I’ve read a few posts over the last month and a half that frequently state not to bash the book or author but to give constructive criticism in a book review. It is true that bashing is not okay, but if you want the opportunity to hate on a book, give your readers a warning… Continue reading Constructive Criticism Does Not Belong in a Book Review
“Get two for the price of one!” At least, that’s the implied message of books that contain two or more novels in one book. Most of the graphic novels and manga that I read have multiple episodes or chapters in one volume. I seldom have a problem with reviewing graphic novels with chapters because each… Continue reading How do you review 2-in-1, 3-in-1 or Infinity-in-1 books?
One of the greatest challenges of reading fanfiction is finding the gems among all the poorly written stories and the stories that have been abandoned. Of course, there are some gems among the abandoned stories, but it’s frustrating that they aren’t ever going to be completed. My OTP is Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter. Since… Continue reading Five Favorite Drarry Fanfics
Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t remember the Hogwarts Library having a fiction collection. I know it’s a school library, so there has to be a lot of nonfiction available for student research. But surely there are plenty of students who want to read fiction between study sessions and classes. I don’t even remember… Continue reading Where is the fiction section of the Hogwarts Library?
Last month, everyone was celebrating May the 4th, and TBS celebrated it by putting the first six Star Wars movies On Demand. I had never watched any of the Star Wars movies until then. I decided to try them over one week, so I watched the first three movies, following release order (Episodes IV-VI). Long story… Continue reading Star Wars Ruined Eragon for Me
As a book blogger, does it matter to you whether or not a book has received awards? Before taking Children’s Literature last fall, I only thought about awards on children’s books (Newberry or Caldecott) and the Pulitzer Prize. I did not follow them and only noticed if it was noted somewhere on the cover. I… Continue reading Do Book Awards Matter?
I’m the type of person who likes to keep an author’s books together but organized by series, and I try to reflect that in the portion of my review archive that is organized by series. Since starting this blog, I’ve kept an archive of the books I’ve reviewed and talked about on my blog. The… Continue reading Review Archive by Series: Organizing It
E-textbooks are generally cheaper than physical textbooks, so I tend to pick them when I feel the price of the physical book is too high. Since starting college, I have used ebooks in my classes. I anticipated buying ebooks for my classes. When I visited colleges, we were advised that it was in our best… Continue reading What I Learned about Ebooks from College
In a creative writing class about three months ago, we briefly talked about what makes an adaptation good or bad. I had to put into words what I hate about bad adaptations. Where do they generally go wrong? Just as there is no one formula for a great movie, there is no one formula for… Continue reading What Makes a Book-to-Movie Adaptation Unsuccessful?
My reading tastes and habits have changed a lot since I was twelve. That in itself is not a surprise, but my reading of standalones and series has changed. I’ve changed in two respects to that: I prefer standalones over series now, and when I read a series, I prefer the entire series to be… Continue reading I Don’t Like Following a Book Series As It Is Published