Category: Discussion

Let’s Talk About Writing G..

Being a reader and a writer is hard work sometimes. I often wish that my next book was already written and I could just read it, but tragically, procrastination does not result in finished work. How many of you have struggled with wanting to read your story more than wanting to write it? As a […]

January 5, 2020

Resources for Readers- How t..

Resources for Readers- How to Find Free or Cheap Books Legally

  I’ve posted before about places for reviewers to get review copies for free but with the recent discussion of piracy it was brought up that there are few of the opportunities for readers. This is not wholly true. They are difficult to find to be sure, and there are plenty of low cost options […]

July 27, 2018
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Services You Might Find At Y..

Services You Might Find At Your Local Library

  Every library is different. That means that you get a unique experience anytime you walk into one. The budgets, the people, these things all impact the different services available at each library and branch. This list is by no means exhaustive and will by no means apply to every library. If you’re curious about […]

July 25, 2018

Library e-Cards, Overdrive, ..

Library e-Cards, Overdrive, and Digital Services

  With the digital age as prominent as it is many libraries have seen fit to keep up with the times. One of the ways they are doing this is by offering digital collections that you can access right from your home. This is not exactly a new function, ebooks have been available from many libraries […]

July 23, 2018

Amazon and Libraries- A Disc..

Amazon and Libraries- A Discussion of Angry Proportions

  Dear Forbes, Your contributor Panos Mourdoukoutas (seriously, can this guy’s name be any harder to spell?) is an idiot. A complete, entitled, out of touch idiot. Love, The rest of society who has actually been to a library once in their lives. In all seriousness, the article posted on immediately raised the hackles of […]

July 22, 2018
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Adult Male Fiction and Dan B..

Adult Male Fiction and Dan Brown: Some Thoughts

These days the ever popular victim of the female disgust in literature is the adult male description of female characters. These posts turn into memes and we all get a hearty laugh out of it. Haha men can’t write women because of “insert reason here”. I admittedly laugh and share. But I don’t read a […]

April 27, 2018

Discussion: Religion in YA B..

Discussion: Religion in YA Books

I understand that this can be a bit of a sensitive topic for some people, but I think it’s a good topic for discussion. I am Catholic, and it’s an important part of my life. When I was a teenager, I participated in religion classes at my church, occasionally performed at Mass (Catholic church service), […]

December 17, 2017

Discussion: Maps

Discussion: Maps

  When I get a new book there are a few things I do first. Admire the cover, stroke the spine, smell the fresh cut paper. But there’s something I enjoy much more than that, and I don’t get to do it with every book. I love nothing more than to open a new fantasy […]

November 13, 2017

Discussion: Deckled Edges

Discussion: Deckled Edges

If something makes a book less functional, maybe not do it. -Hank Green Deckled edges. Beautiful addition or nuisance? What are deckled edges to begin with? You know those books that have the unevenly cut pages that makes them look all bumpy and cool? That’s the deckled edge. They’re not particularlly useful, mostly just decorative […]

November 11, 2017

Books in Verse

Books in Verse

  There is a small group of books in YA that aren’t like the others. Instead of your usual format and writing style, books by authors like Ellen Hopkins and others are written in verse. For some people these books are really interesting in different. But for me? They just don’t work. Verse books are […]

November 8, 2017