amazing. Being able to afford to purchase books (almost) whenever I want to is a straight up luxury. I’m especially aware of that since I was only working part-time last year, earning only enough to pay for rent and bills and not many books. Even being taught to read, let alone finding it immensely […]

Judge a Book By Its Cover Trend

Trying to attract attention to a Young Adult book via only its cover can be hard. It needs to set the right tone. It needs to attract a target audience. It needs to evoke curiosity, want, or need. It needs to look older than a children’s book, which are usually painted. It needs to look […]

Ode to Library Ebooks

After my struggle with reading last year, where I read only 12 books for the entire year, due to extreme personal circumstances which have somewhat been resolved, I have rediscovered the joy of my local library. I don’t mean love for the actual building because ugh, people. I still love my physical library, it’s the […]

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 […]

Why I Won’t Make Bookish Resolutions in 2018

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday was supposed to be Top Ten Bookish Resolutions. I decided not to do it as I have not made any resolutions this year. When I make resolutions I tend to fail them. It’s no fun seeing a list of things you wanted to achieve and then failed at, especially when you […]