In the online book community, we often talk about buying and selling ARCs. As far as I’ve seen, most agree that it’s unethical. I tend to agree, but there are always new situations that make you think about this more, like buying and selling them used. I’ve been disturbed for a few years that the… Continue reading Buying and Selling Used ARCs
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?
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
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
Ever since J.K. Rowling announced the existence of Ilvermorny and American Wizarding culture, I have been annoyed by the term “No-Maj,” a.k.a. Muggle. This one word takes away some of the magic of the Harry Potter universe for me. Since it is apparently an American wizarding term, I, as an American, get to complain about… Continue reading ‘No-Maj’: An Annoying Term from American Wizards
Once upon a time, you could count on ebooks being cheaper than their print counterparts, if only by a few dollars. This was always reassuring. Over the last few months, I have noticed that Kindle ebooks are more expensive than paperbacks now. I have never been a fan of paying more than five dollars for… Continue reading When Ebooks Became Pricier Than Paperbacks