No, Your 12 Year Old Should Not Read Spicy Adult Romance

Someone on my social medias recently asked for recommendations for their 12 year old who wanted to read what their mother read, starting with Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros. The answers were generally along the lines of, ‘let the kid read whatever they want’. I’m not going into what spice level rating Fourth Wing is […]

Purging My Owned TBR Shelves

BACKGROUND Ever since I was a child, I’ve had problems with the idea of purging the books I’ve read. I’m not a hoarder. I’m a mood reader, and when I was younger, I had so few books that I was a massive re-reader as well. Once, when I was about 10 or so, my parents […]

How Do You Deal With Damaged Books?

Today, we’re delving into a topic that fills me with dread and anxiety: the idea of damage being inflicted upon my cherished books. As someone who views each book as a precious treasure, the mere thought of pages bending, covers creasing, or spines cracking sends a shudder through my bookish soul. Is this a seemingly […]

From Blood And Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout

Let me preface this by saying that if you can get over the staggeringly slow start, past the shockingly bad worldbuilding, and through the molasses of a character whose life is so bland and boring she makes Auren from the Plated Prisoner series almost look like she’s actually doing something with her life (besides wandering […]

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

So I kind of missed the hype on this book (as I so often do). It was published in 2020 and it has, as of March 2024, over a quarter of a million ratings on Goodreads, which means more than that many have read the book. I actually wasn’t even that interested in reading this […]

Navigating the Emotional Resonance of Second-Hand Books

For book enthusiasts, the allure of second-hand bookstores is undeniable. The nostalgia, the hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, and the sense of connection to literary history are all part of the charm. Yet, for some of us, the world of used books carries a unique challenge—one that is often overlooked but deeply felt: the […]

Annotating Books: Do You Write In Books?

Today, we’re diving into a topic that can be both intriguing and mildly unsettling—the idea of annotating fiction books. Yes, you read that right. I want to explore the realm of adding notes, highlights, and scribbles to those pristine pages that have captured my imagination. Many of us hold the unblemished page as sacred, revering […]