How Much Value Should We Put in the Book Awards? | Book Discussion

In my opinion, not too much. Here’s why.

As January nears its end, most of the 2018 Book Awards have wrapped up and released their results. Some I read with joy, others with disdain, and others with total frustration – because the same books and authors were winning most of the awards. Again. And again. And again.

Which can be great when your faves happen to be among those books. But watching authors whose books didn’t even get that much buzz win simply because they’re big names in publishing didn’t sit well with me.

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One Week, 5 Books | End of Year Dash

It is officially crunch time, folks.

This wasn’t necessarily my best year for reading. Especially once August rolled around. Junior year has been extremely busy, and for the months of August, September, and October, I was averaging 1-2 books a month.

Not ideal for a reading goal of 55 books that I was already woefully behind on.

Mia over @ Pen and Parchment was having similar woes. So last month, she proposed that we both set our goal to 45 books and try to finish out the year together.

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7 Tips & Tricks to Unhauling Your Bookshelf

There comes a time when book lovers must face an unspeakable truth.

There simply isn’t enough space on their bookshelf for every book that want to own. Which, of course, leads to the dreaded solution of getting rid of some of them.

It can be a daunting task. Choosing what unread books to finally give up on, which recent reads aren’t worth the room. I myself recently unhauled about 30 books from my library. Hopefully some of these tips will help you next time you decided to do a little spring cleaning.

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Why Don’t People Take YA Seriously? | Book Discussion

If you’re a YA fan and occasionally venture out into the world, you’ve probably been told that YA books aren’t real books.

I know that I have. From teachers, fellow students, even friends and adults. I mention how much I love reading but when I start rattling off some names and mention they’re YA sci-fi’s, contemporaries, or fantasies, people are quick to quirk a judgemental brow. Because of course, any books centering around teenagers can’t have any quality… right?

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What Determines When I Read a Book?

Fantastic question!

We all have those books that we avoid all eye contact with because they’ve been on our shelves for a millennia (give or take a few centuries) and the guilt is gnawing at us.

But there are also those books that we buy and read immediately. How come?

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5 Reasons Book Buying Bans Need to Chill

You need to get off that book buying ban immediately.

“Um, Jordyn, this book buying ban is the only reason I have any money in my wallet.”

I know. Trust me, I get it. Book buying bans, in theory, are a reader’s best friend! They keep your spending habits in check and, most of all, help you focus on the books that you do have, rather than the ones that you don’t, which forces you to cut down that TBR like a kick-butt samurai.

However, there are most definitely reasons why book buying bans need to chill out:

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The Role of Age in the YA Community | A Discussion

Lately around twitter, there has been some discussion about the different age demographics in the YA book community. If you’ve been online then you’ve probably seen that there is a mix of many different age groups in our community.

This is fantastic of course! I’m happy that YA touches so many people at any point in their life. However, some complications are also evident.

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Why I Don’t Mind the Dreaded DNF

We all hate it. Devoting time (and, let’s be honest, effort) to reading a book that you’re hoping will be brilliant, but finding out that it’s just not for you. A lot of readers persevere and keep going until that last page. Why? No one wants to DNF.

For those of you who don’t know, DNF stands for “Did Not Finish”, meaning a book that you decided not to complete – as far as I know – for good.

I’ve seen a lot of people say that they hate DNF – they can’t give up on a story halfway through, what’s the point? I, on the other hand, really don’t mind not finishing a book.

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With Great Writing Comes Great Responsibility | Abrams Books and More

With great power, comes great responsibility.

A great piece of wisdom from our beloved Uncle Ben. And while I’m not sure that Peter Parker spent much of his time reading swoony YA novels between being a savior to New York City and nursing his crush on MJ, I do think it rings true in the writing community.

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This is THE WORST Reading Slump of My Life | SEND HELP

BEFORE THIS POST BEGINS, I’d just like to say THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH FOR 50 FOLLOWERS! I got the notification last week and totally forgot to post about it! I can’t believe there are actually 50 (56, now) of you that actually think my ramblings are somewhat interesting. Thank you, thank you, thank you. A special thanks to Kat from Life and Other Disasters for being my 50th AND to Yarravy from Hiraeth For The Pages for featuring me on her blog, which definitely added a few followers to my tally!

Now onto the slump in question.

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