Bookish Musings: Should Books Have Content Ratings?

I know I can't be the first person to ever discuss this, but it was just something I started thinking about a few weeks ago while commenting on a post about whether sex should be allowed in YA books over at (un)Conventional Bookviews. It seems to me that content ratings would be helpful in order for readers to find what they want and avoid what they don't want, but I suppose everything has pros...
 

Bookish Musings: Wow, People in Books Sure Are Observant

I've been doing a lot of serious discussion posts lately, so I thought I'd do one a little more light and fun this week. So... Have you ever thought about how observant characters are? I mean, for everywhere they go they seem to notice all the different paintings on the walls, the types of plants, the pattern in the carpeting, and for every person they meet, they seem to notice everything from...
 

Bookish Musings: Realism in Books – Big Things vs. Little Things

I talk a lot about realism (obviously, since I've got this whole unofficial series about it going on my blog), and I've made it pretty clear that I like things in the books I read to be pretty realistic. But so far I've talked about specific things, like characters and injuries. Today I want to get a little more broad. This was actually something I noticed in a book I read lately. The book,...
 

Bookish Musings: Feminism and Double Standards in Books – Strong Characters

"Strong female character" is a pretty common phrase nowadays. I even used to include a tag for it in my book review posts. I mean, we all know (or should know) that sexism is still a problem in our world, and I just wanted to do my part by pointing out the female characters who could help combat the sexism, who could show that women are just as good as men, etc. But one day I decided to remove...
 

Bookish Musings: Why Negative Reviews Can Be a Positive Thing

There's been a lot of hubbub over negative reviews, authors behaving badly, reviewers behaving badly, fans behaving badly, and generally just everyone getting offended. But here's the thing---while I do recognize that some reviews are just plain mean and don't particularly help anyone, there are times when negative reviews actually are a GOOD thing, for both readers and authors. So I thought I'd...
 

Bookish Musings: Realism in Books – Injuries

A few weeks ago I talked about how realistic I like characters to be in the books I read, but this time I want to talk about injuries. Unrealistic injuries seems to be a big problem---nay, an epidemic---in books, at least the ones I read. And once again, I'm on the side of realism. I want characters to have realistic injuries. Give me the realistic injuries! (Well, don't give me the injuries. I'm...
 

Bookish Musings: Feminism and Double Standards in Books – Emotion

Last week I talked about the double standard about sexual promiscuity in books (I'll link to that post below), but this week I want to talk about characters getting emotional. If you know me, you know that emotion is my favorite thing about books. I love to FEEL things, and I do that through the characters, by feeling what they feel. So this particular topic is something I've thought about for a...
 

Bookish Musings: Why Is It Always Love?

I know many people are tired of almost every single book they read, especially young adult, having romance in it. But that's not what this post is about. I actually do like when books have romance in them. My issue is that the romance is always an all-powerful, consuming, life-altering, earth-shattering love. Why is it always like that? I don't know why it's always like that, but it bothers me...
 

Bookish Musings: Realism in Books – Characters

Recently, Cait over at Paper Fury did a post about how realistic books should be, and it got me thinking. I read mostly fantasy and sci-fi, so it's pretty safe to say I like unrealistic premises. But there are certain things within those premises that I do want to be realistic. And one of those things is characters. Of course everyone likes different things, everyone reads for different reasons,...
 

Bookish Musings: Feminism and Double Standards in Books – Sexual Promiscuity

I'm one of those people who thinks far too much. So, inevitably, I end up thinking a lot about the books I read and how they relate to life in general and to my own beliefs. And one of the things that comes up a lot for me is the way female characters are treated. I feel like people are often pointing out the flaws in books when it comes to how female characters are treated by other characters,...