Books I’m Stripping of Their Five-Star Status

It happens to the best of us.

We can be blinded by a fantastic ending, or a swoony character, and rate a book just a smidge higher than it deserves. At times… much higher.

I’ve run into this problem many times myself. I find Younger Jordyn did this a lot because she was just so excited to be reading YA that every book seemed worthy of five stars! Alas! Such is not the case.

One of my reading resolutions in 2019 was to be more critical in my reviews and ratings (look out for a discussion post on this soon!), and I figured a good way to do that would be to look at my ratings in the past few years and see how many of them I would really change.

These are some titles that, well, seemed like five star reads at the time, but in hindsight… yikes. Perhaps they weren’t as good as I previously thought.

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February 2019 | Wrap-Up

Month number 2 is in the books.

And I am decidedly not in the books. As in, not reading the books. (Great segue, I know). The past few weeks have been absolutely manic, and I know it’s not going to slow down for at least a couple months.

Even though it’s been a stressful month, I would still classify it as a good month, because even I was busy doing things, they were things that I enjoyed doing.

So, I read some good books, had some fun times, and I’m here today to tell you about them!

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Will These Crossover Ships Sink or Swim?

Romance is a pretty big deal in YA.

It’s not an exaggeration to say that almost all YA books have some sort of romantic subplot. So what happens when those couples get shaken up a little bit?

Yeah, sure, Valentine’s Day could be used to celebrate all the great couples that we already have… or the ones that we could have if we only thought outside of the box (or rather, the book.)

I was inspired by this Epic Reads post where you could vote on which character ships from different universes you think would work and which ones wouldn’t.

But since this isn’t a democracy in any way, shape, or form (lucky you), I wanted to list some crossover couples of my own that would swim and others that would sink to the bottom of the ocean, Titanic-style.

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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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THE BOOKS OF 2018

Yeah, I know, you’ve already read about 100 of these posts.

But I can’t help it! I want to scream about my favorite reads from this, or, should I say last, year. But! These aren’t just my favorite books of the year – they are all the books worth mentioning this year for… a multitude of reasons. (I did the same thing for 2017!) Confused? Once again, you shall see.

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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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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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