In My Life
My sister returned home from her semester abroad, which I was extremely excited about. Still am, actually because she’s home! Naturally, this called for good food, so I braised beef and prepared couscous for our Sunday lunch. There may also be vanilla pudding in the fridge to satisfy sweet cravings. Hah. Since she’s back, she’ll finally be able to read Winter, which I thought was a glorious conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles. I got her into the series last year and so far she’s enjoyed all the books, so I can’t wait to hear what she thinks of this last book.
Guest Post on Diversity and Tokenism at Chasing Faerytales
As part of #DiverseReads2016, I threw in my two cents and talked about how token ethnic diversity isn’t good enough. Including a character of an ethnic minority in a book but not properly representing their culture is pointless at best and damaging at worst when this purports stereotypes. I rounded off my thoughts with five book recommendations of books that were culturally sensitive towards diverse ethnic groups.
Adding more damage to my TBR (to be read) pile I received in the mail my orders of The Chimes by Anna Small and Die Verschworenen by Ursula Poznanski. I’ve wanted to read The Chimes since last July but only managed to get my hands on it now because the UK release date was pushed back several times. Now I finally own a copy and definitely plan to red this one next month.
On the Blog
Bookstagram 101 is in full swing after I announced it the previous week. Starting off, I outlined available options for equipment, ranging from cameras to accessories and props. The section on cameras is particularly in-depth to help anyone who’s looking for a new camera or thinking of switching. Hopefully this guide adds more clarity to the process.
This week’s Bookish Scene: Project 52 theme Into the Night saw me featuring one of my favourite books, This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. If you’re participating in the photo challenge, remember to link up your photos at the end of the post.
Counting Stars by Keris Stainton revolves around characters in their initial stages of adulthood. I really liked the diversity of the characters not only in terms of social class and race but also in terms of their circumstances and aspirations. Another bonus was that the primary main character was a vlogger and her transcripts were included in the book. Social media is such a huge part of today’s youth, so seeing it integrated well was something I also liked about this book.
Around the Blogosphere
- Jeann @ Happy Indulgence expounded on the casualness of death.
- Beth @ The Quiet People stated that sometimes she’s uncomfortable with LGBTQ themes in YA books. With that she referred to the inclusion of LGBTQ themes merely for the sake of it and the shallowness these are treated with in some books.
- Alex @ Fiery Reads calls for equal support of female villains because male villains seem to get all the love.
- Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction imagined what type of YA main character she would be.
- Claire and Nikki @ Bitches with Books tackled the meaning of diversity.
- Amber @ The Mile Long Bookshelf doesn’t mind mid-series book cover changes.
- Cait @ Paper Fury ruminated over the possibility of reading “too much”.
- Kritika @ Snowflakes & Spider Silk considered magic vs. Technology in fantasy and science fiction.
- Pamela @ A Writer’s Tales shared what she likes to see in romance plots.
- Cilla @ Paved with Books raised the importance of having classics translated and by extension, books in general.
- Bec @ Readers in Wonderland thought of ways to combat times you’re sick of reading.
- Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books is envious of “book-eaters”.
- Socha @ Writing About Books thought about books that changed in the course of growing up.
- Annemieke @ A Dance with Books responded to the oft-asked question, How do you read so much?
- Lola @ Lola’s Ramblings broke down associative memory and things she remembers based on the books she read around those times.
- Gilly @ Writer of Wrongs discussed the willingness to wait for series to get better.
- Kim @ Sophisticated Dorkiness attempted to reconcile conflicting reading goals.
- Tracy @ Cornerfolds got her books crossed as a result of reading them concurrently.
- Carlisa @ Confessions of Carlisa elucidated what book bloggers actually do. Pretty sure most book bloggers relate to most of these points. I checked 9 out of 12.
- Christina @ Christina Read YA reflected on her blogging and booktubing journeys.
- Aneeqah @ My Not so Real Life posed the question: Can book bloggers get paid?
- Alexandra @ Twirling Pages built upon Aneeqah’s post also asking, can you make money from book blogging?
- Claudia @ Penmarkings analysed the effectiveness of comments for discussions.
- Emz @ Paging Serenity is a moody blogger.
- Carlisa @ Confessions of Carlisa rehashed why she started book blogging and counted the ways the book blogging community is still so great.
- Amber @ bookutacksamber plunged into bullet journalling to keep track of blogging.
- Kat @ Cuddlebuggery declared, book blog like nobody’s watching!
Book Blogging Community
- Kara and Lyn @ Great Imaginations are taking submissions for #BloggerPROfessions, seeking positive confessions from book bloggers.
- Jess @ Princessica of Books introduced #ProjectPositivity, also calling for submissions shedding light on positive aspects of the book blogging community.
Regarding these two projects seeking positivity—these are responses to a blog post of #BloggerConfessions that were largely negative. Personally, I do think that some points represented the (private) sentiments of more than a handful of bloggers and thus shouldn’t be discounted. Negativity cannot be ignored and it’s in everyone’s interest if we can find ways to overcome them.
However, I throughly disagreed with the tone and lack of respect in the way these points were portrayed and am amazed at some of the irony. Despite the preemptor that none of these points were directed at any specific blogger, the word choices still bore hateful accusations. This is why I’m heartened to see that bloggers like Kara, Lyn and Jess are intent on fostering goodwill in the community.
- C.J. @ Sarcasm & Lemons listed some important approaches to negative book reviews.
- Emily @ Books & Cleverness defended book reviews that are part of blog tours.
- Alahna @ The Charmed Reader feels too easily swayed by reviews. That’s why she’s trying not to read a book review till after she’s read the book.
- Melanie @ YA Midnight Reads clarified some ins and outs of ARCs (advanced reader’s copies).
- Willa @ Willa’s Ramblings reported what it’s really like to work at a bookstore.
Cait @ Paper Fury wrote a lovely post on how to (nicely) attack people with friendship on the Internet:
DO ATTACK PEOPLE WITH FRIENDSHIP WHEN THEY SAY HELLO. This might scare them away. But it also might make them too scared to leave you. —Cait, Paper Fury