I was browsing Goodreads the other day for more books I could add to my already massive TBR list, when I came across an “upcoming” release I’d almost forgotten I was waiting for. This book is the last in a series that I first read when I was still in primary school, and maybe that’s given you a clue as to how long I’ve waited but in case it hasn’t this is a book that was supposed to be released in 1999.
Let that sink in for a moment; I’ve been waiting for a book, the last in the series, for nearly twenty years now, and looking on Amazon the release date has been set to 2030. At this rate I’m going to have to get this book delivered to my nursing home, but it did get me thinking and I came up with this discussion topic.
Series Vs. Standalones
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Really quickly before I go into this discussion my comments appear to be being marked as spam by WordPress. If you could check and break me out of spam jail if you see any of my comments there I’d be very grateful.
Everyone’s heard the phrase ‘never judge a book by its cover’ before, but let’s face it in some shape or form we all do. Maybe it’s not as obvious as seeing a book with a bad cover and thinking ‘oh, this is going to be a terrible story’ but I do think, for me especially and maybe you as well, covers influence our opinions on what books we do and don’t pick up.
The covers are always the first things we see. You’re browsing on Amazon, or wandering around Waterstones and you don’t have time to look at every single blurb of every single book so you use the covers to help decide what books you may want to know more about, what books you will read the blurb of.
How Much Do the Covers Influence Our Opinions on Books?
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A few months ago I wrote about the types of relationships I’d like to see more of in YA books, and unsurprisingly parent/child relationships was the first one on that list. While the YA contemporary genre has a wide variety of amazingly written and developed parent/child relationship, in fantasy books there tends to be case after case where the parents are long gone.
After a while when you’ve read the same thing over and over again in the introduction, almost a footnote to the main character development, you start to wonder where all the decent parents are.
Where are all the Parents in YA Books?
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Instead of doing a normal discussion today I am going to use today to talk about NaNoWriMo and my current WIP. There may even be a few snippets at the end.
Spoiler alert, there are.
So if you’re not aware NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and for the whole of November people taking part try and write 50K words before the month is over. This is not my first year taking part, but it my first year taking part and blogging at the same time, and it’s also the first time I’ve written in a long while.
NaNoWriMo Update and Introducing my WIP
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Chances are if you look around at your bookshelves right now, or browse the books you have on your Kindle, you’ll discover the majority of them have one thing in common and that’s that they all have female protagonists. It seems it’s a rare thing to come across a series with a male protagonist, either that or they’re out there and I’m just looking in the wrong places.
Why are there More Female Protagonists than Male?
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November is coming up, and for many of us that means one thing; NaNoWriMo is beginning.
For those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is it’s a month long writing fest where everyone who joins pledges to write 50K words before the end November. I took part myself back in 2014 and 2015, before I started blogging, and now I am taking part again. I’ve never managed to hit 50K words, but maybe this year is my year.
This week’s discussion post is not so much about blogging or reading, but marking the start of NaNoWriMo and getting me ready to churn out 50K words.
Why Book Bloggers Would make Good Writers, and Why They Wouldn’t
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The very first book I can remember picking up and reading was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Before that my parents would read fairytales to me, and after it was the Twilight series. It was the fairytales that inspired my love of magic and happily ever afters’, Twilight that inspired my love of YA fiction, and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone that inspired my overall love of reading.
Ever since I was a child there’s been so much I’ve loved about picking up a new book and diving into a new story. It’s why I’m still reading now twenty years after the first Harry Potter book was released. I have friends, and even family members, who rarely read. They pick up maybe one or two books a year, and I wonder how?!
Reasons I’m Thankful I Started, and Love, Reading
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Slumps, whether they’re blogging or reading ones, are something we all dread, but it’s something we’ve all had to work our way through at one point or another. No matter how much you love doing something, and I assume I’m right in saying we all love reading and blogging here, there’s going to come a time when you lose the motivation to read or post anything new.
Unfortunately there’s never going to be one tried and true method of getting through slumps. Everyone has their own little tricks, things they do to stare off slumps, but sometimes you just have to face the inevitable.
Blogging and Reading Slumps
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A little while ago I posted a discussion about the pros and cons of fairytale retellings, because while I love the subgenre that doesn’t mean there aren’t some people who avoid those books, and it also doesn’t mean I’m blind to the cons. Someone mentioned in the comments that I could do a pros and cons post for all genres, after all there are certainly enough of them out there.
Rest assured I’m not going to do a pros and cons post for every genre. Some, like fantasy and contemporary, are too large and comprehensive to work in my mind; but after I posted my fairytale retelling post I got to think about another genre I love, another genre I want to see more of but one that does have some cons.
The Pros and Cons of Magical Realism
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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not reading for the realism, and considering I mainly pick up sci-fi and fantasy books this is probably already obvious to most people. However for the same reason I think diverse representation is important in YA books, so is realistic romantic representation.
Not everyone meets the love of their lives as a young teenager while in high school, and while I’m not saying some people don’t settle down with their high school sweetheart I think it’s rare. There are plenty of books out there where the boy and girl meet as teenagers/in high school and fall in love, and that’s the be all and end all.
Is the Romance in YA Books Realistic?
Spoiler warning: This post will contain spoilers for books by A.G. Howard, Sarah J. Maas and Marie Lu.
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