Removing Myself from the Blogosphere

After many months of no posts and almost non-existent internet presence, I’ve decided to close the down the blog. When I started blogging 4+ years ago, I had no clue what would be in store. At the time, the Young Adult book reviewing community was just beginning to blow up and I wanted to join in on the fun.

Along the way in this journey, I’ve met some of the craziest book reviewers, read countless books, and got to know authors and publicists beyond the names printed on the pages. I didn’t realize how much work, blood, and sweat goes into running a successful blog.

In conjunction with my growing love of new adult and adult books, my interest in young adult books began to wane. Although YA fantasy will always have a spot in my heart, I simply don’t have the time to constantly review books anymore. Instead of this blog being an outlet for me to express myself and share my love of literature, it became a chore to consistently think of new, interesting topics for my followers.

I’m grateful for the opportunities both indie authors and big publishing house agents have given me via NetGalley. I’m thankful to those who have followed my journey and to those who have included me in the warm world of book review blogging. For now, the next adventure awaits for me in the real world and it’s time for my virtual self to retire.

Musing Monday: Drawing the Lines

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Recently in the news, a Tennessee mother Jackie Sims objected to her 15-year-old son reading Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks because

“I consider the book pornographic,” Sims told WBIR, citing a passage in which Skloot imagines Lacks discovering a lump in her cervix: “With the door closed to her children, husband, and cousins, Henrietta slid a finger inside herself and rubbed it across her cervix until she found what she somehow knew she’d find: a hard lump, deep inside, as though someone had lodged a marble just to the left of the opening to her womb”. (source)

This got me thinking because as a teenager I’m surprised that this mom would think her son doesn’t already know about these things (sex, drugs, alcohol,etc). I agree that the passages Sims has pointed out are graphic. But even so, would a 15-year-old really be sheltered enough to not know about the human anatomy?

Over the years, I’ve been seeing a trend in the YA literary world. The lines between New Adult and Young Adult are becoming blurred (some passages even going into the adult category). More and more authors are writing about drugs, alcohol, and (gasp!) sex in their young adult novels. Even though we may be teenagers (and I’m assuming the adult readers as well), we aren’t the slightest phased by the “graphic” things we see, hear, and even experience.

No, not all millennials are pot-loving, free-for-all, glued-to-our-phones, spoiled-rotten kids. But neither are teenagers and young adults so naive as to not be aware about the things going on in the world. This awareness of the “adult” world is definitely showing up more and more in the YA books being published today. To say that teenagers know nothing of the outside world is naive thinking indeed. I’m sure a lot of parents would be shocked at how graphic or sexually suggestive even Twilight, Fault in Our Stars, or Perks of Being a Wallflower can be in some passages.

Where do we draw the line between what is considered “young” and what is considered “adult”?

 

 

Musing Monday: Favorite Reading Positions

musing_mondayFinding the perfect reading position that is comfortable for more than a few minutes is one of the hardest things for a reader to do. But once you find that sweet spot, bliss ensues. My favorite place to read books is on my bed or on my couch. During the summer, I’m a total potato and I lounge like I have all the time in the world. Whether it’s with a physical book or if I’m reading on my iPad, I always read on my side.

If I had to pick a position in a chair it would probably be like #10 in the picture below. Although occasionally I’ll sit like #7. I’ve tried reading on my stomach or sitting upright but my back starts to ache like crazy. I can’t look down at a book for very long or else my neck hurts like no other. Has anyone else had that moment when you’re reading on your back and the book falls on your face? No?….uhhh I must be an awkward mutant turtle then.

What’s Your Favorite Reading Position?

A Little Birdie Told Me (Aug 23rd-29th)

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Welcome to A Little Birdie Told Me! At the beginning of the week, I make a post about some upcoming book releases to look out for (in no particular order). Click on the covers to go to their Goodreads page.

1. Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals #1) by Eleanor Herman (Release: Aug 25)

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

Weaving fantasy with the salacious and fascinating details of real history, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known: Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

2. Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray (Release: Aug 25)

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

3. Another Day (Every Day #2) by David Levithan (Release: Aug 25)

The eagerly anticipated companion to David Levithan’s New York Times bestseller Every Day

In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan (co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all.

4. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (Release: Aug 25)

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

5. Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell (Release: Aug 25)

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Nicolette discovers a secret workshop in the cellar and begins to dare to imagine a new life for herself. Could the mysterious books and tools hidden there—and the mechanical menagerie, led by a tiny metal horse named Jules—be the key to escaping her dreary existence? With a technological exposition and royal ball on the horizon, the timing might just be perfect for Nicolette to earn her freedom at last.

Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince . . . but realizes she doesn’t want a fairy tale happy ending after all.

Bout of Books 14 Day 4

Bout of Books

Today’s challenge is hosted by kimberlyfaye reads.

The Four Seasons

For this challenge, you need to convey the four seasons in book covers – through color, title, cover, etc. You can be literal or take a more creative approach. Anything goes! Just show me four seasons in book covers.

This challenge was way more difficult than I anticipated. >.<

Winter

Spring

Summer

Fall

Bout of Books 14 Day 2

Bout of Books

Today’s challenge is hosted by The Book Monsters.

Book Scavenger Hunt

1. A Book that begins with “B”  (for Bout of Books!)

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

 2. A book you’re planning to read/currently reading for Bout of Books

The Kiss by Lucy Courtenay

 3. Blue Book(s)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

 4. Books from your favorite genre!

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

 5. A book on your TBR shelf, or your full TBR shelves

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon