Category: Let’s Discuss

Jun 09
A Break in Our Regularly Scheduled Programming (& Reasons I’m Excited About WIFYR)

A Break in Our Regularly Scheduled Programming (& Reasons I’m Excited About WIFYR)

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I’m heading off to Utah very early tomorrow morning for the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers writing workshop! I’m not planning on updating the blog while I’m there (unless I’m feeling especially inspired) because I want to focus on the conference as much as I can. Things about WIFYR I’m looking forward to: Meeting Trent Reedy. Have you read Words in the Dust? If you haven’t you need to. Absolutely fabulous! I know I’m going to learn a lot from Trent! A week spent with other writers. These are my people! I can’t wait to talk writing with them. My critiques. I’m excited to get feedback from a whole group of people, and I’m hoping some of us will keep up the relationships after the conference. The conference sessions. In the mornings, our group will be critiquing, but in the afternoons, there are lots of break-out groups to choose… Read more »


May 17
Fun with SPAM! #4

Fun with SPAM! #4

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It’s time for a new installment of Fun with SPAM! Ah, the dreaded spam comments … we all know them well. Since that last SPAM post, I’ve been saving up all the good ones that make it through my filter. It doesn’t take long to collect quite a few, so I decided it was time to revisit one of my favorite goofy topics: SPAM. Once again, I decided to take a peek into the abyss of the Spam folder to find a few gems and imagine … what if I was really going to reply to these random crazy comments? Take a look at what I might say: Un manga est une bande dessinée japonaise. Yes. Thank you for that information. All my French readers should certainly be aware that “a manga is a Japanese comic.” I should have made this clearer for them. Good thing I have you around!  … Read more »


May 14
The Rain on Netflix: Danish or English? (Subbed or Dubbed?) Let’s Discuss.

The Rain on Netflix: Danish or English? (Subbed or Dubbed?) Let’s Discuss.

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I know this is off the topic of books, but I started to write about it in my Sunday Post, and it was really long, so I thought I’d just turn it into a non-bookish discussion. I’m allowed to have some of those, right? (Well, it’s my blog, so I’ve decided I am. 🙂 ) My Hulu wasn’t working for some reason, so I couldn’t watch Fear the Walking Dead while I worked out on Friday. Instead, I decided to try out a new show on Netflix: The Rain. I didn’t realize how foreign (to me) shows worked on Netflix, though. It took me a few minutes to realize that it was dubbed. I wasn’t sure how I felt about that. I watched the whole episode (and really enjoyed it—I think I’ll keep watching), and then I went and looked it up and found out that I could have switched it to subtitled… Read more »


May 11
My First Time Switching Between an Audiobook and a Print Book. Let’s Discuss!

My First Time Switching Between an Audiobook and a Print Book. Let’s Discuss!

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Have you ever tried switching back and forth between an audiobook and a “regular” book? I’ve noticed that Amazon offers the option to switch back and forth between a Kindle book and an audiobook (they often offer the audiobook at a discounted price), but I’ve never really considered trying it. Until recently. I put the audiobook of Alex, Approximately on my list of books to listen to from the library and then promptly forgot and purchased it from The Book Outlet. (Go figure.) I decided to give the book a listen a week or two ago and listened to it while I was in the car. I was enjoying the story and the narration was great. Wished I didn’t have to park the car and get on with my day. That night when I headed upstairs to bed, I caught sight of the book in my bookcase and thought, Why not? It… Read more »


May 02
My Newly Organized Bookcases! Let’s Discuss.

My Newly Organized Bookcases! Let’s Discuss.

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I’ve been wanting for years to do a color-coordinated bookcase. I even had two colored shelves (in two different bookcases, for some reason.) But it seemed like such a huge undertaking, and when I looked at all my book spines, I couldn’t see how I could manage it—it always seemed like I had SO many black spines and not enough color. When I recently got rid of a bunch of books, though, I decided it was time to organize anyway, so why not at least try? And I am SO happy with the results! Taking good pictures was a bit of a trick. Unfortunately, I don’t get tons of natural light in my bedroom, and the bookcase that I chose to color-coordinate (the one I can stare at adoringly from in my bed) is really far away from the windows. In addition, my quarter-sawn oak bookcases are dark and don’t… Read more »


Apr 17
Expectations About POC Names in Books. Let’s Discuss.

