Why I’m Not a Fan of Magical Realism | Book Discussion

It’s no secret that I’m a huge YA contemporary fan.

It’s practically half of my bookshelf. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy other genres: sci-fi, some fantasy, mystery, thriller, the like. Usually, I’ll give anything a try if the blurb really intrigues me. But one genre I aim to avoid at all costs?

Magical realism.

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Contemporary-A-Thon Round 5 TBR | All the Romances

Contemporary books are very much my jam.

Or jelly, if you prefer. That’s why I was so sad when I couldn’t participate in the Contemporary-A-Thon earlier this year because that week was just too manic for me. But this time? Oh, this time, I am not missing out.

This round runs from Monday, September 23rd to Sunday, September 29th. I’ll be away from home for the first couple days of it, but I’m hoping it won’t slow me down too much. If you want more information on it, check out Chelsea’s video! She explains it super well.

Here are the prompts and what I’m hoping to read for each of them.

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Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2019

As the end of the year approaches, so do the end of year releases!

I feel like I was doing a decent job keeping up with new releases at the beginning of the year but now… I have certainly been overrun.

Nevertheless, time marches on and so must I! I figured I’d compile the books I’m hyped for in the final months of the year, not only for your entertainment, but also for myself to know just how much crying my wallet will be doing. (Hint: it’s a lot).

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A Case for Changing Ratings Long After Reading | Book Discussion

Accurately rating books can be tricky.

Recently, I published a post listing some books I gave five stars to that, in hindsight, weren’t five star reads. I then proceeded to decrease their star ratings on my Goodreads to what I now feel better represents my thoughts on the books.

As I went to publish that post, I wondered if it was something I should even be writing. Whether or not it was fair to go back and change a rating on a book that I read a year, or more, ago.

Obviously, I decided to upload my ramblings anyway. Still, the question stayed with me. Is it fair to change the rating of a book a while after you read it?

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A Study in Charlotte| Every Mystery Should Be Like This

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Title: A Study in Charlotte

Author: Brittany Cavallaro

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery

Published: March 1st, 2016

Publisher: Katherine Teagan Books

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

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~ SPOILER-FREE REVIEW ~

I finished this about twenty minutes ago and I’m still just… wow.

I haven’t read a mystery in a really long time mostly because I never find the right one. It’s either too horror-y or too tame. Or it’s the perfect balance, but the murderer is so obvious that I might as well flip to the back just to read the full explanation. Or the murderer is so far-fetched that it really doesn’t even make sense. But this book. This book… Continue reading “A Study in Charlotte| Every Mystery Should Be Like This”