Category: Let’s Discuss

Feb 17
Am I the Only One Without an OTP? Let’s Discuss!

Am I the Only One Without an OTP? Let’s Discuss!

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This post has been linked up to the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge. Okay, first of all, in case you’re like I was when I first started blogging and you’re like, What the heck’s an OTP?—it means One True Pairing. (Seriously, why do we bloggers need to make up acronyms for everything? We write for a living—or at least for a very serious hobby—can we really not muster up the energy to write three extra words?) A One True Pairing is that couple that you will ship until the end of time, that you need to be be together in order to be able to go on with life. If the couple does not get together, you will cry buckets and lay around on the couch in a malaise for all of time … or something like that. (Let’s not get overdramatic here, people.) In the bookish world, an OTP is like a necessity. Every… Read more »


Feb 08
Power to the Writer: Inkitt’s Mission to Change the Face of Publishing

Power to the Writer: Inkitt’s Mission to Change the Face of Publishing

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Hey, everybody! Nicole here (this is a guest post, but the parts in green are me). A couple of weeks ago, I was approached by Inkitt to ask if they could provide a guest post for my blog. I was honestly just about ready to email Hannah back to tell her that I don’t do those types of guest posts, but at the last moment I decided to take a glance at Inkitt and check it out. Turns out, they have a unique approach to publishing that I find fascinating, and I thought that you all might like to learn a bit about them too! So, without further ado, here’s Hannah from Inkitt to tell you about their publishing process … Some of the biggest and best-loved heroes of the literary world had to fight to get noticed. Before J.K. Rowling got her big break with Bloomsbury, no fewer than twelve short-sighted book… Read more »


Jan 21
Seeing the Book Blogging World Through Rose-Colored Glasses: Let’s Discuss

Seeing the Book Blogging World Through Rose-Colored Glasses: Let’s Discuss

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Over the four years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve seen a lot of posts going up about the drama in the book blogging world. About people being attacked for their viewpoints, stalked for their negative reviews, outraged over others’ bad behaviors at book conferences … it seems that there is no short supply of negativity on the internet. But still, each and every time I see a post about how painful and draining the book community can be I think, “Really?” Because that just hasn’t been my experience. I’ve found the book blogging community to be a friendly and welcoming place. I tried to figure out why. Do I just stay away from controversial topics on my blog? I don’t think so. I’ve posted about many topics that have brought about debate in the community: The Irresistible Pull of ARCs Number of Followers and Following Back (though some of my thoughts and… Read more »


Jan 14
Let’s Discuss: Special Niche Genres

Let’s Discuss: Special Niche Genres

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This post is linked up to the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge. I was reading my latest Shelf Awareness newsletter a couple of days ago, and I saw an advertisement for a book, professing the following: I have to confess that it kind of made me laugh. This claim immediately made me think, The best Swedish crime novel? Is that even a thing? How hard is it to be the best Swedish crime novel of the year?  Is that a terribly competitive market? The question buzzed around in my head for a while, and so I investigated. Now, anyone who’s an actual fan of crime novels probably knows that Swedish crime novels really are “a thing.” After a quick internet search I discovered that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a Swedish crime novel. Even I’ve heard of that one. And apparently Stieg Larsson started a whole new craze. I found several… Read more »


Jan 05
Why Does Technology Scare Me So? Let’s Discuss!

Why Does Technology Scare Me So? Let’s Discuss!

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This post is linked up to the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge. Since I’m a book blogger, it shouldn’t be a surprise that most of my strengths have to do with the humanities. When I was a student, I took as many writing, literature, and humanities courses as I could get away with—I only tackled two relatively simple science courses in college (though I took AP Bio and AP Psychology in high school and enjoyed both of those), and I never took a math class after I took pre-calculus my junior year of high school. Math (and math-related sciences) intimidated me—I couldn’t wrap my head around them. Technology has always been the same. It scares me! But nowadays I spend a HUGE chunk of my day on the computer, so I can’t avoid it completely. I don’t want to be baffled by technology or let it get the best of… Read more »


Dec 26
The Gilmore Girls Reboot: I Spent Hours of My Life that I Could Have Been Reading on THAT?

