Bookish Musings: Consistency in Series Book Covers

I love book series. I also love book covers. Therefore it stands to reason that I would love the covers for series. And I do... when they're consistent. But there are a lot of little (and sometimes big) things that irk me when it comes to the covers on different books in a series, so I thought, why not make it a...
 

Bookish Musings: Why Do Some Books Make Us More Emotional Than Others?

Ok, so, there are some books that have emotional situations in them, and my brain understands that the things happening are emotional, that the character is feeling things, that it would be horrible to ever be in that situation for real... yet, for some reason, I just don't really feel emotional.But then there are other books that I just feel in my gut, my chest, my whole body. I myself get tense...
 

Bookish Musings: High School in Real Life vs. High School in Books

If you read my reviews, you've probably noticed that I don't read many YA books set in high schools. And the reason I am so hesitant to read them anymore is because I can't stand all the typical high school tropes. And it's not just books that do this, it's movies and shows too. I've joked before about how I must've had a different high school experience than most authors, but it has reached the...
 

Bookish Musings: Realism in Books – Basic Necessities

Food. Water. Shelter. Bathrooms. There are a few basic things that we humans need in order to survive, and a few other things that might not be entirely necessary but that we'd definitely notice if they weren't available. Generally in contemporary books, these things are common and available and not an issue. But what about books set in the past? Dystopian books? Post-apocalyptic books? Books in...
 

Bookish Musings: Disabilities Being Magically Cured in Books

We already have so little diversity in books, and we have even less diversity of the disability kind. Then, on top of that, the portrayal of disability is often riddled with problems---a big one being disabilities---whether physical or mental---being magically cured or turning out to be something paranormal. I feel like some people may not fully understand why this is so harmful though, so I...
 

Bookish Musings: Does POV Change the Way You “See” the Story in Your Head?

Sorry to disappoint, but this post is not as deep as some of you might be thinking of title. See, (was that a pun?) I'm not talking about understanding another person's perspective, I'm talking about literally the visual image that's in your head while you're reading. If the writing is in 3rd person, do you see it like a movie? If it's in 1st person, do you see through the eyes of the character?...
 

Bookish Musings: Why I Love Book Playlists

So, in case you didn't get this from the post title, I love book playlists. You know, playlists of songs that authors or readers create that are either inspired by the book or go with the book. I even make them myself sometimes (though, admittedly, I haven't made any for a while). And because I love them so much (also because I've been listening to one in particular a lot lately), I thought it'd...
 

Bookish Musings: How Our Environment Affects Our Reading

I got the idea for this post after reading Greg's post about seasonal reading. His post got me thinking about why it is that seasonal reason is so much fun and how much my reading experience can be affected by my environment, and voila! A post was born. Except in this discussion, I'm not just talking about the seasons or holidays. I'm including everything from the weather to the sounds around you...
 

Bookish Musings: My 2017 Bookish Goals

Hurrah, it's the new year! We made it to 2017, guys! And the new year means it's time for some new bookish goals. As I explained last year, I don't do New Year's resolutions. They tend to backfire. Goals, however, are always a good thing :-) And since reading/blogging is my hobby, I tend to think of these more as guidelines to keep myself reminded of what I want to read and do with my blog rather...
 

Bookish Musings: My 2016 Bookish Stats

It is December 31st today (well, technically it's not the 31st yet as I write this intro, and it might not be the 31st anymore on the day you're reading this, but it will be the 31st when the post goes up!), and I figured what better way to end 2016 than with a look at my bookish stats from the year?! (Clearly I have a very exciting life.) Seriously though, I've never looked back at any bookish...