It took me a few tries to write this post. I even considered trashing the idea altogether, but a part of me just really needs to write this— for my own sake, and for any other bloggers that can potentially relate to my experiences.
The title is a bit vague, but instead of prefacing this post like I usually do with my discussions, I’m just going to dive right in!
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Hello friends! Today I have an interesting post for you all, one that I’ve actually been wanting to write for a while. With all the ARCs I got at YALLFest recently, I figured now was the perfect time to discuss all the struggles of having an insane TBR!
First, I suppose I should define what I consider to be a TBR. For some readers, their To-Be-Read list is simply a list of all the books they have an interest in reading. This is what most people have on their Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf. I define my TBR as all the books that I own, but have not yet read. Those books are also what I put on my Goodreads TBR shelf. This is how I know that I currently have 148 unread books in my possession, either in print or e-book format.
I know, I know. I can practically hear the sounds of a child weeping and a helpless woman screaming for mercy over that atrocious number. How it got to be that way? Well, I started buying YA books on a regular basis in 2014. Then I kept buying. For three years. I don’t read nearly as fast as I’m able to buy, apparently.
You’re probably thinking, what can a person with such obviously bad TBR problems tell me about managing one? The truth is, I can’t. I really don’t know a sure-fire way to get your TBR under control, if there even is one. But I’ve also tried a fair number of gimmicks to limit my TBR, some of which have worked more than others. So I’m here today with a fancy list of non-examples to help you manage your TBR!
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If you’re on book Twitter or bookstagram, you may have noticed a particular conversation that’s recently come up. Despite the fact that YA books are labeled specifically for “Young Adults,” it’s quite surprising how few young adults there actually are in our community. And those that are here, are not necessarily the more influential or strongest voices.
I debated writing this post for quite a while, mostly because I didn’t think my thoughts on this topic were unique or interesting enough. A few months ago, when this whole discussion started, they weren’t really worth reading. Now, as I started paying more attention and experienced certain things because of the fact I’m a teen, I think I finally have a post worth writing.
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Hello bookworms! Today I’m bringing you a particularly fun discussion about a topic that I kinda consider myself an expert on: high school. Now that I’m officially a senior and school is starting up across the nation, I figured it was the perfect time to finally write this post!
I’m sure many of you have noticed, but the YA genre doesn’t always realistically depict high school. Authors (or even screenplay writers for movies and TV) take a few liberties when portraying high school students in order to liven up their stories. Usually, the characters either have a much more difficult, or much easier, high school experience than us muggles get. Well, having spent the last three years of my life traipsing through the hallways of a very REAL school, I have a few thoughts and issues to raise. So, here’s, my list of myths about high school that can be found in just about any YA book!
But first, a disclaimer: everyone has a completely different high school experience! So if you actually can relate to some of these, please don’t be offended. These are just things that I’ve picked up on over the years and wanted to share. And every school is wildly different, I’m sure many of these do exist at some high schools!
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With the recent announcement of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie, and the controversy surrounding it, a discussion post idea that I had a looong time ago resurfaced. Despite being a veracious member of the 21st century fandom culture, I do not like movie adaptations of books. Or TV ones, for that matter. In fact, I spend a considerable amount of energy trying to avoid them (and the resulting hype) at all costs.
Let’s put it this way. If my favorite books of all-time, the Grisha trilogy and Six of Crows duology, were ever optioned for the big screen, I honestly would be upset. Mad, even. I know, all you guys are looking at me like I’m crazy, but I’m here today to explain why I really really don’t like movie adaptations. Feel free at the end to tell me all the reasons you love them, I’m sure I’m in the minority when it comes to this topic!
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