The future of YA (part 1) | changing trends and mainstream books

So this post is coming a little later - and a little different - than I originally intended, but here it is nonetheless! With this post, I'm starting a series that's all about the future of YA. Originally, it was just going to be one post, but that ended up being WAY too long, so … Continue reading The future of YA (part 1) | changing trends and mainstream books

How does nostalgia affect how I read books?

Here's a fun fact about me: I love rereading my favorite books. There's nothing better than falling back into a world and characters that I already know I'll love, and I usually get something new out of it no matter how many times I've been there before. However, when I reread these books and subsequently … Continue reading How does nostalgia affect how I read books?

My experience as a creative writing major

Hi friends, guess what? I graduated college this week! As of May 19, 2019, I have a Bachelor's of Arts in Creative Writing with a minor in political science, which sounds Very Official and Fancy. For the past four years, I've been spending basically all of my time and energy striving toward this goal and … Continue reading My experience as a creative writing major

8 little tips for new bloggers (what I wish I knew starting out)

When I started blogging back at the beginning of 2018, I had no idea what I was doing. Naturally, I went out looking for advice from other bloggers, and while I found LOTS of incredibly useful tips and guidance, there was still plenty that I learned on my own along the way. This list is … Continue reading 8 little tips for new bloggers (what I wish I knew starting out)

Why I don’t like writing negative reviews

In the past year-and-a-bit since I stared this blog, I've written about 40 book reviews. Almost half have been for books that I rated five stars. Not one has been for a book rated under three stars. In fact, let's break this down. Maybe this looks like I only read really good books. Maybe it … Continue reading Why I don’t like writing negative reviews

We need to talk about romance in YA 😬☕️

Happy Valentine's Day! Let's talk about my disappointment with romance in YA books lately. Last year for V Day, I made a post about my favorite book couples (it was like the third post I made on this blog so maybe don't read it), and I was planning on doing an updated version with my … Continue reading We need to talk about romance in YA 😬☕️

6 things I’ve learned in a year of blogging | one year blogiversary! 🎉

Tomorrow, February 8, marks the one-year anniversary of my very first post on this blog. I can't believe that I've been blogging for an entire year! Time really does fly, huh? In that time, I've published 109 posts and written 115,370 words. A year ago, I don't think I could ever have imagined I'd be … Continue reading 6 things I’ve learned in a year of blogging | one year blogiversary! 🎉

A Grishaverse TV show?? My questions, worries, and hopes

That's right, folks, you read it correctly - we are getting a Netflix show adaptation of Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse books! This show will be run by Eric Heisserer, the creator of Arrival and Bird Box, and be comprised of eight episodes combining the Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology. (source) Obviously, … Continue reading A Grishaverse TV show?? My questions, worries, and hopes

Does my rating of a book depend on how long it takes me to read? (figuring it out using MATH!)

If you're reading that title and going "hey wait a second, I read this blog for books, not math!" - don't worry. When I first contemplated doing this post and attempting math, my first thought was: But then I remembered that, even though I haven't taken a math class in like five years, I do … Continue reading Does my rating of a book depend on how long it takes me to read? (figuring it out using MATH!)

Reacting to bad writing advice (aka, fight me Jonathan Franzen)

Have you ever read writing advice so worthy of eye-rolling that you want to give up all hope for the future of writing?This week, an article of writing advice from novelist Jonathan Franzen made the rounds across book Twitter, earning mockery and parodies aplenty. And since my first instinct when an old white man tells … Continue reading Reacting to bad writing advice (aka, fight me Jonathan Franzen)