Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Reading is Not a Competitive Sport

Ok, we need to talk about something. I spend a lot of time on the internet, and I’ve been seeing a ton of content from a ton of book fans out there about what counts or doesn’t count as cheating when you’re reading a book.

The very idea that some people believe there’s cheating in reading is baffling to me, but I’ve seen a lot of articles about how audiobooks or graphic novels or short stories or rereading a book or reading middle grade as an adult somehow count as “cheating.” Apparently something about these choices makes them less literary or less important or just “less” than an 800-page hardcover classic novel for the first time?

I’m here with a groundbreaking announcement: Reading is not a competitive sport.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

I Saw Myself in “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green

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Last night I did something I haven’t done in months – I read for three hours straight. I was consumed by a book and couldn’t put it down until I’d finished. The book was Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, and I couldn’t stop turning the pages (and crying) because I’d never seen a book character with mental health issues that felt so real and so relatable.

Turtles All the Way Down is about a girl named Aza who has severe anxiety and obsessive/compulsive disorder. There’s more to the book – the action is driven by Aza’s friend Daisy and a quest to find a missing billionaire so they can collect the reward money – but at its heart, it’s a look inside Aza’s mind and what it’s like to live trapped inside your own thoughts.

When I was 18, I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. I missed almost a quarter of my senior year of high school due to constant panic attacks and overwhelming anxiety. Now, my anxiety is nothing as severe as Aza’s is in the book, and fortunately I don’t have any obsessive/compulsive behaviors, but Green’s descriptions of Aza’s “thought spirals” and anxieties were possibly the most relatable thing I’ve ever read.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Outlander Fan Theories

Ok, so, I’m a huge fan of the Outlander books. I’ve listened to the audiobooks probably four times each (which I personally think is impressive – I only started listening to them about two years ago, and they’re each 30+ hours long). Davina Porter is the most delightful narrator, and her character voices and accents totally make the story.

Anyway, I consider myself somewhat of an Outlander expert, and I’ve developed some theories about what we can expect in the last few books. Check out my top three below (I have done absolutely no research on these theories beyond reading the books, so I’m not sure if these are already widely accepted or already disproven, but hopefully you enjoy them anyway)!

*Spoiler Alert* - If you’re not caught up with the current Outlander books, you may encounter spoilers below!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

What happens if you take a typical boy-meets-girl YA plot structure and give it a cultural twist? That’s exactly what we get in When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, and it is absolutely delightful. When Indian-American teen Dimple Shah convinces her uber-traditional parents to send her to a co-ed computer coding camp for six weeks before she leaves for college, she can’t believe her luck. But when Rishi Patel approaches her at the camp and introduces himself as her future husband, she discovers that luck wasn’t the only force behind her good fortune.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Feature & Follow Friday: Favorite book genres

This week's prompt is "What are your favorite genres of books?"

Is "All of them" a good answer? I guess I don't really love true romance books that are all heaving bosoms, etc. But I do love a good book with romantic elements. I'm a huge fan of historical fiction, YA, sci-fi/fantasy and mysteries. Just as I was typing that, I realized there is one genre that kind of encompasses all of that: steampunk.

I haven't read much steampunk lit, but what I have read has been awesome. If you want to see what it's like (or you just want to read a hilarious series with a strong female lead) check out Gail Garriger's Parasol Protectorate series or her YA Finishing School series. Both are super witty and great, have intriguing mysteries, a little bit of romance and some unique paranormal elements.

What are your favorite genres? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Q&A: Litsy Co-Founder Todd Lawson

Litsy Profile Screen, Litsy Litfluence Screen and Litsy Review Example

Recently I started using this app called Litsy, and it is now the main app I use on my phone. It's like Instagram, Twitter and Goodreads had a baby - you can track the books you're reading and have read, rate and review them, share pictures and write posts up to 300 characters. You earn "Litfluence" points based on how other users interact with your posts. Basically, it's essential if you're a book lover.

The awesome folks at Litsy were kind enough to answer a few questions I sent them to learn more about the app. Check out the Q&A with co-founder Todd Lawson below!