The Gilmore Girls Reboot: I Spent Hours of My Life that I Could Have Been Reading on THAT?

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Okay, I just have to vent here for a few minutes. I know I’m behind the times, but I finally had time to sit down and watch the new Gilmore Girls revival with my mom and … I wish I could un-watch it.  I have to know: Did anyone out there like this revival? Okay, so if you haven’t seen it yet and you plan to, you should click away because the rest of this post is going to be full of SPOILERS (and probably more than a little bit ranty) Were Rory and Lorelai always such horrible people and I just didn’t notice before? How did I not notice this? For those of you who remember better than I do or who re-watched the original series, please remind me if Rory and Lorelai were always like this: Right from the very start, I was a bit … concerned. The… Read more »


Dec 22
Reflections on My Reading Year

Reflections on My Reading Year

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2016 is almost over and lots of us our reflecting on the past year, taking a look at our goals and accomplishments. I thought it might be fun to look back at some of my old Top Ten Tuesday posts to see how I did with reading the books I said I was anticipating in 2015 & 2016. (Hint: It’s not pretty.) Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2014: This was one of my first TTT posts in 2015. These were all books that I somehow missed in 2014, but I totally meant to get to them in 2015. Surely, I should have read them all by now, right? Let’s take a look: Hmmm…. Out of these, I’ve only read Isla and the Happily Ever After, Since You’ve Been Gone, and UnDivided (links go to my reviews). Not off to a great start. (Though I did enjoy all three of these, so… Read more »


Dec 03
Let’s Discuss the Book Blog Discussion Challenge!

Let’s Discuss the Book Blog Discussion Challenge!

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Hey, everybody! So, 2017 is almost here (yikes!) and Shannon and I thought it might be nice to do a little check-in with everyone before we start the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge. We want to know how it’s going for you guys. Personally, I love the Discussion Challenge—it’s one of my favorite parts of blogging—but there’s always room for improvement, right? (Or maybe not, but if that’s the case, we want to hear that too.) I was planning to do a whole poll thing, but somehow I got stuck and couldn’t get it to work the way I wanted it to, so in the interest of time, I decided to just ask a few basic questions: If you’ve participated in the challenge: Is there anything that you would change about the challenge? Any suggestions for future giveaways or ways to spice up the challenge? Or is everything perfect and… Read more »


Nov 23
Why I’m So Thankful for the Book Blogging Community

Why I’m So Thankful for the Book Blogging Community

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I thought I’d participate in The Thanks U Give, which is being hosted by Chasing Faerytales and Stay Bookish. It’s a sort of bookish Thanksgiving celebration, and there are so many bookish things to be thankful for! Make sure you head over to the main post to enter the giveaway, because HarperCollins was generous enough to sponsor! So, here are a list of (some of the) reasons I’m thankful for the Book Blogging Community: You Get Me How often do you find other people who want to talk about books or blogging all the time? Well, probably not all that often in “real” life, but that’s okay. My book blogger friends know what it’s like to be slightly (okay, majorly) addicted to books and they won’t question my decision to stay up until 2:00 to finish one off. You Broaden My Horizons I’ve spent most of my life relatively insulated in… Read more »


Nov 19
A NaNoWriMo Update

A NaNoWriMo Update

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Well, we’re a bit over halfway through NaNoWriMo and I figured I should give an update. It’s going amazingly well and I’m feeling really good about this book overall. I’m excited! Once again, I decided to participate in Beautiful Books 2016 (which is hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up and Further In) and I’m answering their update questions here! For an introduction to my novel and to find out what it’s about, click here to read my first NaNo post. Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going? Really good! Right now I’m at 32,138 words, which is over where I need to be to stay on track. Last NaNo, I was getting my word count, but I didn’t feel like my novel was going anywhere. (At least not anywhere particularly good.) And while I loved writing, it felt like a bit of a losing battle because… Read more »