Appreciating Public Libraries | Book Discussion

Libraries are an important part of every community.

But before I tell you why, I just wanted to mention that this will be a two-part post (because I know that you love reading my voice) in honor of International Book Giving Day, which incidentally, falls on the same day as Valentine’s Day.

I’ll talk a little bit more about that in the second part but I will be talking even more about it on my twitter as the day gets nearer.

Whether you read 100 books a year or 10, you should recognize the importance of the public library. It is so important that libraries across the country, and around the world, stay open. American libraries provide so many services, but to name just a few:

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Why I’ve Been Avoiding Anthologies | Book Discussion

I’ve hardly picked up any YA anthologies.

When I first started to enjoy reading, it wasn’t because of short stories. It was because of full-length chapter books like Holes or Nancy Drew. I only really began to understand the concept, structure, and amazingness of short stories when I began to take creative writing classes at school.

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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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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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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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Reader Problems | A.K.A Every Bookworm’s Nightmare

Hey guys!

We readers all have those painful, frustrating, or just plain heart-breaking problems. Also known as #readerproblems. Since I’ve lately been experiencing a number of these, I decided to write a post about some of them! I apologize in advance, as this is about to get super ranty. Continue reading “Reader Problems | A.K.A Every Bookworm’s Nightmare”