Bookstagram Tips

In quite a few of my posts, I’ve referenced bookstagram–an instagram dedicated to books and book lovers. My bookstagram is living_for_literature (and that’s my shameless plug) and I thought it was about time I share some tips I’ve found over the last year and a half. Whether you’re thinking about making a book instagram account…… Continue reading Bookstagram Tips

Book List: Brainwashing

One more day to Halloween! One more book list for the month. To me, one of the scariest things is the possibility of being brainwashed/mind controlled into doing or believing something. These are books that deal with that. The Program by Suzanne Young Genre: YA Average Goodreads Rating: 4.5 Suicide is an epidemic. If Sloane…… Continue reading Book List: Brainwashing

Book List: Frankenstein Retellings

It’s a monster! Or is the true monster the man? In honor of Halloween coming up, let’s look at some retellings of Mary Shelley’s (perhaps the inventor of the horror genre) most famous work. Book descriptions come from Goodreads. Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi Genre: Horror Average Goodreads Rating: 3.57 From the rubble-strewn streets…… Continue reading Book List: Frankenstein Retellings

Do Protagonists Need to be Likable?

Let’s settle this age-old question. I’ve had a lot of people tell me they didn’t like a book because they didn’t like the main character, which is fair. I tend to dislike a book if I dislike the protagonist, but it depends. If I dislike a character because of personality traits that I don’t personally…… Continue reading Do Protagonists Need to be Likable?

Book List: Enemies to Lovers

Today’s list is dedicated to a trope that is scary good. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black Genre: Fantasy Average Goodreads Rating: 4.09 Jude grew up in the faerie land with her adoptive father–a red cap who killed her parents. Being a mortal in the land is hard when everyone looks down on her–especially evil…… Continue reading Book List: Enemies to Lovers

Why Are Parents in YA Books Always Dead?

Seriously. Haven’t you ever noticed the pattern? From children’s chapter books to YA books, the main character seems to always have at least one dead parent. The orphan character has become an archetype that we tend to know and love–Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter, Orphan Annie. But why is this, and is it necessary?…… Continue reading Why Are Parents in YA Books Always Dead?

Book List: “Inside is Safe” Dystipias

Since I was twelve, I’ve loved all things dystopias. How dark can the future get? Okay, maybe today it’s more reality than science fiction but I still like reading them. Especially the kind were the government tries to keep you “inside” the community. Don’t go past the wall…there’s danger out there. And of course, it’s…… Continue reading Book List: “Inside is Safe” Dystipias

A Non-Comprehensive List of Things I Want to See Less of in Books

A while ago I did a post about things I want to see more of in books. You can read that here. I thought I’d do the opposite now. These are things I’m just sick of reading about. “She let out the breath she didn’t know she was holding.” Love triangles between the girl-next-door, the…… Continue reading A Non-Comprehensive List of Things I Want to See Less of in Books

Book Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Walker Books)

I finally went on to continue my exploration of the Shadowhunter series! Nope, these are not rereads. I never read these books before, though I have no idea why, except for the fact I just didn’t hear about them. Don’t ask me how. Maybe I was just too caught up in Twilight and The Hunger…… Continue reading Book Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Walker Books)