Category Archives: Discussion Posts

Backlisting

One of the weird things about being a book reviewer is that you generally end up leaving backlists, well, in the back. You’re all about that shiny new frontlist, desperately wanting books announced for 2020 and already over the hype of titles that actually haven’t even come out yet, but that you got to read […]

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The Sweet Freedom of DNFing

Though I’ve written at least one discussion post on DNFing in the past, it feels like time for a new one, largely because I’m so fully embracing it once again. In fact, I’m DNFing more than ever before. For the last couple of years, I’ve been DNFing about a third as many books as I’ve […]

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The Freedom of Not Having Ratings on My Reviews Anymore

As part of my changes this year, I mad enough changes to my reviews that I’m actually labeling them “Book Talks.” There’s not really a need for the change because “review” can encompass a whole lot of things, and these are still reviews without a doubt. However, I like to categorize things and because they’re […]

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The Joys and Perils of Rereading

Most of us probably begin as re-readers. As children, if we’re lucky, we have a collection of picture books that we read over and over again as we attempt to master the tricky beast that is language. If it’s English language, then it’s finicky as well. Repetition and familiarity help the learning process along. Slowly […]

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Romance and Predictability

If you read romance novels, be they written for a teen audience or an adult one, whether they’re contemporary, historical, or some other genre, you’re used to having people look down on your taste. It comes with the territory, sadly. Books centered on romantic relationships are deemed lacking in literary merit…unless they’re focused on a […]

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