Category: Discussions

Diversify Your Shelves: Recommended Reading

Posted May 3, 2014 in Discussions, Literary Lists / 39 Comments
Diversify Your Shelves: Recommended Reading

If you’ve been paying attention to the bookternet recently, you’ve probably noticed a lot of discussion about the need for diversity in books. When the line-up for BookCon was announced a little over a week ago, there was a huge outcry about the lack of diversity in the authors and bookish celebrities appearing. Of the 37 BookCon guests, there is not a single person of color. (There is, however, a cat.) I’m not going to write too much about this […]

Battling the Blogging Blues

Posted March 26, 2014 in Blogging & Challenges, Discussions / 45 Comments
Battling the Blogging Blues

The last few months have been a bit odd for me, reading-wise. Even though my page count hasn’t dropped off, I have felt like I’m in a reading slump. Don’t get me wrong, I have read some books that I’ve really loved, but I’ve also struggled through a few books that I couldn’t quite get into. Objectively, I can tell that these are very good books, and yet… reading them feels like a chore. Despite my reading resolution at the beginning […]

Guest Post: How to Throw a Bookish Wedding

Posted March 12, 2014 in Discussions / 5 Comments
Guest Post: How to Throw a Bookish Wedding

Hello darlings! The lovely Andi of Estella’s Revenge is off getting hitched, and I’m taking over her blog for the day! Head on over to check out my guest post on how to throw a bookish wedding! I may have had too much fun writing this post, spending hours browsing Pinterest for fun ways to incorporate books into a wedding ceremony and reception. I don’t plan on getting married for quiiiiiiiite some time (in case any curious relatives are reading), […]

Negative Reviews: To Post or Not to Post?

Posted February 23, 2014 in Discussions / 59 Comments
Negative Reviews: To Post or Not to Post?

There’s been a lot of discussion about whether or not to post negative reviews floating around the bookish internet lately. Buzzfeed announced that its new Books section won’t feature negative reviews. Book Riot dodges the issue by calling their book writing “recommendations” instead of reviews. When Books on the Nightstand discussed why they only talk about books they like on the show, Michael Kindness said people don’t go to bookstores and ask booksellers what books they didn’t like. To some […]

Why I Love Being a Reader and Blogger

Posted February 18, 2014 in Discussions, Literary Lists / 11 Comments
Why I Love Being a Reader and Blogger

Happy Tuesday, turtledoves! Like a true blue book nerd, I love a good list. This week for Top Ten Tuesday, the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish ask bloggers to list ten reasons why they love being a reader and blogger, and the timing for this topic is kind of perfect. I’ve been in a bit of a slump lately. I’ve only finished two books so far this month (and one of them was a graphic novel), and I’m having trouble finding […]

Jazz Age January 2014 Meets Feminist Sundays

Posted January 26, 2014 in Blogging & Challenges, Discussions / 16 Comments
Jazz Age January 2014 Meets Feminist Sundays

Happy Sunday lovelies! We’ve got something a little special going on over here this weekend. One of my good blogging friends, Elena of Books and Reviews, had the brilliant idea of writing a pair of crossover posts for my Jazz Age January reading challenge and her Feminist Sundays feature. We each wrote a post about feminists and feminism of the 1920s, and I’m thrilled to be hosting her post about Zelda Fitzgerald. You can find my post, about how women’s […]

“I Don’t Understand People Who Don’t Read,” and Other Nonesense

Posted August 14, 2013 in Discussions / 47 Comments
“I Don’t Understand People Who Don’t Read,” and Other Nonesense

A few months ago, when I was working on my Best Bookish Tumblrs post, I spent a lot of time reading through one particular blog, Bookfessions. A lot of the “confessions” are relatable things like, “I’ve had to limit my reading on public transportation. I’ve missed my stop more than once,” and cute stories like, “When I was 6, I used to call my dad and if he didn’t answer, I would read to him on his voice mail. If I […]

Do You Audio?

Posted July 8, 2013 in Discussions / 30 Comments
Do You Audio?

My college boyfriend and I have been doing the long-distance thing since we graduated and moved back to our respective hometowns a little over a year ago. We live about 2.5 hours apart, which makes it fairly easy for us to visit each other every few weeks. To make this regular drive more fun, I started listening to audiobooks last fall. No more flipping listlessly through the radio stations for me! I discovered that the drive goes by a lot […]

It’s a Love/Hate Thing

Posted June 27, 2013 in Discussions / 28 Comments
It’s a Love/Hate Thing

Last week Book Riot posted a companion piece to its November 2012 list of readers’ top 50 favorite novels. The new article lists the 50 most hated books, compiled from reader submissions. As a lover of lists, I was intrigued by these posts. In particular, I was interested in the overlap; according to a Book Riot post analyzing these lists, there are eight books that were featured on both lists: Pride & Prejudice Jane Eyre The Great Gatsby Wuthering Heights The […]

Full Disclosure: Complying with the New FTC Guidelines

Posted April 4, 2013 in Discussions / 17 Comments
Full Disclosure: Complying with the New FTC Guidelines

On March 12, the FTC released updated guidelines for making effective disclosures in digital advertising. Beauty & Fashion Tech posted a great article about why this is relevant to bloggers who receive free products for review and how to comply. You should go read the full post, as it goes into much more detail than I will here. My aim in this post is just to address how I have made disclosures in the past, and how I will make […]