Expectations About POC Names in Books. Let’s Discuss.

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I have to start by pointing out the obvious: As a white woman, my opinion on this subject doesn’t matter all that much. Some people might even say I shouldn’t get to have an opinion on this. But I do, so… I’m giving it… with this little disclaimer that you can take it or leave it as you see fit. I actually started writing this as a note in my review of Picture Us in the Light, but then it was getting really long, and I thought I’d turn it into its own discussion post. I happened across a random comment on Goodreads where someone said they wondered if Disney was afraid to use names that sounded too Asian in Picture Us in the Light, since all the characters have American-sounding first names. This seemed like a strange reason to write the book off to me, especially given the fact that the… Read more »


Apr 11
Why Is Voice in Writing So Hard? And Do You Think About It When You Read? Let’s Discuss.

Why Is Voice in Writing So Hard? And Do You Think About It When You Read? Let’s Discuss.

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I actually started writing this as a completely different post (how I read differently now that I’m writing more seriously), but I ended up writing a lot about this voice, and I decided to go with it. Maybe I’ll write that other post another time. But for now, I’m talking only about voice. What is it that makes it so hard to capture? Is it something we think about when we read, or is it just there? Voice in Books First of all, if you’re sitting there wondering what I’m even talking about, let’s define “voice” when it comes to writing. Voice is simply what makes a character stand out as an individual—what makes the character sound like them. Voice can be established in a lot of ways—little repeated words and phrases, an attitude (such as a snarky teenage voice), worldview, phrasing, apparent education level that’s evidenced in word choice, etc. It’s actually… Read more »


Feb 22
Great Reasons to Get to Know Your Bookish Friends Better

Great Reasons to Get to Know Your Bookish Friends Better

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I was tempted to take this week off from the blog completely just to catch up on commenting and visiting my friends in the blogosphere, but I decided I couldn’t bear to disappear completely for the week. Instead, I decided to write a quick  post to tide you all over.  🙂 Great Reasons to Get To Know Your Bookish (AKA Book Blogger and Other Booklover) Friends Better: Books aren’t everything. I know, it’s practically sacrilegious to say this, but we are more than the books we read. (I mean, we’re at least 1% something else, right?) Getting to know your bookish friends’ other interests lets you know them more as a person. You can give them better book recommendations. Recently, AJ @ Read All the Things commented on one of my reviews and mentioned that she might be interested in giving the book a try. I know she’s not a fan of books that heavily… Read more »


Feb 05
Fun with SPAM!

Fun with SPAM!

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It’s time for a new installment of Fun with SPAM! Ah, the dreaded spam comments … we all know them well. Once again, a crazy comment made it through my spam filter and made me laugh. It reminded me that it was past time to revisit one of my favorite goofy topics: Spam. Once again, I decided to take a peek into the abyss of the Spam folder to find a few gems and imagine … what if I was really going to reply to these random crazy comments? Take a look at what I might say. Right away I am going away to do my breakfast, afterward having my breakfast coming yet again to read more news. Thank you for the compliment, but I’m a bit nervous for your health. If you keep having your breakfast coming yet again, you should probably see a doctor.  Your child are designed for… Read more »


Jan 25
Which Types of Reviews Are Most Effective? Let’s Discuss!

Which Types of Reviews Are Most Effective? Let’s Discuss!

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I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. I do a mixture of reviews on my blog, and I sometimes feel what types are the most effective. So, I decided to do a little analysis. WARNING: I make no claims here about my scientific skills. I tried to crunch some numbers, but I did this more as a fun exercise than a scientific query. Keep that in mind! I looked at all the reviews I posted in 2017 and did a little comparison. First off, let me tell you what types of reviews I compared: Bite-Sized Reviews: This is where I review four or five books in one post, and each review is (relatively) short. I don’t use bullet points or anything. I just talk about my impressions of the book. (I never have a giveaway with these.) “Regular” Reviews: One review per post (sometimes two, if the books are in a… Read more »