Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Fanfiction · Young Adult

Books That Celebrate Fandom

Have you seen more references to Harry Potter, Twilight, or other fandoms in YA books this decade? I think it’s a good trend when it’s done right. I enjoy it more when the book celebrates fandom, and it’s usually about a fictional fan culture. These are cool to read because it speaks to the fan… Continue reading Books That Celebrate Fandom

Young Adult

Books Where Characters Confront Their Fears

We’re in the month of Halloween, and the major theme of the month is scary. Those things that cause fear in people, like clowns, monsters, Slender Man, and Psycho Slasher Chainsaw Guy from Hell. To fit the theme of the month, I’m listing four books where characters confront their fears. Confronting fears can take many… Continue reading Books Where Characters Confront Their Fears

Traditional Fantasy

Reading the 10 Essential Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales

Last month, I thinned my book collection and found myself with four copies of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales. In the process of deciding which of those four I was going to keep, I made an Excel sheet of all of the stories the anthologies had and if they overlapped. Out of 94 unique stories… Continue reading Reading the 10 Essential Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales

Young Adult

5 YA Books Where Letters Are Important to the Plot

*This post contains links to book reviews on this blog. Letters tend to be personal messages to oneself or to someone important to them. In the case of literature, they can make up the entire story, drive the plot, show character development, and many other things.┬áToday I am listing five young adult books where letters… Continue reading 5 YA Books Where Letters Are Important to the Plot