Author Speaks, discussion posts, Guest Post

The Diss Track: 13 Reasons Why feat. Erin Green

  Alright readers, what's good? 13 Reasons Why has been making waves both in the literary and visual sense. Love it or hate it the impact this story is having seems to be undeniable on several fronts. When it comes to hot topic and controversial books, shows, or movies, the best thing for anyone to… Continue reading The Diss Track: 13 Reasons Why feat. Erin Green

Author Speaks, Rants

13 Things That Happen When You Date an English Major, and Why They’re Wrong

Sometimes, usually when you're on the phone with a fellow English major, you stumble across some articles that leave you both cackling in your seats while making hilarious comebacks to the author's claims. This was one such article. Erin Cossetta (who shares a first name with my friend in question), either has never even met… Continue reading 13 Things That Happen When You Date an English Major, and Why They’re Wrong

Author Speaks, Give Me Five Friday

Give Me Five Fridays: How to Read a Book in a Day, the Five Step Program

I'm a fast reader, and when I say that I'm not over-exaggerating my ability. I literally eat through 400 page books in under 24 hours on a good reading vibe, then roll over to grab my next book. Multiple people have asked me how I do it, so here it is. The secret to my… Continue reading Give Me Five Fridays: How to Read a Book in a Day, the Five Step Program

Author Speaks, Rants

Agonies and Annoyances: Romanticizing Male Love Interests

Maybe I'm not the best person for this post. I make it known that I'm not a love story, happy ending, teenage drama kind of book reader. (There is the occasional exception, like Anna and the French Kiss) But I'm here to say, for all the shippers that like to dominate YA, your boy ain't… Continue reading Agonies and Annoyances: Romanticizing Male Love Interests

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Sunday Suggestions: Finding Books With Autistic Characters

I created and deleted this post several times before I reached this draft. Originally I had a list of books with characters who are canonically autistic, but I couldn't post it in good faith. For one, I'm not autistic, so I was going by what other readers classified as autistic characters. Another issue I found… Continue reading Sunday Suggestions: Finding Books With Autistic Characters

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Reading Without Walls Challenge

This is something I've jumped around on doing, but honestly when I was sitting around considering my reading list for the coming weeks I found that I fit more with this than I thought! Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese, has been named the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature and has launched this… Continue reading Reading Without Walls Challenge

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Annoyances and Agonies: Where are the ugly women?

Think of your favorite female protagonist. How is she described? The majority of main characters are vaguely described, because it allows for readers to project themselves onto the character. It's an effective marketing strategy that allows for better book consumption. Readers enjoy imagining themselves as the heroes of the stories they're reading and publishers want… Continue reading Annoyances and Agonies: Where are the ugly women?

Author Speaks, Reading Lists

2017 Releases Watchlist

I kept telling myself I wouldn't make this post. I don't buy new releases typically, money has to go to bills, food, and school. I'm also on a book buying ban for the rest of the foreseeable future (over 300 titles on my shelf that I haven't even touched. I'm actually garbage). However, too many… Continue reading 2017 Releases Watchlist

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Confessions of a Lazy English Major: The Books I Never Read

As an English major I've heard a lot of the same things. I've been told that I must read a lot, that the person talking to me could never do what English majors do, that they can't believe how I could enjoy reading everything that my classes have assigned. I usually just smile and nod at… Continue reading Confessions of a Lazy English Major: The Books I Never Read

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Annoyances and Agonies: The Lack of Body Diversity in YA

I am going to start this with what might be considered TMI. I have big boobs. Honestly, that may be an understatement. I have huge boobs. I'm a 40G bra size, they're ridiculously dense (I once dropped one on an ex's face out of spite and gave them a bloody nose), cause all kinds of… Continue reading Annoyances and Agonies: The Lack of Body Diversity in YA