Armchair BEA Intro!

May 27, 2015

Hey,everyone! This is my second time participating in Armchair BEA, so I've chosen questions that I didn't get around to last time.

Confession: I was too swamped with stuff to write this post beforehand, and right now, I'm no my way out, so this is going to be short. Sorry! I will try to add to it once I'm back, though :)

How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging?
I've been blogging for 5 years, but I've been book blogging for 2 and a half years only, and that's what counts, really, because before that I was just an aimless nomad searching for the light.

Why do you loving reading and blogging?
Reading is my first and longest love. It's something that I got introduced to because of the family of bookworms I was born into, but I've stayed with it because a good book can lift you up and take you away to a more beautiful place, always.

Ten Tips to Write Better Book Reviews

May 20, 2015

ten tips to write better book reviews
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!
See, the thing is, I'm someone who needs clear-cut defined instructions and goals when I set out to do something. So having a freebie post this week really doesn't help, y'all. I just spent the entire day trying to figure out what to write, and finally settled on helping out all you poor souls who try your hands at having a book blog and don't know how to write book reviews. With gazillion years of book blogging experience under my belt, plus over a thousand reviews in my archives, I figured it was about time I shared my expertise with less experienced mortals.

So, book reviews.

Book reviews are to book blogs like ketchup is to french fries. You need to load them on SO MUCH, so that all you can see is a sea of red (aren't I clever with my analogies & alliterations? *pats self on back*). Or reviews, in this case.

And without further ado, here are my little pearls of wisdom!

Part 2: Authorial Intent & Responsibility

May 16, 2015

This is a post that I've been meaning to write for a very long time, and a recent bad experience with a book finally acted as the catalyst. Also, this post contains way too many questions, and too few answers, just so you know. I am a very confused person.

NOTE: Part 1 of this post can be found here.

I was really enjoying the last book I was reading until I came across a small bit that really took me aback:
"Ladies first."
Right away I wanted to throw my glasses in the nearest trash can and yank my ponytail down. Chivalry makes me want to be the kind of lady who deserves it.
[Before I elaborate further, I just want to note that I'm not going to mention the book's name, because this is not a hate post, and the book isn't the point of this anyway. I simply want to speculate on a few things.]

First of all, what does that last sentence even mean? That only gorgeous women who have their shit together are worthy of chivalry? That simple, normal women who aren't put together all the time don't merit common courtesy? That if you are the recipient of some chivalry you're supposed to immediately assess the ways in which you can improve your appearance so that you *deserve* it? So that... what? You can thank the guy with your appearance?

In a world that's becoming increasingly materialistic and shallow, and placing undue value upon physical attractiveness, is it really a good idea for a book to reinforce the idea that looks are everything? Is that the kind of message that a book targeted at young adults should convey? Aren't young girls faced with enough pressures to fit the narrow definition of beauty that the world has these days?

Ten Books I'll Probably Never Read

May 5, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!
This week we're discussing books we'll probably never read. Admittedly, I thought this would take me a long time to compile but surprisingly, there are a number of books that I'm pretty sure I'll never read. And here they are. Do feel free to dissuade me of this, though, if you think they're worth a read.

2015 Rewind: 1 of 3

May 4, 2015

Rather than do a monthly or weekly recap, which would never work for me because I never have anything to say (I highly doubt I have the dedication to maintain something like that either), I figured it would be interesting to look back every few months and see what's been going on in my life, which is why Rewind is now here.