Discussion: 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...
 

Discussion: 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...
 

Discussion: 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...
 

Discussion: 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...
 

Discussion: 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?...
 

Discussion: 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...
 

Discussion: 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...
 

Discussion: Reviewing Books in Ongoing Series vs. Finished Series

Sometimes we read each book in a series as they come out. Other times the books are all released, but we read them all spread out anyway. Other times we binge read all the books in a row. So that means sometimes we write reviews before we've read the rest of the books in a series, whereas other times we write reviews after we finished them all. What I want to know with this post is, do you write...
 

Discussion: Why Are We So Attracted to Pretty Book Covers?

This isn't a discussion about if we're drawn to pretty covers because, let's face it, we are. And for the most part, we bookworms don't deny it. That's not to say we never read books that don't have pretty covers, at least I know I do sometimes, but we still love to obsess over and read the books with pretty ones. But the cover has absolutely zero bearing on the writing inside, so why do we...
 

Discussion: Do You Use Accents in Your Head while Reading?

This is a post I've been thinking about writing for a while because I've never come across any other discussions about it (though I'm sure they do exist somewhere), and I am genuinely curious to know what other people do when they come across characters with foreign accents in their books. Now I do realize that there are different accents in different regions of countries, but to keep this post...